Scott Brown joined every other Republican senator Monday to block financial reform legislation from even coming up from a vote.
And, like every other Senate Republican who sold out their constituents while protecting big-bank greed, Brown did so while hiding behind discredited talking points cooked up by a longtime GOP hack.
It was another attack of a mental condition that has often seemed to plague the freshman senator since he came to Congress, in which Brown mistakenly thinks that he's the junior senator from South Carolina, or perhaps this time, he thought he represented the good folks back in Mississippi.
Brown apparently forgot that he's no Red State good ol' boy. Rather, he's the first Republican to represent that bluest of blue states, Massachusetts. Moreover, Brown owes his Senate seat to a January special election, and has to face the Bay State voters again in just two years.
The problem is that Brown just threw those voters under a financial bus by blocking a vote on new common-sense financial regulation.
Of course, the senator can't actually admit to knuckling under to Wall Street fatcats who want to block this legislation at all costs. So instead he blames "loopholes" in the legislation that could leave the taxpayers on the hook for future bank bailouts.
One could forgive Sen. Brown, since so many Republicans have been repeating the same talking point which Frank Luntz, a tired GOP strategist cooked up recently.
Except that it's not true. Like Yeti, Bigfoot and healthcare "death panels," the claim that the financial reform bill contains bailout "loopholes" have been thoroughly debunked. The well-known non-partisan factcheck website PolitiFact calls the accusation plainly false, and goes on to accuse Republicans who wield it of "using seriously overheated rhetoric."