The Globe has a big bio profile on the worst parts of Scott Brown’s upbringing — if you can even call it that. An alcoholic mother; serial abuse by step-parents; being shuttled off to live with relatives who couldn’t deal with him; on and on. A lot of the details are predictably disputed by the parties involved, and indeed Brown may be remembering his childhood in a self-serving way — which is probably pretty typical of childhood memories, not a particular criticism of him. If a fraction of this stuff is actually true, it’s a hell of a story, and a hell of a journey.
And it’s not mutually exclusive that Brown was a rebellious, pain-in-the-ass kid and that he was abused and neglected. Holy smokes… bitterness, a bad attitude and a chip on your shoulder would be the least of your problems with what he had going on. It’s amazing that he didn’t end up with a drug addiction, in prison, or both.
I met then-State Senator Brown a few years ago, and found him to be a gentleman.He obviously has a successful family and professional life. Under the circumstances, that’s amazing, and I sincerely wish him the best luck in the world…
… Except in this Senate race.
We get caught up in celebrity politics in our culture. We want to vote for good, honest, and faithful people; and by voting for them we imagine we’re helping them along the way in their careers. This is all true as far as it goes.
But a politician is a public servant. Good is as good does, and we vote based on their voting record on issues that matter to us. To vote for Barack Obama because you wish for him to succeed, is to put the cart before the horse. One should vote for Obama because one wishes the country to succeed, because one thinks that he will give the country the best chance to do well.
There are any number of jobs that Scott Brown could do well. His record as a US Senator, unfortunately, has not been in the best interests of the country or the Commonwealth.
As a person, he has my sympathy and good will; as a US Senator, I need to support someone else.