GOP candidates like Scott Brown, who's running in a special election to be held January 19 for the Kennedy seat here in Massachusetts, and their handlers, need to think outside the box, say Dana Loesch, Bill Kristol and tea partiers like us. We wrote about the trouble with Brown's campaign here the other day in "Too busy to be personal? That is so not where tea partiers like us are today." Above, Goomp's Purrky thinks INSIDE the box Christmas eve Down East.
"Yes, yes, all politics are local. Except when they’re not, like in the case of being a deciding vote on fauxcare" writes "blogger, talk radio host, smart aleck" Dana Loesch, daring Bay State GOP candidate Scott Brown to get up off his old-think Republican arse and turn his sleepy senatorial campaign against Taxachusetts-as-usual Democratic candidate Martha Coakley into a real horse race:
As I mentioned on air last week, this could be even bigger than Scozzafava with the right amount of support. While Scozzafava was a stand against the establishment within the GOP, this is a fight against national socialism flown under the guise of health care.
Bill Kristol, cited by Loesch, agrees:
But someone might want to commission a poll in Massachusetts to see what might happen if the Senate race could be made a referendum on Obamacare. Brown and Coakley debated … and they clashed on the health care bill. But so far as I can tell, Brown didn’t emphasize that by electing him, the voters of Massachusetts have a chance to save the country from Obamacare. What if there were a massive independent expenditure that made that point?
As we blogged the other day, Brown's handlers don't seem to have a clue about how you engage today's newly activist tea-partiers. On the other hand, conservative commenters in this neck of the woods say Brown could win if he stopped playing by the old rules and started using the new social networking tools to engage his opponent and potential supporters in unexpected ways. As our own Jules Crittenden wrote last week, "Brown also needs to tap into the energy that drew thousands of angry Massachusetts voters to Boston Common last Tax Day." Kristol's proposed Senate race as "referendum on Obamacare" might be just what the doctor ordered.
Update: Instalanche! Thank you, Professor Reynolds.
Update II: "Scott Brown has an 'old-think Republican arse' because he's an old-think Republican," writes Night Ranger in the comments:
You don't magically become an outside-the-box, "rogue," go-for-the jugular candidate. He is what he is and that's what the establishment in MA wanted - oatmeal!
Lots more thoughtful comments coming in even as we write. Good stuff!
Update III: "Is Scott Brown Missing The Clue Train? asks blog buddy Dan Riehl.