An attempt by Senate Democrats to pass a higher tax on millionaires failed Monday night, but the legislative defeat may prove to be a political gift to Democrats eager to counter Scott Brown’s image as a bipartisan everyman. The issue, pitched as a fairness argument, has received support in polls. But Massachusetts Democrats are using Brown’s opposition to the Buffett rule to argue that, on economic issues, he is closer to the national Republican Party than his image suggests.
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