As a true conservative, I will disagree with Senator Brown on many of his votes, including this one. For the record, I think it was preposterous.
However, I remind readers that the 41st vote frenzy that swept him into office was related primarily to the health care bill, which he rejected, (as he promised he would during the campaign). I also fear that many people are forgetting that the alternative to Scott Brown was Martha Coakley, a certain Harry Reid “rubber stamp” on all legislative initiatives.
The lasting national benefit to Scott’s “Massachusetts Miracle” was that it inspired highly qualified conservatives across the country to stop whatever they were doing and run for office. It also proved that grassroots activism and online participation could make a real difference in electoral outcomes, even in liberal “safe havens”.
In Massachusetts, the Brown win on January 19th has provided previously elusive “viability” to dozens of GOP candidates across the state and has prompted many Democrats and Independents to think twice before buying in to the “I’m a D, vote for me” argument that has plagued the state for far too long. Money, momentum, muscle, message and media–the keys to any successful campaign–are now available to conservatives in Massachusetts. I have lived here for all of my 47 years and I can tell you that this is, as Joe Biden might say, a…er…major “WOW”!
So, while I’m disappointed, I have resigned myself to the unfortunate reality of Senator Brown’s willingness to periodically join forces with the likes of Harry Reid, John Kerry and other out of touch liberal ideologues. But on balance, his victory makes our divergence temporarily tolerable because it has unleashed a local and national wave of patriotism and activism that will not be stopped in 2010 or 2012.
Despite any concerns you may have about Senator Brown’s political maneuvering, please think of the bigger picture and stay involved at all levels. It is critical that we preserve the momentum, remain focused on our favorite candidates and put an end to the far left agenda, once and for all.