Friday, June 22, 2012

Left Side of the Aisle #62 - Part 4

Passing comment: Scott Brown is a coward

Just a quick comment here, more or less in passing. You know - or at least should be able to tell - that I spend very little time on the horserace aspects of politics, on particular campaigns or who's up and who's down and who said what about who when. But this struck me as particularly boorish and deserved a mention, if only a quick one.

Vickie Kennedy, Ted Kennedy's widow, had invited Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren for a campaign debate to take place in late September. It would be co-sponsored by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, which she is taking the lead in organizing, and UMass Boston.

Well, Scott "Pretty Boy" Brown refused to take part unless Vickie Kennedy promised to stay entirely neutral in the race, including not endorsing a candidate. The Kennedy Institute and UMass both refused to buckle to this idiocy, calling it "unprecedented" and noting it "is not being required of any other persons or entities."

Well, then, forget the whole thing, said the Brown campaign. Revealingly, Brown Campaign Manager Jim Barnett said "we cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse Scott Brown’s opponent." In other words, it wasn't any supposed lack of neutrality that was the problem, it wasn't the issue of an endorsement that was the problem, it was who she would endorse. That is, not him. And, like a typical GOPper, when he couldn't manipulate things to his own advantage, he ran away.

Pretty Boy Brown is a coward.


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