thinking 2012: Scott Brown
Senator Scott Brown, Republican of Massachusetts, crossed the aisle along with Olympia Snowe of Maine to support a financial regulatory reform bill, according to an article by Brady Dennis in Tuesday’s Washington Post.
I am guessing that this signals more interest on Brown’s part in returning to the Senate than in running for President in 2012. I would have picked him as a candidate with minimal chances of clinching the nomination before; if he were to run he’d have to explain the merits of this vote in the face of likely accusations he “sold out the party,” “endorsed Obamanomics,” or some such. And financial regulations are really difficult to explain; financial regulatory reform especially so.