Sunday, June 20, 2010
Father's Day Special: Senator Scott Brown as "Father of the Year"?
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The "rollout" of Senator Scott Brown seems to have started early, with the above clip that aired on CBS' morning news program. Ayla Brown was tasked with "interviewing" her father for a special on Father's Day. According to some comments I read on The Huffington Post, people seem "disturbed" by her apparently close relationship with her father. More than a few mentioned how creepy he appears in this segment, with the strange way that they seem to "flirt" with one another.
One of the questions that Ayla asked her father is if he would run for president someday, if she, her sister, and their mother asked him to. He gave a typical politician's answer...that he was focused on the constituents of Massachusetts. He has to run for reelection in 2012, so of course he's going to say that. However, I would bet serious cash in Las Vegas that he's a candidate for president in 2016. He embodies the "complete package" of what Republicans are looking for in a dream candidate: telegenic family, conservative, military experience, charismatic, not too intellectual / "elitist", able to follow "the script", a common guy you'd love to have a beer with. He simply comes across as a likable guy. You can bet that he is quietly being groomed for 2016, which means that the GOP might run a sacrificial lamb in 2012 to "flush the field" (a la 1996, when Senator Bob Dole finally got his chance to run for an office he had little chance of winning). I'm predicting a Mitt Romney / Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney / Bobby Jindal ticket in 2012. The conservatives in the party will obviously have a problem with Romney's Mormon faith, thus why he will need a running mate that excites the base. But it won't be enough to win, which is okay for the party operatives. In 1996, Dole was the sacrificial lamb so that the Republican "dream candidate" of George W. Bush could be pushed on the American people four years later.
Watch for the "rollout" to begin in 2014, with a book and a high profile media blitz, where political pundits will gush that he's "the next Ronald Reagan" and how presidential he looks. He'll be viewed as "the great hope" of the Republican Party for recapturing the White House. Once President Obama cleans up Bush's mess and restores our Republic on solid footing, the Republicans will be rested and ready to once again fuck over our country with what they hope is another dimwit politician (like Ford, Reagan, and GWB) to do the bidding of big business. Hopefully, Senator Brown is a conscientious, ethical man who can see through the machinations of his party's standard operating procedure. If he can keep the worst elements of his party (neo-conservatives, fundamentalist Christians, corporate capitalists) at a safe distance, he wouldn't make a bad president.
However, if he is the likely nominee in 2016, then the Democrats would be wise to run our own version of a "dream candidate": Governor Martin O'Malley, who has even better experience than Senator Brown (two terms as Mayor of Baltimore, and likely two-terms as Governor of Maryland). It would be awesome, indeed, to see such a match up for the November 2016 election. Conservatives who made issue of Obama's "lack of experience" in 2008 with claims that Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's terms as mayor and governor made her "more qualified" because she had executive experience, will likely have selective amnesia as they throw their support behind Senator Brown, who lacks executive experience. Suddenly, "legislative experience" will matter more if the Democrats run a candidate with 16 years of executive experience (and no legislative experience). You can count on the Republicans to twist things again, because they always do. "Black is white, war is peace, 2 + 2 = 5, we were never at war with Eastasia, we were always at war with Eurasia" (all famous quotes from George Orwell's 1984). Conservatives are good at pretzel logic and doublethinking.
You want someone with executive experience? Well, we got a star quality politician in Governor Martin O'Malley. Who do the Republicans have? It's interesting that they are running several female politicians in high profile races (governors of South Carolina and California). They seem to prefer looks over intellectual depth. Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann of Minnesota is one such example. Then there is the daughter of Dick Cheney, hoping that a "pretty face" can disguise the ugliness of her father's evil designs on our country. All these "pretty" Republican women running for various offices is likely to give Rush Limbaugh a hard-on, as he gushes on his show that his party continues to have "the babes on the ticket." On a positive note, the more women the Republicans have in elected office, the less likely they will put all their hopes and dreams into Sarah Palin's fading star.
Anyhow, enjoy the video segment on Senator Scott Brown, the likely GOP nominee for president in 2016. In this video, he appears to be making a bid for "Father of the Year." While some may be "creeped out" by his close relationship to his daughters, I happen to think this is a good thing. There are studies which indicate that women who don't have a close relationship with their fathers are likely to be promiscuous, unstable, or wild as they seek attention from any guy who happens along. However, Senator Brown embarrassed his daughters on the night of his election victory (in January, which feels like a long time ago now) when he blurted out that both of his daughters are "available." His daughter takes him to task in the video segment for his spontaneous outburst. He claims that he was trying to be funny. That's what I like about him. He seems genuine, rather than "scripted."
I would honestly hate to see such a likable guy become a monster for the Republican agenda of screwing the common people. From what I've read about him this year and seen in videos, he seems like a much better person than George W. Bush. In fact, if we must have a Republican president after the Obama years, Scott Brown is the only Republican in office today whom I would not mind occupying the White House. I consider him to be the most likable member of the political party that I despise more than any other organization in our country today.