Scott Brown To Miss Mass. Tea Party Event

When the Tea Party Express pulls into the city where the conservative movement got its name, the crowd will be as notable for who

The Associated Press
Massachusetts State Sen. Scott Brown, R-Wrentham, celebrates Tuesday in Boston after winning a special election held to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

BOSTON (AP) -- When the Tea Party Express pulls into the city where the conservative movement got its name, the crowd will be as notable for who's not there as for who is.

Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker on Wednesday, but Republican Sen. Scott Brown is skipping the event. The movement claims his upset January election as its proudest moment.

Brown says he's too busy with his congressional duties, but Tufts University political science professor Jeffrey Berry says he believes the senator is worried about being associated with the movement's more radical elements.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker is also skipping the rally, saying he has a prior commitment 40 miles away in Worcester (WUH'-stur), the state's second-largest city.

Tea party rallies were being held Tuesday in Missouri, Nebraska and New York.

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  • by NS Location: Greenville on Apr 19, 2010 at 08:43 PM
    Anonymous-How about putting a date on that "much better place", then we'll talk. Do you mean before 1920-women couldn't vote. Do you mean the 30's-the depression. Do you mean the 40's-World War II. Do you mean the 50's -Jim Crow. Do you mean the 60's-Viet Nam. Exactly when do you mean?
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 15, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    YWD, sexual preference within both parties, isn't necessarily, the drive for the party. I am registered democrat but rarely vote a candidate who would promote gay marriage. Civil Unions, well, that is not something that would impact most people. I have traveled extensively in the US and abroad. I have seen a lot, experienced a lot however, I was not for the flaming behavior exibited by gays in San Francsico. I know that is the exception, however, that perception and experience has stuck with me and many others who have been there. It was the perfect bad example. Most of the gays I know of, are not like that and don't have the need to flame. They too, are good people and work hard. My point is, the party that is power has spent more money than all the presidents since the founding of America. We survived WWI and II, the cold war, two other wars and in two wars...yet none have cost us as much as one year with democrats running the country. That should say it all. You now owe a lot.
  • by Young white democrat Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 04:41 PM
    OSOC, I was a republican and supported Bush 100%, maybe because I didn't know any better. I swayed over to the democratic side after I realized that most GOP leaders are anti-gay EVERYTHING. That is so unfair. To talk bad about gays as a whole, is unChristian. I don't demand everything. I have a lot. But I just don't appreciate how a political party can be so anti-gay. I'm a nice person, I am not choosing to like men. I pay taxes. I'm very kind to people. I laugh, I work hard, I volunteer. I am faithful. I'm not a pervert or a sex addict. I do believe in a God. I love everyone.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    When America believed in pro-life, straight (Adam & Eve) marriage, prayer in schools & home, the Ten Commandments posted everywhere in America, their military, freedom, nation's sovoreignty, rights, declaration of independence and our constitution it was a much better place. I dont see how anyone could argue this point.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    Apparently, what ever is in the Patriot Act was important enough that Obama continued it. Maybe you should know about this, when terrorists flew planes into the trade towers, the Pentagon and in Penn, people were.......scared. YWD, respectfull? We are only showing mutual respect for those that attacked Bush with their hate rhetoric and web site hype, maybe you remember? I never showed dissrespect to a president of our country until the last 2 years. Why? Bernanke said it best today, our deficit is unsustainable. Learn what that means. If you think the depression was bad, when this temporary stimulus runs out of money, so will the US. This could ultimately lead to a revolution unlike anything we have seen to control power of the country. Yet both houses want to add and expensive cap and trade bill on Americans at a time, we should be doing Obama damage control. Heathcare was the iceburg, now the ship is listing and the president cannot be found.
  • by Young white democrat Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 02:15 PM
    GBHB, yeh I totally agree. Wish there were more right winged people who are as nice & respectful like James!
  • by GBHB on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:37 PM
    James seems level headed and respectful, which is a rarity on
  • by GBHB on Apr 14, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    OSOC-Korematsu shows exactly how quickly Americans are willing to give up freedoms when afraid. But the Patriot Act, unlike the Japanese American internment camps, affects the entire US population. Who says the Patriot Act is temporary? And newsflash, there are right wingers who are gay, welfare recipients, weak minded, war protesters, pro abortionists, fascists, bigots, etc.....see what I did there? I made a
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:57 AM
    Young white democrat, OK, I am old mutt bluedog democrat, how did republican get into the argument? Either you are a far left liberal, a socialist, gay, minority extremist, welfare, abortionist, communist, insane, weak minded, war protesters, all in the democrat party. Some of us are not in that category, apparenly you should figure where you fit in.
  • by Young white democrat Location: Greenville on Apr 14, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    James, I see eye to eye with you now. I am glad that you can respect me and I respect you. I don't push/demand gay 'marriage' either. I am fine with civil unions, as long as civil union benefits are EQUAL to marriage benefits. :)
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