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Saturday, April 21, 2012

He said what?

We're in the silly season, where political news turns trivial. But one item caught my eye as deserving more attention.
US Senator Scott Brown says he has given up drinking throughout his long reelection campaign.
This is not the same sort of throwaway line like blasting Elizabeth Warren for being a "hypocritical elitist" for not paying extra state income tax or Brown claiming to be the sole stand against the lack of progress in Washington.

And it's certainly more significant than a GOP attempt to take a line about dog meat in Barack Obama's book and have once-serious presidential nominees try to compare it to the misadventures of Seamus Romney.

Brown says his decision was "one of those New Year’s things" that he did "on a stupid bet."

We've all done those "new year's things" like promising to give up smoking or drinking or go on a diet. And if you are like most normal people, there's usually a foundation for making the pledge.

I'm not a teetotaler. My pledge to cutback (but not go dry) was directly related to an effort to drop some weight. Perhaps that's what Brown had in mind, just in case Cosmo calls again.

But alcohol consumption has been a recurring theme in American politics, and it certainly reared its head on several occasions in races for what Brown relabeled The People's Seat.

I think this "stupid bet" needs a bit of clarity.

UPDATE: Dan Kennedy and Politico go one better, showing Brown imbibing a week ago. Either there is a problem or Scotto is taking Mitt Romney lessons.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

He stops, he's giving it up for lent almost, no big deal. If only the previous occupant of his seat had.

April 23, 2012 4:57 AM  

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