"Your reflexive response to Scott Brown's not joining Sarah for the Boston Tea Party is like flocking behavior," we twittered a couple of folks out there who have their panties in a twist about our junior senator's plans (see below for more), comparing their response to the way flocks of birds "wheel and swoop in unison," in self-protective response to perceived environmental clues.
"No movement like that lasts," snickered Paradisical Bobo David Brooks in response to host David Gregory's question about whither the Tea Party on Sunday's "Meet the Press." The unwatchable showcase for preening Northeast-Corridor fuddy duddies caught us off guard in the wakeful weakened wee hours when our self-preserving urge to surf away was momentarily overcome by the highway-accident-can't-not-look response.
Meanwhile within the Tea Party tribe itself the flock is in a frenzy, flitting this way and that at the slightest perceived threat in the political surrounds, like this latest horror headlined grimly by our own beloved Boston Herald:
One of the out-of-state, too-clever-by-half wee-hour twitterers had it all figured out:
In 2012, he'll start begging and kissing ass. He's already learning from his mentor McLame.
Even the totally awesome Boston radio talkster Michael Graham was a bit snippy:
Gee thanks, Scott. Sen. Brown caves to political pressure, won't appear at Boston Tea Party with Sarah & me.
We say, lighten up. Scott Brown IS a politician, after all, and a smart one chooses his battles. Hey, Jules Crittenden, what's the story? More shock, shlock from the Herald:
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose stunning victory in January was fueled in part by Tea Party anger, has snubbed the fiery grassroots group and declined its invitation to join Sarah Palin Wednesday at a massive rally on Boston Common, the Herald has learned.
Brown’s decision to skip the first big rally in Boston by the group whose members are credited with helping him win election has some experts saying he’s tossed the Tea Party overboard, as he prepares for re-election in 2012 …
Barbara Klain, head of the Greater Lowell Tea Party, said Brown also turned down an invite to speak at their April 15 rally in downtown Lowell. “He said he was going to be in Washington,” Klain said. “He needs to be doing his job.” It’s a view Sabato suggested was willfully naive.
Update: "I understand quite completely. I wouldn't want to share a podium with Sarah Palin for any number of reasons," writes blog buddy Barry Campbell in the comments, in a masterpiece of ambiguity made for reading into.
Update II: Jules answers the call: "Brown goes mavericky":
All of which, the immediate concerns of national partisan politics aside, makes Brown a fascinating political story, given his explosive arrival on the scene as a truck-driving everyman at the head of a rebellion. Getting re-elected, actually being effective and remaining relevant were always going to be issues, and could prove to be a complicated dance. Now we get to watch how he plans to do it.
Update III: Jules links and points us to his "pal, local talk jock and Palin podium-sharer" Michael Graham's rousing "Scott Brown, Profile In Courage?":
But the main reason Sen. Brown should be there is to remind everyone of the character of his supporters. These Democrats and independents didn’t vote for him out of hate, or concerns about Obama’s birth records. I’d love to see Scott use this megaphone to announce our shared positive values, and maybe even call out a kook or two in the crowd and tell them they’ve come to the wrong place.
Update IV: Dan Riehl links with a fire-breathing rant:
Is Brown better than Kennedy? Yes. But if his post-election tendency to immediately go Hollywood, opting for matinee idol status over substantive individual who wanted the job so he could go to work wasn't enough, his slight of the very people who helped him win suggests he's the type of self-serving jerk we need fewer of in Washington and not some Mr. Smith.
Crossposted at Liberty Pundits.