Outgoing Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is headed back to DC today to join his colleagues for last-minute fiscal cliff negotiations. President Obama has also cut his own $4 million Hawaiian vacation short to be there for the proceedings. Conservatives aren’t really convinced that Obama’s presence will mitigate the gravity of our financial situation, but this afternoon, Brown posted a message to his Facebook page suggesting that there might be a light at the end of the tunnel:

Scott Brown Facebook post

Scott Brown Facebook post

Just one problem: It wasn’t serious. Because no such proposal was ever put forth. After a mild media frenzy, White House sources revealed the truth:

Brown’s faulty post unleashed a flood of mockery: