There is a very strong reason to vote against Senator Scott Brown: If we wins it increases the likelihood that Republicans will take over the Senate. As majority party they would then appoint the powerful committee chairs. Here's what that would mean. Orrin Hatch (Utah), an opponent of all of Obama's programs and uncompromising opponent of choice for women, would take over Finance. Pat Roberts (Kansas), if anything to the right of Hatch, and with a record of ZERO on environmental affairs, would take over Agriculture. Richard Shelby (Alabama), an avid fan of tax cuts for millionaires and fierce opponent of gay marriage, would again try to repeal the Dodd Frank Financial Protection bill as chair of Banking. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), another right-winger who also scores poorly on veterans' affairs and conservation issues, would chair Judiciary. Jim Inhofe (Oklahoma), an anti-science religious zealot who thinks climate change is a "hoax", and who likens the EPA to the Gestapo, would chair Environment and Public Works. Jeff Sessions (Alabama), who would take over the Budget Committee, says Food Stamps are immoral. Would you like these people as committee chairs?
While Brown is not the worst of the increasingly right-wing Republicans, he sides with them more often than not. His election would strengthen a party that disdains science, conservation, neutrality on religion, women's rights and corporate regulation. This can't be good for Newton, Massachusetts or the USA.
(See my political blog: ThatMansScope.blogspot.com)