One scheduled part of our day was an 11 a.m. meeting with a representative of Senator Scott Brown. The first thing you learn is the lines to get into the senate office are long, VERY long and unfortunately unlike airports where if you arrive very early you can left people go around if you are slow with a lot of metal stuff like me you tend to hold everyone else up.
The offices are a full suite of rooms a the utterance is the name of the Senator on one side and the seal of the state on the other.
Tom Weaver running for the GOP nomination in my district arrived at Senator Brown’s office at the same time as me
Tom left his card and eventually the rest of the group showed up. A lot of people likely go there entire lives without visiting a Senator’s office so it is quite a treat.
Unfortunately a different Massachusetts group (the state delegation of J-Street) has an appointment at the same time as us. Their larger group went in the conference room while our smaller group was entertained in the hallway”
I had ample opportunity to observe the young lady and gentlemen working for the senator and I found them helpful and friendly. Considering the volume of traffic they get and some of the encounters they must deal with I suspect it is not an easy thing to be.
They also gave us some passes for the House and Senate Gallery
The young staff who met with us in the hall not only spent a considerable amount of his time…
…but he also gave us straight answers which is more important than time:
As we were finishing much to our surprise who turned up but the Senator himself
He also talked to us
and posed for pictures
He had two dogs with him. Harry Truman famously said that if you want a friend in Washington get a dog. As the senator tends to take views that on occasion confound both sides of the aisle one dog must not be enough.
Brown was forthcoming and displays all the attributes that won him election in 2010 and will in my opinion win him re-election in 2012. I’d like to see more tea party from him in style but bottom line he has been the best senator we’ve had from this state in decades and if we vote him out and end up with an ultra liberal ideologue we will only have ourselves to blame.
The crowd seemed to eat them all up, but even with Paul Ryan on stage at one point it was former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann who was the star and Keynote. She got there a tad late:
But when she got on stage the crowd was hers
Congresswoman Bachmann stayed for quite a while signing autographs and greeting attendees but as she headed toward her car it was still impossible to get close:
Although Bachmann was the star David Cox was more important in a particular sense:
Elected officials not withstanding, it is due to people like David Cox that the left is in trouble, because he like many others had been living their lives and happy to do so until the left reached so far that they pulled the average American back into the political process.
A little later today I’ll be putting out my full post about the Americans for Prosperity Rally but there is one particular point that needs to be accented.
There were plenty of speakers at the Rally, quite a few of them in congress including large names such as Michelle Bachmann, Paul Ryan, Allen West, Senator Pat Toomey and more. There seemed no shortage of members of congress willing to stand up and be counted.
During the protests earlier in the day in support of Obamacare that was not the case.
Sen Toomey (R-Pa): “I have no idea I couldn’t tell you.”
DaTechGuy: “An awful lot of people voted for it, where are they?”
Sen Toomey (R-Pa): “That’s a good question, this is a pretty unpopular bill.”
The senate as the body that approves treaties tends to be a more diplomatic body. I asked Allen West the same question and got a much blunter answer
“I don’t think they have the courage to come out, like the president who left the country.”
And that is the bottom line, the left had full control of the house when this passed yet had to drag their members tooth and claw over the line to get them.
If this was a good law, if it was a popular law, if it was law that would improve the lot of the people the left would not only have been anxious to vote for it, but two years later they would have marked the passage of the law with grand events and speech.
Instead they were reduced to Planned Parenthood, the National Abortion Rights League and the SEIU providing marchers in front of the court with nary a member of congress to be seen.
And that fact speaks blunter even than Congressman West.