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Brown Must Work With Dems To Survive

Weirdly, an obvious editorial seems to have slipped into the news section of the Associated Press:

Brown’s independence could face Senate test

By Andrew Miga, Associated Press Writer Fri Feb 5

WASHINGTON – Scott Brown says he’s a different kind of Republican, a centrist willing to work with Senate Democrats to fix health care and the ailing economy.

But his independent bent is likely to be sorely tested in a bitterly divided Senate where party loyalty is often at a premium.

As it is, Brown was sworn in Thursday a week earlier than he had planned. He spent his earliest minutes as a senator facing questions on whether he will stick with the GOP in the partisan fight over President Barack Obama’s choice of a union attorney, Craig Becker, for a top labor job.

Brown tried to maintain a middle-of-the-road posture. "I’m going to look at everybody’s qualifications and make my own decision," he said.

Brown can expect more tough balancing acts like that as he seeks to put his own stamp on a Senate seat held for nearly a half-century by the late liberal lion Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts. For New England Republicans in Congress, whose ranks have thinned in recent years, it is the only way to survive.

Just ask Maine Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Their independent ways and support for measures such as Obama’s economic stimulus have stoked sharp criticism from some conservatives.

"He’s clearly independent-minded and I cannot wait to get him here," Collins said. "I think this is going to be a terrific development for our party." …

"The problem for (Brown) is the Republican Party that will welcome him in Washington is the Republican Party that will prevent him from getting re-elected in Massachusetts in a couple of years," said Wendy Schiller, a Brown University political science professor. "If he goes into that party and he toes the line with that party, he can’t get re-elected."

On the way to his win, Brown was careful not to refer to himself as a Republican too often in Massachusetts, where more than half the voters are not connected to a party. Since winning his seat, Brown has struck a more conciliatory tone on Obama’s health care overhaul, too.

Snowe and Collins have turned their moderate brand of politics into popularity in Maine, where pragmatism often takes a back seat to partisanship with voters

Funny how taking the Democrat party line is always described as pragmatism rather than partisanship.

"If he wants to have a future in Massachusetts politics, Brown has to live up to being a New England Republican — fiscally conservative, socially moderate, independent-minded," said Dante Scala, a University of New Hampshire political science professor.

"Is Obama going to try to craft some room for himself in the center?" Scala said. "If so, Brown might be something of an ally."

You see? The only way for Mr. Brown to get re-elected is to become an ally of President Obama. What could be more clear from the elections of only last week?

Getting Mr. Brown to move to the left seems to be one of the new missions of our watchdog media. It is reminiscent of their relentless effort to ‘make George do it,’ after the first President Bush gave his famous ‘read my lips’ pledge not to raise taxes.

And, we predict, that if Mr. Brown gets browbeaten into following the media’s bidding, he will face a similar outcome.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “Brown Must Work With Dems To Survive”

  1. puhiawa says:

    How unexpectedly kind of the AP to think for Scott Brown.

  2. BillK says:

    Scott’s got less time than usual to prove himself.

    I do have to admit I fear he will take their advice and become the GOP’s next Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins…

  3. JohnMG says:

    …..””If he wants to have a future in Massachusetts politics, Brown has to live up to being a New England Republican — fiscally conservative, socially moderate, independent-minded,” said Dante Scala, a University of New Hampshire political science professor.

    I think Professor Scala’s been in the medicinal marijuana again. If Brown had followed that advice, he wouldn’t even have been ELECTED in Massachusetts.

    Have you ever been to the zoo and listened to the chatterings in the primate house? Statements like these are reminiscent of that phenomenon.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Ditto, John! Couldn’t agrre with you more.

      Amazing how these “analysts” never give up on their own storyline – spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

      You’re right. A bunch of clothed primates chattering.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      The only two ways Brown will lose this seat is 1) he doesn’t hold with his campaign promises or 2) someone even MORE conservative runs against him.

      But I suspect he’ll be re-elected and keep the seat for awhile. Unless Massachusetts has another moment of weakness and finds another drunk, womanizing, frat-boy moron with a bad driving record to elect.

  4. proreason says:

    Last time I looked, which was yesterday, more people in Massuchusetts consider themselves conservative than liberal, just like every other state in the union.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/125066/State-States.aspx

    Mr Brown will dance with whut brought him to the Senate.

    And it wasn’t listening to the marxist press.

  5. Right of the People says:

    That’s how the libretards define compromise: You give us what we want.

    If Brown sways from his tough talk on the campaign trail, his will be a one term senate career.

  6. NoNeoCommies says:

    The entire Republican party needs to treat Democrats as semi-civil enemies it they want to survive as a political entity.
    Every time they hold out their hand to the Dems, they lose a finger.
    No matter how many ideas they offer, they are accused of just saying “NO” and not offering alternatives.
    They will be accused of wanting to starve children and seniors and kill puppies no matter what they do or say so they should just stick to their principles.
    The Democrats are not your friends.
    Never trust them (unless you trust them to knife you in the back!)

  7. mr_bill says:

    So to recap the AP talking points: Brown was elected because of voters’ anger at Bush, not Obama (even though he ran as the 41st vote against Obamacare). Now, if he wants to stay in office (next election) and succeed in his first term, he needs to change positions 180 degrees from those that got him elected and buddy up with Obama and his policies? Do these people think about this stuff before they publish it?

  8. GetBackJack says:

    I’ll wait to pass judgement … seeing as EVERY Republican I’ve ever voted for bent the Constitution over and did unspeakable things to it. In the name of being a ‘Centrist’ and all ….

  9. eaglewingz08 says:

    I’m sure the dear professor was a supporter of Brown before the election, and was not a supporter of Coakley. I’m sure that dear professor is not a hardened liberal parasitically living off tenured status at a public university. I bet he has connections to Chicago as well.

  10. Rip Cord says:

    Gosh, why are the Liberal Media so “helpful” for GOP politicians when they obviously despise them and wish them ill? One of the biggest reasons Republicans cannot hold the majority is when they accept this “help”. Do yourself a big favor Scott Brown and vote the way you ran your Senate campaign. You will do fine. Take advice from your enemies and you will end up as toast.


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