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How long will Scott Brown's "I'm Scott Brown and I drive a truck." mantra work as a political "Voodoo" incantation?

Asked by ETpro (34550points) March 9th, 2010

Such were Brown’s average-guy bona fides in the Massachusetts race against ‘elitist’ Martha Coakley—who didn’t even like the Red Socks! And now he’s using the same line in Arizona—where it arguably will have even more of a cache—in his support of Sen. John McCain’s reelection bid.

If it works for Brown, shouldn’t all erstwhile politicians buy a truck? If Queen Elizabeth of Prince Charles wanted to influence American Politics, would buying a truck turn transform them into average Joes?

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Cruiser's avatar

He could have said “I club baby seals morning for exercise” and still won against Martha.

grumpyfish's avatar

@Cruiser You too!?! I thought I was the only one…

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

Wonder if the Teabaggers in Mass know they elected a RINO. Still, the pickup truck was a neat trick. If he’s using it in AZ, though, he’ll need to outfit it with a gun rack.

Nullo's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex No need to be rude, pal.

Like any gimmick, it’ll get old. Probably as soon as the next election cycle; whoever runs for President ought not to use it, IMO.
It’s not the truck, per se. That’s merely the non-elitist icon that his campaign chose. There are many who perceive our legislators and the like as being an effective ruling class; until this changes, the Everyman approach will be pretty effective.
—Go watch Capra’s ”Mr. Smith Goes to Washington;” you’ll likely find it insightful.

Trillian's avatar

He could take it up a notch and be an average homey/homie/homy. I have no idea how that word is supposed to be spelled.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@Nullo , Scott Brown ain’t Jimmy Stewart. He’ll do no better at giving common folk a voice in Washington than any other slick politician.

Nullo's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex
I am aware of that likelihood, thankyouverymuch. I was referring to how he is perceived. By invoking Mr. Smith, I was hoping to remind ETPro that the everyman has been a favorite choice for a long time.

@Trillian I don’t think that it is meant to be spelled at all. :\

Trillian's avatar

@Nullo Sprays coffee out nose in mirth at the implication!

ETpro's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex The choices were limited to Brown or Coakley. What’s a Tea Lover to do?

@Nullo It didn’t take much to be Everyman when running against Martha Coakley. She approached the primary and general election campaigns as if they were mere coronation ceremonies.

Ron_C's avatar

I think that it was a selfish vote for Mass. They already have universal health care and the democratic candidate was a jerk but not as bad as Brown. They’ll be sorry when the clown actually starts to vote, if the republicans ever decide to join the government.

majorrich's avatar

I hate to be obtuse, but aside from a Zoo animal, what is a RINO?

Ron_C's avatar

@majorrich Republican In Name Only, and he’s wrong about that, Brown appears to be a real obstructive republican.

majorrich's avatar

So Voinovich is a RINO?

Ron_C's avatar

@majorrich how would I know, I’m from Pennsylvania? From what I read, he’s a true republician. He is concerned with military but not citizens. He seems to be prepared to spend trillions for military might but doesn’t have a position (except as ordered by his party) on health care.

It’s funny how we can find money to blow things up and kill brown people but not have enough to help or educate our own kids. I guess the plan is to let sick kids die and put the healthy ones in the military. Other than that the middle class and poor have no usable function in this country.

majorrich's avatar

Candidates are getting so adept at hiding their true positions that I am becomming a bellweather voter. I look at their firearms record to gauge their indoctrination to the wacko bunny huggers. If they profess to be pro 2nd amendment and can prove it, I dont care what party they are in. I’ll go that direction. Even though I just shoot NRA matches

ETpro's avatar

@majorrich The only thinkg that matters is having lots of guns around. You’ would really LOVE Somalia then.

majorrich's avatar

I was there. Hated it. I like having a nation of laws and law abiding citizens are pretty much left alone. I get pissy when Government messes with good people with the excuse it will improve the behaviour of bad people.

ETpro's avatar

@majorrich Yeah, I guess we all do. Just saying that there’s more to making a decent country than haveing free access to guns.

majorrich's avatar

It is just a touchstone for me. I am not a single issue voter, but 2nd amendment attitudes tell more than just wanting firearms all over hither and yon. It Is an indication of how invasive the candidate wishes Government to be involved in the life of the American citizen.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@Ron_C, Here’s what the best analyst in the business has to say about Scott Brown:

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2010/01/scott-brown-is-more-liberal-than.html

Sure, the first thing he did as a Senator was to recite the party’s mantra, but he was one of a handful of Republicans who voted to advance the modest jobs bill we just got, breaking ranks with McConnell and most of the Republican caucus. That does not mean he won’t change his spots, but so far, I think he’s going to be his own man.

ETpro's avatar

@majorrich Good point, and also how much value the candidate places in the Constitution.

@IchtheosaurusRex That vote frankly surprised me, as it came right after his claiming falsely that the stimulus had not created 1 single job.

Ron_C's avatar

@IchtheosaurusRex the report may be true as history goes. Wait until he is corrupted by his leadership and see how he votes. The republicans may seldom be correct but they are a cohesive force. Much like the Nazi party in pre-war Germany. Terrible things can happen to Brown if he does not vote as ordered.

ETpro's avatar

@Ron_C You’ve got that right. Back when the Republicans were the majority party in the Senate, Trent Lott enforced dicipline with threats to strip committee chairmanships, switch a recalcitrant senator off a cherished committee or even pull party support for alol future reelection bids, instead endorsing and funding a primary challenger. Senators knew they must tow the party line or perish.

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@Ron_C , he already corrupted himself by campaigning as a teabagger, when he is in fact a moderate Northeastern RINO. Don’t be so sure he’s going to be McConnell’s dawg. There is a division in the Republican party right now. That fat asshole Limbaugh and the other party loudmouths want to drag them even farther to the right then they are already. The problem is the moderates don’t want to go along and neither do their constituents. Even McConnell is showing some resistance, e.g., by telling Bunning, who should have stuck to baseball or kicking old dogs, not to run again. Lindsay Graham voted to confirm Sotomayor. Over in the House, a bill to strip health insurers of their antitrust exemption got over 400 votes.

Trust me, this teabagger nonsense will burn itself out after November. The Democrats will still be in control of both houses and the Republicans will pick up enough seats to claim respectability again. Then you might see some business getting done in Washington.

majorrich's avatar

Isn’t teabagging when you creep up on somebody who is passed out an….... oh! wrong context. sorry….

IchtheosaurusRex's avatar

@majorrich , that’s what the Republican establishment are doing to them. They just don’t realize it. You might call it “cooptulation.”

majorrich's avatar

lol. Teabagging. I’ve not thought about that since College.

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