It was more than fitting on Tuesday night when Governor Mitt Romney came on to the stage in the Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston at 10:20pm to introduce newly Senator-elect Scott Brown, the man who had just pulled off the biggest comeback in modern day politics by capturing the Senate seat left vacant by the departed Ted Kennedy. Whether it was the fact that Governor Romney competitvely ran for the very seat in 1994 or that he had had quietly dispatched his close of advisers and confidants to manage the Brown campaign, Brown’s victory has both immediate and far reaching implications that could very well culminate in an Obama-Romney 2012 showdown for the Presidency.
It does not take a sharp eye to see the glaring similarities between Scott Brown and Mitt Romney. Both Brown and Romney are confident, A-type personalities with large families who project a winning aura and a can do attitude that makes them appealing to a wide array of the voting demographic. Scott Brown methodically ran his campaign on a national security platform that called for continuing an aggressive offensive campaign against the Islamic terrorists. He denounced the Obama plan to put terrorists on trial in civilian courts and called for a return to fiscal sanity, first by pledging to do what he could to help defeat the Obama-Pelosi-Reid health care plan.
In fact, Brown took a lead that he would never give up when he looked debate moderator David Gergen square in the eye and famously said, “With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedy seat and it’s not the Democrat’s seat, it’s the people’s seat.”
The Brown campaign was a professional wonder. The website was technologically advance, fundraising was plentiful, and the volunteers were methodically coordinate both locally and nationally. The advertisements promoted Brown’s appealing biography while also tying him to the famous Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960’s. In the final days of the campaign, not only did the candidate stay on message but he went on a massive retail politics efforts that made his 35 point swing look effortless. Brown’s victory became such a fait accompli that the now familiar Democrat blame game between the DNC and the Coakley campaign started more than 36 hours before the polls closed. Both Brown the candidate and Brown the campaign made the Massachusetts Miracle look effortless.
Similar to the McDonnell and Christie races, Governor Romney played a critical role in Brown’s victory. He heavily recruited Brown personally to run for the seat, then unleashed his massive national fundraising apparatus to give Brown a quick jump start. Governor Romney’s senior inner circle managed Brown’s day-to-day operations, long-term strategy, and communications effort. The Romney team of Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty, Eric Fehrnstrom and Rob Cole all went on hiatus from Romney’s Free & Strong America PAC to assist Brown in becoming the first Republican Senator from Massachusetts since 1972.
The election was no doubt a referendum on President Obama’s horrific first year in office which has led to massive unemployment and record deficit spending. During his sole campaign stop in the state last Sunday, Obama arrogantly ridiculed Brown for riding his GMC truck across the state to meet voters. Well, Senator-elect Brown is now driving that truck right through Obama’s 60 vote filibuster proof Democrat majority as soon as he is sworn into office. Ironic that Obama criticized Brown for driving a GMC truck considering that Obama owns that company and should be apologizing to the UAW for his irresponsible remarks about their work product.
Massachusetts will continue to be a battleground between Team Romney and Team Obama. This November, Democrat Governor Deval Patrick, a close friend of Obama and client of David Axelrod, is up for reelection. Patrick corrupted the state health care plan that Romney passed during his term as Governor and is now in trouble as his failed policies have lead to record low approval ratings. David Plouffe, Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, has been dispatched to try to save Patrick from reelection defeat. Rest assured, Team Romney has already carefully recruited another conservative candidate to reclaim the office.
With Americans overwhelming starting to believe that the country is on a slow decline and an economic recovering will not take effect quickly or strongly, Brown’s victory may very well have served as a prelude to the 2012 presidential election. Americans certainly are not better off a year since Obama took the oath of office and his stubborn liberal agenda will unfortunately not make them whole 3 three years from now.
The great people of Massachusetts represent the mood of the country and if recent history serves as an indicator of the times, we can very well see how the next 3 years might play out. In 1980, a conservative retired governor captured the Republican nomination after carefully managing his comeback from a 1976 primary defeat. He took on a hostile media and a leftist narcissistic ideologue who was a failed president both domestically and internationally. He passionately made the case for a free market, strong military and pro-life principles which showed him to be a competent conservative. American voters awarded him, former President Ronald Reagan, with a landslide victory. After Tuesday, the count is Team Romney 1 and Team Obama 0. As Governor Romney said in his introduction of Brown, the victory is a “a direct challenge to liberal arrogance in Washington.”
Jordan Sekulow is the Director of International Operations at the American Center for Law and Justice and co-host of Jay Sekulow Live. For more information visit www.ACLJ.org or follow Jordan on Twitter. Sam Nunberg is the Deputy Director of Government Relations based in the New York offices of the American Center for Law & Justice. Both are anxiously awaiting to hit the trail in 2012.