The New Scott Brown Likes the New Mitt Romney

Romney will campaign for Brown in New Hampshire, undoing the distance Brown kept from the presidential candidate in 2012.

This week came news that Scott Brown has forgotten whatever coolness he felt for Mitt Romney during the 2012 campaign and will proudly accept Romney’s endorsement for the Senate seat in New Hampshire. The Washington Post reports:

In an e-mail set to go out to supporters Tuesday morning, Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, says that he will campaign with Romney on July 2 in Stratham. Praising Romney and slamming President Obama, Brown laments the outcome of the 2012 presidential race.

“Oh, how we all wish things had turned out differently!” Brown writes. He argues that Romney was “right about so many things, whether the subject is the still-sputtering economy, an aggressive Russia moving to expand its sphere of influence, or the vacuum left in Iraq by the failure to leave behind a residual force to secure our hard-fought gains.”

This isn’t a reversal in position so much as a reversal in tone from Brown’s 2012 race in Massachusetts, when Romney was set to lose his home state by a healthy margin. Brown had to disagree with Romney’s comments in the infamous 47 percent video. On CNN, he said of his party’s candidate for president, “I’m going to continue to do my job and he can do his.” Brown even showed footage of himself with President Obama in ads.

But, of course, neither Brown nor Romney is playing the same game they were playing two years ago. The New-Old Romney has returned, in some respects, to his moderate Republican ways, playing the part of a voice of reason in the party. He criticized the Republican shutdown effort. He said the New Hampshire police chief who referred to President Obama as a racial slur should resign. Romney lost New Hampshire in the general election, but he isn’t unpopular there.

Brown, meanwhile, is also playing a different game. He’s running for Senate in a different state, one where Romney’s name is not verboten. And rather than court the Democrats, he’s running in an actual Republican primary. (Not even Charlie Baker is doing that in race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.) Romney may have lost New Hampshire in the general, but he won in the primary. Rather than distance himself from national Republicans, Brown needs to burnish his GOP credentials.

So as Brown moves right and Romney swings left, the two seem to be meeting in the middle. And that middle is Stratham, New Hampshire, on July 2, where two Massachusetts politicians will court New Hampshire Republicans. Politics is a strange game.

  • joebuilder

    Interesting Brown embraces Romney in NH who lost to Obama.

    Shaheen gives Obama the cold shoulder in NH.

    I’d say the Dem are having trouble in the purple states, as Obama’s favorability number is 39% ouch.

  • jameswhite15

    Brownie has proven he can be bought with his dealings in Global Digital Solutions. A leopard can’t change it’s spots and Mitt is the same rich Mitt, though we don’t known which State he hails as home now that he sold his Belmont, MA Condo…Oh…..we don’t know exactly which State Brown belongs to either. Born in Maine, raised and promised to die in Massachusetts then moved to New Hampshire.

    • Frank E. Licata

      And, likewise, we don’t know the nationality of libtard Liz Warren the fake Indian born somewhere in the central time zone who made her fortune as an overpaid MA professor while complaining about the high cost of education, of course this after representing large corporations as a defense lawyer defending against people that the companies have second and then to pretend to represent the people

      • Polly Tigal

        Amen Frank. Liberal hypocrisy knows no bounds.

  • machtyn

    It wasn’t a Republican shutdown. The Democrats refused to dance, too. So much so that Obama went on tv and stated that he would not negotiate with Republicans. He was so prepared for the shutdown that the Administration had already made signs and acquired barricades to prevent access to open air memorials that cost nothing to run.

    No, there was no Republican shutdown. It was clearly Chicago politics at play and an Obama manufactured sgutdown.

  • joeydg

    This article seems a bit misleading. Mitt Romney hasn’t swung left. He’s been saying the same things he said from 2006-2014. The economy and other circumstances may change warranting an update in position, but Mitt Romney is still Mitt Romney.