Power is brokered in Washington based on cash and influence and there's no bigger, more powerful, or cash-ier role for a senator than landing on the appropriations committee. You get to approve just about every cent that gets spent annually by the government, from defense to education, from transportation to housing, and everything in between, like how much should be spent on Splenda.
Senator Sherrod Brown just landed a seat on the committee which means he basically just ate a full can of spinach, was exposed to radiation, and was blessed by the pimp cane of the money pimp. He is no longer regular Sherrod Brown; he is now Popeye Hulk Cash Money Brown, and if he wishes he can give himself that nickname because he is now super duper powerful and no one will deign to say it's a silly or clunky nickname.
We learned that in high school government class, so it's gotta be true.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio has won a seat on the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, a move that gives the Democrat greater power to steer federal money to his state.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chose Brown to fill the seat left vacant by the death this month of Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia.
The committee approves all federal spending for programs that are authorized annually, such as defense, education, housing and transportation.
Ohio's other senator, Republican George Voinovich, also holds a seat on the committee but is retiring at the end of the year.
Cross paths with Senator Brown only if you dare. You should probably just stay out of the way unless you're stopping by to kiss his ring. Oh, and you should stop writing mean comments about Connie Schultz on Cleveland.com, too.