Scott Brown blows opportunity to lead

You know that old saying: “You don’t send a boy to do a man’s job.” Well, it’s obvious now that’s just what the people of Massachusetts did.

We knew he could never measure up to Teddy Kennedy. But, initially, there were high hopes that Scott Brown would continue the tradition of courageous, independent New England Republicans like Edward Brooke, Nelson Rockefeller, Prescott Bush and even George H.W. Bush.

What a huge disappointment. With Elena Kagan, Brown had an opportunity to prove his potential as a real leader — and blew it.

At her confirmation hearing, Brown sat alongside John KerryJohn KerryOvernight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq McCain, Graham mock Kerry's threat to end talks with Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE and praised Kagan as a person with exceptional legal qualifications. Later, to his credit, he stepped up and defended her against charges by fellow Republicans that she was anti-military.

But then, when push came to shove, in the final vote on confirmation, he voted against her. Based, he said, on the lame excuse that she had no prior judicial experience.

What a weenie. What a cop-out. What nonsense. Even a high-schooler knows that some of the greatest Supreme Court justices — including Chief Justices William Rehnquist, Earl Warren and John Marshall — never served in the courtroom before joining the nation’s highest court.

We all know Scott Brown voted against Elena Kagan for only one reason: because he was told to do so by Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGrassley accuses Reid of 'pure unfiltered partisanship' Overnight Finance: Congress poised to avoid shutdown | Yellen defends Fed from Trump | Why Obama needs PhRMA on trade 78 lawmakers vote to sustain Obama veto MORE.

Poor Scott Brown. He looked like a statesman, but he turned out to be just another party hack.

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