Advice for Sen. Brown
The Hiller Instinct: Advice for Sen. Brown
So I'll begin with some you're sure to agree with, because it's your own:
"The Democrats would have to come to me and ask for my involvement in their issue. If it's good for Massachusetts, I'll support it, and the Republicans will have to say, ‘Gee, is Scott going to be with us or not this time?’" Brown said in January.
You're right, Senator Brown. You are the balance of power.
So suggestion No. 1 is don't lose your balance and slip to either side. How to do it? Sometimes, just say “yes” to the Democrats.
"Then the Massachusetts election happened, suddenly everybody said, 'Whoa, it's over. Well, no. It's not over,'" President Obama said in New Hampshire this week.
Amazingly, the President needs you more than you need him, and he will try many ways to win your support. Advice: Don't let the White House brown-nose you. Do not be co-opted.
Now, about your image. I think you should leave your truck home in Massachusetts. It was a wonderful campaign symbol, but it would look silly in Washington. You're a U.S. Senator, not a Beverly hillbilly.
And when you park your truck at home, please put your barn coat in it. It has served its purpose, and it has earned a dignified retirement.
My final advice is enjoy the ride. Your victory and all your national TV appearances have made you the man of the moment, but the moment will pass, because it always does.
Scott Brown's strength today is similar to President Obama's last year -- he brings a promise of change to Washington.
Good luck, Senator, making the paralyzed Reds and Blues in Washington red, blue and Brown.
I’m Andy Hiller & that's my instinct
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