Folding Laundry

June 21, 2012

If you haven’t seen the latest Scott Brown commercials you are in for a bizarre treat. Two commercials present our junior senator as a stay at home dad who took care of the kids while his news reporter wife went out and covered snow storms. They show Brown as a loving dad who dotes on his two daughters, does chores like folding the wash and most of all adores his wife. Nothing wrong with that.

Then there’s the kiss. At the end of one of the commercials Brown approaches his wife Gail Huff and we see her lean back as our senator gives her a loving kiss. What this has to do with national politics, public policy and representing the people of Massachusetts I have no idea.

I sat through the commercials with my mouth open trying to comprehend what I had just seen. What was Brown and his handlers thinking when they put these two puff pieces together? Do we want a Senator in Washington who knows how to fold wash? Do we want a Senator who is a good kisser? I DON’T THINK SO.

I presume that the commercials are designed to attract the women’s vote by showing Scott as a regular guy who unlike his opponent, Elizabeth Warren, a professional woman from Harvard, puts his family and his marriage above all else.

I may be wrong and completely out of touch with female voters in Massachusetts but the women I talk to are are offended by the commercials and see them as pure and simple political vanilla.

This nation is in deep trouble and what we get from Senator Brown is laundry duty and kisses on the couch.  We voters deserve better, but the commercials keep running so somebody in the campaign inner circle is convinced that these homespun vignettes will work to turn female voters on to Scott.

Maybe Scott should have added a third commercial in which he re-enacts his half-naked pose on a mink rug to show his manliness as he did during his college years.

I know that the voters in this state are smart and demanding of their politicians and these corny commercials only degrade the political process.  That’s if for today’s blog, I have to fold the laundry.



The New Savior of Massachusetts Democratic Politics

September 19, 2011

Elizabeth Warren, President Obama’s consumer finance and protection guru, has entered the race for the US Senate seat currently held by Republican Scott Brown. Within days of her announcement, Warren was at the top of the polls and the darling of the press and liberal Democrats.

Warren, a Harvard Law professor, not only adds a capable and intelligent woman to the field of Democratic candidates, but also adds Washington experience fighting the fight against Republican intransigence and their over the top support for big banks and credit card companies.

Although there are other candidates in the field, it is Elizabeth Warren who has the star power and the media interest. Already the national media has anointed her as the only Democrat capable of beating Scott Brown. Brown is the solid favorite to win a full six year term, but the Democrats are counting on Warren to make the case that the guy who drove a pick-up truck to victory is no champion of the middle class, but instead is a crony of the rich and powerful.

Warren, however, is untested as a candidate. She has already made a few minor miscues in her talks with pundits and her ability to get through the hard slog of a campaign is yet to be determined. Some say that Warren does not have the ability to appeal to male voters, especially the union guys in the state who went for Brown, against their self-interests.

Just because Warren is the darling of the media does not mean she is the darling of the voters. The other guys in the race for the Democratic nomination will not be pushovers and will quickly point out that Warren is an elitist academic who really cannot connect with everyday people.

There is no doubt that the Democrats in this state and around the country see this race against Scott Brown as winnable and critical. Taking back the Kennedy seat is a must if the Democrats are going to show the nation that they still have the ability to appeal to the voters on liberal issues. Watch Elizabeth Warren and watch this Senate race. The Democrats will pull out all the stops.

The End of a Dynasty

February 3, 2010

The election of Scott Brown as the new Senator from Massachusetts was not only significant in the message it sent to Democrats and to Washington, it also marked the end of the Kennedy dynasty in American politics. Since the post-World War II era Massachusetts has always had a Kennedy in office either at the state or national level, and on occasion there were multiple Kennedys in positions of governmental prominence.

But those days are now over – the Camelot of John and Jackie is gone, the excitement over young John John possibly becoming a successor to his father is gone, and the charismatic Bobbie and the Liberal Lion of the Senate, Ted are both gone.

There are scores of Kennedy cousins, but there doesn’t appear to be any interest on their part in running for office or beginning to rebuild the Kennedy dynasty. There is the Kennedy Presidential Library and the soon to be constructed Kennedy Senate Institute to house Ted’s papers, but that is what is left from this unbelievable run of political power – just memories, artifacts and official papers.

The fact that so many Massachusetts voters joined Scott Borwn when he said that he was running for the “people’s seat” not the “Kennedy seat” shows that the loyalty toward the family and the mystique of the Kennedy power are gone. What is also gone is the collective memory in Massachusetts of all the good the Kennedys did for this state and the country.

All dynasties come to an end whether in sports, entertainment or politics; and so to with the Kennedy dynasty. But oh what a run! The Kennedys gave us everything we might want in a family of global influence – glamour, controversy, scandal, tragedy, good deeds and most of all, hope for a better tomorrow.

The Kennedys will always remain a vital part of our history, especially here in Massachusetts, but that is all there is now, just history.