As it happens, there's an important issue at hand that provides a decent clue on that front: Does he think, as per the US Constitution, that President Obama should have to come to Congress for authorization for the multi-year military effort he wants against the Islamic State? After all, a senator can't exercise much independent judgment if he concedes war-waging authority to the president without either a debate or a vote. As Brown exited the hall, I posed that question to him. He ignored me.
Scott Brown favors being "clear and resolute," and he disfavors "confusion, indecision, and incoherence." It's a vacuous and rote vision of leadership that easily impressed right-wing pundits are calling “smart.” Brown's speech featured no shortage of attacks on the president's foreign policy -- "maxed out, worn down, devoid of ideas" -- but didn't address the actual armed conflict the U.S. is fighting at this very moment. He observed that ISIS is "exterminating innocent people including mothers and children, murdering Americans on camera, and declaring a caliphate that is drawing even more jihadists to the scene each and every day," but couldn't spare a line or two in his big foreign policy speech to address the actions the U.S. government took in response.