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  •  Senator Brown does not want to talk about (7+ / 0-)

    his policies, his voting record, or anything else that may give voters a clear idea of the Senator's ideology because that will sink him even more than Governor Romney's coattails.

    Senator Brown defined himself as the attractive/likable candidate in 2010 and her knows that if 2012 is about celebrity type trivia he stands a great chance of re-election. I hope the "liberal" media in Boston will ask him the tough questions about his policy positions (like his support of the Ryan budget) and his votes (like his vote against ending some oil company subsidies, against making millionaires pay the same tax rate as working people, against tax cuts for all Americans, of FOR the War on Women - TM (aka the Blunt) Amendment).  Having to talk about those will sink him.

    I agree on the marriage equality issue, but in MA this is such a non-issue (because we overwhelmingly support marriage equality and having it be the law of our State has been nothing but good for MA) that this issue will fly low below the radar.  It would be good if Senator Brown would state a clear position on this as his views would sink him, but he'll be able to dance and equivocate on this issue (at least enough to get by).  The question is: will he be allowed by the media and by the debate moderators to skirt all of his policy positions and his voting record?

    Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

    by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 09:16:51 AM PDT

    •  He has to dance around it (3+ / 0-)

      The reason is simple: money. The people behind is candidacy would stop giving if he were to unequivocally support marriage equality. And the people who are against him probably wouldn't stop giving money to Warren. So he pretty much can't win.

      There is something ironic about the fact that, at least in some areas, support for marriage equality is once again a wedge issue but in the opposite direction from what it was in 2004.

      •  I agree (2+ / 0-)

        I suspect many Repug politicians really don't  deeply care about marriage equality one way or the other, same as many big money donors.  It's common knowledge now that advancing LGBT rights & marriage equality are good for the economy. But they can't run from the radical party base, & they need the Koch Brothers money. Stick it to Brown.  

        "There ain't no sanity clause." Chico Marx

        by DJ Rix on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 07:45:50 PM PDT

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          ...that the Koch brothers are anti-LGBT that I missed?

          Anyway, broadly, I agree. People with money who aren't religious leaders generally don't care or are supportive of LGBT rights. Though he is boxed in by us party's idiocy, I doubt Scott Brown cares much about this issue and wishes it would go away. He certainly doesn't want to die on ths hill.

          (-5.50,-6.67): Left Libertarian
          Leadership doesn't mean taking a straw poll and then just throwing up your hands. -Jyrinx

          by Sparhawk on Mon Jul 30, 2012 at 08:02:15 PM PDT

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