Boston Magazine Calls Out Senator Scott Brown
Claims Brown is using painful disclosures in book as political strategy
Boston, MA (March XX, 2011) – Boston magazine Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Eileen McNamara has written a column in the April issue criticizing Scott Brown of being “more interested in using his story to help himself get reelected than to help those who are suffering the way he once did.”
From the article:
“Governor Deval Patrick has described Senator Scott Brown’s candor about the beatings and molestation he suffered as a boy as “very brave.” Senator John Kerry has said brown’s revelations in his new memoir, Against All Odds, could help those who have endured similar abuse as children.
Of course, Patrick and Kerry were at something of a disadvantage when they offered fervent reviews, not having actually read the book. But buyer beware: Brown’s memoir might be a voyeurs delight, but it has no wisdom to impart. No counsel to offer battered women besides making better choices. No guidance to offer children trapped in violent households besides toughing it out. No example to offer sexual abuse victims besides getting on with their lives…”
“Did Brown sleep through the clerical abuse scandal in Boston? Did he miss the fight for the Violence Against Women Act? It’s true that “telling” is good but it’s not nearly good enough for a United States Senator who has chosen to market his childhood trauma as an all-American success story.”
McNamara concludes with,
“Socrates was wrong. The unexamined life is worth living. Scott Brown has put one between hard covers and, with the complicity of a fawning media, dramatically launched his reelection bid for the United States Senate from Massachusetts.
The April issue hits newsstands Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Some here have raised similar points before, although perhaps less forcefully than McNamara does in this article. Here was my assessment, offered in the light of Brown’s voting against funding for jobs programs of the exact kind that he benefited from as a kid.
Rather than drawing on his personal experience to find empathy for people who now find themselves in situations similar to where he once was, and to figure out ways of helping those people, he seems to be using his personal experience as a shield. In effect, Brown seems to be saying, “hey, you can’t accuse me of not caring about those people because I was once one of them” – regardless of how he votes.
Profoundly cynical, and profoundly disappointing.