Readers may recall that I abstained from voting for president. That was because there was nothing to be gained by voting for either terrible candidate, and although Obama has been a disaster for individual rights and capitalism, McCain easily could have been this bad. Scott Brown, however, has at least one clear positive.
The phrase "any port in a storm" always brings to my mind the idea of a pragmatic, unprincipled, "whatever works" mentality. It seems wishy-washy and weak. However, this morning I thought a bit more about it, and decided to call Brown the "Any Port in a Storm Candidate." If you're out on the sea and a Nor'easter comes, with high winds and 20 ft. seas, you get to land, no matter where it is. It's life or death, and even if it were war time and the only port was held by the enemy, docking there would give you better odds of living to fight another day.
This is the situation we're in right now. A solid win by Brown would not only stall Obamacare, but it would send a shot across the bow of the leftist block of the Legislative and Executive branches, and hopefully derail much of the rights-violating policies in the works.
Blogger Jared Rhoads at The Lucidicus Project, writes--noting the slight positive signs from Brown balanced with his contradictory statements--that
For defenders of individual rights and free markets, the apparent individualism is a promising sign. Maybe Brown could become a voice for capitalism—or at least for common sense. But there are still some very real concerns with Scott Brown. He says that he believes that "all Americans deserve healthcare coverage." What exactly does he mean by that? He says that he supports the health reforms that Massachusetts enacted under former governor Mitt Romney. Why?!?Jared also includes a play on Coakley's oft repeated--and false--claim that Brown voted in favor of denying emergency contraception to rape victims, satirizing the Boston Globe's editorial cartoon that follows her lies in lockstep:
For now, we need someone—practically anyone—to be the 41st vote. Supporting Scott Brown does not mean that the push toward socialized medicine has been completely thwarted. But it does mean that we live to fight another day. [bold added]