Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Brown Paves Way For Rubio, Stutzman, and Lee

Sen. Scott Brown Pictures, Images and Photos

Thanks to the theatrics of Scott Brown's succesful Senate campaign, the doldrum days of early winter have passed by in a swirl of rapid-fire hysteria political hysteria as we Republicans-nay, we tea-partiers helped to install a new tenant in a Senate seat that has been missing from the GOP fold for an un-Godly period of nearly 60 years. However, as much as we enjoyed watching Mr. Brown of Massachusetts tramping across America's hallowed birthplace of political activism (happy 236th birthday Boston Tea Party!), erasing a double-digit deficit in a matter of mere weeks whilst his opponent took a vacation, of all things, we must confront the double-sided realities that his election has brought us.

Despite his opposition to the Obama administration's health-care "reform," which did much to endear him amongst conservatives, one must not that Brown is still a liberal Republican at heart. One sees this manifested in his recent vote in favor the Obama administration's "jobs" bill, yet another of the White House's never-ending series of efforts to save the ever-eroding
economy and which according to Brown will "help put people back to work." (wasn't the first 'stimulus' supposed to do that?). Whether or not Brown will be Ted Kennedy reborn in Republican form remains to be seen, but as we see in more than one Senate race across the country, it is highly unlikely that he will be joined in the Republican caucus next January by any more of his liberal compatriots.

In a race not unlike Brown's recent triumph former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio has overcome a more than 30 point deficit against 'moderate' Governor Charlie Crist. Crist, as one might remember, enthusiastically 'hugged' President Obama at an event held in Fort Myers on February 10, 2009 to promote the wonders of the President's first 'stimulus' bill. The fact that his embrace (no pun intended) of the President's effort to spend us into an economic recovery (with money we do not have) does not see to have not made a dent in Crist who claimed this week that there is "no way" he will lose to the upstart Rubio, while, according to Republican blogster, Redstate, he is laying off staff members at the same time.

Thanks, in part, to the inspiring efforts of Marco Rubio the traditional Republican states of Utah and Indiana will also be home to contested primary races this season. In Utah, incumbent Republican Senator Bob Bennett is now reaping the rewards he has sown for himself by his support for federal gay-'marriage' benefits and by his insistence that tax dollars be used to pay for abortions. Bennett is being challenged by State Senator (and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito) Mike Lee, who is running on a platform of "restricting government to its proper size and scope," which, unlike Senator Bennett's view, do not involve using my proverbial hard-earned tax dollars to subsidize abortion purveyors.

Due to the retirement of Indiana Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, former Republican Senator Dan Coats has come running back to reclaim his old job. However, Indiana Republican will soon get to choose whether they want to re-instate Senator Coats, who, after retiring from the Senate for the first ran-not walked through the "revolving door" of politics and private life to take up a new job as a lobbyist. Nevertheless, for reasons quite obvious, not all Indianans are especially keen to be represented in Washington by a lobbyist (wonder why). State legislator Marlin Stutzman is running against Coats on a platform that includes two wonderfully novel ideas, that is, to say, of cutting taxes and spending, while also providing tax credits to homeschoolers (yee gawds) and other such persons not especially eager to have their children be subjected to public education.

Nevertheless, for the short-term (or at least until November) one must be content with Massachusetts moderate, Scott Brown, who, to be fair, ran a campaign that will always be remembered and who, as the "Brown for Prez" foolhardiness that occupied our attention for a few short weeks in January and early February told us, might have become......well what's the point on shoulda woulda coulda?

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