Can Anybody Beat Scott Brown?
11:51 AM, Jan 10, 2011 • By JAY COST
The only recent poll from Massachusetts came in early December from PPP, which found Scott Brown's net approval rating at +24 (53 percent approve to just 29 percent disapprove). Impressively, Brown pulled in 35 percent approval from self-identified Democrats, which is a necessity for a positive rating in the Bay State.
Brown's biggest problem is going to be Barack Obama. He'll have to run for reelection with the presidential race at the top of the ticket, meaning that his only path to reelection will depend on a significant crossover vote. This explains why Brown has only been a sometimes-ally of conservative policy initiatives in the Senate. That trend is sure to continue.
Does that make him a RINO, or Republican-in-name-only? It depends on your perspective. If you compare him to Jim DeMint, then definitely. On the other hand, compare him to the kind of liberal Democrat who would surely replace him if he were to vote the conservative line without exception, then no way.