January 21, 2010 1:51 pm ET - by MJ Rosenberg
The right-wingers who constitute a majority of the GOP may soon look back with embarrassment at their joy over Scott Brown's election. (Glenn Beck is already calling Brown ugly names).
You see, Brown is a Massachusetts Republican. If he wants to be re-elected, he cannot compile a right-wing voting record. Nor can he oppose every initiative of a President who overwhelmingly carried the Bay State and is still popular there.
Besides that, there is little evidence that Scott Brown is a rightwinger.
All this explains his positive statement today about President Obama's foreign policy.
"I think he's done a great job with North Korea and Iran and the war in Afghanistan. I thought he's done a very nice job. The simple fact that he had the guts to step back, analyze the situation and then make a determination that we need to finish the job and provide the tools and resources for our soldiers to do just that, that was great," he said.
That statement won't make the GOP's bigwigs happy. But it's a sign that, in Brown, the GOP may have gotten less than they bargained for.
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