He gets one freebie from me, and should from everyone due to the circumstances...
Brown took this oath as required by the Constitution.....
I, Loyal Citizen of the Republic, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.
Brown violated that oath. For a "progressive" Democrat to violate habeus corpus is like a "family value" Republican violating a page.
Any Democratic politician who criticizes, scolds, or otherwise attacks ordinary Democrats (ie liberals or "progressives") in order to curry political favor with Republicans or the Right.
Recent examples of this kind of behavior have been provided by Hillary Clinton. Evan Bayh, and Barak Obama.
What's need in this case is a new definition.....
Sherrocrat: Any Democrat purported to be liberal or "progressive" who sells his country's Constitution and the people it protects down the river in the middle of the night in order to garner a few votes -- most especially when he or she doesn't even need them anyway.
Edwards progressive???? Are you kidding?????? Ignore his 2004 rhetoric; check his 6 year record in the Senate. I worked there for 3+ years. He is not remotely the progressive he plays himself off to be.
I'm not sure what "progressive" means since it's often applied to pols like Edwards who have voted for the Bush/NeoCon/Corporatist agenda.
I guess I'm getting too old and cynical about politicians. I find it unbelievable that some guy spends years of his life and tons of money getting ready to run for president and then suddenly says "It's not the right time in my life."
Politics is a dirty business and the higher one climbs the dirtier it gets. And at the level of presidential politics, backstabbing, cutthroating, and blackmailing when necessary are the rule.