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Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh what a tangled web

Glad to see that it's not just liberals who eat their young.

The Tea Party is boiling mad at Scott Brown and are thinking about running a challenger in the 2012 primary. Despite the near Kamikaze nature of that challenge against a candidate with a $6.2 million war chest, that news is a Christmas present for Massachusetts liberals.

What's raised the ire? Apparently not his getting into bed with the financial services industry. Nope, it's his vote for the financial regulation bill he weakened, not to mention his support of don't ask, don't tell repeal and the new START treaty.

The out-of-state money and people power that pushed him over the top is thinking of staying away next time and the local Tea set is clearly annoyed too.
“I think that there will be a primary challenge,’’ said Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party. “There’s enough of an underground movement in the Tea Party movement as seeing him as not being conservative enough. There probably will be multiple people who attempt to run against him.’’
In the words of George W. Bush, bring it on.

There's little question anyone, left or right. will have a hard time unseating the Truck-drivin' Man when you combine the cash with his aw shucks personality. First and foremost, Democrats have to find a viable candidate, a problem that eased somewhat by congressional redistricting and the loss of a House seat.

Then any challenger needs to contend with the fact that a majority of Massachusetts voters agree with those votes that annoy the Tea Party, no matter how Brown flipped and flopped and horse traded to get there.

But incumbents would always prefer no primary challenge, particularly from the flank from which they rode to initial victory. Even an underfunded challenger would get national media attention, given Brown's own meteoric rise.

And we simply can't assume a Tea Party-backed challenger would be underfunded. The out-of-state cash that flowed to Brown could easily go to someone else.

Of course, that someone else would need to be a viable alternative -- and they seem as scarce as Democrats. Bill Hudak?

But it's nice to have visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads right now.

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5 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this part of Brown's ongoing campaign to broaden his appeal to non tea partiers as a real independent Republican who should retain those independent votes against a Democratic candidate in the next election?

December 24, 2010 9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t know if I’d call this a Christmas present. A challenger from the right attacking him on DADT and START, will only make him appear closer to the center and less like the rubber stamp he essentially is for republicans.

December 24, 2010 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right now, Scott Brown looks tough to beat. He's a Saltonstall/Brooke Republican, not a Tea Party one.

Capuano certainly isn't going to beat him.

December 24, 2010 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown may turn out to be the Democrats friend. Maybe Scott is a
"plant" by the Left. I think he is an independent, somewhat to the left.

December 25, 2010 7:57 AM  
Anonymous Torrent Download said...

A challenger from the right attacking him on DADT and START, will only make him appear closer to the center and less like the rubber stamp he essentially is for republicans.

December 29, 2010 11:25 AM  

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