Personally, I suspected this would happen when I saw John Kerry by his side as soon as he was sworn in. The Tea Party, however, is not forgetting.
Via the Daily Beast:
The strain of walking such a fine line must be getting to Brown, because as soon as he finishes his initial round of pleasantries, he launches into a peevish rant about how unfair conservatives are being when they criticize him. "The Democrats are in charge!" he shouts, his voice reaching the high, strained register that teenagers typically use when they don't want to take out the trash. "Does that mean I'm supposed to do nothing? That I'm supposed to vote with my party every single second of every single day? Why? I haven't done it for 15 years in the state legislature. All of a sudden I'm supposed to be an ideologue? I'm not quite sure what the mystery is, folks. When I hear some of the comments…I don't know what the mystery is. I said I was going down there to be a Scott Brown Republican, not someone who works for Harry Reid—or Mitch McConnell!" It's as if Brown is no longer addressing the people in the room—again, they're mostly Democrats. Instead, he seems to be fending off foes in Washington, real or otherwise. Unsure of how to react, the crowd quietly pokes at its meatloaf.I wouldn't call an expectation from his constituents that he vote against Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, Financial Regulation, the Jobs Bill, and a flawed START Treaty a demand that he become an ideologue.
If ever there is a sitting Senator who represents Tea Party betrayal, it's Scott Brown and he hasn't even in office for a third of a term. This is a Senator in deserve of defeat in the primaries.
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