The honeymoon is over — but let us recall this is also a moderate Republican.
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Now, of course, Brown would have to win the 2012 Massachusetts Republican Primary. It is certainly possible that Tea Party activists could find a viable candidate to challenge Brown in the primary. Yet it could prove to be a poison pill. Unless Brown wins the primary in a landslide (as he did last year), a strong challenge to him could cause the kind of division amongst Republican ranks that might very well lead the people’s seat to fall back into Democratic hands. In this part of the country, those hands have a very tight grip.
Still, given the anti-incumbent sentiment that exists amongst the electorate, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that Brown could lose the primary. But unless the person carrying the GOP banner is physically attractive, has beautiful adult daughters and drives a truck, don’t expect another Massachusetts miracle. Bay State Republicans could find a candidate more conservative than Brown, but if that candidate says or does anything that scares the daylights out of voters then it could become Deval Patrick’s seat.
But let me take a leap of faith here. Suppose the GOP primary challenger not only dislodges Brown but somehow beats Patrick (or whoever the Democratic nominee happens to be) in the 2012 senatorial race. Who is to say that new Massachusetts Republican senator won’t be susceptible to the same fallibility and folly?
One could make the case that Brown is a career politician and has spent nearly two decades in one elected office or another. Yet why is a political neophyte any less susceptible to being seduced by the trappings of power than one who has long enjoyed its fruits? All elected officials have to start somewhere, and somewhere along the road good intentions can easily give way to other considerations.
Scott Brown should not take his support for granted. If Brown is not doing the job he was sent to Washington to do, then Tea Party activists are certainly within their rights to put a little scare into him. But they should also weigh their options very carefully because, to everlasting regret, they might get their wish.
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