GOP voters know what they’ve got in Scott Brown: a very moderate Republican who’s squishy on social issues, fairly conservative on fiscal issues and the obvious choice when up against the fake Indian from Oklahoma. So today we’ve got an insipid column from the Boston Herald urging Brown to leave the party forthwith in the middle of a high-profile Senate race.
What the hell is this, a talking points memo from Lizzie Warren?
At the very least, he has a duty to help the party’s presidential candidate — who happens to be from Brown’s home state. When I asked about Brown’s support for Romney, spokesman Colin Reed told me: “It’s always a proud moment for Massachusetts when one of its own is nominated for president of the United States, whether it’s a Democrat or a Republican.”
So there you have it: Brown is about as excited for Romney as he was for John Kerry and Michael Dukakis. Now that’s support!
Sure, leaving the party entirely is a difficult thing to do in the middle of a heated race.
But Brown’s independent battle cry would be more believable if he put some action behind his words, and there are plenty of ways to do that. For starters, he can stop donations from his PAC to candidates who support the GOP platform. He can decline funds from the national party. Frankly, it’d be a far more authentic move to skip Tampa altogether in protest of the party’s abortion platform. But he can’t keep trying to have it both ways.
Sure, in the midst of the Senate race it’ll be a good idea to abandon his party and skip donations from them? Seriously, how did this dreck get published?