Senator Scott Brown (?-MA) has successfully snookered Brian Camenker of MassResistance. Southern Poverty Law Center categorizes MassResistance as an active anti-gay hate group. MassResistance is so fringe that the “mainstream” anti-gay organization Massachusetts Family Institute cut ties with them during the marriage debates in that state.
According to a MassResistance e-mail that Camenker sent out today, Brown showed up to a Feb. 20th breakfast with tea baggers and MassResistance, told the group all the stuff they wanted to hear, then on Feb. 22nd went and voted with the Democrats on the job stimulus bill.
But here’s the fun part – Brown really has successful in snookered Camenker. While others are calling the senator Benedict Brown, Camenker only says that he’s only “perplexed” over the vote in his latest email missive while swooning over the breakfast.
The Brown people seem well aware who his base is, and he genuinely wants to stay connected with them. And among his base, it goes without saying that Scott Brown represents more than just a politician, but an entire movement. You can still feel the excitement over his victory. [snip]
A meeting like this in Massachusetts is really quite astonishing. Although the liberals get this kind of meeting all the time (e.g., the current governor regularly meeting with MassEquality), the idea of a U.S. Senator (or any major politician) sitting down with real conservative activists is simply unheard of. Certainly no recent Republican governor – Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci, Jane Swift, or Mitt Romney – would have ever done this. They often met with liberal activists, but they were uncomfortable around conservatives and kept them at a distance.
But Brown’s message was that he’s willing to listen to us and take us seriously. And despite years of politics and sudden national fame, he hasn’t become elitist or condescending — which also makes him an oddity among politicians here.
After discussing Brown’s vote on the jobs bill, Camenker ends the essay unwilling to be critical of The Man Who Ate Pancakes with Brian:
On Tuesday morning there was wide range of reaction from Brown supporters, and it was the buzz of most of the talk shows. Did he do the right thing? We’ll let you decide.
Love at first bite?
Cross-posted at Blue Mass Group.