"Sissy Willis, he doesn't want to hear from you," Dan Riehl just twittered in response to our own early-afternoon tweet:
Just called Scott Brown's local number, again as yesterday & phone mailbox full. Arggh!
But the DC office of our junior Senator did pick up, with a real person on the other end after a two- or three-minute wait on hold with a tasteful Mozart concerto playing in the background. As we wrote in the comments of Dan's related blogpost, "Usual Suspects: The Dodd-Frank Sell-Out":
When I asked which way the calls were trending, [the woman who answered the phone] said she couldn't say. I asked whether that meant she WOULDN'T say, and she said yes. Sounds to me like they're trending NO!
For a reality check, we ran our gut reaction by Tuck, who agreed with our assessment but had this bit of sadder-but-wiser wisdom to add:
The no's are the people who WOULD call. Those who don't call don't know what's going on anyway.
Update: Some thoughtful perspective from fellow Brown campaigner Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection. Be sure to read the whole thing:
I'm not going to engage in the name calling some have directed at Brown. I believe Brown was sincere in his belief that the legislation does more good than bad. And I'm still glad that I supported his campaign, because Brown stood firm on health care and other negative Democratic initiatives [Also, our own view, the "Massachusetts Miracle" served as a catalyst to break up the incumbent logjam, promising "term limits by other means" in local and national elections this spring and come November].
But Scott Brown failed to see the forest for the trees on financial reform.
Whatever good the financial legislation accomplishes could have been accomplished without another impenetrable behemoth, sprinkled with lobbyist-induced goodies, which expands government for the sake of expanding government, and which constitutes a cure which is worse than the disease.
Update: Michelle Malkin "Buzzworthy" link!
Update II: "A Sissy Willis Scott Brown Tribute" from Dan.
Update III: Instalanche!
Update IV: Interesting email exchange this evening with Professor Reynolds:
We: He's getting an earful from us Tea Party people today. Too late for FinReg, but maybe next time?
Glenn Reynolds: Indeed. Somebody should make noises about running a Tea Party candidate against him in the primary if he drifts further. . . .
Note: Brown will be up for election to a full term in 2012.
Update V: "Sissy Willis I have one thing to say to you," says blog/twitter buddy DaTechGuy:
This post is spot on, I wish I wrote it.