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The $15B Porkulus II cloture roll call vote: Scott Brown, the Voinovich pay-off & business as usual

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By Michelle Malkin  •  February 22, 2010 10:33 PM

Scroll for updates…Sen. Brown’s Facebook comment thread in full revolt…

Here is the roll call vote on the Senate’s Porkulus II cloture motion this evening:

The Republicans who joined the Dems to end debate on the phony jobs boondoggle that even the Associated Press points out will create a puny number of jobs:

Scott Brown, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, and retiring Sens. George Voinovich and Kit Bond.

Yes, sigh, Scott Brown. Looks like he hasn’t taken up my suggested D.C. itinerary. But those of us who knew all along what we were getting — a game-changer who vowed to torpedo Demcare, but who was not an ideological conservative — are not surprised. And I pointed out Brown’s moderate record several times on Fox and on this blog during the campaign.

What I want to know is: When will all the lefties who are now gloating and praising Brown retract all the hysterical attacks on him as a “radical” “right-winger?”

My next question is for Sen. Brown: You vowed to end business-as-usual in Washington. But Dingy Harry Reid bought off Voinovich with a business-as-usual legislative bribe. How is this change, Sen. Brown?

Voinovich, who is retiring at the end of 2010, said he agreed to back the bill after getting a commitment from Reid “that he will bring the reauthorization of a multi-year surface transportation bill to the floor for a vote this year.”

Moreover, as I pointed earlier this month, the Reid jobs bill is not the final version of the bill, but a “work in progress” that will inevitably be crammed with more pay-offs in backroom deals before the final vote. Republicans were not allowed to amend the bill.

Smells like more of the same old, same old.

Tea Party folks, pay attention and get on the phones. There are more votes to come, via The Hill:

Democratic lawmakers have tried to address the concerns of allies by promising to pass additional legislation.

“This is not the end of our debate on creating jobs through legislation this year, it’s the beginning of that debate,” said Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.).“There will be another package a few weeks from now, and another package [after that],” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, a Democrat from Oregon, which has an 11 percent unemployment rate.

Labor leaders and liberal advocacy groups have expressed concern that Senate Democrats may not be able to muster the 60 votes necessary to pass additional jobs bills.

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Related: Crikey…Reid on why we need a jobs bill: “Men, when they’re out of work, tend to become abusive.”

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Scott Brown’s Facebook commenters are in full revolt. A sample:

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This is Sen. Brown’s D.C. phone number. Use it:

202-224-4543.

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