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Monday, October 24, 2016

Scott Brown is a Veep character who thinks he’s on House of Cards.

After becoming the first Republican elected in the Tea Party wave of 2010, his greatest accomplishment as a U.S. senator was helping banks rewrite Wall Street reform so it might protect “two financial institutions in Massachusetts from the Volcker Rule’s restrictions,” according to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s new book, Stress Test.

Which two financial institutions? Brown couldn’t remember. He had to ask his aide.

Since being ousted from the Senate by Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Brown has spent his time lobbying for financial giants, guest-hosting on Fox News and pretending to run for president. At the peak of the backlash over earlier this year, he decided he had a chance to get back into the upper house of Congress by taking on incumbent senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

The entire rationale for the Brown campaign? Obamacare is a disaster, even though as a state senator Brown voted for Romneycare and advocates states pursuing similar solutions, which would be exactly like Obamacare.

Unsurprisingly, Brown can’t seem to decide if Medicaid expansion — the popular part of the law, which was recently approved in New Hampshire — should stay or go as part of “full repeal” of the Affordable Care Act.

The Washington Post‘s Greg Sargent describes Brown’s gyrations on the campaign trial — saying current expansion beneficiaries should be “grandfathered” just to have his spokesperson walk back that comment later — as “epic buffoonery.”

Brown comes off as likable enough to make his clumsy approach to life-and-death issues seem slapstick. But there’s real venom in his ambition.

The Huffington Post‘s Sabrina Siddiqui and Ryan Grim reported that Brown used his lobbying skills this week to destroy one of the few bipartisan pieces of legislation that would help the environment this decade:

New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown called Senate Republican leadership to urge them to stop a bipartisan energy efficiency bill, so as not to give Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (NH), the bill’s Democratic sponsor and his Democratic opponent, something to run on.


You could understand why Brown wouldn’t want his opponent to have something to run on. That wouldn’t be a fair fight.

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  • Bambi

    Scott Brown is politically inept. He needs to return to the Cosmopolitan centerfold where he can show off his stuff without showing off his ignorance.

    • Irishgrammy

      Perfect! Scotty is the kind of man that the famous quote, “It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt!”. He is the poster boy for “STUPID THINGS SAID, CONSTANTLY”…..embarrassingly so!

  • coyotebanjo

    A moronic empty thong.

  • Independent1

    Brown really blew it this time. Here’s an article from the DailyKos that outlines how Brown has created a lot of enemies even in the GOP with his obstruction of the energy bill:

    NH-Sen: Scott Brown (R) Gets Burned After Telling GOP To Block Jeanne Shaheen’s (D) Energy Bill

    The Shaheen-Portman bill includes incentives, opportunities, and funding to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, houses, and appliances, but does not impose any mandatory standards. It would spur the creation of 190,000 jobs, save the country $16.2 billion a year on energy bills by 2030, and reduce planet-warming greenhouse gases, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Several leading energy-related groups have endorsed the bill, including the American Chemistry Council, the American Gas Association, and the Earth Day Network. – Grist, 5/15/14

    But Brown’s plot to sabotage Shaheen’s bill is getting some major backlash:

    As the Huffington Post reports, Teamsters Local 633 Secretary-Treasurer David Laughton sent out a release on Thursday condemning Brown’s “blind partisanship” which “appears to have cost us a stand alone vote to proceed with the Keystone XL pipeline.” Though New Hampshire’s Teamsters support Shaheen despite her opposition to Keystone, Brown has been courting the group by attending their rallies and writing op-eds for local papers in favor of the bill. “In an op-ed, and more recently at a rally we co-hosted, Scott Brown claimed that he supported the Keystone pipeline,” Laughton said. “But clearly when he told us he wanted ‘to get this done’ he was just lying to our face.”

    Brown hasn’t denied reports that he sabotaged the bill, which would have encouraged energy efficiency in buildings, but would have also given Shaheen a nice feather in her cap.

  • DezJimmar

    Scott Brown is considered a moderate Republican. God help us if the GOP moderates ever become the majority in the Senate.

  • terry b

    Brown likes the worst judge on the Supreme Court (Antonin Scalia). To do so would make him a fan of Adolph Hitler who Scalia reminds me of. No state should allow such a person to run for any major office in this land.

    • Mark Forsyth

      Yup! We shouldn’t have fascist assholes like Scalia on the bench either.

  • ExRadioGuy15

    I wonder how many times I have to say that nearly every GOP POLITICIAN comes from the Conservative, Tea Party or Libertarian wings while two-thirds of the voters of the party are Progressives or Moderates before people start recognizing it as the truth?
    Scott Brown is a Con….he’s no moderate…he’s certainly no Progressive…

  • Dominick Vila

    The candidacy of Scott Brown highlights the lack of talent, and ineptitude, that seem to be a prerequisite to be a Tea Party supporter. What is truly scary, however, is that some people are likely to vote for morons like him.

  • ThomasBonsell

    Aren’t these conservatives wonderful?

    Bill Clinton was raked over the coals by Republicans for protesting the Vietnam War while a student in England. His protest did nothing to alter US policy. But a Republican trying to interfere with attempts to improve the US economy by begging a foreign nation to undermine those efforts is OK for the GOP.

    This is the same group that passes anti-abortion laws by the truckload – even though the US constitution doesn’t empower government to regulate the reproduction process – under the claim that only they care about the unbon. Also claim that the left “hates” unborn children. But when the left passed the Affordable Care Act, it provided healthcare for millions of women who are pregnant or can become pregnant and that extends healthcare to the unborn, showing it is the left that cares about the unborn, preborn or to-be born. The right has voted 54 times in the House of Representatives to take that prenatal care away from the unboen, preborn or to-be born.

    Aren’t they just such wonderful folks?

    • Independent1

      In addition to voting to repeal Obamacare as you mentioned, nitwit GOP legislators in 24 Red States have not only also refused to expand Medicaid but have also cut state budgets to the bone at the worst time possible (during recessionary times) which has resulted in these states cutting medical benefits for millions of low income women. All these totally uncaring efforts by the GOP has resulted in 13 of the 15 states with the worst records related infant mortality in America being guess what, GOP-run Red States. Any notion that the GOP is “pro-life” is like virtually everything else related to those who support the GOP, a figment of their misguided imaginations!!!

  • jointerjohn

    What our country needs to wake up to is the fact that since the United States Supreme Court errantly decided that money equals speech, no candidate speaking out against money can ever be elected. Unless we work fast and in groundswell, we are now all screwed.

  • [email protected]

    all in all it’s really not the GOP gang of idiots in office fault things are the way thy are its the stupid people of this country that keep voting into office these GOP gang of idiots . must be thy miss the DIRTY BUSH ERA . are you looking for another war on B/S info. or is it you think the greedy bastards 1an 2 % rich should get more tax breaks and cuts . and have the 98 % ot the people pay for the greedy bastards tax breaks ?

  • JSquercia

    It is not TRUE that the Republicans have no Health Plan to replace Obama care . Their Plan is SIMPLE “don’t get SICK and I you DO , Die quickly” .
    One comment on the complaint of the Tea Partiers concerning “if you like your Plan you can keep it . Most people who have Health Insurance through their employer find that this is definitely NOT the case I am fortunate enough to have Retiree Health Insurance . This year my coverage was switched from Medicare plus employer provided supplemental care to a Medicare Advantage Plan . The coverage was substantially less with a much higher deductible and a greater Out of Pocket