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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mr. Brown's Wild Ride

Scott Brown can be forgiven if he needs to check into the emergency room for treatment of whiplash. He's in the middle of a very interesting pair of days where he's going to be caught between the devil and the deep oily sea.

Our junior senator will be visiting the Oval Office today to tell Barack Obama the focus should be on jobs and not on weaning us off of oil that is fouling our shores and costing thousands their livelihoods. That national fame clock keeps ticking and Brown is making the most of it.

How do we know it's ticking? Because some of Brown's erstwhile friends have turned on him faster than Dan Shaughnessy on the Celtics, picketing his Boston office because he had the audacity to talk with the Devil, er, Barney Frank.

What, oh what are they going to think about his chat with The One?

One certainly sees the slick political advice Brown has received. Using the triangulation method made famous by Bill Clinton, he's trying to walk the thin line between keeping his base on board while trying to ensure re-election in 2012.

It's that kind of strategy that has him self-righteously talking about creating new jobs by reducing business burdens while voting against those without jobs -- and threatening hundreds more losses among public employees -- by posturing against the bill now pending in the Senate.

It appears the strategy may be wearing thin. In addition to affirming the opposition of those already against him, Brown's efforts to appear statesman's like and work across the aisle have angered the base. If only they realized that he met with the Devil Frank in an effort to help the banks and insurance companies.

Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party, who organized the rally, said she was even upset that Brown worked with Frank on the bill.

“Barney Frank is a real lightening rod ... he’s the antithesis of what we’re about (as a movement),” Varley said yesterday. “We understand (Brown) may not be with us on every vote - we just think this is one of the big ones.”

Brown may soon be facing the ultimate truth offered by another President from Illinois, this one a Republican, who declared:
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.
Tick tock Scott.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

His sense of pragmatism and independent thought only makes me appreciate him more. I have never deemed a politician worthy of my making a donation to their campaign, but he will be the first. I have never volunteered to help out a campaign either, he will be the first.

June 16, 2010 7:44 AM  
Anonymous ma website design said...

This is a great post. I'm a Massachusetts resident and I follow your blog on a regular basis. thanks

June 16, 2010 12:32 PM  

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