This week in the Massachusetts Senate race, incumbent Scott Brown hits a half-court shot and the fans go wild! He picked up the endorsements of the former mayors of Boston and Worcester, both nominal Democrats. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Warren found her feet tangled a bit in tabloid Silly String while McDreamy himself got teed up as a rather amazing hypocrite. The New York Times has a decent wrap on the whole thing, although our old pal “Kit” Seelye is back on the beat, so that means that the tabloid Silly String gets pride of place over the fact that McDreamy — whose family income has better than doubled since he got elected, and who deducted $ 1401 worth of haircuts — is taking full advantage of a provision of the law he said he was going to Washington specifically to stop.
(If you need the historical 411 on “Kit,” please consult the 1999-2000 archives of the indomitable Daily Howler. If journos could be sued for malpractice, Kit would still be mowing Al Gore’s lawn.)
Okay, first of all, it was a helluva shot, and McDreamy’s got a right to be very proud, and to spread it around. Kid can play.
Second, the endorsements were from Ray Flynn of Boston and Connie Lukes of Worcester. I love Ray dearly, but he went completely around the bend on abortion and gay rights and on being ambassador to the Vatican, and now he behaves like a member of the Curial auxiliary fire brigade. And Lukes is the classic city-council nuisance who got lucky. Both of them were pretty good mayors, but Flynn won’t come back seriously to the Democrats until the party become pro-life, and I have no idea what Lukes is up to, although some dream of bipartisan Republicanism seems to be involved:”No party is sacred. If either party gains a disproportionate share of power, mischief results. Then mischief gets followed by gridlock, and then we’re all in danger. We’ve already reached that point in Massachusetts, and we’re getting there in Washington.” These are not significant endorsements, no matter what the New York Times tells you.
As to the Silly String, well, it seems that Elizabeth Warren…