Scott Brown really wants you to think that he’s a regular guy who’s just like you. He understands your problems and your concerns because, well, he just does, and that’s why he’s all bipartisan-y and stuff. Even his campaign slogan, “He’s For Us,” is an effort to wrap himself in togetherness – in “us-ness,” you might say.
But Brown’s astoundingly mean-spirited, and, as Charley accurately states, un-American, attack on registering welfare recipients to vote lays it bare for all to see: the only “us” that Scott Brown is “for” is the ones who he thinks will vote for him. Apparently, Scott Brown is pretty sure that people who receive welfare benefits are not going to vote for him, and therefore, an aggressive attempt to get those kinds of people to register to vote is “wrong.”
I think this is crazy talk. I cannot see any argument whatsoever against registering eligible voters. None. And that’s really all I’ve got to say. For more commentary, read the excellent pieces by Adrian Walker (“There are certain ideas that I used to consider self-evident, among them that voting is a healthy exercise in a democracy. But that was before politicians like Brown set me straight: Voting is for the kind of people who will vote for you.”) and David Bernstein (“I’m having trouble seeing how this attack makes Scotto look good, rather than making him look like a mean-spirited, partisan Republican.”).