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    Scott Brown’s important place in history

    Scott Brown’s important place in history

    Scott Brown never misrepresented himself or his intentions.

    Scott Brown announced yesterday that he decided not to run for the Senate seat vacated by John Kerry.  While I would have preferred he run, I can’t say I blame him.

    After all, Massachusetts elected Elizabeth Warren, someone who demonstrably misrepresented her ethnicity for employment purposes both in professional publications and for the purpose of her university’s federal filings.  One thing I learned just yesterday was that Warren admitted in an interview that she did not meet the legal definition necessary to claim minority status.  Nonetheless, she is on the tip of almost every Democrat’s tongue as a candidate for President in 2016, and has to be considered a frontrunner if Hillary does not run.

    Given the state of Massachusetts politics, it would have been too much to expect Brown to run for Senate a third time this year and then again in 2014.

    Brown was a Senator for less than three years, but he holds an important place in our political history.

    His election in January 2010 was a watershed moment in the rise of opposition to Obamacare, a spontaneous coming together of the Tea Party movement and blue collar Democrats.  As someone who covered that 2010 race more closely and earlier than anyone, I witnessed first hand the passion with which seemingly disparate groups wanted to deprive Obama of a filibuster-proof Senate.

    That 41st vote against Obamacare had enormous significance.  It was not enough to stop it, because the Senate had passed a bill in late December 2009.  Brown’s election meant that the House, led by Nancy Pelosi, could not modify the Senate bill and had to take it as is, but for some relatively minor “reconciliation” changes.  The hard core progressives never got to weigh in on Obamacare.

    The Senate Obamacare bill, which became law because Brown could block any non-reconciliation changes, was and is a monstrosity, hated by conservatives and true progressives alike.  Only party-line Democrats like it.

    Brown’s election in January 2010 also kept up the momentum created by the elections of Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie in November 2009, and took that momentum to a new level which carried forward into the 2010 mid-term elections and Republicans taking back the House.

    Brown often disappointed us in his votes, which at one point caused me to say bye-bye, only to reconsider when I saw the alternative.

    One thing which is beyond dispute, however, is that Brown was true to his word of being the independent man, someone who reached across the aisle.  He ran that way in the 2010 election, and he voted that way.

    Scott Brown never misrepresented himself or his intentions.  That’s a lot more than we can say about his successor or just about any other politician.

    I wish him well, whether its running for Governor in 2014 or just returning to private life.


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    “…hated by conservatives and true progressives alike.”

    Well… I have to think “true progressives” hate only because it was so badly designed. They just love the massive expansion of the administrative state. Conservatives hate it for both. 🙂

      I really don’t see why “true” progressives dislike Obamacare. It’s obvious at this point that it is designed to crash the whole of private-market medicine: insurance, R&D medical devices/procedures, pharmaceuticals, practicing and would-be medical professional professionals.

      It leads to a monolithic, centralized control of the entire industry and its sub-industries – which of course leads to centralized control of 99% of all private industry by a chosen, state-approved elite (whether individuals or corporations). Not to mention the single-pay system they’ve always been working toward.

    A bit off topic, but interesting to note the widespread cheating scandal at Harvard – I believe Gov 101 – some 100+ students were disciplined, many suspended, etc. Apparently Harvard takes cheating as a serious offense ….. but only for students.

    jimposter | February 2, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I am sorry to see that Brown won’t run. I think he would continue to make a good senator, particularly given his Apache heritage. (wink, wink)

    It’s sad that the “most conservative” in Mass is a proabortion porn star. Yes, I did vote against the fake Cherokee; I’ll vote against any avowed socialist or deviant.

    Conservatism has a long road back, but with candidates like Brown they won’t be getting my vote. Some will say I’m just handing victory to the other side. No. Victory happens when there is no longer a conservative candidate. From that point, the Republicrat party begins the Hegelian manipulation of the voters, getting us to pull the lever for Brown-like candidates. The more we do it, the more demoralized we get. It’s in this way that they soften our will to oppose them. Obama and the left are masters at this.

      jdkchem in reply to JerryB. | February 2, 2013 at 3:38 pm

      Jenna Jameson lives in MA?

      Mercyneal in reply to JerryB. | February 3, 2013 at 9:14 am

      Brown is not a “porn star.” He posed once for Cosmo- hardly porn.

      The real porn star was Democrat District Attorney Mark Suben in upstate New York. He was a 70s’ porn star but tried to hide this from the electorate and the press in last November’s election. He blamed the allegations on a right wing smear. But just days after his election, when presented with irrefutable evidence (which included clips of him having sex in a movie with an actress playing an underaged Girl Scout), he had to fess up.

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