Brown to give Tea Party rally in Boston a pass; flack earns pay by claiming senator who found time to campaign for John McCain in Arizona now too busy to show up in the largest city in his state.
GOOD! He wants to be reelected. Associating with these people will not do him much good in this state.
A bit early to cheer an upcoming event as "massive", isn't it?
Since head counts for "Tea Party" rallies always start counting at 450,000. That's how many people would be there, railing against government spending, if they weren't at the unemployment office or have a doctor's appointment through Medicare.
They shouldn't hold this thing downtown, as most of the area's tea party targets are exurban (judging by the location of republican strongholds) and getting into boston might require OMFG teh evil public transit! If they want strong turnout, they should hold it somewhere like The Big E or Topsfield Fairgrounds - somewhere with tons of relatively close in parking for masses of those who can't seem to walk more than a block and carry their lawn chair, if the "giant" rally in DC is any indication. Heck, just make the whole thing a drive-in event and assume 6 people in every vehicle.
Scott Brown is smart enough to know that tea partiers alone don't have the numbers to keep him in office, and that is nowhere more true than MA. From the start of his tenure, he has two years to show that he either wants to be a Senator who represents the bulk of the people who voted for him - many of whom are far to the left of the Tea Party crowd (e.g. moderates who didn't like Coakeley), or that he wants to get in good with the Republican "leadership" and get his rear end chucked out in 2012. He cant do both. He has to choose.
Adam, what's your point? During the campaign, libs like yourself said Scott Brown is very the embodiment of Satan for whatever level of association he had with Tea Party folks and whatever sinister beliefs you attributed to them. Now, oh gosh, he isn't going to a rally with those same folks, the rat. Look like you're just looking for any possible reason to criticize him.
I'm as Democrat as they come, but if the Republicans want any chance of gaining respect, they need to shake off the kooks and start putting their more intelligent and less reactionary people in front. I await the day one of them grows a set and condemns the likes of Glenn Beck and/or Rush Limbaugh and DOESN'T recant later.
...'more intelligent' Republican people in front? Don't forget, the right wing voted George W. into office twice! I fear choosing a Republican leader has less to do with intelligence than you may think.
Note that Scott Brown, in a series of interviews in the week or so after getting elected, repeatedly disagreed with interviewers' assumption that the Tea Party movement played a central role in getting him elected. See, for example, Barbara Walters interview.
The Tea Party movement "helped get him elected"? Not really. They raised very little money themselves, being heavily outspent by the health care reform organizations. They had one joint fundraiser (which raised a tiny fraction of his eventual haul), and he showed up at only one or two of their rallies.
He knows to dance with whom brung ya, and it ain't the Tea Party movement.
Despite having the Republican Party name next to his on the ballot itself, Brown ran as an independent who would independently show his independence as an independent voice for the independent people of Massachusetts. The Tea Party movement isn't really what we call independents; they are anti-government, often libertarian, and heavily self-identify with Republicans (according to a recent survey). Brown got elected by the 52% of the registered voters who are unenrolled independents, not the 11% who are registered Republicans.
He's too busy, sitting at that drawing table he was talking about, writing a better healthcare bill from scratch.
And if he left Washington, you liberals would accuse him of dereliction of duty.
The hypocrisy from the Left never ceases to amaze me.
To not associate himself with the sort of people comparing Obama to Stalin and Pol Pot - and themselves to slaves.
This guy's setting up straw men and swinging a big bat!!
Halfway Cafe's in this state. They'll all be empty that day. I was planning on going dressed as Klinger dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
He is just back from Afghanistan and sits on a committee holding hearings this week on what to do about Iranian nukes. Would you rather that he drop everything, blow off an international crisis and fly on the taxpayers' dime to speak at my event?
Yeah, I didn't think so.
Brown was not elected to be at my beck & call for a rally. He was elected to reverse a half century of Kennedy damage to the country.