That’s the sound of tea-partiers’ heads exploding from coast to coast as they discover that U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. – whose special election to the seat long held by the late Ted Kennedy supposedly heralded the end of the Democratic/Obama agenda – this afternoon joined all Senate Democrats but one and four fellow Republicans to invoke cloture and bring the jobs bill to a vote.
Let’s go to the Twitterverse!
lovesliberty: Seriously. What a FRAUD.RT @the_funhouse: Scott Brown goes RINO on the 1st vote, really? I mean, come on man!!!
MarkAHorne: Stupid, pork-loving, corrupt politician. Scott Brown was a symbolic victory and no more.
armywife299: Scott brown…white BO…says he is against spending …get elected…votes for more spending…White BO…make BO promices not to be kept!
BO – and by that I mean President Barack Obama – said:
The American people want to see Washington put aside partisan differences and make progress on jobs, and today the Senate took one important step forward in doing that. I’m grateful to the Democratic and Republican Senators who voted to support these investments in infrastructure and small businesses. This is one of many efforts we need to tackle our economic challenges, and we will continue to work with Congress on additional job creation measures. Jobs remain our top priority, and I look forward to working with members from both parties to get legislation signed, and the American people back to work.
UPDATE @ 5:03 P.M.: From U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:
“The successful vote to end the filibuster on the Senate jobs bill was a breakthrough that should send a signal of hope to the families of America. I hope this is the start of a new day and that we will continue to put jobs and economic recovery over politics. I want to thank the organizations that helped make this vote possible tonight, including the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Associated General Contractors of America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Laborers International Union, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the American Public Transportation Association, AAA, the Americans for Transportation Mobility, the American Highway Users Alliance, the American Concrete Pavement Association, the National Asphalt Pavement Association, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association and the Portland Cement Association.”