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Brown sworn in to Senate

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Scott Brown officially joined the U.S. Senate on Thursday, declaring himself someone who has "always worked with members of both parties" even as he sharply distanced himself from President Obama's agenda moments after his swearing-in.

Brown's arrival completed a stunning-two month turnaround from unknown Massachusetts state senator to the man who will replace the late Edward M. Kennedy and give the GOP 41 seats in the Senate, along with the ability to block legislation pushed by Democrats.

He had originally been scheduled to join the Senate next week, but demanded on Wednesday to be seated as soon as possible to participate in a series of key votes that could come soon, although he declined to name which ones he was focused on.

Entering the Senate chamber alongside Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) Thursday afternoon, Brown was sworn-in by Vice-President Biden on a pair of bibles owned by his two college-age daughters, neither of whom could attend the brief ceremony. A bunch of senators then shook his hand, and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), who had been one of the first Republicans to champion Brown's candidacy, hugged a surprised Brown.

Minutes later, in a press conference, the 50-year-old touched on a series of GOP themes, criticizing "back room deals," calling for "going back to the drawing board" on health care legislation Democrats spent much of the last year crafting, and declaring "we don't have money" to pay for some of the spending in Obama's budget.

"The last stimulus bill didn't create one new job," Brown said in response to a question about the current economic legislation being considered by the Senate, signaling his concerns. The White House has suggested the stimulus saved or created close to two million jobs and even conservative critics have acknowledged some hiring resulted from the legislation.

Brown said he rushed his arrival to the Senate because "I want to get to work." But Republicans have said they are eager to have him here for a vote on the nomination of Craig Becker, who has been nominated by Obama for the five-member National Labor Relations Board. That vote could come as early as Monday.

After the GOP refused to let Becker come up for a vote for much of last year, viewing him as too pro-labor, Obama renominated Becker in January. If Brown joins the other 40 Republicans, they could again block Becker's appointment.

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  February 4, 2010; 7:25 PM ET
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As a Bay Stater and lifelong unenrolled (independent) voter, I've very happy to see Sen. Brown in Washington. I wish him the very vest.
Many voters, myself included, have been very unhappy for a very long time with the arrogant, one party rule of the Democrats in our state - unhappy with their political shenanigans and ongoing political corruption at the statehouse.
One poster here suggested Brown was joke in the state. No way. Patrick Kennedy, soundling like a sour grape in an interview with "The Hill" prior to swearing in, also described Brown's election as a joke. The only joke was Martha Coakley's incompetent campaign and "Saturday Night Live" nailed it last weekend in the hillarious opening skit.

Posted by: pjsilva | February 5, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Rather than mindlessly follow the shepherd (POTUS) to the slaughterhouse (even MORE national debt), perhaps the über-liberals who have chimed in to this posting should await some action by Senator Brown. The junior senator from Massachusetts was elected by very disgruntled independents, who are weary of closed door, Democrat only Machiavellian legislative practices. Those same independents in Massachusetts overwhelmingly voted for the current POTUS, which indicated they wanted change. That change, however, has been demonstrated more as Politburo style dicta than that of a democratic-republic.
Speaking from the middle of the political spectrum, we TRULY need to stop practicing the destructive politics of extremism - in both parties. Perhaps Senator Brown can exercise some independence - give him a chance. That independence, however, means that he will not follow the sheep to the slaughter, just because some ideologues want to change this nation from its democratic-republic roots to one where everyone MUST rely on the Politburo for their every need.
Good luck, Senator Brown! Please be mindful of your constituency and the needs of THIS democratic-republic.

Posted by: WHOANELLY | February 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Please Sen Brown obstruct everything so that the Bush era never ends.

That's what our permanent Republican majority means!

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Posted by: dfaesterytrueyhyuety | February 5, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Seanator Brown. He looks to be exactly what we need - a moderate conservative, just like the country at large.

Posted by: 1986JD | February 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

So, now we have another Senator willing to tow the Republican Party line. It's too bad; Senator Scott Brown seemed like a reasonable fella, but it doesn't take long for Republicans to replace their oath of office by an oath to the power-focused Republican Party. This is another sad day for our Nation. ~ richard allbritton, Miami, http://rallbritton.com

Posted by: rigel1 | February 5, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

The strike by the republicans just got bag of hot air.The republicans are running a con game and it is amazing how many people jumped on a parked bandwagon.From the outset,the object the republican strategy was to get this administration to fail by default.I like many don't endorse a wallstreet lead economy but to follow those who jumped off the boat and just criticize those who are trying to save the boat is nuts.The republican response to losing the elections was to exploit the weakness in our electoral system.As a matter of fact ,this insures that AMERICA will self destruct because the American people have endorsed the idea that the minority Congressional delegation will be reward by going on strike to get an administration to fail.

Posted by: mars7578 | February 5, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The strike by the republicans just got bag of hot air.The republicans are running a con game and it is amazing how many people jumped on a parked bandwagon.From the outset,the object the republican strategy was to get this administration to fail by default.I like many don't endorse a wallstreet lead economy but to follow those who jumped off the boat and just criticize those who are trying to save the boat is nuts.The republican response to losing the elections was to exploit the weakness in our electoral system.As a matter of fact ,this insures that AMERICA will self destruct because the American people have endorsed the idea that the minority Congressional delegation will be reward by going on strike to get an administration to fail.

Posted by: mars7578 | February 5, 2010 8:18 AM | Report abuse

The strike by the republicans just got bag of hot air.The republicans are running a con game and it is amazing how many people jumped on a parked bandwagon.From the outset,the object the republican strategy was to get this administration to fail by default.I like many don't endorse a wallstreet lead economy but to follow those who jumped off the boat and just criticize those who are trying to save the boat is nuts.The republican response to losing the elections was to exploit the weakness in our electoral system.As a matter of fact ,this insures that AMERICA will self destruct because the American people have endorsed the idea that the minority Congressional delegation will be reward by going on strike to get an administration to fail.

Posted by: mars7578 | February 5, 2010 8:14 AM | Report abuse

We all are reminded when Mr. Smith went to Washington.
Now its Mr. Brown. Hope his listening skills are sharp. Because as #41 and not number 60 expectations are high among the GOP.

Yet Senator Brown cannot forget who largely elected him, Independents. They are 'mercurial' in their behavior. Hope he gets that right...on starting, 'cause he walks in the shadows of the LION. Big shoes to fill. Irrespective of what side of the isle he sits.

Senator Brown, welcome. Yep, I will be watching you too! http://www.zipinpolitics.com

Posted by: Victoria5 | February 5, 2010 5:02 AM | Report abuse

Everyone can just settle down and if the new Senator Brown has any smarts at all, he'll keep his mouth shut.
McConnell will turn him into another little sniveling coward, like the rest of the Senate GOP, in nothing flat.
His vote is about as independent as a convict in a chain gang.
==
Now, let's get something straight again:
"U.S. Should launch investigation of ‘swiftboat’ kerry,
he took the desk out of the New Senator Brown’s office.
I guess he wanted the kennedy ‘aura’ in his office.
May I suggest that he move his office to ‘Arlington’ to get the full effect ?
Additionally, he should be removed from office when he is up for re-election.....
GO MA, Two for Two………………….."
Posted by: UpAndOver | February 4, 2010 11:14 PM
==
The ignorance of these bigoted demonic posters is ASTOUNDING!!!
Senator Kerry is now the senior senator from Massachusetts and, as such, he is entitled to sit at the desk in the well of the Senate chambers formerly occupied by the late Senator Ted Kennedy (a great honor).
Senator Kennedy enjoyed showing people that a notation inside the lid of his desk in the Senate indicated (as is also recorded in the history of the Senate) that his desk, the actual desk, was used by Daniel Webster, when Webster served in the Senate.
But UpAndOver, completely ignorant of tradition and history in the Capitol, jumped to conclusions and accused Kerry of "stealing" the desk from the office of the new Senator Brown.
Senator Brown is responsible for furnishing his own office; I have no doubt he provided his own desk, unless the Kennedy family graciously allowed him to use the late senator's desk from his office.
How contemptible.
Senator Kennedy's family emptied his personal office of all items which personally belonged to him.
It must be terrible to be so blinded by hate that you make a fool of yourself in front of all the people who read these comments.
And a lot of people do.
So, they need to know how he tried to mislead them in this post, while libeling the good name and the dignity of the senior senator from Massachusetts, John Kerry.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | February 5, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse

Republicans say they are worried about the "massive Deficits in the US", "they are worried about the Debt bomb..",
"they are worried about US Government borrowing too much.."
Really?

Because it is their ideas, to be exact the right-wing ideas espoused by either Republicans or Republicrats* that have caused the current enormous deficits in US and causing it go to higher. To see
this FACT lets look at a country that has a huge Surplus rather than having a huge Deficit as US has. This observation
then should be a blue print for what we need to do to get US Deficits down and in fact have a Surplus, which Republicans claims to want.

So what large country is having a Surplus rather than a Deficit? It is China.

What is China doing different than US?

U can read rest here:
http://anoox.com/blog/Real_News.38211

Posted by: RealNews1 | February 5, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

U.S. Should launch investigation of ‘swiftboat’ kerry,
he took the desk out of the New Senator Brown’s office.

I guess he wanted the kennedy ‘aura’ in his office.

May I suggest that he move his office to ‘Arlington’ to get the full effect ?

Additionally, he should be removed from office when he is up for re-election.....

GO MA, Two for Two…………………..

Posted by: UpAndOver | February 4, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

SCOTT BROWN,NEXT JOHN PISTONE
www.pistoneforcongress.org

Posted by: baseball3 | February 4, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s budget demonstrates Obama means to keep at least one promise -- that of fundamentally transforming America... into another impoverished, failed and enslaved socialist/Marxist country!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 4, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

People all over the country supported Brown so he can help stop Obama and his comrades from destroying the U.S.

The only jobs we can expect Obama and his comrades to "create" by taxing us more and further stealing from our children and grandchildren are "jobs" based on lies, gimmicks and smoke and mirrors, much like the jobs they already "created" with the stimulus money in districts that don't even exist while unemployment soars!

And, worse yet, we can expect to be forced pay for “green” government jobs for ACORN "community organizers" in charge of helping Obama lie, manipulate, intimidate, and coerce us into socialism/Marxism.

Nothing would boost REAL job creation and the economy more than Obama being impeached.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | February 4, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Congratulation on your senate seat. It is not matter of being a republican or democrat that is important but be yourself like what you said during the campaign and work for the people of this nation. Be fair and do not fall to the political temptation. You are the last conscience of this nation. Be proud of who you are and what you stand for.

Posted by: chaemoondriver | February 4, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

It looks like after today's report on the 8,000 jobs lost in one week and the report coming out tomorrow may be even worse, I would think Brown is more right than wrong on how well the stimulus package is working. Granted it did save jobs for teachers, some construction workers, and federal and state government jobs, but just what jobs were created?

Posted by: ca67klein | February 4, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown, a former joke in Massachusetts, now a US Senator. We're in big trouble. No, he won't get better over time. Look at his wife's expression in the photo above.
Oh no..

Posted by: dudh | February 4, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Feb. 3 (Bloomberg Multimedia) -- The U.S. may lose 824,000 jobs when the government releases its annual revision to employment data on Feb. 5, showing the labor market was in worse shape during the recession than known at the time.

Diopata, you Effing Retard. Go look up these "Stimulus" figures.

Posted by: ANTILIB | February 4, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

My thoughts exactly, dlopata. It's one thing to argue the stimulus was not cost-effective. (I would argue it was, but reasonable people could disagree.) But to argue that it had zero impact is just moronic. This kind of statement is completely consistent with what Brown was like in the campaign: vapid, yet self-assured.

Posted by: jeffwacker | February 4, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

"The last stimulus bill didn't create one job," says Brown.

So already we know he's (a) clueless, and (b) politically driven.

Posted by: dlopata | February 4, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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