Earlier, we mentioned Martha Coakley’s political comeback after losing a January 2010 special US Senate election to Scott Brown. The winner of that notorious election, who lost his seat to Elizabeth Warren two years ago, seems to be making something of a comeback as well:

The New Hampshire Senate race is tightening, according to a just-posted WMUR poll that puts Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen up only 2 points, 46-44, over Republican Scott Brown.

That’s within the margin of error. The same poll last month had Shaheen ahead by 12 points.

The thought of Brown carpet-bagging his way back to Senate power is nauseating. Even more is the apparent reason he’s doing so well:

The closeness of the race is all the more stunning when you consider that Brown remains slightly underwater on personal favorability. Overall, he’s viewed positively by 36 percent and negatively by 38 percent of those polled.

But Brown leads among independents by 5 points — 40 percent to 35 percent — even though 10 percent more of independents view him negatively than positively. That means there are a statistically significant number of people who don’t really like Brown but are voting for him because they are angry at Obama, Shaheen and the direction of the country.

Brown is making it quite clear that if he returns to the Senate, he’ll take orders from John McCain. Thankfully, climate activist Tom Steyer is giving New Hampshire voters a heads-up that McCain isn’t the only person Brown will bow down to if he defeats Shaheen in November:

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Perhaps Steyer might want to consider a follow-up ad reminding the Granite State of this notorious moment from March 2011:

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Brown’s record on climate in the US Senate was vile. Here’s hoping that Shaheen hands a defeat to denial.

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D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.