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    Scott Brown For Senate 2012

    Scott Brown For Senate 2012

    Massachusetts Democrats are among the happiest people on earth because Democrats won all the congressional and statewide races at the mid-terms. 

    And emboldened by avoiding the wave, Mass Dems think they can defeat Scott Brown in 2012.  As reported by The Boston Herald, Democrats pledge to bring down Scott Brown in 2012:

    Fresh off their strong Bay State finish, emboldened Massachusetts Democrats targeted Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown yesterday, vowing to put up a strong candidate to topple the wildly popular GOP hunk and hinting that a challenger could emerge before the end of the year.

    “I’m confident when we get to 2012 we will have the candidate,” warned Massachusetts Democratic Party chairman John Walsh yesterday. “Scott Brown should be insecure.”

    Some observations.

    Brown remains popular in Massachusetts, and has tons of money left over from last January’s election.  He is not starting from behind, and there is no clear Democratic candidate in waiting.

    Brown also is not likely to be the target of a Republican primary challenge.  Even Erick Erickson, in assessing likely targets for primary challenges, has pretty much crossed Brown off the list.

    Brown is no Arlen Specter or Charlie Crist.  Brown campaigned on being the 41st vote against Obamacare, and he followed through on that pledge. 

    It turned out that Democrats found a way to avoid another Senate vote when the House Democrats signed onto the previously passed Senate bill plus minor reconciliation.  But do not underestimate Brown’s impact.  Brown’s election, and the fact that he kept his promise, bought valuable time during which the legislation became even less popular, and forced House liberals to swallow a bitter pill. 

    Following on Republican wins in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, the passage of Obamacare was the death knell for the Democratic Party in the House and in state houses throughout the country.

    Brown has not been the most conservative Senator (he voted for the financial reform bill, to my disappointment), but he has been with the Republican opposition most of the way.  Brown has positioned himself in the center, without abandoning core principles on which he ran.

    Brown owns a special place in the history of the fight against Obamacare and the overbearing Democratic Party agenda.

    And based on his performance so far, he still deserves our support.

    [Note:  The words “for Senate” were added to the post title for the sake of clarity.]

    Update 11-17-2010 – From The Daily Caller, Erick Erickson: Tea Partiers targeting Scott Brown in 2012 would be ‘nuts’.

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    Mike Castle may have been far from a perfect Republican, or conservative. But he was a reasonably reliable Republican vote. Yes, I know he voted for cap and tax. And yes he should have been looking to retirement, instead of trying to run the race he should have run in 2000 against Tom Carper. But he would have been a reasonably reliable vote for 4 years. As much as I agree more with the positions O'Donnell took, she was a deeply flawed candidate. A fact most Delaware residents knew, but out of state Tea Partiers did not. The fact that she was on the primary ballot at all was more a testament to the ineptitude which plagues the state Republican party than anything else. They tolerated her when she was willing to serve as their sacrificial lamb in 2006 and 2008 against first Carper and then Biden because they couldn't find anyone else. Unfortunately Delaware is stuck being blue for the foreseeable future.

    ""Can someone please succinctly explain why it is ok to support Scott Brown, but it wasn't ok to support Mike Castle?"

    Because Mike Castle was part of the problem, and Brown was an improvement, Castle wasn't. "

    With respect to the Senate seat, Castle was NOT part of the problem. And he would have been a significant improvement over any of Biden, Kaufman or Chris (I'm a Marxist) Coons.

    It is interesting to read the comments supporting Castle. They sound suspiciously like those used to excuse Specter, Chafee, Scozzofava, Snowe, Collins, Powell, Schwarzenegger, Crist, and a host of other DIABLOs (Democrat In All But Label Only). I think I now understand why the GOP is called the Stupid Party. If Castle is the best the GOP can do, then include me out.

    Here are the cold, hard facts: there is ZERO difference between Biden, Coons and Castle. None. Zip. Nada. Representative Castle was a greedy, corrupt crook, and in the Senate he would have been worse. A Senator Castle would have been a solid vote for cap & trade. He also would have helped Democrats to "fix" ObamaCare – meaning, spend even more money on that disaster. Castle, like any good Democrat, oozes contempt for those he considers inferior to him (meaning 99.9% of us). He would have displaced McCain and Graham as the MSM's favorite Republican (I can just see the hagiographic Newsweak cover as he solemnly warns us of the deadly danger of freedom and personal liberty). And Castle would have eventually jumped to the Democrat Party because of the "Radical Right".

    Senator Bearded Marxist performs one undeniable service for the folks of Delaware. He makes it 100% clear that the coming Greece-style disaster is purely the Democrat Party's fault. By contrast Senator Castle would have guaranteed the GOP would get the blame. Fortunately, there were enough voters who stormed the Castle and spared us that indignity.

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