Scott Brown has carefully cultivated a nice-guy image. For many Massachusetts voters, that's all they know about Brown: he seems like a nice guy. But what few people know is that Brown relies heavily on Karl Rove-style tactics and practitioners of his slash-and-burn politics.
Rep. Patrick McHenry wanted Elizabeth Warren to not be head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He got his wish. But now Massachusetts has a fearsome Senate candidate who has Republican Sen. Scott Brown very nervous.
In a political era where a politician's views or votes on gay issues can flag a broader or narrower view of the world the rest of us live in, Senator Brown should be judged on the totality of the record, not on a single, no consequences vote.