The political season is getting heated already and in Massachusetts, the battle for the US Senate is starting early. Scott Brown is running for reelection and his most likely opponent is going to be far left wing (even by Massachusetts standards) Elizabeth Warren.
Scott Brown was the hero of the Tea Party when he ran in 2010 to take the Senate seat held by the late and not so great, Ted Kennedy. Now the Tea Party has turned its back on Brown.
He turned his back on us.
When Brown was elected in 2010, many in the Tea Party movement went nuts over him. Some called for him to run for President. Others, such as myself cautioned people. Scott Brown was no Ronald Reagan. While we knew he would not be with us all of the time, we hoped he would be with us most of the time and particularly on crucial issues.
By April 1, he had pretty much sold us out. He called spending cuts, “irresponsible.” He begged for a “bi-partisan” solution and even supported Harry Reid’s insane debt plan.
So now Scott Brown is running for reelection and the Tea Party is just watching him run. Brown may be getting some support from local Tea Party groups, but the national groups are just sitting this one out.
The Tea Party’s apathy towards Brown made national news. The Daily Caller did a major piece on it yesterday.
The reaction on some conservative websites has been interesting. Some have accused the Tea Party of wanting to see far left socialist Elizabeth Warren in the Senate. One person wrote that Elizabeth Warren would vote with the liberals 100% of the time. Scott Brown would vote with the GOP 60% of the time.
That is very true. She would vote that way and he would not, some of the time.
The Tea Party is not advocating Elizabeth Warren be elected. Nor is it advocating Scott Brown be defeated, unless a conservative challenger appears (which does not seem likely).
The Tea Party helped propel Scott Brown to an unlikely victory. Tea Party activists not only contributed to his campaign fund, but also contributed time. Many went to Massachusetts. Even those who could not go found other ways to help.
Not this time.
There are too many other important fights. We need to defeat Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe in the primaries. We need to help the GOP gain control of the Senate. The numbers this year look good. With 23 Democrat seats up and only 10 Republican seats, and Obama’s overwhelming unpopularity, the only real question is going to be how much will the GOP control the Senate by?
There is an outside chance; if Scott Brown wins, the GOP could get to the magic 60 votes for a supermajority. On the other hand, with Scott Brown as number 60, it still would not mean a whole lot.
For Scott Brown, he is better than the alternative. But then again, that is not saying much. He may win reelection. If he does, so be it.
But he should not be looking for the kind of help the Tea Party gave him last time. We have better things to do with our time.
"All, or nothing at all!"
That seems to be the creed of a majority of posters here. If Scott Brown isn't ALL Tea Party, he's NOTHING at all!!!
Well, he's not ALL Tea Party, so over the side of the ship with him, he's NOTHING!!!
Well, ideologues, you're wrong! Short-sighted and close-minded!
The state is Massachusetts, folks. A RED state! The #1 RED state! But that RED ran a tad BLUE when Scott Brown won Kennedy's seat. A win with a great push from the Tea Party! But Scott Brown hasn't toed the Tea Party line! So, color him DISAPPOINTING.
But in Massachusetts, having a 60% GOP vote by a US Senator is a miracle! 'Way better than a 100% liberal/progressive/socialist/marxist/communist/obama vote! At least IT IS to me!
If not Scott Brown, who can defeat the challenge of Elizabeth Warren? Rhetorical question ~~ the answer is NO ONE! That's right, NO ONE!
So take a deep-breath, exhale, and accept reality ~~ Scott Brown is a far better US Senator from Massachusetts than Elizabeth Warren!
There's no rabbit-hole here, so abandon your Alice In Wonderland dreams of Tea Party purity and support Scott Brown's senate campaign in Massachusetts!
So? What is Elizabeth Warren? A 100% liberal/socialist/etc. who, thank god, hasn't posed nude!
Who's the better choice??? Brown??? Warren???
Even a neanderthal can make that call......
That's why I suggest parades. These bozos can't stand the sight of the American flag and most of them don't even know the words to our National Anthem! When I vote, I'm wearing my red white and blue and willk be humming God Bless America, She's a Grand Old Flag, or I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy, maybe even the anthem and just skip that one very high notes!
Interesting tidbit the high notes are on the words........... "Red Glare" (red state-not blue, boys!) and, "oer the land of the FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE"
Judson Phillips...You took down two of my posts this evening that were neither disrespectful to anyone nor were they peppered with any foul language. Why is that?
I simply stated that you and so many others on this board seem willing to sacrifice a Republican Senate seat just for the sake of ideological purity, even though the real possibility exists wherein the democrats may still retain control of the Senate by just one vote, possibly the vote of a frothing Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Where would that leave the new, Republican President and the strong, Republican House, I asked. What about the conservative agenda, any Federal/Supreme Court nominees, the repeal of obamacare?
You seem willing to throw those things away, and for that, I sarcastically called you and others, "Brilliant".
I'm surprised at you. So much for the free exchange of ideas. I'm from Delaware, and I was a big supporter of Christine O'Donnell last Fall. I worked on her campaign, and my wife & I even hosted a Tea for Christine at our house. I also belong to some of the Tea-Party groups here, in Delaware. So if you think I'm some kind of leftist plant on TPN, you are sorely mistaken. I agree with most of what you write, but you don't seem able to take even the slightest criticism from someone who disagrees with you on a particular point. The expression, "Thin-Skinned" and the word, "arrogant" come to mind lately when I think of you.
Judson Phillips...Thank you for your clarification about my two posts. I went through all 11 pages of this thread, and I cannot find either of them. They're easy for me to spot because of my avatar. They were there for a while, and I kept getting emails that people were still replying to the thread. I went back, and the posts were gone. I don't know how that happened; I didn't do anything different, so I can't imagine what kind of error I made. TPN is so easy to post on, too. I'll just have to accept that I must have made some kind of error.