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Joanna Weiss

Scott Brown and the near-extinct GOP moderate

Republicans with dissenting voices should be speaking up

Once, long ago, in a distant version of Washington, D.C., there was a type of person known as a moderate Republican, with a wonderful power called “leverage.”

When Connie Morella served in Congress, from 1987 to 2003, she held weekly lunches with a “Tuesday Group” of some 40 like-minded Republicans. They would gather over pizza and soft drinks, talk about a pending bill, discuss ways to make it more palatable. Then they would go to the GOP leadership with a proposition: Accept our changes, and we’ll deliver you at least 25 votes that you wouldn’t otherwise have.

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