I JUST DON’T GET SCOTT BROWN…. The poor guy is on TV all the time, but he just seems in over his head. (via Gerry Canavan)
Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., said today it’s time to “collectively fix this [health care] bill” and that he’s prepared to lead the charge to do just that.
“We’re all in favor of the catastrophic care coverage and coverage for children,” Brown told “Good Morning America.” “But what about the backroom deals? What about all the bad things?”
What a garbled mess. “All” Republicans are “in favor” of some key provisions in the bill? That’s very nice, except those same provisions would be scrapped if Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act, as Brown’s party is currently promising to do. Besides, if there was unanimous GOP support for those provisions, Brown’s party kept this little detail carefully under wraps during the policy debate itself.
As for the “backroom deals,” this weak tea is getting weaker all the time. For one thing, deal-making has been part of every major piece of legislation in American history. For another, the Senate approved a reconciliation package yesterday that removed the more notorious “backroom deals” from the package — and Brown voted to leave the deals in.
“What about all the bad things?” That’s profound, to be sure, but like everything else involving Scott Brown, it’s noticeably short on substance and meaning.
He took at shot at President Obama’s reaction to Republican plans to try to repeal the the health care reform bill.
“If they want to have that fight, I welcome that fight…My attitude? Go for it,” the president told a rally on Thursday.
“I believe the president’s rhetoric is inappropriate,” Brown told “GMA.”
Hmm. Prominent members of Brown’s own party are using truly insane rhetoric about the ACA, telling all kinds of lies and whipping an agitated right-wing base into a sometimes-violent frenzy, but Scott Brown finds “go for it” to be “inappropriate.”
Republicans sure do pick strange people as heroes.