Worcester Telegram & Gazette: “No Basis in Reality”

The Worcester Telegram & Gazette printed an editorial today coming to the defense of Scott Brown against “last-minute charges that bear little relation to truth,” a “characterization has no basis in reality” from the Coakley campaign.  This is an absolute must read.  The T&G endorsed Scott Brown for United States Senate last week.

The injection of abortion into this campaign, for example, was unnecessary and unwelcome. The Coakley campaign’s claim that Mr. Brown voted to deny emergency contraception to rape victims was disingenuous. Four years ago, Mr. Brown sponsored an amendment to exempt health care workers with religious objections from dispensing contraceptives. The amendment failed, but Mr. Brown still supported the bill requiring hospitals to provide “morning after” pills, as well as the subsequent vote to override the governor’s veto. There is simply no relevant policy difference between his position and Ms. Coakley’s at stake in this election.


•Last Wednesday, the nonprofit Stop Handgun Violence, with the aid of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, distributed a press release that cited Mr. Brown’s high ratings from the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owner’s Action League, based in Northboro. The ratings were accurate enough, but the organization claimed that “Scott Brown has been a longtime supporter of the NRA and GOAL’s dangerous and irresponsible public policy positions, advocating unrestricted gun access by kids, criminals and terrorists.” That characterization has no basis in reality. The NRA and GOAL are, in fact, leading advocates on the national and state levels, respectively, on behalf of responsible gun ownership, and place safety first and foremost in all their work. The suggestion that Mr. Brown, a 30-year member of the National Guard, would advocate anything else is absurd.

•The Service Employees International Union released an ad attacking Brown, which included the statement: “No wonder Brown’s campaign is being supported by the same extremist group that backed Sarah Palin …” That group, according to text displayed in the ad, is the Tea Party Patriots, a loose, grass-roots confederation of citizens from every walk of life – and all political affiliations – who are simply fed up with business as usual in Washington, D.C. Every group has its loose cannons, but the focus of the Tea Party movement should be clear to anyone who bothers to examine the organization’s Web sites and blogs: Adherents argue for lower taxes, limited government and a return to strict constitutional principles; and oppose profligate government spending, including a multitrillion dollar takeover of the nation’s health care system. If that’s extremism, sign us up.

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