Scott Brown is apparently feeling the heat over the abortion controversy that has unexpectedly flared up in light of Rep. Todd Akin’s crazy commentary. Here he is in the Herald:
“Apparently she’s a little confused as to who she is running against,” Brown said of Democrat Elizabeth Warren. “She is running against Scott Brown. I am a pro-choice, independent Republican who has a history of being an independent thinker.” … “I know she wants to run against Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, but she’s running against Scott Brown. The desperate attempts to try to shift the conversation away from the things that matter – it’s sad. I get it. It’s typical. People deserve better though.”
That’s all well and good, Scotto. But as long as you are voting for Mitch McConnell to be the Republican leader in the Senate, and as long as you are contributing money to Republicans whose extreme views you say you don’t share, and as long as you’re working to elect Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the presidency, you are part of the problem. You are an enabler of these people, like it or not.
Here’s our offer, Scott. You commit not to support any Republican for leadership, or donate any money to any Republican candidate, or work on behalf of any Republican candidate for president, who doesn’t share your pro-choice views, and then we can talk about not nationalizing this race. Until that happens, it’s entirely fair game to run against you as if you are enabling the national party to advance its extreme agenda … because, in fact, you are.
UPDATE: The Globe reports that, when it comes to trying to move his party on this issue, Brown is all talk and no action. Surprise surprise.
Senator Scott Brown said Wednesday that he would not take his fight against the Republican Party platform’s anti-abortion language to the party’s convention in Tampa next week.
He said he would be in Tampa for only one day, as he has always planned, and would let his letter to GOP chairman Reince Priebus convey his opposition to the strict anti-abortion language. He said he hoped other moderate Republicans, including Maine’s two senators, would pursue the matter further.
“I’m only there for Thursday. I have obviously a race to run. I have a job to do,” Brown said at an event with female small business owners in Quincy. “I wrote a letter immediately. So they know my position. It’s up to others now to join forces, the Olympia Snowes and [Susan] Collins’s and others.”
Oooh – “I wrote a letter immediately.” And that letter accomplished everything it was supposed to, and not a thing more: it allowed Scott Brown to claim the mantle of the pro-choice Republican, without actually doing a damn thing about where his party is going. Which helps him in his effort to be reelected, and not a single other person in the country.
It’s all about Scott. Always has been.