I went to Sherrod Brown’s US Senate web site to get an explanation for why he changed his vote on immigration-bill cloture to “no” on Thursday after a “yes” on Tuesday, and a “yes” a few weeks ago.
The senator’s home page gave early indications that I might not get an answer:
Nearly eight months since his election and six months into his term, Sherrod Brown’s Contact page still shows only Washington and Cleveland office contact info; he is apparently still “in the process” of serving the rest of the state. Perhaps setting up an office across the hall from George Soros (scroll down to see family contributions) has taken higher precedence.
Back to Brown’s immigration votes. Visiting the Senator’s Newsroom page wasn’t very helpful:
Since the senator apparently hasn’t felt compelled to officially explain himself, perhaps Old Media got something from him. Here is what the Cincinnati Enquirer reported in a story that also gives credit to Cox News Service:
Democrat Sherrod Brown of Ohio: “I was deeply concerned about the impact of the bill’s guest worker provisions on Ohio wages and working conditions, and the provision that would separate families.”
Nice try, guy. No sale.
The fact is that there was no meaningful change in the bill between Tuesday and Thursday that affected guest worker provisions or family togetherness. Brown’s “answer,” while not as duplicitous as George Voinovich’s was, is still a non-answer.
Brown appears to be getting no heat for his sudden switch. Or if it exists, it’s well-hidden. A search on “Sherrod Brown” at Daily Kos (no quotes needed for a multiple-word search) shows nothing more recent about Brown than mid-May. In fact, the Leftroots’ apathy on the issue is an interesting thing to see, with very few Daily Kos “immigration” items in the past week.
Brown’s “explanation” is every bit as weak as George Voinvich’s. In fact, given his consistent poor ratings from immigration watchdog groups (0% from FAIR — scroll down a bit; career D- and recent D from Americans for Better Immigration; Voinovich’s ratings with ABI are D and D), and Ted Kennedy’s passionate advocacy of the bill, one might expect Brown’s vote to be generating a great deal of outrage. Why not? Could this be one of those “you have to fool ‘em” votes that leftists forgive?
UPDATE: In this Cincinnati Enquirer article on June 13, there was this:
“The Senate failed in its duty,” said Pam Dixon, with Cincinnati Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
At least, she said in a Tuesday conference call with news media, Ohio Republican Sen. George Voinovich and Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown “had the courage to vote yes” to end debate. The Senate attempt to bring the bill to a final vote failed 45 to 50. Senate Republicans wanted more changes in a 326-page bill they consider deeply flawed.
So what’s your take on Brown’s and Voinovich’s “courage” today, Pam? How does it feel to be thrown away like yesterday’s newspaper?