In the run-up to last month's Senate special election in Massachusetts, conservatives across the country rallied around a Republican candidate vowing to restore fiscal responsibility and defeat ObamaCare. His message resonated with independents and Democrats alike, who joined with commonwealth Republicans to send a clear message to Washington by marking the ballot for Scott Brown.
RedState readers were a vital component to our success in flipping "Teddy Kennedy's seat" from a D to an R, and for that we should all be proud of our efforts. However, when Sen. Brown was sworn in, were we expecting a Republican senator from deep-blue Massachusetts to vote in line with future-Senator Marco Rubio or moreso with fellow New England Republican Olympia Snowe?
This week, Sen. Brown has drawn the ire of many conservatives for his vote in support of Harry Reid's deceptively-named jobs bill. Make no mistake: the bill is yet another worthless, behind-closed-doors, lets-spend-billions-to-make-the-American-people-think-we're-actually-helping-them bill which no Republican should have voted for. But the political reality is that Scott Brown has a left-wing constituency, and with a re-election battle looming in 2012 he will have to sometimes vote with the Democrats to have a chance at keeping one of Massachusetts' Senate seats under GOP control.
Scott Brown's election was the first win in what should be a tidal wave year for GOP gains in Congress. Which brings me to lesson we must keep in mind for November: more "R's" in Congress doesn't necessarily mean less overreaching government. We all saw how government operated under GOP control--the overspending, the entitlement expansions, etc--and it is imperative to avoid a repeat once the nightmare of Democrat control has ended.
As conservative activists (that's YOU), we must not be remiss in supporting conservative candidates in conservative districts and states this year. That means guys like Marco Rubio in Florida, Mike Lee in Utah, Les Phillip and Rick Barber in Alabama. Moderate Republicans will ride the wave into Washington this fall--and that's to be expected in places like Massachusetts. But there is NO reason to support squishy candidates in races a conservative can win. And it's imperative we all work tirelessly to make sure that doesn't happen.
Otherwise there will be a lot more to howl about than a lousy vote for a lousy "jobs" bill.
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