Are you ready for Scott Brown 2016?

posted at 4:01 pm on August 19, 2013 by Allahpundit

Which is more unrealistic, Trump’s purported run or this?

Ah well, he’ll make a fine VP for President Christie. Like we RINOs always say: You can never have too many centrist northeastern Republicans on the national GOP ticket.

Asked about his presidential ambitions, Brown said: “I think a lot of people today, they live in a bubble. They live in their home state and they don’t leave their comfort zone or try to expand their knowledge or understanding of what’s happening around the rest of the country or in the rest of the world, in some instances.

“I want to understand the challenges and the opportunities and the aspirations of the people in the Midwest and how they view us and vice versa,” he said. “I want to see if there’s interest in my brand of politics, being a strong national security hawk and a fiscal conservative. The way I see it, hey, there’s plenty of room for people in the party like me and Sarah Palin and Rand Paul and Chris Christie, yet we’re always attacking each other for not fitting some ideologically pure mold.”

Brown described himself as a Republican with state legislative experience, U.S. Senate experience and 34 years of military experience “who’s truly a bipartisan problem-solver and not someone who beats you over the head all the time saying, ‘It’s my way or the highway.’”

He used the phrase “bi-partisan problem solver” in an interview with the Boston Herald too, so there’s your campaign slogan wrapped up in a bow. Ezra Klein tweeted that he didn’t see the logic of a Brown presidential bid, which set up Charles Cooke for one of the easiest lay-ups in modern political history:

Why wouldn’t Brown pretend-run? Apart from McCain and Romney, every Republican with a national profile is theoretically running for president right now. There’s nothing to lose by keeping your name out there. Like Guy said yesterday in the Greenroom, even if Brown’s not a legit contender for the presidency, he’s got a shot at governor of Massachusetts or senator from New Hampshire. If you’re a pol who’s in danger of dropping off the local political radar, take your free PR where you can get it.

Here’s the only scenario I can think of where his interest in a national run is semi-serious: If Mike Bloomberg decides his ticket to continued relevance after he leaves office as mayor is to singlehandedly fund a “No Labels” third-party candidacy, whether for himself or for some designated champion, Brown is a guy who’d naturally be considered for the ticket. Christie would be ideal for Bloomy in that case, but he’s got a shot at the GOP nomination and is unlikely to sacrifice it for something far more quixotic; the natural choices would be Brown, Jon Huntsman, or Joe Manchin (the latter two of which now co-chair the “No Labels” group). It’ll go nowhere if Christie’s nominated by Republicans, but if the choice is between Hillary and, say, Rand Paul or Ted Cruz, there might be enough room in the center for some sort of squishy indie project to win just enough votes in a losing effort to put third-party candidacies on the map as credible alternatives in the future. Does Mike Bloomberg want to spend $700 million on that? Probably not unless he’s at the top of the ticket himself. Exit question: Bloomberg/Brown 2016?


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He sure had a nice pickup…

that’s all.

trs on August 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

John Huntsman is jelly.

nobar on August 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

He couldn’t even beat Fauxahontas for crap sakes.

Cindy Munford on August 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Slow day.

VorDaj on August 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Northeast Republican: CHECK
Moderate/Liberal: CHECK
Panders with a Pickup truck: CHECK

USA!!!USA!!!USA!!!

President Hillary.

portlandon on August 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

If he wanted to be President, why not first run for Governor or for Kerry’s Senate seat and spend a little more time in office? Yes, Obama had only 2 years experience(if you can even call it that) in the Senate before he announced his candidacy, but is that really how low we wanna set the bar for our nominee?

Doughboy on August 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

I think a lot of people today, they live in a bubble. They live in their home state and they don’t leave their comfort zone or try to expand their knowledge or understanding of what’s happening around the rest of the country or in the rest of the world, in some instances.

Sure Boston….stop into see us down here in “Flyover Country” and we’ll be sure to expand your knowledge a bit. You can buy me lunch too, pal, because, without the Tea Party Moneybomb, you’d still be shlingin’ your Johnson for a few bucks to get you through law school.

ted c on August 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Ezra Klein tweeted that he didn’t see the logic of a Brown presidential bid, which set up Charles Cooke for one of the easiest lay-ups in modern political history:

No, that’s a backboard-shattering throwdown of an alley-oop.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

anybody else notice the only politician a north east repub ever criticizes is another republican? Christy, P King, Scott Brown

DanMan on August 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Even Anthony Weiner showed his wiener…not like Scott the Tease.
He kicked those who voted and supported him in the teeth.
I’m sure the establishment hacks will get behind him in a hurry.

HornetSting on August 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

He lost his election. No losers. No one without executive experience. No RINOs!

Iblis on August 19, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Nomentum.

M240H on August 19, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Hell to the No to any RINO.

/Hey, that rhymes!

Key West Reader on August 19, 2013 at 4:16 PM

If Christie is already in the race there will be no room? Is that an attack on his girth?

astonerii on August 19, 2013 at 4:18 PM

He sure had a nice pickup…

that’s all.

trs on August 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I dunno. That shepherd’s coat was pretty styling…

JohnGalt23 on August 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Christie would be ideal for Bloomy in that case, but he’s got a shot at the GOP nomination and is unlikely to sacrifice it for something far more quixotic; the natural choices would be Brown, Jon Huntsman,

I believe RINO poaching violates some international agreement or something.

trubble on August 19, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Well, between SB and CC there won’t be any question of who was the nude Cosmo pinup.

These stories just don’t interest me at all. As a supporter of both McCain and Romney its pretty darn obvious that they were the last of the “pragmatic” northeastern Republicans we will see for some time. They lost, and badly. Why would Christie or Brown think the GOP would ever make a similar mistake ever again?

The next Republican candidate will be a veteran ideological governor from somewhere other than a Democrat or purple state, articulate and with a vision for economic growth. Who that is, I can’t say. But it’s clear who that isn’t.

MTF on August 19, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Charles Cooke for one of the easiest lay-ups in modern political history

Ha!

John the Libertarian on August 19, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Let’s get this straight. Unless the Republican Party has a death wish (and maybe it does) we cannot nominate another milktoast Massachussetts liberal Republican. Scott Brown was probably the best that we could do in a hellhole state like Mass., but nationally we have to do better or we perish.

Rogervzv on August 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

The inevitable face time will lead to more money. There’s no downside for him here.

beatcanvas on August 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

He sure had a nice pickup…

that’s all.

trs on August 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

But can a Chevy Colorado haul around Chrispie?

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Ridiculous. This would be a vanity candidacy, and a decidedly weak one at that.

I thought he was considering running for Senator in New Hampshire?

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on August 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I think a lot of people today, they live in a bubble. They live in their home state and they don’t leave their comfort zone or try to expand their knowledge or understanding of what’s happening around the rest of the country or in the rest of the world, in some instances.

Yeppers, we out here in the sticks arnt’n near as clever as you east coast city types, we’re just simple folk tryin’ our bestest to get the crops in on time and maybe enjoy a barn dance or two in ‘tween.

Then again the entire city of Boston pulled down their pants during the search for the hat brothers, opening their doors and allowing everything short of an anal probe when the “authorities” demanded to take a look around.

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

I hope he runs. And we desperately need a Maine sister or two to run. You want to fragmentize the rino vote while getting behind one conservative. This is why you need a tea party convention before the primaries where conservatives choose one candidate and all other conservatives step aside.
v

Buddahpundit on August 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Then again the entire city of Boston pulled down their pants during the search for the hat brothers, opening their doors and allowing everything short of an anal probe when the “authorities” demanded to take a look around.

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 4:27 PM

My answer, “If he was here, I’d be handing you his body.”

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Even Anthony Weiner showed his wiener…not like Scott the Tease.
He kicked those who voted and supported him in the teeth.
I’m sure the establishment hacks will get behind him in a hurry.

HornetSting on August 19, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Yup.

Hey I know!

Scotty, you need some Sl*tbags, baby!!

Then you’ll be in like Flint a Weiner!

ToddPA on August 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Centrists? As if half way between right and wrong is right?

Two politicians, one on each rim of the Grand Canyon were debating. The liberal on the North rim said to the conservative on the South rim that we need to have more partisan compromise, whereby the conservative agreed, saying we’ll meet in the middle–you walk off your rim first.

Don L on August 19, 2013 at 4:29 PM

He sure had a nice pickup…

that’s all.

trs on August 19, 2013 at 4:03 PM

But can a Chevy Colorado haul around Chrispie?

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Dude, you are Cold!

You mean a Chevy Avalanche don’t you??

ToddPA on August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Scott Brown announces he needs another hit of that sweet sweet D.C. meth saying “C’mon man…I need some more…please…pleeeaase! I can’t make it without the stuff!”

Bishop on August 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

There won’t be anything left by 2016.

Oldnuke on August 19, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Couldn’t beat a Fauxcahontas.

The Beeyatch of Benghazi would toast his shorts.

profitsbeard on August 19, 2013 at 4:39 PM

The field in 2016 wont be much better than the field in 2012.

Valkyriepundit on August 19, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Nope.

Next!!

RealMc on August 19, 2013 at 4:41 PM

Scott who?

Midas on August 19, 2013 at 4:42 PM

No! A Massachusetts Republican is more liberal than a Southern Democrat. This guy makes John McCain look like a hard core conservative.

rplat on August 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

It’ll go nowhere if Christie’s nominated by Republicans, but if the choice is between Hillary and, say, Rand Paul or Ted Cruz, there might be enough room in the center for some sort of squishy indie project to win just enough votes in a losing effort to put third-party candidacies on the map as credible alternatives in the future.

That happened in 1992 and 1996 and where is the Reform Party now?

3rd parties won’t accomplish anything. The GOP won’t accomplish anything. It’s either accept a European-socialist (always moving toward more soviet era socialism) state or do something outside of politics to change the trajectory.

We need a new revolution followed by a new constitution. One that is even more clear about the limits of federal power and has even more checks and balances and does not allow agencies to write law, enforce law, and act as judiciary regarding that law. One that explicitly allows for congress or the states to overturn supreme court decisions (with a 3/4 vote or something of that nature). One that re-institutes state governments appointing U.S. Senators rather than popular vote (and expressly explains the reason for doing so . . . i.e., to protect the States’ from federal overreach).

A third party will move the margins at best. The GOP is already done – it stands for nothing and no matter how much effort we put into reforming the GOP from the inside, once elected almost all tea-party candidates etc. become corrupted and become part of the machine.

Direct action is all that is left.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Let’s get this straight. Unless the Republican Party has a death wish (and maybe it does) we cannot nominate another milktoast Massachussetts liberal Republican. Scott Brown was probably the best that we could do in a hellhole state like Mass., but nationally we have to do better or we perish.

Rogervzv on August 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Psssst… already perished. Its just that people are now beginning to ask “what the hell is that smell?”

Midas on August 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

You mean a Chevy Avalanche don’t you??

I think he means he would cause an avalanche.

hip shot on August 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

I’m ready for anybody but a Democrat.

The Rogue Tomato on August 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM

So many Hot Air articles wasted on RINOS…

Jack_Burton on August 19, 2013 at 4:50 PM

John Huntsman is jelly.

nobar on August 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Myron Johnson!! Eleventy!!

slickwillie2001 on August 19, 2013 at 4:51 PM

We need a new revolution followed by a new constitution.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

What is it with constitutions and amendments? That doesn’t matter when nobody has the ethical fortitude to follow it. The quality of the people that constitutes your populace is the most important factor. Get that right and you can have an ice cream wrapper for a constitution, but get it wrong and stone tablets from God won’t save you. Can’t you see that from the events that are currently happening in the U.S.?

DFCtomm on August 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

He lost to a perfect Caucasian-Native-American, meh.

Schadenfreude on August 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

Psssst… already perished. Its just that people are now beginning to ask “what the hell is that smell?”

Midas on August 19, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Yup.

There’s only one song appropriate for this.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g02WR0OZ0MA

ToddPA on August 19, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Dude, you are Cold!

You mean a Chevy Avalanche don’t you??

ToddPA on August 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

They don’t make the Avalanche anymore, much less the 3/4-ton version. Guess the Brown/Christie ticket will need a Silverado HD.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

I think he means he would cause an avalanche.

hip shot on August 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM

That too.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Have you ever heard the Democrats say, ‘we need to pick someone more moderate so that we can nab that centrist vote?’ Why? Because they are smarter than that.

There Is Not Such A Thing As A Centrist

conservativeBC on August 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

“I want to understand the challenges and the opportunities and the aspirations of the people in the Midwest and how they view us and vice versa,” he said.

Then tour the country and write a book. I’m sure we’d all find it fascinating.

rrpjr on August 19, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A Massachusetts “moderate”! Sounds like a winning ticket to me.

ritewhit on August 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

What is it with constitutions and amendments? That doesn’t matter when nobody has the ethical fortitude to follow it. The quality of the people that constitutes your populace is the most important factor. Get that right and you can have an ice cream wrapper for a constitution, but get it wrong and stone tablets from God won’t save you. Can’t you see that from the events that are currently happening in the U.S.?

DFCtomm on August 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Yes and no. We are in a battle with leftists, but the leftists don’t play by the rules, don’t care about law, etc. That is why we need the revolution – to defeat them and purge them from all leadership roles.

A new constitution would then create certain terms for voting – one of which, in my mind, would be that nobody who has ever held office as a democrat or other leftist party is eligible to ever hold office. Another would be that anyone registered as a democrat or other leftist party would be ineligible to vote for at least 10 years, more likely 20.

That would help with the problem of a bad electorate. I would then have voting eligibility based on a) having at least a high school education b) not being on any entitlement program for at least 18 months of the previous 3 years for any election (obvious but narrow caveats for truly disabled and retired veterans). I may even consider making federal employees ineligible to vote during their employment.

Universal suffrage is a mistake. Of course, you can’t get there without an actual revolution.

but, limiting suffrage and creating a new constitution would create a better electorate.

A new constitution would be followed – at least for the first 100 years or so – and then would only be broken down slowly (as our current constitution has been). but, the more explicit you make it, the more limits on gov’t power you explicitly place in it, and the more checks and balances you put in it, the harder it is for the left (the left will always rise again – people who believe they can create utopia by controlling everyone else will always exist) to destroy. So, it will last longer. then, in another 300 or 400 years, they will likely need to do it all over again (because again, idiots will always be with us, so the left will always exist).

Let’s face it, all democracies will ultimately perish because the people will start to vote themselves ever more largess, eventually bankrupting and destroying the democracy and leading to something else.

I say we be that something else.

Monkeytoe on August 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

We had Santorum as the runner-up in the last GOP nominating contest.

In fact, consider the winners and runners-up from the last three open nomination campaigns on our side: GWB, McCain, McCain, Huckabee, Romney, Santorum.

Not saying some aren’t good guys, but they were not such great candidates that we can scoff at Scott Brown. Stranger things have happened – Obama, for instance.

~

However, the notion of a third party or independent run is laughable and very scoffable. It’s not easy to qualify for all these ballots. Ross Perot had his “volunteers” from the “United We Stand” anti-deficit group already organized and motivated, but he’s the only new party to do it on short notice (and his party has now dropped off many state ballots for lack of support). The Greens and Libertarians are on many state ballots, but on the rare occasions they win more than 1% of any state’s vote, the most influence they usually have is throwing the election to the major party least aligned with their ideals.

Our system wasn’t designed to be a two-party system, but electoral dynamics have proved over time that it is just that. And for all the defects in both current major parties, they aren’t going to be replaced in the foreseeable future. That’s just a fact.

Adjoran on August 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

conservativeBC,

They might tell you that Republicans must do that whereas liberals don’t need to because we are a left-of-center or far-left country. But if that’s the case, it’s all over. Electing a rino can only make the nation more leftist.

Buddahpundit on August 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM

Have you ever heard the Democrats say, ‘we need to pick someone more moderate so that we can nab that centrist vote?’ Why? Because they are smarter than that.

There Is Not Such A Thing As A Centrist

conservativeBC on August 19, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Perfect. Name one dem that runs for office as s moderate. Name one with a “moderate” voting record.

ritewhit on August 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Brown is still a Northest Liberal as evidenced by his short record as Senator

HAGGS99 on August 19, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Hmmmmm….

Rick Perry to headline Calif. GOP convention

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/rick-perry-california-gop-convention-95680.html

Gig Em’ Gov. Perry

workingclass artist on August 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM

We have run RINOs in the republican party every single year since Ronald Reagan’s last term. Some of you are to young to ever remember a conservative at the helm. Arent you all ready for a real conservative for a change?
**Ted Cruz**

paulsur on August 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Not saying some aren’t good guys, but they were not such great candidates that we can scoff at Scott Brown.
Adjoran on August 19, 2013 at 5:14 PM

No. We can scoff.

rrpjr on August 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Let’s get this straight. Unless the Republican Party has a death wish (and maybe it does) we cannot nominate another milktoast Massachussetts liberal Republican. Scott Brown was probably the best that we could do in a hellhole state like Mass., but nationally we have to do better or we perish.

Rogervzv on August 19, 2013 at 4:25 PM

the GOP the new Whig party ….

conservative tarheel on August 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM

They don’t make the Avalanche anymore, much less the 3/4-ton version. Guess the Brown/Christie ticket will need a Silverado HD.

Steve Eggleston on August 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

they still make the avalanche.

conservative tarheel on August 19, 2013 at 5:37 PM

A Massachusetts “moderate”! Sounds like a winning ticket to me.

ritewhit on August 19, 2013 at 5:09 PM

the gilled one here in 3-2-1 …..

conservative tarheel on August 19, 2013 at 5:38 PM

this is a total waste of time..but i do wonder what the pyschodynamics of someone like this (or Peter King) is to make public their secret desires. You know guys…we really don’t need to know everything that passes thru your mind…

i mean really, how embarrassing.

r keller on August 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM

What a hilarious douchebag.

Jaibones on August 19, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Are you ready for Scott Brown 2016?

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Next question.

GrannyDee on August 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Scott Brown’s chances of getting elected President are slim to none. Ironically, he can suck up some RINO money which will be good so we don’t have another RINO running this time. THe MSM and the Democrats will be pushing all of these people on us for the next 3 years. It’s going to be Christie, Brown, and whatever other “moderate” candidate they can come up with.

For me, I want someone who’s willing to fight for conservative principles, which means they have to have conservative principles. We don’t need a Boehner Republican or a McConnell Republican. We don’t need a Brown Republican or, even worse, a Bloomberg Republican. We need a Cruz Republican, a Scott Walker Republican, a Sarah Palin Republican, someone who is willing to fight the fight.

bflat879 on August 19, 2013 at 6:22 PM

To the media, he’s just like Romney, only better. This time, when they talk about “magic underwear,” they have pictures to show in the background.

irishgladiator63 on August 19, 2013 at 6:26 PM

Mean Streak Media : Hey guys! Whaddaya say we go to our big fishbowl of unpopular limp-dicked establishment RINOs and draw another name to throw in the line up of possible GOP presidential candidates ?!?! *snicker* *guffaw* *chuckle* LOSERS

cableguy615 on August 19, 2013 at 7:22 PM

I am sick and tired of people calling these Rinos “centrists”.They are liberals without gonads.

redware on August 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

I’m sure Scott Brown will have support from all the liberals he bent over backwards for as Senator.

The folks that brought him to the Senate dance in 2010 won’t be dancing with him again however.

RJL on August 19, 2013 at 8:36 PM

…if Christie’s nominated by Republicans..

Christy is more likely to be nominated by Democrats!!!

landlines on August 19, 2013 at 11:16 PM

This man-boy has serious self-esteem issues arising from his dysfunctional family background and sexual abuse issues. He insists on working them out on the public stage. We have had enough dysfunction in the Presidency and don’t need to watch this RINO work through his emotional problems on the national stage.

vilebody on August 20, 2013 at 11:04 AM