“Even the Bush Justice Department filed suit to enforce this provision of that law. For Brown to claim this is some kind of plot against him is just bizarre.”
John McCain. Centrist. Maverick. Sunday morning talking heads. Fifteen years ago, he was widely respected on both sides of the aisle. Today, we know as His presidential campaign showed us just how smart he wasn’t. His subsequent senate primary race showed us just how far to the right he was willing to run. It took while for Americans to catch up with his shtick, but it’s safe to say most of us now have his number.
Scott Brown doesn’t call himself a maverick, and Brown’s handlers wouldn’t let him hit the talk show circuit with McCain-like frequency, but nonetheless, there is a remarkable resemblance to Arizona senator. Neither could be described as being the sharpest knife in the drawer. Both pretend to be bipartisan, claiming the straight and narrow, but most of the time turning right. Like McCain, Brown will say anything to get elected.
As time goes on, a clear picture of Scott Brown is developing as not very intelligent, frat boy who sees himself as a victim and takes cheap shots at the family of opponents.
1.Brown had a difficult childhood, a card he plays whenever he needs to justify himself. McCain used his POW experience to similar effect.
2. Brown joked about Elizabeth Warren’s physical appearance (and then blamed the host of the talk show who started it); He also compared France to an aging 1940s movie star trying to dine out on her looks. He also told a joke about a woman being raped by a gorilla and liking it.
3. Brown implied that Warren’s parents were liars during the tedious campaign to question her heritage. Now he’s accusing her daughter of part of being part of a conspiracy to defeat him by registering people who were deprived their legal right to vote. McCain told jokes about Janet Reno being Chelsea Clinton’s father.
In point of fact, Brown’s campaign is criticizing Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and the state of Massachusetts for following the law. That’s right. The courts found the Commonwealth of Massachusetts failed to implement the Motor Voter Bill, and as a remedy, 278,000 registration packets were sent out to people on public assistance because they were denied their right to register. For Scott Brown, this must be a conspiracy against him. Here’s ThinkProgress:
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act — better known as the Motor Voter bill –requires that citizens be offered the opportunity to register to vote when they get a driver’s license or apply for social services. Voting rights groups — including Demos — filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was not in compliance, after a 35-year-old woman was not offered the chance to register to vote when she filed paperwork with the state’s welfare office last June. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, recognizing its obligation under federal law, settled the case out of court. As part of that settlement, the state government agreed to contact, by mail, the 477,944 welfare recipients who might also have been denied their right to be offered a chance to register to vote and give them that chance now.
Voting rights groups have brought similar suits in other states. But seizing on the fact that Warren’s daughter is chair of the board of one of the groups suing, Brown made the argument that this amounts to a conspiracy to elect his Democratic challenger. His statement today said:
I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.
The story was released by the Boston Globe. Geppetto’s a$$hole buddy Howie Carr has today’s dose of agitprop, which neglects to mention the reason for the registration forms being sent out.
Hand in glove, Brown has been trumping up the false charges. Here’s his sound bite:
“I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another,” Brown said in a statement. “This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign.”