Scott Brown, I hope you enjoyed the adulation while it lasted. Not a week after he conquered the western world by returning Republicans to the majority, not just in the Senate, by a 41-59 supergap, but in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE by winning Ted Kennedy’s … sorry I keep doing that … I mean “the people’s” seat in Massachusetts, supposedly because everyone in Massachusetts hates President Obama … a LOT … Brown is proving to be a less than reliable right wing warrior.
While “41″ once served as Brown’s campaign mantra — a label synonymous with his opposition to Democrats’ healthcare reform — he seemed to suggest during an interview on Sunday that he would break with the Republicans on key economic and social issues, including abortion and an upcoming spending freeze.
“It’s cute now,” Brown told ABC’s “This Week.” “But everyone really is the 41st senator. And what it means is that now there will be full and fair debate. And there will be no more behind closed doors actions.”
“And make no mistake, I am a fiscal conservative,” he added. “And when it comes to issues affecting people’s pockets, and pocketbooks and wallets, I’ll be with the Republicans if they are in fact pushing those initiatives.”
Brown later outlined a few of those specific issues on which he might break with his own party. Notably, he said Sunday he was mostly pro-choice, though he added he would oppose any measure granting federal funds for use on abortions.
The issue “is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family,” Brown explained, noting Congress had to do more to decrease the frequency of abortions and approve adoption services.
The new senator also signaled he would support the president’s forthcoming plan to offer tax credits to businesses that hire new workers or enlarge paychecks for those they already employ. A number of Republicans have expressed doubts about that proposal, fearing it will not spur the uptick in hiring that Democrats allege.
Uh oh. What’s next? Oh yeah, basketball with the president … oh, this is going to get ugly… Meanwhile, not a word about Brown’s abortion apostasy on RedState, which just a few weeks ago was pushing his candidacy like street corner crack. Ditto la bruja Malkin. Same for the Hot Airians, who pretty much stock to Brown saying Mitt Romney is “cooler than he used to be,” plus the John Hamm version of Brown flirting with Democrats on SNL. What’s that about?
Meanwhile, the WSJ did warn you, folks.