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What kind of sitting US Senator talks like this?
“And I’ll be back tomorrow getting Mickey Ward’s endorsement. She’s welcome to come up to Lowell, if she can find it.” [bold is added]
This is the sort of nanna-nanna-boo-boo rhetoric that you see these days in politics. Mostly (though not entirely limited to) conservatives. (Never mind that Ward, as Jack’s post below mentions, rebuffed Brown after he figured out Brown’s voting history, just as the Brown campaign was planning on swooping into Lowell and getting his endorsement.) This also ignores that Warren was recently in Lowell at that very same gym Brown was heading to.
This mocking, churlish, childish and whiny kind of politicking was on full display last night with Clint Eastwood’s “surprise” (I’ll say) speech at the Republican convention last night. Where he did such things as pretend Obama, represented by an empty chair, told Mitt and Clint to go f*ck themselves. If you’ve been living under a rock since last night, you can go watch it here.
Brown’s been caught saying really childish and stupid things before. He consistently refers to his opponent as “Professor Warren,” and while at first glace that looks like a mark of respect, his entire campaign’s been built on painting Warren as an uppity but undeserving Harvard Professor. There are instances like Mitt Romney joking about no one asking to see his birth certificate, which has the double duty of dog-whistling to the bigot contingent of his party. I do understand, zingers abound on the campaign trail (though I do wish they’d all just leave comedy to the bears). But there’s a difference between a simple gaffe, a well- or badly-placed joke, and malicious rhetoric intended to belittle. There’s addressing real policy differences with humor, and whining because the other side calls you out on your policies and values. The difference really comes with how much hate and anger is put behind the so-called “joke” or comment. While most Democrats I know (pols and voters) just want to have a good substantive debate about the issues and what’s at stake - and I have evidence of this in how most of our primaries are conducted - it seems that most of the other side desires to obfuscate the truth with their “humor,” and drum up hate and anger.
I’m not a huge fan of Bidon and his foot-in-mouth syndrome, but frankly, I’d even take his stupid gaffe-generating humor over the insulting, asinine, hateful, and largely untruthful insults from the Republican candidates that only intends to bring out the worst in their followers. The worst, as in throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and saying “This is how we feed animals.”
You think those people were delegates at the RNC by accident? If you spend your time lying about welfare reform under Obama, as a dog whistle, and cracking jokes about birth certificates and elitist professors or producing an impression of “foreign” about your African American opponent, you should not be surprised when such awful incidents happen.
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