First, let's take a look at this little item from the Globe:
US Senator Scott Brown took some ribbing after a liberal blog last month posted video of the Massachusetts Republican asking conservative billionaire David Koch for support in his next campaign-but Brown's request apparently worked.
Shortly after his conversation with Koch, Brown received a $2,500 donation to his campaign fund from Koch Industries through its political action committee, according to campaign finance reports made public yesterday.
Ah yes, that infamous beg from Scott Brown, the smarmy aside to David Koch, asking for the money to pull the wool over the eyes of those rubes in Massachusetts. And why is he worth the money to David Koch? Because he can, without shame, vote consistently against the environmental concerns of Massachusetts voters, and then come back to Massachusetts to do photo-ops like this:
Senator Scott Brown is taking a tour tomorrow of XL Hybrids, a Somerville-based company that converts standard gasoline engines into hybrids.
The tour will occur from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Afterward, Brown will hold a press conference to discuss his proposed legislation for reducing energy costs.
Blah, blah, blah. Scott Brown proposing legislation is in the realm of “if a tree falls in a forest” philosophical discussion of reality. It's not going anywhere. Proposing legislation that goes nowhere is part of the game, it's what the Koch's want him to do. They want him to show up at a nifty enviro-friendly photo op, talk about legislation to “reduce energy costs” and then go back to Washington and do more of this:
Brown has marched in lockstep on this issue with fellow Republicans who are against government regulation across the board. Many congressional Republicans do not even acknowledge that greenhouse gases contribute to climate change and need to be curbed. […]
The bill Brown backed would also prohibit any improvement in auto fuel-efficiency standards after 2016. Advances in car mileage prompted by the fuel-efficiency standards that began in the '70s have been a rare success in this country's halting effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
It's the usual story with Scott Brown: smile for the camera, prance around in the spotlight, smile and bang his little cymbals to amuse the crowd. But it's becoming increasingly clear who Scott Brown's organ grinder is, who's cranking the tune Scott Brown dances to.
And it's not us.