Read Adrian Walker’s outstanding column today, in which Walker convincingly thrashes Brown for disrespecting the legacy of the guy whose Senate seat Brown is now warming.
The fact is, falsely invoking a deceased political icon is sleazy. Ted Kennedy never wavered on the right to contraception, and distorting his words to score cheap political points should be beneath a sitting US senator. Refusing to back down [after Ted Kennedy’s son called him on it] – as though he is defending some issue of principle, which he isn’t – is even more reprehensible….
Kennedy would never have worked with Brown to restrict contraception; he would be firmly against him.
Brown has every right to disagree, but a senator worthy of his seat should be able to own his positions, without buttressing them with phony alliances and outright deceptions.
To be sure, Brown is not the first to invoke a “deceased political icon” – witness the video clips of Ronald Reagan that surfaced during the chatter about the “Buffett Rule.” But at least in those cases, we had Reagan himself speaking on video. Here, Brown is seriously distorting Kennedy’s position, as we’ve already discussed twice, and yet insisting that Kennedy would have agreed with him. It’s disrespectful, and it’s dishonest.
It’s also, frankly, pathetic. If Scott Brown believes the crazy Blunt Amendment is the right thing to do, he should just man up and say why, without trying to hide behind Senator Kennedy’s legacy. It’s ironic indeed that Brown, who in almost every significant respect stands in opposition to what Ted Kennedy was trying to accomplish – including, not irrelevantly, universal health care – seems to think that his best chance at reelection is to persuade the voters that he’s the true heir to the Kennedy legacy. Maybe it really is the “Kennedy Seat” after all.