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October 20, 2013

SINGER: Locating the candidate from left field

Niagara Gazette — RNC Chair Reince Priebus (his name unfortunately ripe for late-night caricature) hopes to shorten the presidential primary and debate season next time out, holding a convention in June rather than late August. Still, to survive such rigors, you do need someone previously tested.

In that regard, former Sen. Scott Brown takes the cake — you can’t read his transfixing memoir full of parental rejection and alcoholic rages, poverty, constant uprooting, loneliness, and unfairness galore without realizing that he had much to overcome to become the protective personality and true independent he remains. To me it was sad when Sen. Brown, belittled as a long shot when he ran (successfully) for Ted Kennedy’s vacant seat, then lost in Massachusetts to Elizabeth Warren, a well-heeled progressive commanding a large, off-the-top base.

That notwithstanding, if Republicans are to create a horse race in 2016, a relatively fair fight in the age of ACORN-type maneuvers, Lois Lerner, and the rest, they’d best choose from left field, as Democrats did with Carter in the ‘70s. And if the party wants strong, supple, caring, courageous, and bright, not to mention attractive (who says all women want only a Hillary?), they could do worse than Brown, that is, if he’d assent to such a grueling enterprise.

In this fantasized scenario, would he require a minority running mate? Definitely, and not as tokenism, because there’s surely someone of worth among contingents that helped make the election less than a sporting match last time out. Finally, none would be better than Brown at crossing the aisle — as a former state rep and senator in Democrat-dominated Massachusetts, he was marvelous at that.

Of course pundits might unearth the acting out that marked his early life, owing to such a precarious family (and non-family) life of real hunger and much home-moving, with a mother who resembled a yo-yo on steroids! Would media types be as decent to Brown as to those who averred they didn’t inhale? Probably not, but it’ll go with the territory...

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