Eric Schaeffer
Theater director

Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.


Was it really success?

Q: How often do achievements like that of the newly elected Republican senator from Massachusetts seem to materialize out of thin air? Do you believe in the concept of overnight success?

In recent days, there has been lots of talk about Scott Brown's overnight success. Did it come out of thin air? I think not.

The interesting fact of his success may not even be about who he is or what he has done. I think his success can really be attributed to the one big word that has been bandied about over the past two years, and that is "change."

My take on the entire election is that it came down to this one word. And that will continue to happen until Congress and our elected officials really listen. People want change. People want something done. It's just not happening fast enough in Washington. There really hasn't been any change.

Scott Brown could become an overnight success as long as he stays true to who he is and doesn't fall into the system as one more cog in the wheel. If he stays true, he may not only become an overnight success but also the harbinger of real change.

The country's middle class has been ignored this past year and they have spoken up loudly and strongly in Massachusetts. The jobs aren't back, their spending is down and the spirit of the country is tentative at best. I think perhaps the best success story for Scott Brown would be that he sent the wake-up call to Congress to say let's get America back to work and thriving. If he can do that, don't be surprised if he runs for president.

People tend to over-analyze elections and their results. But in this case, it really came down to one simple idea that wasn't happening fast enough or at all.

By Eric Schaeffer  |  January 25, 2010; 12:03 AM ET  | Category:  "overnight" success Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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