I am the only candidate that’s been there. I went because I support their sentiment. Something is wrong with Wall Street. The big check beats the good idea. It’s the same thing that’s wrong with Washington, DC. I don’t take the big check, PAC money. Im free to lead, that’s what this campaign is about. I support the protesters PERIOD.
None of this is to say Brown would win in 2012, or that a Brown bid is the best option for the Republican Party. His candidacy would still be crippled (and perhaps killed) by apathy or even outright hostility among the GOP’s evangelical base, and it’s hard to imagine his mentor, Mitt Romney, simply stepping aside. But the alternatives are not particularly attractive: six years in the Senate or four years in the wilderness; familiarity breeding contempt or absence leading to obsolescence; a more crowded, talented field in 2016, either way. On the other hand, if Brown runs for the presidency in 2012 and loses—the likely outcome for anyone vying against an incumbent—he will immediately become the GOP’s “next in line.” He could run for governor, or, if he falls short in the Republican primaries, for vice president. Ultimately my point is that, despite the understandable urge to dismiss all this absurdly premature speculation, Scott Brown’s running for president in 2012 might wind up being the best available option for Scott Brown.