Miracle in Massachusetts

January 15th, 2010 at 8:22 am David Frum | 57 Comments |

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Byron York is reporting that the bottom is dropping out of Martha Coakley’s support in the Mass Senate race. It’s not just the Democratic scare of a lifetime: Scott Brown might actually win.

If so, this is an earthquake in American politics: Massachusetts returning a Republican senator for the first time since 1972, sending to Washington the 41st vote on health care.

A Brown victory will rejoice Republicans nationwide. We will revel in it, triumph in it, deploy it, argue from it. Question: will we learn from it?

The Scott Brown who may rescue the country from Obamacare is not a talk radio conservative.

Strong on defense and school choice, opposed to the Obama administration’s signature initiatives, Brown voted in favor of Mitt Romney’s health plan in Massachusetts. He describes himself as pro-choice (subject to reasonable limitations), accepts gay marriage in Massachusetts as a settled fact, and told the Boston Herald editorial board he would have voted to confirm Sonia Sotomayor. He calls himself “fiscally conservative and socially conscious.” He’s got an environmental record too: In the state senate he voted in favor of a regional initiative to curb greenhouse gas initiatives.

Most important: Unlike his arrogant, brittle opponent, Brown has shown himself an open and accessible candidate, optimistic and without rancor. In short – he’s running exactly the kind of campaign that we alleged RINOs have been urging on the GOP for months now.

It would be a travesty if Brown’s victory is seized upon as a victory for anger, paranoia, and ideological extremism.

Some will try – but with a third New England Republican in the Senate, the time for a pushback may have come.

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  • Brown’s Coalition | Axis of Right

    [...] it means in regards to electoral politics.  It seems there are some on the RINO side of the party (David Frum, in this case) who content that Brown is a fellow-RINO, and that he is vindication that RINOs are [...]

  • Brown’s Coalition | Axis of Right

    [...] it means in regards to electoral politics.  It seems there are some on the RINO side of the party (David Frum, in this case) who content that Brown is a fellow-RINO, and that he is vindication that RINOs are [...]

  • The American Spectator : AmSpecBlog : David Frum Is Wrong: Scott Brown is No 'RINO'

    [...] Frum says that Republicans nationwide will long argue about the lessons learned from a (now likely) Scott [...]

  • Brown win is a wake up call to conservatives: Run moderates : Stop The ACLU

    [...] David Frum says, Strong on defense and school choice, opposed to the Obama administration’s signature [...]

  • jsmappy

    “His wish that ‘Obama fails’ is one of the saddest statements I’ve heard. ”

    I find it interesting that failure to convert our Free Republic to a Socialist Country is the saddest thing you have ever heard. Would Rush saying “I hope he is successful in Communizing the Nation!” be the Happiest statement you have ever heard?
    I guess you have drank the Koolaid. One cannot with a straight face still believe Obama stands for Freedom and Democracy, success, the Constitution, and Transparency. The difference between you and Ditto heads is that we love this country and what it stands for….freedom.
    We knew when he ran he wanted to take away freedopm from Americans.
    Trashing freedom in favor of Socialism may get you excited, and sad if it doesn’t succeed. You remain in the minority. Ditto heads remain the majority. The fact is, all who love freedom hope Obama fails in his attempt to “Fundamentally change the USA” He is a disgrace. It is showing. Last night was a clue. Lowest approval rating ever at this point. It will only get worse. The sham is exposed.

  • The GOP’s tea party fake-out : The Reid Report

    [...] Frum picks it up from there (in a post he wrote before the election): A Brown victory will rejoice Republicans nationwide. We [...]

  • Phil Manger » Thank you, Massachusetts!

    [...] thrown out of office in 2006 and 2008. In fact, there were signs of this even before the election. David Frum, the neocon and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, has already tried to cast this victory as a [...]