Will Scott Brown become the Fishbait Miller of the Senate?

by Datechguy | November 8th, 2010

Readability

Will Scott Brown become the Fishbait Miller of the Senate?

When head­ing toward re-​election pols tend to take the feel­ings of the vot­ers back home a lot more seriously.

In Maine for exam­ple Repub­li­cans swept statewide elec­tions pretty solidly. It should have an inter­est­ing effect on Maine two lib­eral repub­li­cans and the day of their next race comes closer.

In Mass­a­chu­setts the clean sweep of offices for democ­rats will likely not be lost on Scott Brown when elec­tion day 2012 comes around. The same turnout machine that pushed Patrick et/​al will still exist, and may even be aided by national money.

But the dynamic in the Sen­ate has changed dra­mat­i­cally as George Will puts it:

When Sen­ate Minor­ity Leader Mitch McConnell had 40 or 41 sen­a­tors in his cau­cus, he usu­ally had 40 or 41 votes when he felt he urgently needed them. Begin­ning in Jan­u­ary, with at least 46 sen­a­tors, he will always have 41 votes when he really wants them.

There are going to be times when Scott Brown is going to want to demon­strate his “inde­pen­dence” from the GOP cau­cus. With 6 votes to give McConnell will be able to do with­out Brown, or Collins or Snowe and still stop any­thing he needs to.

The ques­tion is this. Will he gain more sym­pa­thy at home oppos­ing the GOP or not. Or to put it another way. We know the machine will be against him no mat­ter what he does, so will he make more points with the elec­torate with the elec­torate going left or going right?

Of course he could just do the right thing and do what he thinks is right…

When heading toward re-election pols tend to take the feelings of the voters back home a lot more seriously.

In Maine for example Republicans swept statewide elections pretty solidly. It should have an interesting effect on Maine two liberal republicans and the day of their next race comes closer.

In Massachusetts the clean sweep of offices for democrats will likely not be lost on Scott Brown when election day 2012 comes around. The same turnout machine that pushed Patrick et/al will still exist, and may even be aided by national money.

But the dynamic in the Senate has changed dramatically as George Will puts it:

When Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had 40 or 41 senators in his caucus, he usually had 40 or 41 votes when he felt he urgently needed them. Beginning in January, with at least 46 senators, he will always have 41 votes when he really wants them.

There are going to be times when Scott Brown is going to want to demonstrate his “independence” from the GOP caucus. With 6 votes to give McConnell will be able to do without Brown, or Collins or Snowe and still stop anything he needs to.

The question is this. Will he gain more sympathy at home opposing the GOP or not. Or to put it another way. We know the machine will be against him no matter what he does, so will he make more points with the electorate with the electorate going left or going right?

Of course he could just do the right thing and do what he thinks is right…

Buy My Book!

Buy My Book!

Hit DaTipJar and Support Conservative Journalism & Opinion




Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,147 other subscribers

DH Gate Dot Com, Online Shopping

Cheap ecigarette from China - DHgate

Best Grassroots Blogs

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Catholic CD of the Month

Know your Catholic Faith

Da Pages

Winner - 2014 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

Donald Trump Calls on DaTechGuy Worcester MA

 
%d bloggers like this: