On Thursday, Sen. Scott Brown, Massachusetts Republican, voted to defeat a filibuster (by Republicans and two Democrats) on a regulatory reform bill. This is the third time Brown has voted to defeat a Republican filibuster.
New England Republican wonders “why didn’t I just vote for “Marsha” (thanks for that gaffe Patches Kennedy) Coakley?”
Massachusetts Liberal charges Brown with hypocrisy.
In contrast, Blue Massachusetts applauds Brown’s decision.
Daniel Foster at The Corner writes:
“Frankly, I’m surprised more Republicans didn’t get on board — especially considering what a jittery week it has been on the electoral front (PA-12, libertarian objections to the Civil Rights Act and whatnot). Besides, the bill isn’t terrible. Sure, the resolution authority leaves fudge room for bailouts (though less so thanks to a GOP amendment); and the Consumer Financial Protection Agency is likely to be a regulatory nightmare and a yoke on economic recovery. But to the extent that anyone is really paying attention, the Democrats more or less won the spin war, managing to turn in a “tough on Wall Street” piece of legislation with the Goldman Sachs Seal of Approval.”