So my mail yesterday included a glossy flyer from the Republican State Committee urging me (an unenrolled voter) to vote for Scott Brown because he’s “committed to doing whatever is needed to make sure that every woman has access to the healthcare they need and to protect their right to choose.”
Surely he doesn’t mean he’ll do whatever is needed to make sure every woman has access to the healthcare they need. Many of his supporters are counting on his continuing to do otherwise. Just to take one example, on the same day the flyer arrived, a Catholic organization supporting pro-life candidates posted a candidate questionnaire on the Brown-Warren race showing (with implied approval) that Senator Brown supports repealing the federal mandate “that requires employers to offer insurance policies that provide free contraceptive and abortion coverage, regardless of the religious and moral beliefs of those employers.” [A pause here, just to note that the Affordable Care Act does not provide free abortions.]
He’s in a tough spot — trying to attract new supporters by promising to do things, while keeping hold of that part of his present support that’s relying on his promise to undo things. Looks like Senator Brown is committed to doing “whatever is needed” to be on both sides of this issue.