When I heard the news that Scott Brown was opposing the Ryan plan I sighed.
It’s clear that democrats in Massachusetts would use support of the Ryan plan as a weapon against him, but I took Brown at his word that he had specific objections to the plan. Everybody doesn’t agree with everything so I didn’t consider it a big deal. When people objected on twitter to the vote saying we need a real conservative in Massachusetts I asked “A real conservative like Martha Coakley?”
I was going to let it drop until the word started going around that Scott Brown couldn’t vote for the Ryan plan because of Newt poisoned the water and look at the League of Woman voters attacks.
Let’s answer this stuff now:
1. I don’t know what other people’s expectations but I expect my US Senator’s to use a standard other than “Does Newt Gingrich put his foot in his mouth” on what will be supported or not.
2. If anyone in the GOP thinks that the League of Liberal Women voters or any other liberal group is going to go less all out against Scott Brown they are deluding themselves. Brown could vote a straight Harry Reid line and Massachusetts liberals would spend tens of millions to destroy him.
I’m very much hoping that this “We can’t vote for this with a tough election” line is not officially sanctioned from the Brown campaign, because if it is then that means they didn’t learn this lesson:
#3 Light Dawns on Marble Head
The league’s actions clearly demonstrate the futility of courting the media and “mainstream” groups. It is a lesson he may not understand but he needs to learn asap. Senator Brown you’re a nice guy but get this through your head:
No matter how many votes you give them, no matter many words you say or do. LIBERAL NGO’S AND THE MSM ARE NOT GOING TO SUPPORT YOU IN 2012.
Once you get this through your head, the rest is easy.
Of these lessons the 3rd is the most important for Senator Brown to learn, will he be wise enough to do so. That is the $64,000 question.
It is the failure to learn this lesson that has cost the GOP over and over again.
I think Scott Brown is a good senator and a decent fellow. I was very pleased to support him in 2010 and I expect to support him in 2012, but if anyone thinks that appeasing liberals is the way to win they are deluding themselves. Brown won by only 5 points in a huge turnout, he may want prevent defections among independents but he definitely can’t afford defections from his base, because those are the people who make the calls, who do the stand outs and buttonhole folks.
Update: Kelly Ayotte just stated on Fox she would vote for the plan, yet one more reason for conservatives in Massachusetts to move to New Hampshire
Update 2: The legal insurrection post is bad but the Fleming and Hays post is devastating, I think an explanation is in order and sans one I see no reason for any conservative to bother to work for Brown or donate money, if he wants to court liberals let them support him.
Update 3: Stacy suggest he might be looking over his shoulder and seeing Elizabeth Warren?