Friday, January 22, 2010

‘Having Fun’ on Capitol Hill

Senator-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts visiting Senator John Kerry, the state's senior Democrat, on Thursday in his office. More Photos »

Nice office.

Senator-elect Scott Brown of Massachusetts visited his new workplace Thursday and seemed mighty pleased with his surroundings and colleagues. “I’m here, I’m having fun,” the nation’s newest political celebrity said as he beamed and toured Capitol Hill, consulting with his state’s two current senators, leaders of both parties and Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who was an early supporter. “I am meeting people that I have great respect for.”

He was welcomed enthusiastically by his new Republican colleagues and graciously by Democrats, even though Mr. Brown represents the end of their 60-vote rule and ability to overcome Republican filibusters from within their own ranks. “Henceforth,” declared Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, “I will always think of him as 41.”

Big Mitch had better watch his step, and covet his office, lest another surprise hit him.

And in a master stroke of political understatement, Senator Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and majority leader, said to Mr. Brown: “Well, we’re going to have an interesting time this year. You’re going to enter the Senate at a time when the country is in deep trouble, as you know. That was a lot what your campaign was about. I look forward to working with you.”

Harry is understated.

Senator John Kerry, the now senior Democrat from Massachusetts, said that Mr. Brown personified the desire of state voters for change and that he was not shocked by the outcome.

 Right. Johnny is never at a loss for words (so I wonder what he thinks of his VP candidate now).

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