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Is Scott Brown “Growing in Office?”

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Posted on February 23 2010 12:48 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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“Scott Brown To Vote For Obama’s Jobs Bill”

That didn’t take long.

The morning after Scott Brown’s stunning victory in Massachusetts, the refrain from the lamestream media was, “You ran as an independent, how are you going to prove you are independent from the Republican Party?”

Brown handled the clichéd questions deftly, and in a way that gave Conservatives hope that he knew the trap and wouldn’t fall for it.

Just as “bi-partisanship” always means “how can Republicans compromise with Democrats,” one is only “independent” if he is either a Republican who signs on to Democrat measures– or is a Democrat who takes such a left wing position that it’s too far for even his party.

And while Brown’s mere presence signaled the end of Obamacare in its most pernicious form—and that alone makes every effort to elect him worthwhile—one might have expected it to take a little longer for him to—wait for it– “grow in office.”

“Growing in office” is mediaspeak for a Republican who campaigns as a conservative, but once he gets to Washington, he bows to “reality” or “does the right thing” by going against either conservative principles or the majority of his party.

So, look for a Greek chorus of talking heads using the above shopworn phrases like they just thought of them; and try not to throw something at your TV.

Look, no one expected Scott Brown to be Jim DeMint; but most of us thought it would be a while before he joined Snowe and Voinovich on one of Harry Reid’s signature pieces of legislation.  And one vote does not a career define—but is anyone else feeling queasy about this?

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