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Seat Scott Brown

Filed under: Politics — DRJ @ 9:49 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

The other day I wondered why the Republicans in Washington weren’t making an effort to seat newly-elected Massachusetts’ Senator Scott Brown. Apparently Louisiana Senator David Vitter has no problem jumping on the Brown bandwagon:

David Vitter’s online campaign to Seat Scott Brown

Meanwhile, Republicans seem almost afraid to admit they gave Brown money, and they may have a good reason to keep a low profile:

“As for the way the NRSC funded Brown, [Senator and Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee John] Cornyn says there’s a lesson to be learnt in the way Brown’s campaign was funded “beneath the radar.”

Instead of funding Brown’s campaign directly, the NRSC instead funneled money into the Massachusetts Republican Party, which then gave it to Brown.

“We didn’t want to become the issue,” Cornyn said. “Scott Brown ran as the kind of candidate that was his own man and certainly, I think, not making the national party an issue but keeping the focus on Scott Brown and the issues he talked about was a smart thing to do. So I think it’s something that we need to learn from.”

Cornyn admitted that it was not Mass. support for the GOP agenda but rather Brown’s candidacy that led to his victory. He said he’s doubtful that the GOP can win back the majority in the Senate in this year’s elections, but he does think the party will do well.”

Republicans remind me of GM. Both have a lot of work to do to win back followers and reclaim their brand.


11 Responses to “Seat Scott Brown”

  1. the RINO’s @ GOP Corporate would have to acknowledge that they have brand and that they have to sell it before they can reclaim it.

    when they do, who is going to believe them anyway?

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  2. Hey, glad to know Louisiana is again good for something….

    And, as an aside, Landrieu is really starting to worry about her situation, what with the $100 Million bribe, causing her numbers to take a significant turn downward….

    We can hope….

    reff (263130)

  3. Nice party you Republicans have that you have to hide your existence. Maybe Cornyn and the rest of the sell-outs should step down so that the GOP could become something to be proud of again.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  4. Meh. Please to be unseating the dirty socialist though.

    happyfeet (713679)

  5. This is a little off topic…. I just saw Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson. Only a so-so movie at best. BUT, the plot has a US Mass. senator being in cahoots with the bad guys who are making up fake dirty bombs…. and the Mass. senator is a Repbulican. Did they change the (D) to an (R) after Brown won … or is Mel just trying to get back in the good graces of the Hollywood elite?

    JB2 (8a32c3)

  6. That could be, JB2, or maybe the producers thought the idea of a Republican Senator from Massachusetts was so improbable that no one would mistake the plot for real life.

    Was it a good movie?

    DRJ (84a0c3)

  7. I’m no fan of Brown (or of the GOP), but he ran a hell of a campaign.

    He managed to paint Coakley into the “tired establishment candidate” corner.

    He managed to turn activists out and give the whole thing a populist “street uprising” feel.

    He managed to make the election at least partially a referendum on ObamaCare, which is a double-dip issue in Massachusetts (there are those who don’t like socialized health care, period, and there are those who like it but, since they already have RomneyCare, don’t want to get stuck with extra costs for no extra benefits).

    The GOP was smart not to pour national money into the race in a high-profile way. If they had done so, Coakley would have been able to make Brown look just as “establishment” as herself. And in a race between two “establishment” candidates in Massachusetts, the Democrat establishment tends to prevail over the Republican establishment.

    Thomas L. Knapp (f1a580)

  8. #3 forgot to flush

    Icy Texan (2d4b53)

  9. […] DRJ, though she didn’t mention the debt ceiling increase, put it like this: Republicans remind me of GM. Both have a lot of work to do to win back followers and reclaim their brand. […]

    Common Sense Political Thought » Blog Archive » It looks like Scott Brown really did save the day — with help from Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Unfortunately, the GOP may be about to throw it all away. (73d96f)

  10. I think there’s a deal to seat him on Feb 11th. If the Republicans really wanted to make an issue of it, any of them could make a point of order on the Senate floor when Kirk’s name come up in a roll call. They’d lose, of course, 59-40, but they’d make some news. They’ve chosen not to, it seems.

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

  11. GOP Senators reacquire backbones…
    40 broomhandles, and several buckets of KY!

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