Brown said his model for governing would be McCain, who would also be the first appointment in a packed schedule of meetings that morning. "I have great respect for Senator McCain," he said of the Arizona senator, who was one of the first establishment players to support his seemingly quixotic bid against Attorney General Martha Coakley. "I've known him for a while, long before this, and you know he is a war hero and kind of a maverick independent thinker. While I want to be a Scott Brown Republican, I want to rely on everybody on both sides of the aisle," he added, "I've told my leadership already that I'm not a rubber stamp for anybody."
And Brown expressed reluctance to be associated at all with the Tea Party movement that helped elect him.
"There may be members of a certain group that supported me," he said, "but I had supporters from every walk of life. And to focus on one specific group is a disservice to the campaign -- it's inclusiveness in making sure that everyone has a voice."
And I don't know what this is about, but it's creepy:
Asked about Glenn Beck's suggestion on his radio show that Brown be fitted with a chastity belt before "it could end up with a dead intern," Brown said, "You know, name calling and all that stuff? I'm way past that. My daughters know that I love them and there is nothing in the world I wouldn't do for them."
The teabaggers were endowed by their creator, FoxNews, to support Brown and there is no underestimating how much they had to do with it. It will be very interesting to see how they react to being publicly dismissed. If they take it, we'll know that they are just the typical Republican base falling into line. If not --- well, then the GOP has a problem if they take the Scott Brown attitude. They hate McCain.
Scott Brown is playing possum with his Tea Party stance because he knows they were really, really behind him and without the support of the Right Wing Noise Machine that is backing the teabaggers, he wouldn't have had a chance to win.