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March 1, 2012

More on Brown on Kennedy

by at 9:58 am.

This is a must read from David of BMG. It basically outlines everything we know about Kennedy’s position, from his prior support for bills that were in front of him. It also shows why it matters, against the backdrop of a wishy-washy editorial in the Boston Globe.

David writes:

They go on to say that, yeah, Ted Kennedy probably would have lined up with President Obama rather than Scott Brown, but Brown “is allowed to interpret” what Kennedy said and did.

Well, yes and no. Yes, figuring out what Kennedy would have thought about an issue he never precisely faced necessarily involves some guesswork. But no, Brown should not be “allowed” to simply make stuff up, or to ignore the evidence we have about what Kennedy’s positions were.

And we do have some good evidence.

The rest of his post is devoted to pretty much the kitchen sink in terms of outlining what Kennedy supported in the past, and what that most likely meant.

The bottom line is, Brown is not allowed to just get away with any interpretation of either the language of the bill, as I have repeatedly written. or as as David says again

There is a difference between “religious beliefs” and “moral convictions.” Senator Brown, take note – words have meaning, and you are not free to take the Humpty-Dumpty approach of substituting your own interpretation when the plain meaning of the words differs from it.

or the language of Kennedy’s past letter to the Pope, the bills he is on record as supporting, etc. David has a very nice and factual takedown of Brown and his shooting from the hip - does anyone actually believe that Scotto did any research into Kennedy’s likely position on a bill like the Blunt amendment before putting together his shamefully exploitative radio ad? I didn’t think so.

5 Responses to “More on Brown on Kennedy”

  1. Jack Says:

    A habit of his.

    BOSTON — Republican Scott Brown wants Massachusetts voters to think of another telegenic politician when they step into the voting booth next month — Democrat John F. Kennedy, the brother of man he is trying to replace.

    In his first television ad in the campaign stretch to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by Edward Kennedy’s death, Brown shows a black and white newsreel of President Kennedy delivering a speech on the benefits of tax cuts.

    The image of JFK fades and is replaced by Brown, first in black and white and then in color, completing the speech.

    Brown defended the ad Wednesday, saying he and JFK share the philosophy that lower taxes can spark job growth.
    -snip

  2. Lynne Says:

    Such a classy guy…support super right wing crazy crap like Blunt, vote against jobs and more stimulus etc…then evoke Ted and JFK.

  3. Tim Little Says:

    I guess this just proves that it *is* “Kennedy’s seat” after all. ;)

  4. Joe S. Says:

    Let’s clarify the JFK tax position. Yes, he was for lowering taxes, although enactment did not occur until months after his death.

    But the top tax rate at the time was 91%, and the “lowered” rate was 77%. Brown should not be allowed to conflate the two positions.

  5. Lynne Says:

    Never in all my years seen so much fail in one person in such a short amount of time.

    Unless maybe we’re talking Bush’s war in Iraq.

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