Barely 48 hours after
his victory, Massachusetts Senator-elect Scott Brown is the political
inspiration and fundraising darling of the resurgent GOP. The Los Angeles Times reports
that RNC Chairman Michael Steele has sought to rally Republican donors
around Brown’s image as the victor "against all odds and millions of
dollars from national Democrats, Big Labor and leftist special interest
groups." John McCain has already recorded a Scott Brown robo-call for his upcoming battle to hold onto his Senate seat. Inevitably, calls for a Brown presidency are ricocheting across the Internet. Is Sarah Palin yesterday's news?
- Nobody Likes a Victim, notes FrumForum's Zac Morgan, reflecting on the recent hour-long Sarah Palin-Glenn Beck sit-down on Fox News as a source of concern over her leadership ability. “America doesn’t elect victims to the White House.” The Palin-Beck dialogue reminded him of a couple of teenagers moping about their parents.
- Nobody Likes a Downer, notes Jack Armbruster at Think Progress. Even after the unexpected Brown victory, Steele retains the electoral pessimism that got him in hot water with GOP congressional leadership earlier this month.
- Everyone Likes A Nice Guy, says E.D. Kain at True/Slant.com “Unlike Sarah Palin and other Republicans these days, [Brown] did not have to resort to anger and conspiracy theories and other silly tactics; he did not have to go out and kiss the talk-radio pundits’ behinds; he did not stoop to pettiness or name-calling.”
- The Ideal Candidate, But Impossible to Replicate, argues John Zeigler at the Daily Caller: "Brown is not just a good candidate, he is so ideal that there is no way his win can possibly be duplicated around the country. Unless of course Republicans have a stable full of experienced, properly accented, locally educated, hunky male candidates with perfect names who drive trucks and whose wives are local newscasters but who are portly enough where their husband’s good looks don’t turn off females voters (the John Edwards effect) and whose daughters are American Idol contestants who star on local college basketball teams. Good luck with that Michael Steele. Sarah Palin is clearly very fertile but even she couldn’t possibly populate a master race of populist Republican candidates fast enough to fill the need."