It's a Scott Brown World

Scott Brown is the Emeril Lagasse of politics. Everywhere you look, there are politicians reeling in reaction to Scott! (Can you say Ben Bernanke?) Bam!!!! says Scott, and another Dem bites the dust!
Vice President Biden's son Beau announced Monday that he will not run for his father's old Senate seat, leaving the Republican in the race without a Democratic opponent.
That's a huge Scott Effect Story. Young Beau was supposed to slide into the seat without resistance, especially where he has just served in Iraq. Democrats love when they can find a candidate who believes in defending the country! What's Beau's excuse for deciding to remain in the Attorney General's seat? Even less sincere than the usual.
"My first responsibilities are here in Delaware," he said. "Therefore I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010."
So, all those decades when his dad was a U.S. Senator - he wasn't taking care of Delaware first? If that's the best he can do for excuses, he doesn't deserve the senate seat - he could have at least claimed he wanted to spend more time with family!
His decision only adds to Democrats' problems in defending their Senate majority. Democrats on Tuesday lost the Massachusetts special election for the seat once held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.
There's Scotty for ya, controlling Delaware politics too now, even though they don't want to mention him by name. Can't blame them, really. So, is that the biggest Scott Effect today? It's a close call - there's a Democrat from Arkansas whose retiring because of Scott.
Congressman Marion Berry says he's retiring after representing Arkansas in the House of Representatives for seven terms.
He doesn't say it's because of Scott, but it sure isn't because he wants to spend more time with family.
The 67-year-old Democrat from Arkansas said in a statement Monday that he can no longer serve the district with the vitality he once had.
How about that - an honest Democrat! It's true, ever since Scott's victory over the ghost of Ted Kennedy, it looks like the entire Democratic machine is lacking vitality. Have they tried Carnation Instant Breakfast to start the day instead of making fundraising calls? That might provide the pick-me-up they're after instead of having to listen to all those once-dependable donors saying they're reconsidering where they're sending their money.
Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for the Republican Governors Association, said Brown's win "helps us tremendously with fundraising, because people say, 'My gosh, if we can win a Senate seat in Massachusetts of all places, we can win anywhere.' It also helps with candidate recruitment."
Let's not forget that Scott is also the best thing to happen to GM since the bailout.
As if taking Ted Kennedy’s seat for the Republicans wasn’t enough of a feat, it appears that newly elected Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has sold a lot of GMC Canyon pickup trucks. Politico reports, “Bay State auto dealers are seeing an increased interest in pickup trucks like the one belonging to the newly-elected senator.
It's a Scott Brown World. One last bit of good news - Evan Bayh is in trouble in his re-election bid in Indiana.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds that Bayh attracts support from just 44% or 45% of voters when matched against his top potential Republican challengers.
Enough to make a person grin like an idiot, all that. Now, let's see what the AP had to say in their own consolidation of the Scott Effect today.

The fallout continues from Sen.-elect Scott Brown's improbable victory in Massachusetts and is being felt down to the state and local level.

Sen.-elect Scott Brown, R-Mass. shown here on election night, has a lot of Republicans thinking that they can do it, too.
By Elise Amendola, AP
That's a theme running through today's top political stories:
New York Times: Brown's win has spurred a number of Republicans to reconsider running in their home states. The Times says "half a dozen Republicans have expressed interest in challenging Democrats in House races in New York, Pennsylvania and potentially Massachusetts." Washington Post: Brown's victory also has Republicans and their allies thinking they can win control of state legislative bodies in 2010 -- which, in turn, can help the GOP control the redistricting process and lead to more congressional victories in the future. Los Angeles Times: The "tea party" activists credited with helping Brown win his Senate seat is "far from a well-disciplined army." Its lack of national unity has been evident in its "internal disputes, turf wars and lawsuits," and may undercut its power. Philadelphia Inquirer: Sorry seems to be the hardest word, but when you are running for reelection it's what you have to do. Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., called Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., and apologized for telling her to "act like a lady" when the two clashed on a talk show last week. The incident gives Specter's opponents the chance to bring up the Clarence Thomas hearings and his harsh questioning of Anita Hill.
Wait a sec - what does the Arlen Specter insults Michelle Bachmann story have to do about Scott? Nothing directly, that I can see, except Arlen is expected to have a tough time winning re-election this year, and Scott has made that harder. Also, Scott's always so gracious - perhaps he's elevating expectations. That's the Scott Report for today.