When I heard of the progress Scott Brown was making in the campaign for Senate in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, I made a small contribution to the effort. Along with thousands of other Teaparty folk around the country, I was exhilarated when he pulled off the stunning upset. Since then I have received the occasional update and request for additional money. Tonight I sent this reply.
I’m one of the small contributors from around the nation who helped you break through against the Mass. Democrat Machine. Like most of us, I was disappointed at your quick adaptation to business as usual in Washington. We don’t need “reaching across the aisle” to agree on more spending of money we don’t have on things we don’t need.
I won’t rule out contributing to your next campaign, but you’ll have to earn it through your actions. Show leadership against wasteful spending. Resist tax increases, even as part of “bargains” over spending cuts. Experience shows the cuts never materialize, but the taxes do.
There are limits, of course, to what we can reasonably expect of a New England Republican today. I didn’t expect Jim DeMint or Eric Cantor, but someone to the right of Collins and Snowe would be nice.