Until last night, I had been less sanguine about Scott Brown’s chances in the Massachusetts Senate election next Tuesday than were other conservative bloggers. But, after watching him describe the office to which he aspires as “the people’s seat,” I began to wonder if all the elements were falling into place for a Republican upset in John Kerry’s home state.
Oh, and that ad was the first negative one in the race. The challenger has remained on the high ground, praising his opponent as a person while criticizing her policies. And his grassroots activists are energized.
Meanwhile Bay State voters are chewing on the shenanigans of state Democrats seeking to keep the Senate seat in their column, with state legislators revising a law they passed just five years to prevent a Republican Governor from appointing a successor to a Democratic Senator. Back then, it was okay to keep that seat vacant for a spell if the occupant might have been a Republican, but last fall, they couldn’t risk its vacancy when national Democrats needed an extra vote. Now, Democrats talk of delaying certification of the winner to allow their fellow partisans to vote on a burdensome and unpopular piece of legislation.
Still, Brown has an uphill climb, with Democratic special interests now aware that they’ll have to fight to keep this seat and ready to activate their Get-Out-the-Vote machines. But, consider this: in most races where one side repeatedly makes errors* while the other runs a good campaign, the error-prone side loses.
And it hasn’t been Scott Brown making the mistakes.
If almost seems a certainty that if a public figure veers off into America-bashing conspiracy theories, he’s soon going to start apologizing for our enemies. Usually, such apologetics focus on run-of-the-mill despots like Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but occasionally spills over into full-blown defenses of Communism and even Islamofascism.
Rarely, however, have such self-haters shown sympathy for Adolf Hitler.
In a new documentary series titled “Secret History of America,” Stoned says, “I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them.”
Most of us know the man my nephew called Stoned as filmmaker/conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone. So, if we, as Stone claims, “can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good,’” guess that lets W off the hook?
Right, so even as the Left accuses George W. Bush of killing one million Iraqis in his illegal war for oil, Bush has done nothing wrong. It’s all… America’s?… fault.
Surely, Stone’s next project will be to walk in Bush and Cheney’s shoes and understand their point of view. So, if you do want to educate your own minds, take a gander at my nephew’s column, it’s well worth your time.
Scott Brown is not the only Republican Senate candidate who can raise over $1,000,000 in a short time. In the sixty days since Carly Fiorina announced her bid to unseat Barbara Boxer, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, she cleared that amount in donations, pulling in $232,000 online alone. It took Chuck DeVore, her rival for the GOP nomination, nearly a year to raise a million.
Expect fundraising to pick up as Golden State voters focus on this race and as Republicans realize that Boxer can be beaten. Scott Brown’s success in the Bay State can help. He’ll show that what appears a quixotic quest may, in the current environment, become a winnable race for a Republican.
So, for the next week, let’s focus on helping Scott Brown, then, next week, we’ll have his example to inspire us as we work to elect Republicans across the nation, even in states like California where our fellows have not fared well in recent years.
I hope that GOP candidates across the country are paying attention to Scott Brown’s bid to succeed Teddy Kennedy in the United States Senate. And not just to see how a Republican can run in a “blue” state, but also to see how a Republican should run for office. Brown has kept his focus on fiscal and national security issues as this clip from last night’s On the Record with Greta van Susteren shows:
Not that not once, but twice in this seven-minute interview does he pause to call his opponent a “good” person who happens to be “wrong on the issues”. He shows similar class (about 5 minutes into this clip) when asked about the late Senator Kennedy. Instead of faulting that liberal lion for his left-wing views, he praises him for his constituent services. He has refrained from attacking his opponents or engaging in that Washington pattern of “always looking for somebody else to blame.”
Classy guy that Scott Brown.
Other Republicans would do well to follow Brown’slead when asked about President Obama, praising perhaps that Democrat’s story while criticizing his policies, daring to call their opponents good people.
And note what he defines is the biggest difference between himself and his opponent: “taxing and spending.” Nice to see a GOP candidate recognizing that as the key difference between the parties. Given Brown’s record, I trust this Republican will remember that once he arrives in our nation’s capital.
Next Tuesday, voters in Massachusetts will go to the polls for a special election to replace U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D). Recent polling shows Republican State Senator Scott Brown in a virtual tie with Democrat Martha Coakley.
“As the polls get closer and closer, Democrats and their allies on the left get more and more desperate. Democrats are unable to defend their record on taxes, spending, the economy, job creation, healthcare or the global war on terror, so instead they turn to smears, distortions and name-calling,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.
“In the last few weeks the gay left has slandered Scott Brown, claiming that he is ‘anti-gay.’ The truth is that Scott Brown has said that same-sex marriage is settled law in Massachusetts. Scott Brown has also said they he believes each state should decide its marriage laws – the exact same position taken by President Barack Obama.”
“What has 60 Democratic Senators delivered for gay families so far? Unemployment over 10%, spending spiraling out of control, a super majority bent on expanding discriminatory government-run healthcare, and an administration unwilling to confront the spread of radical anti-gay Islam. Nothing would send a clearer message to the current leadership in Washington about the unhappiness that all Americans, including gay and lesbian Americans, have with the direction in Washington then a win by Scott Brown.”
You know, leading Democrats from former President Bill Clinton on down are assuring us backwards and forwards, inside and out that current polls notwithstanding that should the Democrats’ health care overhaul pass, the American people will all of a sudden have a great epiphany and realize how wrong they were. Support for greater government control over our the health care will increase and Democrats’ electoral prospects will grow.
Chris Dodd may even change his retirement plans.
So, if Democrats are so bullish about potential future support of health care, why then is Martha Coakley, in her litany of attacks of Scott Brown, refusing to fault him for his promise to be the 41st vote to block Obamacare in the Senate?
Should she win, she’ll go to Washington to help pass a bill which major consequences for our health care system, but which was not central to her campaign. Just one more sign that Scott Brown is the real choice for changing the way things are done in our nation’s capital.
Just love how he turns the Democrats’ 2008 rhetoric on them. He is the true independent voice in this race, having held true to small government principles and stood up against the big-spending policies of the majority party in the Bay State.
At the gym yesterday, it seemed that half the time I looked up at CNN (and this over a period of an hour and a half), they were discussing Harry Reid’s comments about the hue of the president’s skin. I have to say I was surprised at how much attention this remark has been getting, with Democrats going into overdrive to do what his Nevada constituents show no intention of doing, saving his political career.
Personally, I think Reid will survive this, but the whole hullabaloo will serve to further damaging the Democratic Party “brand” as it again exposes the sheer hypocrisy of the left-wing rush to brand Republicans racist. I grant there’s much merit to the contention that what Harry Reid said was far less damning that what Trent Lott said, but no one call tell me with a straight face that if a Republican politician had said such a thing, particularly one who had once faulted the intelligence of an African-American Supreme Court Justice, he would have been spared the wrath of the race-conscious media.
I predict the furor will die down in a couple of days, with Reid keeping his job, but with his reputation–and that of his party–further tarnished. Not so much because of these remarks, but because of his party’s manner in handling them.
Image counts for a lot in politics. One well-timed statement can turn an election. A gaffe can destroy a political career. Because Ronald Reagan explicitly refused to exploit for political purposes his opponent’s youth and inexperience, he prevented that Democrat from winning any state beyond his home state in their fall 1984 match-up.
Had George Allen not uttered a bizarre word whose meaning is unclear to most Virginians, he would still be representing that state in the Senate today. Scott Brown last night may well have made the statement that will allow him to serve in the house were Allen once served.
Yes, the people in the Bay State revere the Kennedy name, but they surely don’t revere it so much that, like the voice of the Beltway establishment, they believe a Senate seat belongs to a particular family. It’s not just that Scott Brown said that, it’s the way he said it.
This is not to say that I’m convinced he’s going to win one week from today, but that last night, he certainly increased his chances.
UPDATE: Scott Brown is already fighting back with a new ad, but he’s not following the Democrat into the gutter, he’s following in the footsteps of a successful Democratic campaign against an old kind of politics. Given this Republican’s record, it doesn’t much look like he’ll follow in that Democrat’s footsteps once elected.
I took some time off from blogging and my dissertation yesterday for a second visit to the Borders on La Cieneg. The bookstore has slashed prices (4o% off on books) as it prepares to liquidate its stock, even its fixtures, before it closes its doors this coming Saturday, January 16.
Given my bibliophilia, I may even return again, expecting the management to reduce rates even further in the store’s final days. Today, I just “collected” books on CD as I usually buy a new one every time I prepare to head up to San Francisco to visit the most important person in the state. After my purchases today, I won’t have to for some time. Today, they had reduced most titles to $3.99, then discounted that price by 70%, meaning you could take home an audio book for $1.20.
Methinks the good Governor won’t have to campaign much, given his popularity in the Peace Garden State. Perhaps, he could help his party replace the state’s Democratic Congressman with a representative more in line with the state’s partisan and philosophical inclinations.