Captain Sulu: All right, now we’ve given them something else to shoot at
Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country 1991
When I first saw this story I had to laugh:
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts is traveling to Iowa on Sunday to check out the big boar and the super bull at the Iowa State Fair – and to size up whether Iowans might take a liking to him.
“I’m going to be coming out more often to try to determine whether there’s an interest in my brand of leadership and Republicanism,” Brown told The Des Moines Register in a telephone interview this afternoon.
Connections through his wife to Iowa not withstanding let me point out that Scott Brown has as much of a chance of being the GOP nominee in 2016 as I have…
…which is why if I was Rand Paul, Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum I would do all I can to encourage speculation of such a run, his entry into the race and my contributors to kick into any exploratory committee for president for the man.
Let me point you to this exchange from Friday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC
Scarborough: I have to say, ed, though, if i’m Chris Christie, I’m thrilled that Ted Cruz and Marcr Rubio–
Ed Rendell: absolutely.
Scarborough and Rand Paul, and Rick Santorum are all going out to Iowa, all — you know what, they’re going to be a thousand people thinking I’m going to win this from the right and they’re going to chop each other up and then have a guy with a 72% approval rating in new jersey going out there and you get 25, 30% of the vote, you win.
Ed Rendell:I always believed the — a moderate could win the republican primaries by being the only moderate in the field.
Chris Christie is staking out a position to the left of Paul, Cruz & Santorum and the cunning plan is to make sure the more conservative vote is divided enough for him to cruise over the finish line with 25-30% of the vote.
If Scott Brown is in the mix the equation changes.
Suddenly you have a split in the more liberal wing of the GOP, suddenly in states where there are open primaries democrats trying to push the GOP to the left have two choices rather than one.
This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, divide your opponents vote. All you need is a person with a healthy enough ego to believe they have a better shot of winning then they actually do and just enough money from already maxed out donors to keep them in the game for as many primaries as you need them for. And given this story from the Herald…
Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown told the Herald he is exploring a possible 2016 presidential bid today as he hit a well-worn stomping ground for Oval Office hopefuls – the Iowa State Fair.
“I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bi-partisan problem solver,” said Brown, who has been meeting with top republicans nationally and last week hosted a Fenway event for Republican National Committee members. Brown indicated he isn’t close to deciding whether he will run. “It’s 2013 I think it’s premature, but I am curious. There’s a lot of good name recognition in the Dakotas and here – that’s pretty good.”
…the healthy ego ready to be persuaded of unrealistic expectation part isn’t going to be an issue.
Big disclaimer. I’ve met and interviewed Scott Brown, I’ve met his wife and his daughters and enthusiastically supported both of his runs for US Senate in Massachusetts and believe he would be infinitely better than either of our current US Senators from Massachusetts not to mention infinitely better in the White House than our current president. Just like Ed Morrissey says
One final thought, I’m Really interested to see what Morning Joe has to say about this story. The crew has always liked Scott Brown. If they hit the idea of this run, I think that will telegraph something that a lot of conservatives have been thinking.
Update: Added ST 6 quote and moved the Chris Christie Paragraph to after the Morning Joe quote where it was meant to be.
If you told me that I would be leading my Monday Morning Post with a Scott Brown for President post 48 hours ago I wouldn’t have believed you.
But if you told me a year ago I’d be trying to pay my mortgage every month via tip jar hits every week I wouldn’t have bought that either.
I’m only 1-3 for making my full $305 paycheck this August. but hopefully my former home town senator will help push me over the line.