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Scott Brown, pledging allegiance to the National Right to Life Committee?
Scott Brown, the guy who gives himself all the credit for being the first guy to step up and denounce Todd Akin for his crazy-talk on rape and abortion, says to anyone who will listen that he is pro-choice. He's not fooling the pro-life community with that, though. The state’s leading anti-abortion group is throwing their support behind Brown because he's a reliable anti-choice vote.
"We consider him a senator who votes prolife," said Anne Fox, president of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life. "We have to take his word for it when he says he is prochoice. But what we're looking for is someone who votes prolife, and he does." [...]

Raymond L. Flynn, the former Boston mayor who is also nationally known as an antiabortion activist, said that while Brown's record on abortion is "mixed . . . he would be more prolife than his opponent."

"His heart is prolife," said Flynn, who has endorsed Brown.

Brown's spokesperson says, "There are people of good will on both sides of the abortion issue, and Senator Brown welcomes their support, but he is pro-choice and his record going back many years reflects that." But Brown also has an 80 percent approval rating from the National Right to Life Committee, and received the support of this same anti-abortion state group during his 2010 run because of his support for some anti-abortion efforts in the state legislature.

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Brown was asked by a report on Wednesday if he would pledge to "never vote in the Senate to curb women’s reproductive rights," and he responded, "I have a long record of this already.[...] I'll promise that. I've already been on record on that."

His record is what got him this endorsement. He's already broken that pledge, as his record reflects, when voted for the Blunt amendment. That's the Republican effort to let employers decide whether or not their employees can get birth control through their insurance. That bill most certainly curbs women's reproductive rights. It lets their boss dictate what birth control they use.

So if Brown is so adamantly pro-choice, he's turning down the offer of support from Massachusetts Citizens for Life, right? Of course not. Maybe that's because, in his heart, he's pro-life. That's sure where his votes are.

Let's elect a real pro-choice senator. Please donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:55 AM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans, Pro Choice, and Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 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 Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:55:13 AM PDT

  •  I'm detecting a trend in MA (2+ / 0-)
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    Gator, Lilyvt

    Republican flip-flopping seems to be the only method of survival for them here.

    "The less time you have, the more you need to use it wisely." - Cpt. Avatar, Starblazers

    by DeathDlr73 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:01:14 AM PDT

    •  If only Warren were a better candidate... (3+ / 0-)
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      dhshoops, VirginiaBlue, Matt Z

      we wouldnt be in this mess in Massachusetts. I predict she will win, but it will simply be because she is a democrat and not because she is a candidate who has actually tried hard to explain her positions to voters. Does she even want to be Senator or is that what she was told to do by White House... I dont know if she is taking this as seriously as the Kossacks are, which is a shame. She is Coakley Jr. plain and simple and I am not even bringing up her handling of the totally illegitimate American Indian controversy that she could have eviscerated Brown on and failed to do so.

      •  I hate to say it but the D's should have had a guy (2+ / 0-)
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        F J G, Zornorph

        run for this office. Warren just doesn't fly in Massachusetts.

        "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are." --Homer Simpson

        by dhshoops on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:39:43 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  I am a Massachusetts Democrat and (8+ / 0-)

        I agree with you 100%. Warren's TV ads depict a candidate who is running against either Washington or the "big banks". I have talked to her campaign people and after I raised questions about her lack of outreach into the African American communities in the bay state, all I got was a blank look and the repeated question, "could I host a party in my home to recruit volunteers?" Warren IS REPEATING Coakley's mistake by ignoring the black voter in Massachusetts. In the Coakley/ Brown Senate election there were 132 votes TOTAL cast in Dorchester and Roxbury!! These are the two most heavily black sections in Boston.I rather suspect that a similar situation existed in Springfield and New Bedford.

        This time around however Scott Brown has been busy putting his personal presence into these African American communities. On the 13th of August Scott Brown participated in a charity basketball game in  Springfield where Brown and his team played against  Rev. Talbert Swan( who is the president of the local NAACP) and his team. Benefits from the game went to the South End Community center which was badly damaged by last year's tornado. The basketball game was a big deal locally as Springfield Mayor Comenic Sarno and a local Representative were both in attendence. Before the tip off Brown took advantage of the event to give a brief address about his concern over the size of the national debt and spending.

        Last spring Scott Brown worked with the Congressional Black Caucas to bring a Jobs Fair to Roxbury Community College. This event receive extensive coverage by Boston's newspapers.

        My point is that Scott Brown is not just driving his Chevie around the North Shore and other familar places that may be considered his turf. He knows that people in the African American communities have not see a Massachusetts Senator in their neighborhoods since the days of Edward Brooke, who was an african American Republican. So Brown is taking the time to get out into these communities to INTRODUCE HIMSELF to the local residents. This strategy fits in well with his campaign slogan which "vote the man, not the party". Elizabeth Warren needs to get busy in these neighborhoods simply because she can lose if enough voters split their tickets between Obama and Brown.

        One final point of clarification. I am not inferring that Warren does not have some African Americans on her campaign staff. However, I think that her campaign staff lacks the experience of good old fashioned "Massachusetts Irish Style politics", and they are running this campaign as if she was running for a local office or a Congressional seat in the House of Representatives. Even Teddy forgot how to campaign his last time out and Mitt Romney almost beat him....

  •  So he needs to be painted as a flip flopper (3+ / 0-)
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    Use his "Kings and Queens" line to make him appear like a mindless ditz and then make him flip flop.  Time to pull out the one two punches!

    Santorum/Bachmann 2012

    by sujigu on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:48:37 AM PDT

  •  ...but his orifices are pro-choice (3+ / 0-)
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    "His heart is prolife," said Flynn, who has endorsed Brown.

    Don't roof rack me bro', Now the brown's comin' down; Präsidentenelf-maßschach; "Nous sommes un groupuscule" (-9.50; -7.03) "Ensanguining the skies...Falls the remorseful day".政治委员, 政委‽ Warning - some snark above ‽

    by annieli on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:59:08 AM PDT

  •  He is a republiCON (5+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Gator, Judge Moonbox, Lilyvt, Zinman

    And he never mentions that in his ads or his website.
    He is also the candidate of Wall Street  banksters.
    He is an opportunistic hypocrite...Conning the masses with his bullshit and common man appeal. I cannot stand his fake gimmickry that fools so many who dont pay attention to the real issues and are enthralled with his snakeoil common man regular guy drive a goddamn pick up truck act. He is a salesman for the republicon brand of snakeoil.Ugh ugh ugh! He is just a younger version of Bush Jr. Fake ranch farmer guy you rather have a beer with.

    He is all style of substance.
    He is a typical republiCON only in it for his precious ego.

    /end venting

    The Plutocratic States of America, the best government the top 1% and corporations can buy. We are the 99%-OWS.

    by emal on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 09:24:17 AM PDT

    •  He is all that (1+ / 0-)
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      but he "seems" like such a good guy.

      "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 Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 09:59:21 AM PDT

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      •  Hmmmm.... (2+ / 0-)
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        ....but he "seems" like such a good guy.
        Nope, don't be fooled by that 'seems' like a good guy PR.
        Smoke and mirrors.
        Don't like or trust the guy.
        He's a fake.
        He's a phony.
        He's an imposter.
        And should be roundly defeated in November.

        I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

        by Lilyvt on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:47:12 PM PDT

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  •  As a member of the Mass legislature (4+ / 0-)
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    Gator, Judge Moonbox, Zinman, pademocrat

    Brown had a 75% labor voting record, and got the unions' endorsement in 2008.  Now as a US Senator, it is either 25% or 19%, depending on how it's defined.  No doubt the national GOP $$ had a lot to do with this.

    It will not be possible to save Medicare by destroying it.

    by brae70 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 11:26:38 AM PDT

  •  Doug Flutie in Red Sox hat... (2+ / 0-)
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    Mogolori, emal

    The reason Warren is losing this race is that Brown is capturing these guys and those that idolize Flutie....

    "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are." --Homer Simpson

    by dhshoops on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:34:58 PM PDT

    •  Concur... that counts in MA. (3+ / 0-)
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      But on the other hand, fuck that guy.

      "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

      by Mogolori on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:47:44 PM PDT

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    •  Yup..those who value (1+ / 0-)
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      dhshoops

      Style over substance..its all about image.

      And I used to respect Flutie and have some deep empathy and understanding for his work in bringing autism to the forefront...but after seeing that picture of him obviously endorsing Brown...my respect has dropped several notches.

      Flutie is an idiot if he really thinks Brown's republicon beliefs and policy positions would assist or benefit the least amongst us in society like his autistic son. No Dougie, Brown thinks those safety nets and programs for the neediest in our society should be cut. Programs that aid in research or therapy/ education for your son would be hurt. Jeebus...get a freakin clue! Republicons want to decimate those programs.

      The Plutocratic States of America, the best government the top 1% and corporations can buy. We are the 99%-OWS.

      by emal on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 06:54:27 AM PDT

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  •  Just like Mitt Romney. (0+ / 0-)

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:35:15 PM PDT

  •  And he has an old truck! (0+ / 0-)

    So vote for him!

    "Do what you can with what you have where you are." - Teddy Roosevelt

    by Andrew C White on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:36:36 PM PDT

  •  Survival requires desperate choices. (1+ / 0-)
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    Brown is going down.  He does not have all the vote suppression tactics that the GOP uses in swing states so he has to talk out his ass at every public event.  He has to gauge which way to aim his ass, to the left or to the right according to the audience.

    I'm just here for the Mojo!

    by Gator on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:38:04 PM PDT

    •  Warren has no shot, she is done (0+ / 0-)

      I could have told you in the primary that she is going to lose, Because,

      A) Nobody likes a know it all.
      B) Nobody likes Harvard, except people who have a connection there.
      C) She is not spreading her wings, she is appealing to one segment of the Mass elecorate and hoping it pulls her through. Problem is that segement is about 1/4 of eligible voters.
      D) Scott Brown has done nothing to lose this race, most people think he is an alright guy. I have known of him since his days as a state senator from Wrentham, never controversial.
      E) She hasn't played ball with Mayor Menino, Scott Brown has rountine lunches with guy. If Menino never endorses, that will tell you all you need to know.
      F) The indian thing while goofy killed her with a lot of townie types. It makes her look like a phony.
      G)  Very few people know or care about the CPB, and the ones that do are already voting for her.

  •  From Texas I'm detecting the smell of (2+ / 0-)
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    bullshit, coming from the direction of Massachusetts.
    Y'all have that up there?

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:38:43 PM PDT

  •  Differences (4+ / 0-)
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    Democrats:

    Rare. Safe. Legal.

    Republicans:

    Unknown. Unsafe. Illegal.

    Only Democrats and Progressives do real, measurable work to reduce abortions. And the media should be pushing this message.

    No Jesus, Know Peace

    by plok on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 07:46:26 PM PDT

  •  "pro-life" (3+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, DocChap, Zinman

    Please stop using the RW memes.  Really are there any anti-life or pro-death people out there?   Other than the ones that are rabidly pro-death penalty and pro-war.  Of course, they are usually, but not always, RW.

    But give me a break....the term pro-life is a joke and is used the the RW to screw over any opponents.

    Stop helping them.

    •  This is why I am PRO-LIFE! (0+ / 0-)

      . . . and regard myself - and any sensible pro-life individual - PRO-CHOICE!  I claim both labels mostly to confound "anti-abortionists," which is what I call them.

      Some of my friends blink confusedly when I say so.  I'm trusting my fellow Kossaks will get the point.

    •  Amen! (2+ / 0-)
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      I was just about to post the same comment.

      When we use their self-anointed terminology we cede to them a high ground that they do not deserve!

      They are anti-abortion rights, they are pro-forced pregnancy, they are pro-government control of women's reproduction, they are pro-criminalization, they are all that and more..

      But they aren't pro-life!

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:35:42 PM PDT

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  •  so explain to me why she's losing (2+ / 0-)
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    she's losing clearly, in Mass. I know it's got a lot of independents, but it seems to me she should be doing better than she is.

    So what does she need to do?

    •  Go on the attack...pin Brown to Romney etc (1+ / 0-)
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      emal

      She's too milquetoast as a candidate...completely losing most guy's votes.

      "I'm a white male, age 18 to 49. Everyone listens to me, no matter how dumb my suggestions are." --Homer Simpson

      by dhshoops on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:15:02 PM PDT

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      •  Ya know.... (5+ / 0-)
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        She's too milquetoast as a candidate...completely losing most guy's votes.
        Most guys gotta get over themselves....
        A good 'milquetoast' candidate who will whoop ass in the Senate as a staunch defender of the little guy is miles better than a phony, truck driving, liar masquerading as the modern day 'Marlboro Man'.  

        I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

        by Lilyvt on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 08:55:12 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  well none of that matters (1+ / 0-)
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          if she can't convince enough folks to vote for her.

          •  well.... (0+ / 0-)

            perhaps if the good voters of MA would listen to what she says, and aren't dazzled by the snake oil charlatanism of the chameleon Brown, she would get elected.
            MA voters have been fooled before, they did vote for the Mittster, and they did fall for Brown in the special election.  Both times the victory was over a woman, one (Shannon O'Brien) was plagued by scandal and the other (Martha Coakley) had a poorly run campaign.
            Time to wake up and smell the coffee MA, before you're made chumps by the GOP.
            Again.

            I think, therefore I am........................... Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose....AKA Engine Nighthawk - don't even ask!

            by Lilyvt on Sat Aug 25, 2012 at 11:40:29 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

  •  Pro-life, yet like so many Republicans (1+ / 0-)
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    pro death penalty as well. Never could understand that hypocrisy.

    •  Really? I'm pro choice and mostly (0+ / 0-)

      against the death penalty because our courts are incompetent, but I can easily see the difference between terminating the life of a possible baby and terminating the life of a convicted murderer. There is really no hypocrisy in the two positions.

      Hillary Clinton's Liberal Ranking http://www.dailykos.com/story/2007/8/10/122232/619

      by tigercourse on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 09:37:14 PM PDT

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      •  Pro choice means women control their own bodies (0+ / 0-)

        The choice of preventing, keeping, or choosing to terminate a pregnancy resides with the woman involved, not society.

        Waffling over the death penalty for convicted murderers does not belong in the same discussion with the right of women to control their own bodies.

        Eradicate magical thinking

        by Zinman on Fri Aug 24, 2012 at 10:38:27 PM PDT

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  •  western Mass here (5+ / 0-)
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    I LOVE Elizabeth but I am sad to say I think she is losing here. I have been asking questions in general coversation and the best I can figure out is they like his ads (I guess he seems like a good guy?) and she seems angry. (This is NOT according to me!)
    They like that he says he is prochoice and the folks I spoke w/ don't see him as a republican obstructionist.
    I have pointed out his voting record to several folks.  The problem is they know I am a Democrat and they think I am slanted.
    It appears in my very un-scientific research that people just don't care if they vote D or R. Sadly, it also seems like people REALLY do not follow the news at all :(

    On the other hand there are ALOT of Warren yard signs and I have only seen 1 Brown sign.

    She needs different ads!!!!

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