Good-bye, Sen. Scott Brown

Bye-Bye Brown

William A. Jacobson
Legal Insurrection

You don’t need me.  You have $7 million plus in the bank, and as of now, you’re the most popular politician in Massachusetts.

I’m just a small-time, part-time, squeeze-in-posts-between-real-life, blogger.

I supported you in early December 2009, when no one gave you a chance, and continued to pound the keyboard throughout December to get the conservative blogosphere to pay attention.  And when in January 2010 I turned my blog into an “all Scott Brown, all the time” blog, I had no illusions.

When on election day 70,000 people followed the news here, and when we celebrated, I was being at least partially selfish.

I saw your candidacy as a way to stop Obamacare.  And it was the right decision.  Your election didn’t stop Obamacare, but it did delay it and did force the House to accept the untenable Senate bill.  The damage done to the narrative of Obamacare from your election was enormous.  Your election also served as an inspiration for what was to follow in November 2010.

When you missed an opportunity to make a difference on the financial reform bill, I was critical, but still I supported you and called for people to support your reelection.

When your press office would not return my calls or emails on the John McConnell nomination, I understood.  When I call congressional press offices, and they ask what organization I am calling from, and I mention a blog, there is a noticeable pause, and then no one is available to speak with me.  That’s okay, I get that.

And when I asked to speak with you, and was brushed aside, my feelings were not hurt (well maybe a little).  But I understood the dynamics.

When the League of Women Voters ran outrageous ads against you recently, I again jumped to your defense.

But your op-ed today at The Politico is a bridge too far.

I don’t blame you for voting against the Ryan bill; I don’t have litmus tests, and while I think the overall framework is the right direction, I can’t argue with the fact that people may have specific alternatives or amendments.

But you don’t have alternatives.  In your op-ed you simply repeat the hackneyed and failed notions of waste, fraud and abuse, with tort reform thrown in.  That will not cut it.  That is a dodge.

You apparently have no solutions to what you admit to be an unsustainable course, but you took the opportunity to imply that Republicans will abandon seniors.  You don’t come right out and say it, but you came pretty close.

A “no” vote wasn’t good enough, you had to do it in a way so as to damage fellow Republicans by playing into the false Democratic narrative.  You are a hero for your op-ed, but not to the people who supported you.

Go down the list of those praising your op-ed, and you will see the same people who smeared you as a “birther”, who distributed rape mailers against you, who mocked you as a crazy extremist, who accused you of endorsing sexual violence against your oppenent, and who will work to defeat you in 2012.

I can’t speak for all your supporters, and maybe not even for many of them.  But I’m done defending you against the people who are cheering your op-ed.

So it’s time to say goodbye and good luck.

I will not work against you, but I also will not work for you.  There are many more important battles to fight in 2012.

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At Ace of Spades HQ, Breaking: Scott Brown is a RINO

…It’s not that Brown is a RINO that bothers me, that’s a given, it’s the cowardice. Brown proposes saving money through reducing fraud and abuse. Great, fine. It’s something that people have been talking about for 30 years and’s still there and with a program this large, it always will be. Besides, even if you take Brown’s number of $47-60 billion a year in fraud, you’re still screwed.

At least Brown didn’t take a cheap shot at Ryan like Newt did…

The Daily Caller and the Washington Examiner have more.

Update: Maine RINO Olympia Snowe will also vote “no” on Ryan’s budget.

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