Scott Brown’s promise gone bad?Scott Brown’s promise gone bad? Not really — give him some time 

Today, many grassroots Republicans, independents and Tea Party members across the country are beginning to feel a hint of buyer’s remorse over the most recent addition to the United States Senate — Republican Scott Brown of Massachusetts.

Earlier this week, Sen. Brown voted in support of a procedural measure on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s so-called “jobs bill,” generating understandable ire. And just yesterday, Brown and 12 other Republicans helped Democrats pass the bill with a comfortable majority.

Now, I am by no means in support of this particular piece of legislation. In fact, I am quite certain that the best way for Washington to create jobs is to release business owners to create these jobs themselves.

American history has shown that our economic progress comes not from political pressure, but from an innovative and productive work force left free to grow and prosper.

But back to Sen. Brown and his vote. As many of my regular readers know, I subscribe fully to my father’s 80/20 rule. As long as a Republican elected official or candidate is likely to support the party and its core principles and philosophies 80 percent of the time, I can live with their 20 percent crossover, especially when compared with the alternative — a Democrat with whom I will disagree 80 percent of the time!

Remember, Scott Brown is a Republican in one of the bluest of blue states in the nation, and he is brand new to the job. He simply cannot attack Democrat-initiated measures which will be applauded by so many of his constituents, and we should fairly acknowledge that there were Republican ideas in this bill as well.

While he may have supported this undesirable bill, we still know we can count on Sen. Brown’s support to help defeat Democratic attempts to revive the federal health care legislation. Who would have thought six months ago that we could count on a U.S. senator from Massachusetts to stand as our ally in this fight?

Let’s all give Sen. Brown the room he needs to ensure that he remains politically viable for years to come, so that we have him around when it comes time to debate the types of bills that will have a lasting impact on our nation.

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