The entry of former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) in the New Hampshire Senate race this week has elicited numerous comments. Brown’s 2010 ACU rating was 74% but he moved sharply to the left in 2012 when battling ultra-liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Read More...
Brown’s lifetime ACU rating is 55% and Obama carried the Bay State by 24%. Some of our members believe it is better to have a liberal Democratic Senator rather than a moderate Republican. We agree with the Buckley Rule, which was promulgated by the late conservative icon William F. Buckley, Jr., “Nominate the most conservative candidate who is electable.”
Brown’s 2010 victory was a tremendous triumph for the entire conservative movement. We regret he did not vote with the GOP on the financial reform bill and some other measures, but Massachusetts is not South Carolina, and Obama won New Hampshire by 18%.
Today there are no Republicans in the Bay State delegation. There are 40 members of the State Senate and only five of them are Republicans. Not one Republican represents the six New England states in the House of Representatives.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) has a 5% ACU lifetime rating. Brown is a moderate and would probably have a 65% to 70% rating.
We also believe in Ronald Reagan’s big tent theory and so do some Democrats. That is why they have the majority.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) paid for ads in West Virginia where Sen. Joe Manchin used their money to blast the Obama administration.
The DSCC understood it was vital to keep a Senate majority, and they financed a campaign attacking them. On the GOP side, a few of our candidates threw away Senate seats.
The election of Scott Brown changed everything because the Democrats had a super majority in the Senate.
His victory meant the GOP was once again able to filibuster, and Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was no longer able to file cloture on every bill. Brown’s victory immediately stopped the Obamacare public option, and liberals no longer had the votes for a a second stimulus, union card check and the cap and trade national energy tax.
Democrats are still in control and they continue to do terrible things, but Brown’s victory meant they no longer had a 60 to 40 majority. It placed restrictions on Harry Reid’s charge card, and hopefully after this November the rollback begins.
Moderate Republicans are helpful to deficit reduction efforts, and they are far preferable to liberal Democrats.
Without Brown, the Bush era tax cuts would never have been extended, and 99.3% of them are now permanent. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) often quotes Reagan who said we needed candidates of bold colors rather than pale pastels.
We should nominate conservative Republicans in Red states, but hard core conservatives have proven to be unelectable in Blue America. Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) retired in 2004, and some conservatives were enthusiastic about Ambassador Alan Keyes’s campaign to succeed him.
Other believed Keyes was too far to the right to win a Blue state. Then State Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) received 70% of the vote and the landslide helped to establish him as a national figure.
Illinois is always a tough state for Republicans but why did Keyes receive only 27% of the vote?
He ran almost 20% behind Bush. Obama campaigned as a moderate who would bring people together. Of course it was not true, but people did not know it back then. Keyes appeared to be an extremist.
He is a protectionist and said homosexuals, including Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter, are “selfish hedonists.” Keyes’ own daughter is a lesbian.
He also said Jesus would not vote for Obama, and women who had abortions were no different from terrorists. Keyes was not a good fit to hold this GOP seat.
There are some conservatives today who do not want Brown to win. Their crusade is to rid the Republican Party of RINO’s (Republicans in Name Only). In the 1960s and ’70s they had a point.
Those were the days of Senators Jacob Javits (NY), Clifford Case (NJ), Lowell Weicker (CT), John Chafee (RI), Ed Brooke (MA), Richard Schweicker (PA), Charles McC Mathias (MD) and Mark Hatfield (OR).
There are few liberal Republicans left in the Senate today, and the moderates almost always vote with the party when they are really needed. That did not happen when the GOP encountered three defectors on the stimulus (Arlen Specter switched parties), but on other close votes the moderates did not bolt.
We understand why people are upset about some of Brown’s votes, but I am surprised they assign little importance to foreign policy, national security, trade and war on terror issues. Many of the people who scream RINO are the ones who abandon conservatives on national security issues.