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    Bye-Bye Brown

    Bye-Bye Brown

    You don’t need me.  You have $7 million plus in the bank, and as of now, you’re the most popular politician in Massachusetts.

    I’m just a small-time, part-time, squeeze-in-posts-between-real-life, blogger. 

    I supported you in early December 2009, when no one gave you a chance, and continued to pound the keyboard throughout December to get the conservative blogosphere to pay attention.  And when in January 2010 I turned my blog into an “all Scott Brown, all the time” blog, I had no illusions.

    When on election day 70,000 people followed the news here, and when we celebrated, I was being at least partially selfish.

    I saw your candidacy as a way to stop Obamacare.  And it was the right decision.  Your election didn’t stop Obamacare, but it did delay it and did force the House to accept the untenable Senate bill.  The damage done to the narrative of Obamacare from your election was enormous.  Your election also served as an inspiration for what was to follow in November 2010.

    When you missed an opportunity to make a difference on the financial reform bill, I was critical, but still I supported you and called for people to support your reelection.

    When your press office would not return my calls or emails on the John McConnell nomination, I understood.  When I call congressional press offices, and they ask what organization I am calling from, and I mention a blog, there is a noticeable pause, and then no one is available to speak with me.  That’s okay, I get that.

    And when I asked to speak with you, and was brushed aside, my feelings were not hurt (well maybe a little).  But I understood the dynamics.

    When the League of Women Voters ran outrageous ads against you recently, I again jumped to your defense.

    But your op-ed today at The Politico is a bridge too far.

    I don’t blame you for voting against the Ryan bill; I don’t have litmus tests, and while I think the overall framework is the right direction, I can’t argue with the fact that people may have specific alternatives or amendments.

    But you don’t have alternatives.  In your op-ed you simply repeat the hackneyed and failed notions of waste, fraud and abuse, with tort reform thrown in.  That will not cut it.  That is a dodge.

    You apparently have no solutions to what you admit to be an unsustainable course, but you took the opportunity to imply that Republicans will abandon seniors.  You don’t come right out and say it, but you came pretty close. 

    A “no” vote wasn’t good enough, you had to do it in a way so as to damage fellow Republicans by playing into the false Democratic narrative.  You are a hero for your op-ed, but not to the people who supported you. 

    Go down the list of those praising your op-ed, and you will see the same people who smeared you as a “birther”, who distributed rape mailers against you, who mocked you as a crazy extremist, who accused you of endorsing sexual violence against your opponent, and who will work to defeat you in 2012.

    I can’t speak for all your supporters, and maybe not even for many of them.  But I’m done defending you against the people who are cheering your op-ed.

    So it’s time to say goodbye and good luck.

    I will not work against you, but I also will not work for you.  There are many more important battles to fight in 2012.

    Update 5-24-2011:  Elizabeth Warren is being wooed by Harry Reid and others to run against Brown.  I think Brown will find that a Republican can’t win an election by trying to out-liberal a real liberal.

    And a fairly devastating account of how Brown was for the Ryan plan before he was against it.

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    I'm with you on not being with Brown, and he's done. I've long been weary of the "but that's the best we can hope for from a blue state like MA" whiny pants crap from his supporters. He ran as a fiscal conservative (who'd be the 41st vote we needed–we thought–to stop ObamaCare), but he's not a fiscal conservative, not even close. He's taken many wasteful spending votes, and this attack on Paul Ryan is the last straw for me.

    Few (if any?) in MA will work for his reelection like they did last time. I know I damn well won't. I don't believe he has a chance in hell of being reelected in 2012–the main reason he had the support he did had absolutely nothing to do with him and everything to do with that healthcare monstrosity. Not his fault that he wasn't able to stop it, but that was a once in a lifetime moment in history. There is no way I'd ever work for his reelection again.

    Besides, I am sick to death of his campaign's whiny emails. Ooooh, someone said something bad about me, someone is trying to defeat me, waaah, give me money because the big bad dem machine is out to get me. Of course, as you note, there is never any mention of what he has to offer (because he has nothing to offer . . . not to any conservative, anyway).

    A RINO isn't better than a dem, when the RINO keeps a real fiscal conservative from representing the people.

    Further, if the RINO votes with the dems, how is he any different from putting a real dem in his seat?

    I have news for you folks: the voters know this, too. If there's very little difference between a RINO and a dem, there's no reason for people to vote for the former, which is why it's so damned hard in many blue states to get them to vote for a repub… since the repubs tend to be RINOs.

    What voters want is a clear distinction — the difference between a candidate who's all about maintaining dem spending levels and someone who's all about cutting back to something that's sustainable. If they don't have a clear choice, they're going to vote for the dem.

    Don't tell me a real fiscal conservative can't get elected in a state like Massachusetts, because I don't buy it. Brown won because he talked like a fiscal conservative and sounded like a true representative of TEA Party principles. That message resonated with the voters, causing him to win. And what did he do, as soon as he was elected? Turn his back on everything he promised during the campaign.

    If he could win running as a TEA Party-supported candidate, then a REAL fiscal conservative can win there, too.

    And a real fiscal conservative is exactly what we need in Massachusetts, as well as every other state. If we don't stop playing the "who's electable and who isn't" game and settling for less than we want and deserve in the hope of appealing to the middle, we're going to continue to be stuck with sh!twads like Brown.

    It's time to stop playing that game. Primary his sorry a$$ back to Boston and replace him with a real fiscal conservative.

    Spedvet | May 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I can accept the fact that a guy running as a Republican might have 49% of his ideas in line with the opposition. What I can't get my head around is how he treated YOU. Even if he disagreed with you, he should have at least taken your calls. It is this that disappoints me most, and I feel what speaks the loudest about his character.

    The fact that you hung around as long as you did, Professor, speaks to your character.

    What we'll do is we'll pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and carry on. Sometimes being able to look at ourselves in the mirror is all we have.

    Just heard you on WCRN – well played, Prof.

    You made your case. Short, sweet, and to the point.

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