Scott Brown: A New Hope

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History can be made.

The assumption, of course, is that it can’t be done. The assumption is that the US Senate seat long held by Ted Kennedy will naturally be claimed by another Democrat on January 19, 2010. That’s the way it’s supposed to be, right?


Those of us who live in Massachusetts have been told, in ways obvious and subtle, that the special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat has, for all intents and purposes, already taken place. Attorney General Martha Coakley has been unofficially declared the winner, the inheritor of Teddy’s seat.

Unofficially. Not officially.

We’re supposed to forget that there’s another candidate in this race–a candidate who’s not a blind party apparatchik, not a limited thinker, not a bland, nameless, faceless hack.

That candidate is State Senator Scott Brown.

There always needs to be a razor-sharp contrast between the two major candidates in any election. We haven’t always had such a contrast–how much of a difference was there between Bill Weld and John Kerry in 1996, for example?

This time, we have a clear difference, a clear choice. Just listen to the debate involving Brown, Coakley and third-party candidate Joe Kennedy on the December 21st edition of WBZ’s Nightside with Dan Rea. Brown and Coakley are fitting representatives of the country’s ideological divide–and that’s a good thing.

Brown vs. Coakley is more than just a political contest. Brown vs. Coakley is economic freedom vs. economic control, legitimate health-care reform vs. government seizure of the industry, science vs. pseudo-science, tough-minded foreign policy vs. softly-stated appeasement.  

There is another fight going on here. It’s a fight between populism and elitism. Listen closely, very closely, to that debate on Dan Rea’s show. You can’t help recognizing that Brown has a stronger sense of what the average voter is concerned about, has a firmer grasp on what the real issues are.

Coakley is not the most repellent person to run for a prominent seat in this state, but she comes across as the candidate of theory, someone who cannot tell the difference between a perfect world and the real world. She’s a progressive think tank’s dream candidate, the epitome of a knee-jerk baby-boomer blue-stater. Her scornful remarks about former President Ronald Reagan bear this out: it’s one thing to disagree with Reagan’s political vision, but her inability to even acknowledge his accomplishments reflects nothing more than reflexive genuflection to the hard-left.

Coakley’s campaign has attempted to depict Brown as a clone of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. That’s bold balderdash. Brown is a Republican with his own mind, his own convictions, his own conclusions. When Coakley suggests that Brown will be an operative of the far right, she’s engaging in projection: can anyone, even the strongest of her supporters, deny that if she wins, she will follow every word in every script written for her by Harry Reid?

In the debate, Coakley talked about JFK’s ability to inspire people. Who does she inspire–besides those who are filled with passionate loathing of all things Republican? What appeal does Coakley have to those who don’t automatically think of the GOP as s thuggish enterprise?

Brown is a forward-thinking Republican, a man who will lead the fight against fiscal excess in Washington, a man who will be an advocate for the burdened taxpayer and the struggling small businessperson. Coakley will be an advocate for…the DNC, perhaps.

Brown vs. Coakley is the first major battle in the ideological wars of the 2010s. On January 19, 2010, our best trained, best educated, best equipped, best prepared troops must fight to ensure Brown’s victory.  

About D. R. Tucker

  • Scott Brown only lacks one ingredient for success, but it’s a big one. Money. Without the funds to run ads on t.v. this race is unwinnable. The RNC and NRSC have let Scott, us and the nation down. Sure it’s MA and on paper it’s probably best not to throw a bunch of money down the toilet. This however, isn’t a typical election. The statists running the Democratic party are trying to take our country over a cliff and Coakley is cheerleading the plan. This election really is the whole ballgame and our party is hoarding its resources for another day, when truthfully that money will be as useful as a trunkfull of Confederate script in November 2010. Freedom will either be preserved or lost on 1/19/10.


  • You think this has something to do with the issues….or a debate that relatively NOBODY watched for an election that relatively NOBODY is going to vote in????

    This is about who has the organization to get people to the polls……and every Union out there will be giving their members PAID time to go vote, while the rest of us have to go before work (my wife), after work (me), or not at all (most).

  • Hot Air has blog from Bill Kristol asking if MA could be the vote against Obamacare.  I emailed Bill last night asking him to at least look at Scott Brown and how he’s leading the polls on and WBZ.  Hopefully Bill will promote it. Look at Hot

  • I traveled with Sen. Scott Brown Wednesday night from Amhreins in South Boston to the Eire Pub in  Adams Corner to Doyle’s in J.P. Every stop yielded enthusiastic crowds, friendly receptions and unexpected support in areas the Coakley campaign think they own-but they don’t. Whether it be the neuvaeu Southie crowd, the union crowd or the liberal/neighborhood guys the receptions were consistent; Scott Brown can work a room.  He spent over an hour at Amhreins, one and a half hours at the Eire and two hours behind the bar at Doyle’s pouring beers and cleaning the bar.

    Inspiration was the heart of the night. If the evening was any sign of things to come, Sen. Brown has a shot in Boston.