Senator Scott Brown is still a popular guy in Massachusetts, polling a favorability/unfavorability rating of 55/18, according to a Boston Globe poll.
Far more surprisingly, Barack Obama is behind Brown with ratings of 54/42. Note that high “unfavorable” number; this is Massachusetts, remember. Of course, quite a few of those 42% might be those who think Obama isn’t far enough to the left (unfortunately, the poll didn’t ask that question, which would have been a valuable one).
Brown has disappointed those who wanted him to be a strict conservative, but those who know him and listened to his campaign, and who understand the political realities of Massachusetts, think he’s done just about what could have been expected—which is to vote the Republican line 84% of the time.
I’ll take it over the alternatives.
[NOTE: When I first saw the article's headline, "Brown outpolls Kerry, Obama," I somehow thought it was Jerry Brown, and I was suitably shocked.]