[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.