Scott Brown: ‘People Aren’t Stupid’

by John Fund
Wall Street Journal
January 29, 2010

Boston–When I arrived at his cramped state senate offices, Scott Brown had just opened one of the many packages he’s received since his stunning U.S. Senate victory 11 days ago. A local artist has done up a version of the iconic red, white and blue collage from the 2008 presidential campaign that shows Barack Obama with the word “Hope.” This one features a smiling Mr. Brown instead, but the word below is different. It reads “Change.”

By filling the seat vacated by liberal lion Ted Kennedy in a state Mr. Obama carried by 26 points barely over a year ago, Mr. Brown has certainly changed the political landscape. We sit down the morning after President Obama’s State of the Union message, an address in large part shaped by what’s been called “the Scott Heard ‘Round the World.” Mr. Obama uncharacteristically recognized some unforced errors in pushing his liberal agenda, along with expressing some new flexibility on issues ranging from small business tax cuts to offshore oil drilling to nuclear power…

…Mr. Brown says it frustrates him that too many politicians still believe that people will be fooled by what they’re proposing. “People aren’t stupid, and leaders should figure out they’re better informed now than ever.” Perhaps that explains how Scott Brown was able to pull off his improbable Cinderella story…

The entire article is at the Wall Street Journal.

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