There is no surer sign of the Democrats’ increasingly tenuous grip on power than the fact that they are trying to spin Scott Brown’s (R) incredible victory for the Senate seat vacated by Ted Kennedy’s death as problematic for Mitt Romney. We first noted the spin on Politico early Monday morning. In the wake of the election Investor’s Business Daily tried to point out how it was big for Romney, and yet the first comment on that post tried to show it as a downer for him. Fortunately, other commenters quickly pointed out the error of that commenter’s ways.
Funny though . . . Romney was on the dais at Brown’s victory speech and Brown called him forward for thanks – the first call after his family. Do you need other facts? Calling this “spin” is actually being kind. Romney played this just right – he was an enormous amount of help to the Brown campaign. Cash from Free and Strong America was just the beginning – staff was loaned. Let’s face it, there is no such thing as a Republican “machine” in a place like Massachusetts, but given that he came closer to beating Ted Kennedy than anybody and got elected governor there, Romney comes as close to having one as possible. No Republican could have pulled this off without him. But despite that, Romney stayed, as far as coverage was concerned “in the background.” This was Scott Brown’s campaign, not Mitt Romney’s.
And that points out the huge difference between this administration and a possible Romney one. This president enters the room and he insists that the spotlight shine on him. When he went to Massachusetts to stump for Coakley, he sucked all the oxygen out of the room. Romney did far more for Brown than Obama even thought of doing for Coakley, and yet he did it in a way that left the spotlight on Brown. Service, not ego, was what mattered here.
And that seems to me the heart of where religion and politics intersect. Good religion, regardless of theology, makes us better people – it makes us people of service and goodwill, not self-service and personal will.
Lowell adds . . .
Romney played this one very well. Ed Carson at Investor’s Business Daily:
“Ex-Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney was . . . a key backer of the little-known state senator [Scott Brown] back when he was seen as a sacrificial lamb.
“While some are already touting Brown as a 2012 presidential contender, Romney could be the big beneficiary. He’s helped deliver the 41st GOP Senate vote, perhaps derailing Obamacare. Activists will remember that.”
I think so too.
John Updates The Next Morning…
Here from the local Massachusetts press is a recount of what went on in Brown’s suite as news of his victory spread. Key ‘graphs for our thesis above:
He said he’s been “calling everybody I know, doing everything I can to make sure Scott Brown won. Finally we can tell Washington, ‘We want you to listen.”‘As 10 p.m. approached, and Brown prepared to go down to the crowded ballroom to give his victory speech, former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney looked over his speech of introduction for Brown. “This is heroic,” he said of Brown’s win. “It wasn’t expected that he would have a victory this big.”
With everyone piling out of the room to head downstairs, Ayla smiled, sending an affectionate glance toward her dad as he consulted withRomney.
Romney did introduce Brown at the victory celebration. A sure sign that he was key to the campaign. And yet, no mention of that on TV coverage last night (Even Fox which is what I watched) and when Brown thanked Romney, he had to step from way back in the crowd to receive Brown’s handshake. So far back I did not spot him until he came forward – unlike the unmistakable visage of Doug Flutie and other Massachusetts luminaries.
And it was former (perhaps to be again?) senior adviser to Romney’s presidential campaign, Kevin Madden that had an op-ed in the WSJ this AM:
Republicans could easily recline and leave Mr. Obama and the Democrats to self-destruct. Majority status and control of Congress is conceivably in reach just by reminding voters you can’t blame Republicans for Washington’s current appetite for excess, since Democrats are in control of this mess. It would be a safe maneuver because it’s true.
However, for Republicans the progression from malcontent to sustainable movement involves learning from President Obama’s mistakes. Unlike Mr. Obama, the party can go beyond ideals and process ideas that deliver an actual reformist agenda. The party can prove to a disaffected public that we stand for more than just winning elections but instead are dedicated to reforming a broken system and governing a nation with public support. A Republican Party that avoids the same shortsightedness and reflexive partisanship that has defined President Obama’s first year in office will be one truly deserving of majority status and deliver on the promise of a remade America currently eluding Mr. Obama.
That sounds like the map for 2010 and beyond to me!
And on a final sad note, this “tweet” passed through our little twitter monitor at right this morning:
OMG Romney is on stage with Brown lapping up the victory. This is a nightmare. The Mormon takeover.
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