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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, February 05, 2010

Mr. Brown goes to Washington

Congratulations and good luck to Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. You're going to need it.

I suspect President Barack Obama's first meeting with the Wrentham Republican will include a quick thank you for plucking the target of "The One" off his presidential shoulders. After all, Brown now carries the hopes and aspirations of the free world on his hunky shoulders. For example:
Scott Philip Brown became the 50th US senator from Massachusetts yesterday, completing his historic transformation from little-known Republican state lawmaker to a national phenomenon who personified widespread voter unrest and changed the direction of American politics.
And you better hurry up Senator. Those restless voters don't have much patience for anyone who can't wave a magic wand and change things overnight.

To be fair, he is did not seek the hype. Then again, Obama never sought the outlandish expectations heaped upon him by the John McCain camp. But since when is anything fair in politics?

Brown's "three week victory lap" was starting to strike even Howie Carr as noteworthy. Between Barbara Walters and lobbying to return Ayla to Idol it's a wonder he managed to pick a staff.

And I did find it noteworthy that the good ol' boy truck was replaced by a Cadillac Escalade for the trip to his swearing-in yesterday. Hmm, I seem to recall another politician getting pilloried for that choice of vehicle -- even if it was selected for him by police for security reasons.

As the 100th person in seniority in a sclerotic, dysfunctional debating society Brown has a tough enough job without the weight of expectations heaped upon him.

But, my conservative friend(s), think about the standards you set before you accuse me of not giving the man a chance.

I'll be taking some much-needed r & r and will be checking out for awhile. As always, thanks for stopping by and y'all come back now, y'hear.

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