Why Scott Brown Failed To Get Re-Elected by: The Angelic One
Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 10:20:09 AM EST
Although a final count has yet to be made, Democrat Elizabeth Warren last night ousted Massachusetts Republican US Senator Scott Brown.
Scott’s re-election was his to lose & he proceeded to do just that.
Was it inevitable? It didn’t have to be. But the reasons for Brown’s
failure to hold on to “the people’s seat” aren’t complex & sadly
reflect a lack of vision that tragically afflicts both the man himself
& his political party.
When Brown won his seat in a special election following the death of
legendary Democrat Ted Kennedy, he had a golden opportunity to create
a new image for the Massachusetts Republican Party that reflected an
alternative strain of the Bay State’s culture. It could be a party that
represented the culture of New England – not the culture of the American
South, or the Midwest, or even the West Coast. His initial success was
due, in part, to his ability to win over independent & Old Left voters.
All he had to do was boldly articulate a practical ideology consistent
with the values/culture of Massachusetts that would transform the Bay
State & (if successful) a blueprint for reuniting the American nation.
Such an approach would revitalize the state GOP & make him a rising star
on the national scene.
Instead Brown squandered the opportunity. He cultivated an image as a
moderate that made no ideological sense once you studied his voting patterns
on certain social or economic issues. The lack of continuity generated an
impression of opportunism. After awhile he came across as somebody who tacitly
accepted the Democrat paradigm since he refused to question its foundational
assumptions. Indeed, his “bipartisan” or “moderate” approach more often than
not validated the worldview of the democrat Party. Is it no wonder that when
presented with the “real” thing in the person of Warren that voters chose the
“authentic” voice of the Democrat paradigm over the pretender Brown?
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campaigned that he “was one of us” without bothering to articulate how
he would leverage his membership in this “us” group into being a successful
national/international leader. He thus came across as too small for the office
once held by the great men of Massachusetts’ past political history. He was
too small to even bother having a prominent role at his party’s national convention
(in sharp contrast to Warren who used her appearance at her party’s convention
to bolster her brand as a rising progressive star). Massachusetts voters are proud
to be at the vanguard of changing the country (& the world). They expect their
leaders to carry out their role as thought leaders & change agents. Brown never
aspired to anything beyond being a nice guy who is willing to compromise for the
good of all.
Did that attitude get him re-elected? The question answers itself. And the emphasis
of Brown’s campaign to hammer away at Warrens inconsistencies at the expense of
the good guy image he cultivated – to go “negative” – reflected a desperation
stemming from the realization that Brown had nothing to offer the public beyond
his personal charisma. To paraphrase Osama Bin Laden, he wasn’t a strong enough
horse in the eyes of the voters. There was no “there” there.
And in that regard, Brown perfectly reflected – if not personified – the consistent
shortcomings of his party. The Massachusetts Republican Party remains visionless,
bitterly disorganized, & not up to the task of governing millions of people who
will support anyone & any party – no matter how corrupt – as long as said
individuals & the party to which they belong continue to deliver a practical
ideology that offers most of them some tangible benefit to their lives.
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