Apparently, for Scott Brown, the only way to win is to pretend the left is the right.
Late last week, incumbent Sen. Scott Brown (R) and his main challenger, Elizabeth Warren (D), had competing op-eds on the policy dispute in the Boston Globe. Brown, who has struggled badly to understand the basics of the controversy, continues to be deeply confused.
Most notably, Brown believes he has a trump card to play: his approach is the same as Ted Kennedy’s. The Republican senator’s op-ed said he simply wants an exemption based on “moral and religious convictions.” Brown wrote, “My predecessor, the late Senator Ted Kennedy, believed just as I do.” A new Brown campaign radio ad is pushing the same line.
The problem, of course, is that the talking point is simply not true.
Yup, it’s topsy-turvy world for Brown. He believes that he can somehow convince Massachusetts voters that Ted Kennedy would have sided with him on an issue involving healthcare. It’s ludicrous on its face, but that won’t stop him from trying it. But that’s a typical Republican tactic – say exactly the opposite of the truth, say it with conviction, and don’t back down. Luckily, Massachusetts voters are smarter than that.