Sarah Palin/Scott Brown 2012 ticket? Not gonna happen
It looks like Senator-elect Scott Brown has an eye toward 2012, but it’s not the Presidential election – it’s the possibility of getting elected to a full-term as a Republican Senator from still very blue Massachusetts. On ABC today, Brown told BaBa WaWa that he endorses a woman’s right to choose an abortion:
During our exclusive interview on “This Week”, Scott Brown told Barbara Walters that while he opposes federal funding for abortion, a woman should have the right to choose whether to have one.
“I feel this issue is best handled between a woman and her doctor and her family,” Brown said.
Brown called for more effort on reducing the number of abortions and said he is against partial-birth abortions.
Scott Brown is the Republican Party’s new bicycle. And just as a lot of people wigged out and started talking about Bob McDonnell or even Rick Santelli on a presidential ticket long before either of these guys articulated any vice-/presidential ambitions, or indicated that they could play on the national stage, they saw Brown as a fresh new face without all of the baggage of the Bush years who would help ease the problem of the ever-leaderless GOP.
But you can’t be an effective counterpoint to Sarah Palin if you have a powerful disagreement with her on a woman’s right to choose or a fetus’s right to life. Her partisans, and they are partisan, will eat you alive. And with Attorney General Martha Coakley attempting (but failing) to strip away a lot of the female vote in Mass. with charges that he’d force rape victims to deliver a baby, Brown knows that he needs to shore up his credentials with Massachusetts’s women voters. So maybe it’s time to cancel your orders for a Palin/Brown 2012 t-shirt.
In conclusion, while Senator-elect Brown may be a ‘Scott Brown Republican’, he’s increasing the size of the Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe-faction of the GOP. I think that’s a good thing – the GOP needs more Evan Bayhs and Blanche Lincolns and Ben Nelsons, and less Jim DeMints. The tea leaves that Brown will have to read come from the Tea Partyers now. If Charlie Crist gets knocked off of his Senate pursuit by Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina gets stopped up in California by her farther right challengers, and perhaps even John McCain gets sundered by a surging J.D. Hayworth in Arizona, Brown may find himself facing a fierce 2012 Republican primary that helps Democrats get their groove, and Teddy Kennedy’s seat, back.