I suppose one of the perils on running on vague messages like being “an independent voice” and non-sequitors like “I have a truck” is people tend to project beliefs on to you. For example, I’ve spoken to half a dozen Brown supporters who didn’t know he voted against gay marriage. They thought he was a social moderate…
Given that, it’s not surprising that Brown supporters would quickly become discontented. I just didn’t expect it to happen this quickly.
Yesterday, the MassResistance page had “Was the Scott Brown campaign a setback for the pro-family movement in Massachusetts?” smeared across it in 24 point type. The type is smaller today, but they’re no less angry.
The article starts:
Was Scott Brown’s victory actually a setback for the pro-family movement in Massachusetts — and maybe even nationwide? It certainly looks that way.
Like most groups involved with Massachusetts politics over the years, we’ve known Scott Brown for quite a while. Occasionally he’s co-sponsored legislation that we’ve written. Occasionally he’s disappointed us. But he often bucked the trend and voted pro-family. He stood his ground on the same-sex “marriage” issue when other Republicans caved in. While not a particularly distinguished legislator, he was one of the better Republicans in the Legislature. Plus, he was friendly and fairly accessible.
Scott Brown stunningly won the US Senate election on Jan. 19. After the election MassResistance was inundated with out-of-state radio interviews on Brown from all over the country. In all – including network affiliates – we were probably on nearly 500 stations, from least a dozen separate interviews. Everyone wants to know what Brown is like, is he really conservative, how did he do it, etc. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we tried to inform people as well as we could.
And like everyone else, we thoroughly enjoyed this clear victory over the arrogant and despotic Massachusetts liberal establishment.
But Brown was at best a marginal social conservative before the campaign. Now he’s calling himself an “independent voice.” And unfortunately that means independent from his base.
The article goes on for pages and pages, all in a similar vein.
It makes you wonder what will happen when the teabag crowd take a break from rhythmically admiring Scott and start looking for payback…