Tea Party Enraged At Scott Brown

April 2nd, 2011 at 5:31 am | 10 Comments |

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Politico reports:

Sen. Scott Brown has thrown his tea party supporters “under the bus” with his recent critiques of some Republican budget cut proposals, a movement leader said Friday.

Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, on Thursday denounced GOP suggestions to cut social and cultural programs as “irresponsible,” and Judson Phillips, a leader of Tea Party Nation, is steamed.

“Brown is a politician, and that is meant in the worst sense of the word politician,” Phillips wrote on his blog. “Scott Brown used the Tea Party to get elected. Now he no longer needs this movement and we are tossed under the bus.”

In a Thursday floor speech and in a letter to Senate leaders, Brown said that while cuts “reducing and eliminating needless spending and programs are appropriate … a wholesale reduction in spending, without considering economic, cultural, and social impacts is simply irresponsible.”

Republican proposals, he said, “establish the wrong priorities that would disproportionately affect low-income families and seniors.”

Brown has downplayed his connection to the movement, saying in February that he is “a Republican, period” and that while he respects the tea party, he isn’t part of it.

There are vows from Massachusetts tea party members to launch a primary challenge against Brown next year.

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  • jerseychix

    Much like many far left Obama voters, MA tea partiers made Scott Brown into what they wanted him to be. And much like Obama, he hasn’t changed much. They saw what they wanted to see, someone who wasn’t Martha Coakley. They got an actual Republican who seems willing to work hard for the whole state, not just the people who think they elected him. Cause for crying out loud, more than TP voted for him!

  • talkradiosucks.com

    Scott Brown is in many ways a trial balloon for much of the 2012 election, at least in the sane states. The “Tea Party” can launch all the primary challenges it wants, but in the end there are only two possible outcomes:

    1. What happened in MA in 2010.
    2. What happened in DE in 2010.

    That’s it.

  • Nanotek

    their rage seems permanent and always looking where next to land

  • ottovbvs

    It depends on the candidate to some extent but in a normal turnout year of a presidential in MA I’ll be very suprised if this guy keeps his seat. I see Deval Patrick is making noises about a candidature and if he does then this is a very likely Democratic pick up. Quite apart from local politics MA is a sophisticated state, they keep their eye on national politics. If the Dems put up a trophy candidate or another Coakley he could hold on but I don’t see them making that mistake twice.

    • abj

      No, it isn’t. Deval Patrick is fairly unpopular and only won reelection last year because the center-right split its vote between two candidates. Patrick didn’t even receive a majority of the vote.

      Brown should count himself lucky if his opponent is Deval Patrick. I tend to think his opponent will be one of MA’s congressmen, perhaps Mike Capuano.

      While it seems counterintuitive given Massachusetts’ political bent, Brown is looking like a good bet for reelection.

  • Bunker555

    Scott Brown makes a spent Tea Bag look like a “used” tampon.

  • Bunker555

    That should read “used” Tea Bag, spent Tampon.

  • shinnok

    Moving to the center for political survival…a lesson Sarah Palin never learned.

  • WaStateUrbanGOPer

    “I see Deval Patrick is making noises about a canditature [sic] and if he does then this is a very likely Democratic pick-up.”

    Well, what with Patrick’s stratospherically high approval ratings, I imagine a general election between him and Scott Brown would be a veritable squirmish. Care to refudiate me?

    But seriously, anyone who knows anything about Massachusetts politics knows full well that, even with Obama winning re-election in the state by thirty points, Deval Patrick would still lose to Scott Brown, and probably by a not-so-close margin. Just because Patrick managed to get re-elected last year in no way means MA voters would elect him to the U.S. Senate. He won re-election mainly because Charlie Baker proved an akward and sloppy candidate.

    Mike Capuano and Nikki Tsongas would probably also lose. The only potential Democratic candidate who stands a chance is Newton Mayor Setti Warren, and even he would have an uphill climb.

    Virtually all of my father’s family lives in Suffolk County and out on the Cape; virtually all of them are Democrats; and virtually all of them like Scott Brown, voted for him in last year’s special election and plan to vote him a full term. Brown’s cross-over appeal, as portrayed by the MSM, is not imaginary.

    I really have no idea where Otto heard that Deval Patrick is “making noises” about running for the senate. The MA Democratic Party and the DSCC have no illusions about Scott Brown’s formidability– that’s why they’ve been recruting the young and polished Warren for months– and I imagine they’d not-so-subtly discourage a Patrick, uh, candidacy.

    (And while we’re on the subject of Deval Patrick’s (alleged) popularity, let’s try a little thought experiment: rerun last year’s gubernatorial election with Bill Weld in place of Charlie Baker, and then tell me in all seriousness who would’ve won that race? Even in light of his having lived in NYC for the past decade and his quioxotic bid for NY GOV in ’06– AND with Tim Cahill peeling off centrist votes as an indy candidate– Weld still would’ve crushed Patrick. MA voters may be for the most part ideological lefties, but after the disastrous results of the Dukakis 80s they learned that competent governance matters. Hence Weld’s and Brown’s popularity, and Deval Patrick’s lukewarm poll numbers.)

    • abj

      Very well-said, WaStateUrbanGOPer, but I think Tim Cahill securing about 9% of the vote is what handed Patrick victory, and that Baker probably would have won in a head-to-head match against Patrick.