From NBC's Domenico Montanaro and Carrie Dann
Facebook isn't just for Sarah Palin.
Sen. Scott Brown took to the social networking site to try and explain his vote for cloture on the jobs bill.
"I came to Washington to be an independent voice," he wrote, "to put politics aside, and to do everything in my power to help create jobs for Massachusetts families. This Senate jobs bill is not perfect. I wish the tax cuts were deeper and broader, but I am voting for it because it contains measures that will help put people back ...to work. ... I hope for improvements in that process going forward."
That sparked some nasty feedback in the "comments" section of his status update.
Luke writes: "Who really are you, Senator Brown? I believed in you. Now, I no longer do. How can you sleep having deceived your friends and supporters? Please repent and change your mind of instability."
Sam Adams is apparently no fan. Someone not-so-cleverly named Samuel Adams writes, "I guess fiscal responsibility went out the window that fast... considering how much of the first stimulus is unspent.. another 15 billion in debt won't matter. I have a feeling we may have another RINO.... Glenn Beck had it right about the republicans......"
Simon Urbina quoted the great philosopher Billy Madison: "Mr. [Brown], what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul."
Annette has praise: "Thank you, Scott! We all need jobs in Masssachusetts." As does Dominic Maschler: "Bravo, sir."
But for the most part, the comments are negative.
Bill Mirabito: "Dumb. This was a jobs bill supported by both parties until Reid stripped out $70 billion in tax breaks for small businesses. Senator, your GOP colleagues only filibustered to force compromise -- hoping to secure the tax relief you campaigned to deliver! Must you break ranks on your very first vote? I don't get it. I campaigned for you, and feel bamboozled."
Brenda Swaringen Shaw Scott: you say"stay tuned" for a broad-based payroll tax deduction proposal. Did you have to cut a deal for that? It'll be interesting to see the outcome of that--how you gonna pay for this stimulus thingy? I'm afraid there may be a steep learning curve for you---didn't you listen to Evan Bayh?
Beth: More wasteful spending. You're going to lose alot of support over this decision from the people that voted you in.
Nicole: I knew he wasn't conservative. Just another case of voting for the lesser of two evils.
about an hour agoDebbie Another fine example of what is wrong with the Republican party. Would Conservatives please stand up...
Rick Thomas: WELL SCOTT BROWN LOOKS LIKE YOUR GUST ANOTHER FAKE REPUBLICAN THANKS FOR NOTHING WE THE PEOPLE PUT YOU IN OFFICE NOW GO DO YOUR JOB AND VOTE DOWN HEATH REFORM AND CAP AND TRADE LIKE YOU SAID YOU WOULD
Good luck managing that and running for re-election in 2012 in Massachusetts.