On Sunday, former Massachusetts senator Scott Brown told supporters that he was "exploring a possible run” for the 2016 presidency. Brown, who surprised everyone by winning a special election to fill Ted Kennedy's senate seat (which he then lost to Elizabeth Warren), remains a model for some Republicans who wish the GOP could have more Brown-style election surprises (the good kind) in states like Massachusetts, which is usually as blue as a serene ocean view.
The former senator is also rumored to be a candidate for the 2014 gubernatorial race in the state, which has a history of electing Republicans as governor. He also left the door open to a run for senate in New Hampshire. But he sort of laid his presidential aspirations on the table by attending the Iowa State Fair this weekend, which is where he made today's remarks. From his Tiwtter account, it looks like he's enjoying himself:
Brown told the Des Moines Register prior to his trip that he was "going to be coming out more often to try to determine whether there’s an interest in my brand of leadership and Republicanism." And then he gave a campaign speech:
I want to understand the challenges and the opportunities and the aspirations of the people in the Midwest and how they view us and vice versa. I want to see if there’s interest in my brand of politics, being a strong national security hawk and a fiscal conservative. The way I see it, hey, there’s plenty of room for people in the party like me and Sarah Palin and Rand Paul and Chris Christie, yet we’re always attacking each other for not fitting some ideologically pure mold.
While there's a decent argument to be made for Scott Brown's Scott-Brown-y-ness being more a result of the terrible campaign run by his first democratic opponent, Martha Coakley, rather than his own political magic, it looks like the former senator is hoping that the memory of his surprise win (which still gets invoked as the "...Next Scott Brown" meme) might help him get support from the national party.