Martha Coakley’s string of campaign gaffes – all trivial – have diverted attention from her opponent, Scott Brown and his rather nutty voting record – he was one of three members of the Massachusetts legislature to vote against giving Mass. state employees who were Red Cross volunteers paid leave to help with rescue work after 9/11.
Just in time for President Obama’s visit in support of Coakley, a little bit of Brown videotape from 2008 has surfaced. It may help the voters focus a bit on the character of the would-be “Mr. 41.” (Can you imagine bragging about your intention to obstruct the public business?)
It seems that, in responding to attacks on Sarah Palin’s competence as a mother after the out-of-wedlock birth of her grandchild, Brown chose to mention the fact that “Barack” – as Brown referred to then-Senator Obama (well, at least he didn’t call him “boy”) had been born when his mother was 18 years old. When someone else added “and married,” Brown chuckled and said, “Well, I don’t know about that.”
Rich Yeselson nailed his one:
It’s like something out of a Victorian novel – denouncing the child for the “sin” of being born out of wedlock. Which is this case isn’t even true! Which makes the guy both a moralistic crackpot and a defamatory slimebag at the same time.
To put the matter slightly differently: There’s only one actual bastard in this story, and he was born to Scott Brown’s mother.
Update On the other hand, the Mass. Democratic State Committee has put out a hit-piece on Brown’s abortion record that crosses the line that separates mere hyperbole from flat-out lying. Brown sponsored a “conscience clause” amendment that would have allowed hospital workers with religious scruples to refuse emergency contraception to rape victims. That’s bad. But it’s not the same as voting to turn rape victims away from hospitals. Coakley should ask the State Committee to retract. And of course Brown should read the Constitution before he demands criminal prosecution for over-the-top campaign ads.