Now, we don’t want you to get the idea that we’re obsessed with Scott Brown just because this is the fourth post we’ve written about him today. It’s just that, so far, he’s been an excellent source of material.
See, for several days now, Scott has been saying that he “expects” to be sworn in on February 11 – a week from today. But yesterday, all of a sudden, he discovered a sudden urgency that required his being sworn in immediately. Governor Patrick and other state officials have agreed to go along.
Michael Whitney at FDL has a theory as to why.
It’s clear that Scott Brown is demanding to be sworn in for one reason only: the pending nomination of Craig Becker to the National Labor Relations Board.
Seriously? A nominee to the NLRB? Can it possibly be that controversial?
Well, yes, I guess so. See, Becker is a lawyer for a union. And, therefore, the GOP (John McCain in particular) has been blocking his nomination for months — since last July, to be precise. But his nomination is expected to be finally discharged from committee today (Thursday), which means a floor vote on his nomination could come as soon as tomorrow, or early next week, which would be prior to Brown’s previously-set swearing-in date of February 11. And, if the vote happens before Brown is in, the Dems have the 60 votes they need to break a filibuster and confirm the nomination so that this guy can finally do the job the president has nominated him to do.
So here’s an unnamed GOP staffer on that prospect:
If they try to push this guy through before Scott Brown is seated it would seriously jeopardize Senate relations and destroy Democrats’ last shred of credibility” … “The place would melt down. A shady move like that would spark an all-out war,” the aide said.
Oh please. Like a freaking NLRB nomination is going to melt down the Senate. Half the Senate probably doesn’t know what NLRB stands for.
Anyway, so Scottie’s got his sassy knickers all in a twist about getting right down to DC because “there are a number of votes scheduled” before his original swearing-in date of Feb. 11.
Now, before JohnD gets all worked up, nobody is questioning whether Brown’s request is legitimate. It is — he won, and he’s entitled to be sworn in as soon as the paperwork can be put in place. The thing that’s funny about this, though, is that up until today, Brown himself was good with a Feb. 11 swearing-in. Now, though, apparently because there’s a nomination that the GOP wants to block, Brown wanted to speed things up.
Brown, in other words, seems to have moved up his swearing-in in order to be able to use procedural tactics to stall a presidential nomination. He’s doing exactly what Mitch McConnell and the rest of GOP leadership want him to do — clog up the works, slow things down, and be the party of “no.” Lockstep, baby.
Nice start, Scott.