Don’t Go Away Mad, Scott Brown…

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And don’t let the door hit you on the way out, Scott.

Scott Brown joins the illustrious group of Republicans who’ve won office in Massachusetts, then left supporters behind as they fled for greener pastures: Ambassadorships, presidential runs, and now a senate seat in New Hampshire?

Whether Scott Brown becomes a Granite State carpet-bagger or a third-tier POTUS candidate, the most popular Republican in Massachusetts won’t be a candidate {in} Massachusetts. And if there were ever a group that could use some popular candidates, it’s the Bay State GOP.

Unfortunately, one of the reasons the party is on life support is because of candidates like Scott Brown, Rich Tisei, Gabriel Gomez and others who’ve tried to increase their own popularity by pushing a pillow over that GOP’s face. Instead of taking on the Democrats or promoting Republican policies, the GOP’s Browns and Gomezes have jumped on the “who would want to be a Republican, anyway?” bandwagon.

This is one reason why Scott Brown’s presidential talk inspires such snickers–if not knee-slapping guffaws–among knowledgeable Republicans. Scott Brown is the nominee of choice for Republicans who think Mitt Romney lost due to his unwavering commitment to conservative principle.

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Republican primary voters in states with actual {Republicans} aren’t going to nominate an apologetic GOPer like Scott Brown to carry the national party’s banner. Need a moderate? You’ve got Chris Christie. Need a libertarian? You’ve got Rand Paul? Need an unaccomplished, self-serving partisan who’s ridden her husband’s coattails to power without a single accomplishment?

Sorry, you’ll have to vote Democrat.

I’m with political analyst Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, who tweeted out:

“Scott Brown not running 4 MA GOV. It’ll be followed by non-candidacy declarations for NH SEN and U.S. POTUS. Hey, he’s making $$$.”

So is this good news or bad news for the struggling Massachusetts GOP? In the short run, the news may be bad. It’s possible Scott Brown could have won the corner office in 2014.

But so what? Mitt Romney won in 2002–what happened? Even after signing RomneyCare into law, Romney couldn’t add a single seat to the GOP on Beacon Hill.

If Scott Brown were to win as the pro-Obama, “I like Democrats, too” candidate he’s been since 2010, how would that help elect more Republicans? If Scott were passionate about Republican principles, he could use his popularity to persuade more Massachusetts voters that they have a place in the GOP, too.

But Scott Brown only seems to be truly passionate about, well, Scott Brown. And his high-profile hijinx just distract local Republicans from the hard work of repairing their party’s brand.

So don’t go away mad, Scott…

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Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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