Submitted By Todd on April 12th at 7:26pm
If I were an adviser to Scott Brown, I would have told him not to attend the Tea Party in Boston on Wednesday.
Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who snatched the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat with an improbable special election victory in January, has turned down an invitation to attend a Sarah Palin-headlined tea party rally this week, the Boston Herald reports.I have nothing against the Tea Party, or Sarah Palin. I'll be sharing the stage with her in Boston.
Some suspect that Brown may be seeking to distance himself from the enthusiastic -- and at times unrestrained -- Tea Party members who helped secure his Senate win.But the Tea Party events are political rock concerts - grass roots celebrations of a shared desire for change. They are random, unpredictable events that send disparate, uncontrolled messages into the media.
"He wants to mainstream himself before the election," Larry Sabato, a University of Virginia political scientist, told the Herald.While we all played a part in creating the Scott Brown moment, we have launched him into flight at a very high altitude. It is now Scott's journey to navigate. He owes us only to do the best job he can with the assignment we've given him.
Brown's office, however, said that the Senator was busy in Washington and could not leave to attend the rally that is scheduled to take place on Boston Common on Wednesday.Because he's now a national figure, the Destroyers are looking for him. One nasty sign out of ten thousand that appears on the Common on Wednesday, one nasty comment from the crowd or the stage, and they'll try to link Scott to it.
Brown's relationship with the tea party has appeared tentative in the past. During his election campaign, the future senator managed to embrace and neglect the passionate grassroots movement almost simultaneously, claiming ignorance about the movement only days after holding a "Friends of the Tea Party" breakfast.Considering the reality of the nasty way Democrats do politics, Scott is better off staying in Washington. We shouldn't resent that - we should appreciate how carefully he's stepping around the land mines of politics in America today.
Scott Brown's connection with Sarah Palin has been similarly tenuous. A few weeks after his election, Brown claimed that he'd "never met [Palin], she's never contacted us and vice versa," a statement that seemed to be contradicted by earlier reports from Palin spokespeople that she'd spoken with Brown on the night of the election to congratulate him on his victory. Apparently, Scott Brown had forgotten about the call altogether.Scott's big enough now that he doesn't need the Tea Party. We shouldn't resent that reality, we should be proud of it. Because we're the ones who made it happen. Besides, Rob Eno reports at Red Mass Group that Scott really does have to work.