I had a little disagreement with a friend on Twitter yesterday who maintained he didn’t care if Scott Brown was defeated by Former Obama Administration Advisor Elizabeth Warren due to several votes he objected to.
While agreeing that some of Scott Brown’s votes have disappointed the Tea Party it is worth noting that his election was a game changer nationally and statewide. Ample proof of this was delivered to my email box yesterday morning in the form of a press release:.
BOSTON – On Monday, September 26th at noon in Room 222 of the State House, a bipartisan and bicameral coalition of legislations will announce the filing of a comprehensive illegal immigration bill directed at enhancing the safety of the Commonwealth’s communities and the protection of taxpayer dollars.
After reading that paragraph the first thing I did was confirm that:
- I was awake
- I was in Massachusetts.
At the Twin City Tea Party meeting yesterday, John Weston of AM 830’s Conservatively Speaking talked about the bill. It contains real teeth concerning hiring, renting, contractors, false info for liqueur purchases, driving without a valid license and other aspects when dealing with illegal immigration.
And unlike the Obama “jobs” bill it is bipartisan. The sponsor Democratic senator Richard Moore has multiple democratic and republican co-sponsors from the house and senate on board.
That these senators and representatives are willing to introduce this bill in Massachusetts where Republicans are overwhelmingly outnumbered in house and even more so in the senate is earth shattering. It tells you where the state is and where it is going.
It will be interesting to see what Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren has to say about it. I suspect it will be different than what Senator Brown has to say. The reaction of Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, considered a top contender for Governor next time around, will be even more telling.
When you have multiple democrats including my own rep Steve DiNatle on board with something like this in one of the bluest states in the union, this tells me that the Tea Party and its agenda has had a real effect in this state and that effect began with the election of Scott Brown.
Near the end of his playing days it is said that opposing players avoided hurting Joe Namath on the field because they figured they owed the rise in popularity of the game (and the big checks they got because of it) to him. It remains to be seen if Tea Party members will come to the same conclusion about Scott Brown in 2012.