The Antics

Sarah Palin takes a swipe at Scott Brown, and it's hard to imagine Scott's handlers being any happier.

“But up here in Alaska, and so many places across the US, where we have a pioneering, independent spirit, and we have an expectation that our representatives in D.C. will respect the will of the people and the intelligence of the people, well, up here, we wouldn’t stand for that,’’ she said.

With his reelection bid just two years away, Palin is putting Scott on the side of the GOP / Tea Party struggle that he wants to be on.

Palin, whose criticism strikes at the core of discord among top national Republicans over how closely to hew to the Tea Party movement, suggested in comments aired Wednesday on Fox Business Network that Brown is ignoring conservative voters’ wishes.

Their goal for Scott is that he continue to be identified not as a Republican, but rather as an "independent voice for Massachusetts," and Palin's barbs read like they were written by Brown's people.

Brown chose not to respond in kind. He declined requests for an interview, releasing a statement through communications director Gail Gitcho, who said: “Senator Brown’s votes are based on what’s in the best interests of Massachusetts and he has made his priorities job creation, controlling spending, and reducing the deficit. All Republicans can agree on that.’’

Plenty of people understand the path that Scott is taking, even if they don't like it.

Christen Varley, president of the Greater Boston Tea Party, said she and others were highly frustrated with several of Brown’s votes but said she understood that Brown has to hold more moderate positions to be reelected in a traditionally liberal state like Massachusetts.

It sure would be nice if Scott was a Tea Party conservative, but, alas, that's not who he is.

“Well, of course Scott Brown is not an Alaska conservative — and Sarah Palin is a little far out for Massachusetts conservatives,’’ Varley said. “Not everybody can be everything to all people.’’