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Massachusetts Liberal

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

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Friends, Romans, Countrymen...

I come to bury Scott Brown, not to praise him.

Marc Antony may have had it closer to the mark than the Rev, Jesse Jackson in describing Scott Brown's latest flip flop on the financial reform package. This "yes" (let's wait for an actual roll call) came after Brown -- who saved banks a cool $19 billion in the conference report-- said he needed to sleep on his decision over the July 4th recess.

More Hamlet than Julius Caesar, but we'll plod along.

Jackson, ignoring the water Brown carried for the banks, immediately leaped to sing Brown's praises:
“Brown is sort of oxygen to Washington’s stale political process."
Staleness reflected no doubt by Jackson -- in a conciliatory statement that was a far cry from the rant he leveled at Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, whose own somewhat over-the-top denunciation that LeBron James' move to Miami was somehow equivalent to that of a "slave master" berating a "runaway slave."

Yeah, except for the millions of dollars James has and will continue to rake in.

But Jackson appears mute on the subject of Brown's solidarity with that "stale political process" that has equated the long-term unemployed with drug addicts and cut off benefits to an estimated 1.4 million Americans who don't have James' lucrative options. All as part of a cynical Republican game to deny Barack Obama victories going into the midterm elections.

The evil men do live after them -- the good is oft buried with their bones. So let it be with Brown, who has stood up for the banks and financiers who fuel his campaign while proverbially running his truck over the working men and women who supported him under false pretenses.

And Brown is an honorable man.

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1 Comments:

Blogger Judy Meredith said...

Wonderfully literate and funny at the same time --- thank you.

July 13, 2010 9:58 AM  

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