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Say it ain't so! As race gets tighter Republican Scott Brown's veering to the left

POSTED: Jan 8, 2010

We really want to like Scott Brown. But he's making it difficult. Like John McCain, Brown's best asset is the fact that he's running against the worst Democrat ever.

As this race gets tighter Brown seems to be succumbing to the idea that you'll pick up even more votes if you just move more to the left. Become a moderate and more people will like you!

Of course, it helps that most Massachusetts conservatives -- unlike the Left -- are not very principled and will easily support "the lesser of two evils" rather than demand any kind of ideological fortitude. (Too many of us haven't learned that you generally get what you deserve.)

Grilling at the Boston Herald editorial office

On Tuesday, Scott Brown met with the Boston Herald editorial staff (see below). And the results weren't particularly pretty. (Note: The Herald masquerades as a "conservative" paper, but in fact most of their staff could be easily intermixed with the Boston Globe. Maybe he was trying to impress them.)

Just the kind of headline we're not thrilled to see.
(Boston Herald, Wednesday, 1/6/10, p.6)

First of all, Brown tried to make it clear that he WOULDN'T be an automatic Republican vote in the US Senate, even on contentious issue.

Here's what the Herald reporter wrote about what Brown sees as his role in the US Senate:

Brown . . . said he wants to play the part of a swing vote, sought after by both sides of the aisle.

"I give you my word. What's the Republican Party gonna do to me? They haven't really done much for me now," he said. "So all of a sudden I'm obligated to them? I don't owe them anything. " . . .

"If I go down there, I'll be the 41st (Republican) senator," he said. "The Democrats have to come to me and say, 'Scott, we know you're an independent guy, can we have you on this issue?'"

"That's a great position to be in, he added.

Read entire article HERE.

[NOTE: Actually, the Republican party gave Brown a HUGE amount of help in the election to win his current state Senate seat. It was a special election and he was up against a well-supported Democrat in a Democrat district.]

And what about Brown and the "social issues"? As their left-wing columnist Margery Eagan wrote in her Wednesday column:

Yesterday morning I would have called Scott Brown a social conservative.

By the time he finished an hour with the Herald editors yesterday afternoon, he was calling himself a "social moderate." Yet he sounded like a social liberal.

Gay marriage, which he once wanted to put up for a referendum? "This is settled law" in Massachusetts, he said. "People have moved on." . . .

Pro-choice or pro-life? Brown, who's repeatedly pushed for abortion restrictions and has the support of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, said he doesn't like those "labels." Pressed, he agreed the "choice" should be between a woman and her doctor - the very definition of pro-choice. . .

Scott Brown even said he'd have voted for Sonia Sotomayor, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice ridiculed by the right as the ultimate angry, affirmation-action hire with the far-left agenda and the mediocre SATS.

Read entire column HERE.

Eagan opined that Brown has become Bill Weld (former Republican governor and noted RINO). Let's hope the election comes quickly, before Brown morphs into a Republican Barney Frank.

Right. Just what we need.

That having been said, here's why Brown is picking up steam: Read Howie Carr's column in today's Herald, "Feeling blue? Take a second look at Scott Brown"