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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Lobbying exercise

Scott Brown was against financial reform legislation before he was for it, before he was against it, before he was for it. And the reason he is now for it is because Barney Frank and John Kerry told him they intended to protect Massachusetts interests.

Boy, what a campaign commercial that will make for whatever Democrat opts to challenge Brown in 2012.

Brown wisely told reporters “I’m done making news today’’ after he voted to shut off a filibuster that he personally extended by one day after reneging on a promise to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

But Reid apparently sicced senior Sen. John Kerry to reason with Brown over the course of an early morning 40-mile bicycle ride. You could say Kerry took his colleague for a spin.

That piece of exercise lobbying followed an earlier one where Brown spoke to Barney Frank while the House Financial Services Committee chair was on an elliptical (another great metaphor for a legislative body that seems to move a lot while standing in the same place).

Both senior lawmakers seemed to be able to overcome centrifugal force and pull the wayward lawmaker back into the fold.

Some commenters wonder why I singled out Brown over Democrats Maria Cantwell and Russ Feingold for backing the GOP-led filibuster. It's simple: neither Cantwell or Feingold won election in Massachusetts by campaigning on a theme of ending business as usual.

Bolstered by $450,000 in contributions from financial services industry lobbyists, Brown has quickly become part of the business as usual crowd, even as he continues to wow journalists as easily as he won over Norma Nathan.

And oh yeah, for those keeping score, that's two major legislative victories for Barack Obama in the first five months of the year -- or since Brown was elected. How ya likin' that changie thing?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Politics is negotiation. Get your final mark based on your final vote. Would you give him an A?

May 21, 2010 9:12 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Incomplete. I don't know what he got and, if as suggested, what it will mean for me since I have no connection to banks and insurance companies. And the best negotiation is conducted in private, not on the front page, a place the senator should try to avoid a bit more than he has.

May 22, 2010 9:19 AM  

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