It’s amazing, really. Even though it was Scott Brown’s top advisor, Eric Fehrnstrom, who got caught playing dirty tricks on the Democratic Senate candidates via the CrazyKhazei Twitter account, Brown still thinks he’s the victim. In this clip from an interview with Fox25 reporter Sharman Sacchetti, Sacchetti does a good job trying to press him, and he just will not budge. No matter what actually happens, Scott’s reality is always that he’s the victim. Check it out.
Notice a couple of things:
- Initially, Brown thinks the question is going to be about negative campaigning against him. But look how smoothly Brown takes it in stride when the reporter pivots and asks him about CrazyKhazei. The expression on his face barely changes. He may not be the brightest bulb in the box, but he is slick.
- When his initial (lame) gambit – that Fehrnstrom “is not Scott Brown” – quickly fails, Brown immediately plays his old standby, the victim card. “I find it kind of amusing that people are talking about that, yet when they see a commercial or an ad or the protests about me that are completely non-factual, it’s like, oh, no big deal.” Man up, Scott – politics ain’t beanbag. Plus, since when is it “completely non-factual” to point out the votes that you’ve taken as a Senator? As someone once said, if you can’t take the tweet, get out of the kitchen.
- His final line on this, when Sacchetti appropriately points out that Brown is employing a double standard by keeping Fehrnstrom on while whining about negative campaigning against him, is really appalling. He says, “yeah, well, the bottom line is that I told him not to do it, he’s not doing it, and I’m not quite sure what else to say on that.”
You’re “not quite sure what else to say”? Geez, Scotto, let me help you. Try this on:
I’d like to apologize to Alan Khazei, and to the other Democratic Senate candidates, for Eric Fehrnstrom’s behavior throughout this “CrazyKhazei” episode. Although I was unaware of his actions, I recognize that I have ultimate responsibility for the conduct of the people who work on my campaign. I want to assure Alan and the other candidates that I have instructed my staff that nothing like this is ever to happen again. I recognize that, although we differ on many important issues, all the candidates in this race are patriotic Americans who want what they believe is best for the people of Massachusetts and the country. I deeply regret that my staff was, without my knowledge, engaged in the kind of negative campaigning that I have deplored many times.
Unfortunately, it seems as though manning up and taking responsibility is not in Scott Brown’s repertoire. Why am I not surprised?