Sunday, January 2, 2011
Scott Brown, Mitt Romney and the Tea Party's wide open tent
Scott Brown is a perfect example of the Tea Party's wide open tent and appeal. Brown came from no where to win Ted Kennedy's U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts. A moderate Republican who was urged as a Republican state legislator to run for Kennedy's seat by former Governor and personal friend, Mitt Romney. Who by the way, STRONGLY supported him through the entire election process.
Here is Brown on election night honoring Romney:
Brown is already on record for backing Mitt Romney in 2012 if he decides to run:
Brown had run on an anti-Obamacare platform. Massachusetts residents were satisfied with their Massachusetts Health Care and did not want Obamacare interfering with this system. Brown received wide support from both Republicans, Independents, and many of who were connected to various Tea Party groups. As a Massachusetts resident myself, who has many friends in the so-called Tea Party ranks, many of who describe me as being to the right of Attila The Hun, supported Brown myself. Was I 100% satisfied with Scott Brown's views on all issues? No! Saying that, I am a realist and knew that a far right candidate would not have won here. So I backed Brown myself 110% and so did many of those friends.
Brown over his brief tenure as Senator, has remained popular in this state. A recent PPP poll gave him the second highest favorability rating among all the U.S. Senators.
Today, Scott Brown was given the title of 'Bostonian of the Year' by the Boston Globe. The full story can be found HERE. It was this story that prompted me to write this piece.
So when you read that the "Tea Party" wants this, or the "Tea Party" doesn't like that, look at with a little skepticism. The Tea Party's emphasis on issues can vary from state to state, region to region.
The Tea Party is a movement. The political tastes of those in the movement vary. There are Centrists, Moderates, Conservatives, Independents, and Republicans. All under the same tent. Don't be fooled by trying to fit it's members into a mold. You won't be successful.