To the Editor:
The Brown-Warren contest brings to mind the well known comment attributed to Adlai Stevenson in the 1952 [presidential] campaign. After a Stevensonspeech, a woman came up and gushed, “Governor, that was magnificent. You will have the support of every thinking voter.”
Stevenson reportedly replied, ” Every thinking voter? That’s not enough. I need a majority.”
A person who votes for both Obama and Scott Brown is saying : “I want Obama as president for the next four years. I also want a majority of Republicans in the Senate, so that the Senate can block and frustrate everything Obama seeks to accomplish.”
This is intellectually incoherent. But Scott Brown is a very likeable, very handsome fellow. He will attract votes from a great many Obama voters, because they are unwilling or unable to think through to the consequences of their choice.
If every Obama voter were a “thinking voter,” Brown would not have a chance. Regrettably, that is not the case.