At this point, it seems, absolutely no one is disputing that Scott Brown was, at first, totally cool with being sworn in to the US Senate on February 11. So what changed?
The letter sent yesterday by Dan Winslow, Brown's attorney, says Brown decided to hustle after learning about "a number of votes scheduled prior to that date."
In which I ask whether liberals can possibly avoid hundreds of Coakley-esque talk-radio drubbings this fall. Please take a look.
Yesterday, the Herald's Howie Carr suggested that the Boston Globe had described Scott Brown's 1.1 million supporters as "thugs" and machete-wielding "goons." Now--after trying and failing to figure out the source of Carr's gripe--I have an explanation from Carr himself:
Alex Beam column referred to goons, postings on message board upped the ante to thugs, then thugs with machetes.
In today's Herald, Howie Carr calls for Scott Brown to be seated immediately in the US Senate--and accuses the Boston Globe of smearing Brown and the people who elected him:
It’s so heartwarming, to pick up the moonbats’ favorite broadsheet and
see yourself - and 1.1 million other Brown voters - described as
“thugs” and “goons.
There's a sharp column in today's Globe by Scott Ferson, Ted Kennedy's former press secretary, linking Scott Brown's election to the electorate's fetishization of "change" (see: the 2006 midterms, the 2008 presidential race, Scott Brown). Writes Ferson:
The passion for change has replaced political conviction.
Update: Herald editor Kevin Convey explains via email, "The piece didn't develop until after the election. Had it popped up beforehand, we would gladly have run it."
Today's Boston Herald cover story takes a fascinating look at Scott Brown's youthful modeling career--a period Brown would apparently rather not discuss, and in which he didn't yet have the average-Joe-with-a-truck persona that propelled him into US Senate.
Update: To her credit, Globe metro editor Jennifer Peter acknowledges that the paper should have explained this story's origins. "The Globe
has been vigilant in giving credit to news organizations," she says via email, "and--in hindsight--we wish we had done so in this case as well."
If you read Media Nation, the blog written by my friend and former colleague Dan Kennedy (who's also a assistant professor of journalism at Northeastern University and a regular panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press"), you know that Dan was personally responsible for getting would-be US Congressman Bill Hudak--who has some pretty extreme views about President Barack Obama--to retract his claim that he'd been endorsed by US Senator Scott Brown.
Yesterday on CNN's "Reliable Sources," Howie Kurtz and his panelists sized up the media's inattentiveness--until very late in the game--to the possibility of a Scott Brown win in that US Senate that belongs to the people, but was filled by Ted Kennedy for a really long time.
There's plenty of interesting stuff to ponder in the transcript of Kurtz's show, include WTKK-FM host Margery Eagan's theory that, with the Patriots out of the playoffs, Brown was the beneficiary of energy usually devoted to the team.
In which I discuss the Boston Haitian Reporter's savvy journalistic handling of the Haiti quake and its aftermath.
Please take a look--and also be sure to check out my colleague David Bernstein's sharp analysis of how Scott Brown became a US Senator.
When Scott Brown was elected to the Mass. Senate back in '04, a number of political observers--including me--thought his win suggested that then-Governor Mitt Romney might suceed in his quest to put Republicans in the state legislature. In fact, Romney's "Reform Team" turned out to be a gargantuan disappointment.
Ayla Brown's appearance yesterday on behalf of her father, would-be US Senator Scott Brown, is big news: the Herald gives it the cover treatment, and WBUR currently has a story hooked to Ayla's presser front and center on its web site.
The question is, why? Yes, Ayla is an "'American Idol' startlet" (per the Herald).
When the Globe profiled would-be US Senator Scott Brown last month, I asked whether the attendant description of Brown as "basically in favor" of abortion rights was correct. I also made multiple attempts to get an answer from the Brown campain, to no avail.
Now the Globe has followed up with a story that explores the abortion positions of Brown and his Democratic rival, Martha Coakley.
Interesting point to ponder in the wake of Martha Coakley's big win in last night's Democratic primary for US Senate: Coakley cruised to victory despite getting no endorsement help from Boston's print media. Remember, the Boston Globe (along with the Worcester T&G, its corporate sibling) endorsed Alan Khazei. And the Herald and the Phoenix went for Mike Capuano.