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  •  Redstaters already criticizing Sherrod Brown. (9+ / 0-)

    Posters at are busy criticizing shirker Sherrod Brown for abandoning his Senate duties on some flimsy excuse or other (internal citations omitted):

    # 1

    So.  Did Brown make it in time?

    Because it’s 10:30, which is when the vote is supposed to end, and I’m not hearing whether he did or not.
    [UPDATE]: 10:49 PM, and these guys are clearly not going to be getting thumbs out of orifices any time soon. I’m going to assume that Senator Brown will eventually be able to locate the right building (hint: it’s the one with the big dome) and vote. In the meantime, let me leave you with this thought: even if you happen to be laboring under the delusion that the GOP was noticeably more corrupt than the Democrats, surely you must be able to admit that we were at least able to get legislation passed without this level of drama.
    [UPDATE]: Oh, he snuck in while I wasn’t looking. About bloody time. My last sentence remains unchanged.

    # 2 -- Waiting for Sherrod --

    At some point this evening, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown (D) will be the 60th and final vote in favor of the Porkulus.
    The vote is being held open while President Obama sends a private jet to pick him up in Ohio, where he has been attending his recently deceased mother’s viewing, and brings him back to cast a ballot for the $800 billion bill neither Brown nor anybody else in Congress has had a chance to read.

    # 3 --

    Well, now Sherrod Brown is going to provide the vote that allows Porkulous to pass:
    The Senate is one vote shy of the 60 needed to pass the economic stimulus bill. The last vote needed: Sen. Sherrod Brown.
    Brown, D-Ohio, is currently in Ohio, attending the viewing for his mother, Emily Campbell Brown, who died Feb. 2. Brown will fly to Washington, D.C. to cast his vote tonight - in an airplane provided by the White House - then fly back to attend his mother’s funeral tomorrow.
    Why the White House ride? Commercial airplanes wouldn’t accommodate the schedule, and the White House provided a plane because it’s official

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