Just hours after Scott Brown's victory over Martha Coakley, Virginia Senator Jim Webb is calling on the Senate to wait for Brown to take office before any more votes on health care legislation are held. In a statement, Webb tried to convey to his fellow Democrats just what Brown's victory means.
"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process," Mr. Webb said. "It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."
You know those Senators who Democrats were afraid would move further to the center if Brown won? Yeah, Jim Webb is one of them. Senator Harry Reid also put out a statement tonight saying that Democrats have no plans to drag out Brown's swearing in.
"The people of Massachusetts have spoken," Reid said. "We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received."