It seems that while the pundits and prognosticators are mulling over just what Scott Brown’s victory means for President Obama, the Democratic agenda in Congress, and the future of the Republican Party, a theme is starting to emerge among the Religious Right that as exciting as Brown’s win may have been, he’s really just another RINO.
Randall Terry was first out of the box, saying that Brown’s win was better than a Coakley win, but “we must not deceive ourselves or our supporters about Scott Brown, and his true position on child killing. We need to replace Scott Brown as soon as we can with a true defender of babies’ lives, not a phony who supports their murder.”
Alan Keyes has made a similar point:
Conservatives working to restore constitution freedom can cheer for Obama’s defeat, but take no cheer from Brown’s victory because he is a typical RINO (Republican-in-name-only) who:
* has no differences in principle with the socialist-minded Democrats;
* embraces the substance of Obama’s socialist agenda, but “opposes” Obama by criticizing his implementation of socialism, especially when it comes to fiscal matters;
* agrees in principle with the Democrats on the fundamental issues of justice and morality but employs the deceptive rhetoric of personal opinion to evade the questions of public law and policy they involve. Such issues include child-murder and other abrogations of the unalienable right to life, as well as the rejection of the God-endowed rights of the natural family.
Matt Barber is likewise of the view that Brown is little more than a “tourniquet”:
Many social conservatives (of which I’m one) have complained that the senator-elect is woefully flawed on social issues – particularly abortion. This is true.
Still, to my pro-life, pro-family compatriots, I offer this: While bleeding to death, one may be left no choice but to apply a tourniquet. A tourniquet is less than ideal. It may even cost a limb; however, it’s also likely to save one’s life. Obama has sliced open America’s wrists with his cutting political agenda. Time is of the essence. By providing Senate Republicans the crucial 41st vote needed to filibuster, Scott Brown supplies the tourniquet.
Of course, none of this justifies Brown’s indefensible position on abortion, “civil unions” and other social issues. I and others will not rest until he, and all who have been so deceived by the euphemistic language of “choice” and “reproductive freedom,” likewise recognize that all persons – whether born or pre-born – share an “inalienable right to life” that in every instance trumps another’s phantom “right to choose” premeditated murder.
Most importantly, even the Family Research Council admits that they are not happy with many of Brown’s views but withheld criticism in pursuit of short term goals:
Social conservatives held back criticism of Brown’s social views–and, in some cases, openly supported him–because they believe a Brown win fulfills a short term goal of blocking President Obama’s abominable health bill. Of course, the Republican Establishment would like us to believe that Scott Brown’s moderate platform on life and marriage is a recipe for conservative success in 2010.
So it remains to be seen just how long the current infatuation with Brown lasts and if, when he comes up for re-election down the road, right-wing groups who are happy with his election now will be change their tune and end up backing a “true conservative” primary challenger later.
Obviously, that is a long way away … but given that the Right doesn’t really support Brown now, it is entirely possible that he might eventually find himself the next Dede Scozzafava or Charlie Crist.