Scott Brown and the median Massachusetts voter
By Dylan Matthews
David Herzenhorn has a good piece on the inevitable conservative disillusionment with Scott Brown, now that he's started voting like a representative of Massachusetts:
In his first vote after taking office, Mr. Brown joined with Democrats, and their majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, in support of a $15 billion jobs bill. He was the first of just five Republicans to break with the party’s leadership on that bill.
And though he kept his campaign promise to oppose the big health care legislation, and has voted with the Republican leadership in the overwhelming majority of cases, he has also sided with Democrats on some important issues. Most notably, he voted in favor of the financial regulatory bill even though the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and the rest of the conference leadership, voted no and denounced the measure as overly expanding the government.
This is yet more confirmation of the finding, in a recent Alan Abramowitz study, that increased conservatism is negatively correlated with electoral performance in Senate races. Abramowitz found the deviation between each Republican senator's performance and that of the GOP presidential candidate's in their states, and then graphed it across their ideological standing. Here's the result:
-- Dylan Matthews is a student at Harvard and a researcher at The Washington Post.
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