Scott Brown's Future
What's next for the Wrentham Rock Star?
7:10 AM, Jan 20, 2010 • By MATTHEW CONTINETTI
Reihan Salam has an excellent post on America's newest senator.
Back from reading it? Okay. Here, in my view, are the key paragraphs:
I had a similar reaction while watching Brown's victory speech last night. For a state senator, he was remarkably fluid with a teleprompter. He was funny and off-the-cuff. He had some great lines. His sentence-long critique of the Democratic health care reform was concise and devastating. Nevertheless, he struck bipartisan notes by praising Obama, Coakley, and the Kennedys. During the campaign, he had a remarkable ability to stay on message, emphasize his key points, and know when to crack a joke or use an applause line. This is a high-caliber politician with a bright future.
Jennifer Rubin has similar thoughts here. And in an interview with Greta Van Susteren last night, Karl Rove seemed extremely impressed with Brown.
The thing is, Brown is not alone. Bob McDonnell and Chris Cristie are both fresh, likable conservatives who ran reform campaigns aimed at independent voters. In Florida, Marco Rubio is moving steadily toward victory while campaigning on similar themes. Who knows what talents will emerge in the years ahead.
A year after conservatism was pronounced dead, it has sprung back to life. With a vengeance.
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