Republican Senator Scott Brown's vote for a Democratic jobs bill surprised supporters, and spurred predictions about future bipartisanship. Some began to speculate that Brown--hailed as the destroyer of health care and Democrats' filibuster-proof majority--could even prove a boon to the White House.
Heilemann all but predicted Brown's jobs bill vote, and beat today's commentators to the conclusion that Democrats shouldn't count on Brown except when his polls numbers are threatened. As Heilemann wrotes, "on the critical issues of 2010, unless his own poll numbers begin to plummet, Brown seems likely to be another brick in the Republican wall of opposition." That's precisely what bloggers wound up deciding post-vote.