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Scott Brown and Mitt Romney
Scott Brown and Mitt Romney: "What? Friends? Who? Us?
We barely know each other." (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
Mitt Romney and Scott Brown have something very fundamental in common—beyond being Massachusetts Republicans. They're both political chameleons, doing and saying whatever it's going to take to convince voters they'll be whatever prevailing wisdom says they have to be to win. That includes distancing themselves from each other.

Back in the day, it was all love.

The mutual accolades reached a pinnacle at an annual meeting of conservative activists the month after Brown's election to the Senate.

Introducing Romney, Brown joked that at the start of his Senate campaign "I could have held my campaign rally in a phone booth" and Romney was "one of those guys who was in that phone booth with me."

Romney returned the compliment moments later.

"Scott Brown, boy, I'd take him anywhere I could take him," he told the crowd.

Now? Even though they share the sleazy campaign operative Eric Fehrnstrom, they keep as mum about each other—and stake out campaign stances as far from the other—as possible. Marriage equality? Romney's opposed, Brown weasels out with "it's settled law" in Massachusetts. Abortion? Romney's opposed, Brown supports choice, with all the rigamarole about no federal funding you'd expect. Brown has taken necessarily moderate votes on the new START Treaty with Russia and on Dodd-Frank (after he succeeded in negotiating a deal of a watered-down Volcker Rule in exchange for his vote), both of which Romney criticizes President Obama for. And which makes Brown as much a liability for Romney with the tea party types who helped elect Brown as Romney's newfound, severe conservatism is a liability for Brown with the majority of Massachusetts voters.

But, at the core, they're both pretty typical Republicans. Which means they're hypocrites. When, as governor, Romney tried to do away with a state commission to help LGBT youth, Brown was the only state senator to back him up. Brown's also the guy who promises, in what he thinks is the privacy of email to conservative funders, nothing but obstruction of President Obama's agenda.

The jeopardy for Brown in being too closely associated with Romney is much greater than the reverse. Romney's damned unlikely to carry Massachusetts, and Brown's best hope is to try to divert attention from his true Republican nature.

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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (8+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:37:35 AM PDT

  •  What a great picture of Romney (3+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, LansingDan, Matt Z

    The shadow from Scott Brown's head falls across Roney's face, making him look like the Joker- how fitting. Harlequin, ever changing, chameleon.

    As my father used to say,"We have the best government money can buy."

    by BPARTR on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:46:11 AM PDT

    •  Guv'nor Orange (0+ / 0-)

      Um, forget the faux-scar shadow -- why the hell is Rmoney... well, um...  *ORANGE*?!

      Famous-person characteristics are like stereotypes -- they're critical communication devices for low-information citizens' idle banter:  We could mention Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon interchangeably, and knew Carson by Ed McMahon's "Heeeerrree's Johnny".  Crosby was Bob Hope's partner, and Hope... well, 'Thanks for the Memories' announced Bob Hope before he even stepped onto the stage. Walter Cronkite WAS THE NEWS.  We need these traits.   We depend on them.  People use these as crutches: 'that other Baldwin brother that was on Firefly and Chuck' (yeah, I know he isn't), 'that daytime talkshow host that's a lesbian - no, not Ellen - she was in that baseball movie with Tom Hanks', or 'That rock star that just died.  No, of old age.' to list examples I've overheard in the last month.

      But Chris Matthews has his Tweetybird-yellow hair trademark, Tucker Carlson shared Bowties with Paul Simon (folks clarify with: 'the senator or the loudmouth?') and -- and... DAMMIT,  Boehner owns Orange spraytans.

      Now, we've got two top-ranking Orange damn Republicans.  Low information voters might mistake them for each other.  This. Cannot. Stand!

  •  Looks to me like (4+ / 0-)
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    TofG, kitebro, blue aardvark, Matt Z

    sleazy campaign says it all.

    Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Just A Real Nice Guy, thinking out loud.

    by arealniceguy on Mon May 21, 2012 at 10:46:50 AM PDT

  •  Can we stop calling Romney "Mittens" (1+ / 0-)
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    blue aardvark

    or Willard? MUCH more effective, to my mind, and can't be called out as being derogatory, if we all just refer to him as "Governor Romney".  Let's reinforce those ties!

    C.

    •  Bishop Romney also works (1+ / 0-)
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      He has attained that title from his church, after all.

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:17:39 PM PDT

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  •  Will Romney carry Massachusetts in the fall? (0+ / 0-)

    Can he win the Presidency without carrying his home state?

    Will he spend big money there, all for nought?

    Notice: This Comment © 2012 ROGNM

    by ROGNM on Mon May 21, 2012 at 01:57:41 PM PDT

  •  Blech... (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, koNko

    Willard's makeup makes him look like a pumpkin... a lot like Boner...

  •  Hypocrisy isn't the problem, per se... (0+ / 1-)
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    blue aardvark
    Which means they're hypocrites.
    It's that they aren't our hypocrites.

    The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

    by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:01:45 PM PDT

    •  Donut for false equivalency (2+ / 0-)
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      TofG, fcvaguy

      In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

      by blue aardvark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:18:15 PM PDT

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      •  So logical errors now get donuts? (0+ / 0-)

        You gotta be kidding me.

        Please take the donut back.

        Please read and enjoy my novella, Tulum, available in soft cover and eBook formats.

        by davidseth on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:25:23 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  When Republicans are doing something bad (1+ / 0-)
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          fcvaguy

          and you come onto Daily Kos and say Democrats are just as bad, that false equivalency is advancement of a Republican meme and therefore, in my opinion, worthy of a donut.

          Your mileage may vary.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

          by blue aardvark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:31:55 PM PDT

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      •  well now (0+ / 1-)
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        blue aardvark

        Obama attacks mittens over bain.

        Yet the dems received more $$ from bain than the gop thuglucans.

        Obama attacks mittens over job losses.

        Yet Obama did a Free Trade Job Outsourcing deal with Columbia in 2011.

        Please explain how you fail to see the hypocrisy.

        The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

        by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:35:46 PM PDT

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        •  You just equated Obama with Willard (0+ / 0-)

          Have another.

          In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

          by blue aardvark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:45:55 PM PDT

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          •  that's fine - you're certainly free to pass (0+ / 0-)

            out donuts when reality doesn't match what you want it to.

            I, and anyone else who ready this, notice that you cannot refute the facts.

            Feel free to pass out as many as you like.

            Though I suggest you not look at my other comments - they tend to delve into facts quite frequently.  Definitely not for the reality challenged or those of a timid nature.

            The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

            by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:06:59 PM PDT

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          •  also.. (0+ / 0-)

            feel free to use the power of your donuts to cancel out:

            Three Chiefs of Staff from Wall Street Banksters

            Bernanke

            Summers

            Geithner

            Holder

            Simpson

            Cat Food Commission

            Meeting in Secret with Pharma

            NDAA

            Patriot Act Renewal

            Public Defense of Wall Street's Predators as "Savvy Businessmen"

            Appointing a Monsanto Lobbyist to a specially created "special" position at the FDA

            Bradley Manning (transparency, anyone?)

            --------------------------

            I sure hope those donuts are powerful.  Lots of reality that is just begging to be re-written, eh?

            The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

            by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:09:52 PM PDT

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          •  You will also note that I, (0+ / 0-)

            on the other hand, do not resort to the childish use of donuts when the facts aren't to my liking.

            Then again, I tend to look at reality straight on instead of throwing a tantrum demanding it not upset my well-crafted narrative of what reality should reflect.

            Change We Can Believe In?

            And out comes Obama's Columbia Free Trade Job Outsourcing Deal of 2011 knocking it out of the park for a home-run.

            The 1% go wild in the stands.

            Like that one?

            Donut away.  Just more fuel for highlighting the facts despite the whirlwind of marketing meant to cover them up.

            The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

            by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:13:09 PM PDT

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          •  Say now... how's old Bloomburg doing (0+ / 0-)

            repressing that nasty Occupy movement?

            Oh, that's right!

            Rahm has stolen all the headlines with his own brand of militarized police actions against the Occupy movement, hasn't he?

            Who was Rahm?

            Well, let's see now.  Rahm.. Rahm... name rings a bell...

            Ah!  Got it:

            After serving as an advisor to Bill Clinton, in 1998 Emanuel resigned from his position in the Clinton administration and joined the investment banking firm of Wasserstein Perella, where he worked until 2002.[35] Although he did not have an MBA degree or prior banking experience, he became a managing director at the firm’s Chicago office in 1999 and, according to Congressional disclosures, made $16.2 million in his two-and-a-half-years as a banker.[
            Well that's not bad!  Despite having no medical experience, a hospital once hired me to sit on its board and paid me several million.  Free Market, such a great system eh?

            Oh but that's just the warm-up.

            Rahm later went on to be Obama's first Chief of Staff, later parachuting into Chicago to collect his prize.

            And here we are today.

            Chicago, Occupy, and the militarized local police force in Rahm's city.

            Psst:  Why on Earth would a financial firm (bank) hire someone with a) no experience and b) no MBA and pay such a person an absurd 16 million for two years of "work"?

            Perhaps they were investing in future influence?

            Nah.  Couldn't be.

            We voted for Change!

            Keep throwing donuts.  There's a lot of other Obama appointees I'd be happy to discuss.

            Enjoy.  Nothing like a side of reality w/ a donut, is there?

            The 1% Feast on Results while the 99% Starve on Rhetoric They Can Believe In.

            by Johnathan Ivan on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:21:53 PM PDT

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  •  it's creepy the way those two, brown and romney, (1+ / 0-)
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    look so much like each other.

    they're so generic looking.  like ken dolls or something.

    Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounding yourself with a-holes - William Gibson.

    by doesnotworkorplaywellwithothers on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:03:53 PM PDT

  •  Romney and Brown carried Mass for a reason (1+ / 0-)
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    notallthatpolitical

    Hopefully that "reason" has been thwarted now.

    If not, this diary is just mostly wishful thinking.

  •  The real truth is that you have no idea (1+ / 0-)
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    Krush

    what either man believes in his heart.

    With Elizabeth Warren, you do know.

    But with Romney or Brown, you can be pretty certain that they will serve the people who have put them in office, wholeheartedly and with conviction.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Mon May 21, 2012 at 02:16:47 PM PDT

  •  Romney needs to find a new brand of spray tan! (0+ / 0-)
  •  I thought they were the same person..!!!! until (1+ / 0-)
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    koNko

    just now...;-)....

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