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Paul Giorgio: Scott Brown: Desperately Seeking Relevance

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

 

A few weeks ago I wrote about former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown’s flirtation with running for President. If you remember, he took a trip out to Iowa, the site of the nation’s first presidential caucuses, to either test the waters or buy a corn dog at the Iowa State Fair.

Well the former two-year senator is at it again. This time he took another trip, to New Hampshire, ostensibly to test the waters for a possible Senate run against the state’s senior Senator Jeanne Shaheen. Simultaneously, he announced that he was selling his home in Massachusetts. That’s the house that he had the special tax deal on.

Brown went to New Hampshire and immediately attacked Shaheen for using him in a fundraising appeal, in which she claimed he was thinking about running against her for the US Senate. This claim by Shaheen was based on the statement from Brown that he was thinking about running for the Senate. Maybe I am missing something here, but Republicans are getting a little wackier as each day goes by.

Scott Brown’s visit and flirtation were met by blistering attacks. This time it was not coming from the Democrats or Shaheen supporters, but instead it came from the ultra-conservative Manchester Union Leader. The Leader is the paper of record for the state and the largest daily.

The editors told Brown to go back to Massachusetts. They said that he was a distraction and that he was stopping a serious conservative candidate from running against Shaheen. This was followed by a column this past Sunday in the Boston Globe in which political columnist Joan Vennochi told Brown that ”his fifteen minutes of fame” was up.

Brown really never had fifteen minutes of fame—he had about seven and a half minutes. He took a mediocre state senate career and turned it into a mediocre US Senate career lasting two years.

Now in my opinion, Brown is a nice enough guy. He is someone I much rather have a beer with, than say Martha Coakley, but he has never been ready for prime time. This goes also for his nascent career as a Fox Network commentator.

He couldn’t win re-election in Massachusetts and he was not taken seriously enough, even to run against Charlie Baker for the Republican nomination for Governor. So what is Brown to do? Is he like some ghost ship destined to wander the seven seas seeking a seat he can run for, or settle down, run for something and lose again? The choice is clearly his. Hopefully, he will spare us from his tortured decision making.

Personally, I think Shaheen would relish a fight against Scott Brown. The widely popular former three-term governor of New Hampshire would be in the enviable position of painting Brown for what he would be—a carpetbagger from Massachusetts with questionable credentials and maybe even a closet moderate.

Brown should end all the speculation about his future by holding a press conference and proclaiming that, “This is my last press conference. You won’t have me to kick around anymore”. Nixon did exactly that in 1962 after he lost the California Governorship to Pat Brown, father of current Governor Jerry Brown.

Then again, six years later, Nixon was elected president and we still find ourselves kicking him around.

 

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