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Senator Brown Sworn In

Filed under: Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 2:47 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Scott Brown was sworn in this evening as the Junior Senator from Massachusetts and the newest Senate member:

“Do you solemnly swear that you will support the Constitution of the United States against all enemies?” asked Biden, stumbling over some of the few words that followed.

“I do,” said Brown.

At 5:13 pm, the Senate applauded.

And Brown mingled with his fellow senators.”

Meanwhile, President Obama invents New Senate Math:

With Brown’s arrival, President Barack Obama joked somewhat ruefully this week, the GOP now has a “41-59 majority” in the Senate — that is, the votes sufficient to filibuster the Senate on anything the party chooses.

Already, the president told fellow Democrats this week, the GOP has crammed “20 years of obstructionism into one” with its attempted filibusters.


16 Responses to “Senator Brown Sworn In”

  1. WOOHOO!!!!

    too bad we’ll never get to see “Senator DeVore sworn in”…… just a squishy RINO or threadbare Boxer Shorts in our future.

    /no difference.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. Congratulations Massachusettes!

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  3. Darleen had a nice post on the little president man’s quote at the end there DRJ…

    Hugh Hewitt points to another quote from this “talk”.

    [Obama] “You had to cast more votes to break filibusters last year than in the entire 1950s and 1960s combined. That’s 20 years of obstruction jammed into just one.”

    This is astonishing. A filibuster is the successful use of 41 or more votes to prevent the closing of debate. There wasn’t a single filibuster in 2009. Not one.

    The president will say anything to advance a narrative that makes him a victim of obstruction. It is clear that 2010 will be spent pivoting from his 2009 mantra of Bush’s fault to his campaign year blasts at the “do nothing Republicans.”

    happyfeet (71f55e)

  4. That’s some bipartisanship Obama is expressing.

    Rochf (ae9c58)

  5. the GOP now has a “41-59 majority” in the Senate

    A headline in the Village Voice, January 20:
    Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  6. “Meanwhile, President Obama invents New Senate Math:”

    Which, the cloture vote data?

    “A headline in the Village Voice, January 20:
    Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate”

    Indeed he’s telling a joke.

    I hope there are more of these question times! I mean here all along we kept being told the dude was a teleprompter radical. But instead…

    imdw (085706)

  7. What a pathetic whiner – Americans don’t like Whiney Guys (see Carter, Jimmah), he’s thisclose to becoming a national joke, if not a world one.

    Dmac (539341)

  8. Having gained power, the Democrats are still fuming that the power isn’t absolute.

    Techie (43d092)

  9. How soon will the American public call the Waaaaaahmbulance on this Congress? Hopefully the call will be completed on the evening of the first Tuesday in November, 2010.

    They have a super majority and can’t manage to pass anything should have automatically bought Obama a ticket to the clue bus. Sadly, no. He’s a big, thin skinned whiney baby.

    Vivian Louise (643333)

  10. Indeed he’s telling a joke.

    I don’t believe that he finds it a funny joke, though.

    But did you hear the one about the two Supreme Court seats that remained vacant until 2013, although Obama nominated replacements for Stevens and Ginsburg? Now, that’s funny.

    Official Internet Data Office (dc2fe1)

  11. And the chancellor at the University of Chicago in the quiet of their office rythmically pounds their head against the desk…

    EricPWJohnson (d0c4eb)

  12. The cess pool of comments at the Village Voice article is something to behold. Most are claiming that the headline was “ironic.” I don’t think that word means what they think it means. Oh, Alanis, you have some splaining to do…

    Gazzer (583345)

  13. OK, I’ll call Obama on that one and raise him 10. He’s committed 30 years of serious blunders appeasing enemies and our Legislature has commited 40 years worth of legislative branch activities that should never have taken place. It’s too bad the Republicans only managed 20 years worth of obstruction.


    JD (847e52)

  14. Everyone give Obama a break. It’s tough to be a public official right now. It’s much more difficult to be President than it was to be King during the English Civil War or the French Revolution.

    King Charles had it easy, the Republicans weren’t filibustering him.

    Modern day Senators are praying to have things as easy as the Senators during the reign of Caesar Augustus.

    It’s hard to be in public office right now. Don’t you get it?

    Christian (f10530)

  15. There are more than 1 JD’s, apparently.

    JD (5e5cad)

  16. I’m pretty sure that liberals were sweareing about him before this ceremony ever took place.

    Icy Texan (c0568e)

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