Regarding Scott Brown's retelling of his abuse at the hands of stepfathers and a camp counselor:
I don't have any reason to doubt any of the veracity of his claims. I can't imagine how anyone else would, either.
I don't see what relevance the Jeff Perry story has. Brown should have known better than to support Perry, regardless of his own past.
I think it would be pretty mean to question his truthfulness or motivations because of the timing of this revelation with his book release and tour. It is what it is. Is it a play for sympathy? A self-exploitation? A way to sell more books? To win an election? Who can know if his motives are mixed on those fronts? And in any event, it doesn't matter. Mixed motives are merely human. Abuse is still something that's extremely difficult to talk about, and insofar as he's provided an opening for other victims to not be ashamed of their own histories of abuse, it's all good.
That doesn't mean that his political ideas are any better, or that he deserves re-election in 2012. He doesn't. We will try to beat him and replace him with someone better, someone who cares more about the middle class; about responsible, arithmetical fiscal policy; jobs; health care; and the
impending ongoing global catastrophe of climate change.
But I hope that we're not motivated by a fear that the public might have sympathy with him on a very difficult and delicate matter. That would be pretty small and ugly.