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May 5, 2011

SCOTT BROWN'S IGNOMINIOUS STUMBLES.... Maybe the Senate Armed Services Committee isn't the right place for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

US Senator Scott Brown is retracting statements he made earlier today, when he told several news outlets that he had seen photos of Osama bin Laden's dead body as part of an official briefing.

Brown made that assertion in an interview with NECN today to bolster his argument that the photos should not be released to the public.

"Let me assure you that he is dead, that bin Laden is dead," Brown said. "I have seen the photos and, in fact, we've received the briefing and we'll continue to get the briefings."

Brown echoed the sentiment in a separate interview with Fox-25 TV. "Listen, I've seen the picture," Brown said. "He's definitely dead."

It seemed odd that Brown had seen the images before anyone else in the Senate. As it turns out, he didn't.

The Massachusetts senator apparently saw doctored photos that were circulating on the Internet, and assumed they were true. They weren't. When he told reporters, "I have seen the photos and, in fact, we've received the briefing and we'll continue to get the briefings," the clear implication was that the images were part of the briefings. That wasn't true, either.

Brown just doesn't know what he's talking about.

In the same interview with the local Fox affiliate, Brown expressed frustration that "someone" leaked word of his request to be deployed to Afghanistan, and complained that he has to "talk about it now." And who, pray tell, leaked the story to the media? That would be Scott Brown -- the same person now complaining his own leak.

Brown has only been in office a little over a year, and during that time, he's made demonstrably ridiculous remarks about the stimulus, financial regulatory reform, health care, economic policy, energy policy, and foreign policy, among other things. It's tempting to think, at a certain point, he'd develop an unflattering reputation.

I'm sure Brown is a nice person, but it's hard to deny the fact that as a member of the Senate, he's in over his head.

Steve Benen 10:10 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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I am certain that the media in Mass have been diligent in informing the voters about their recent choice to replace Ted Kennedy!

OH; Brown is way ahead in the polls? Never mind. . .

Posted by: DAY on May 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

Being in over ones head is a huge plus in the Republican Party.
Can you name one who isn't lately?

It means he'll be in a leadership position soon.

And probably a Presidential candidate in the near future.

I'll put money down that if this clueless asshole is still in the Senate in '16, that he'll run for President.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on May 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

But he has such a pretty head, even if it is up his ass most of the time.

Posted by: rrk1 on May 5, 2011 at 10:15 AM | PERMALINK

As a senator, he's demonstrating himself to be a hell of a centerfold.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on May 5, 2011 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

In-over-head-up-ass has a certain ring to it. Hmm.

Posted by: MattF on May 5, 2011 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

Brown is a virtual shoo-in for re-election, which makes all of this doubly distressing. When the most reliably Democratic state in the Union can't find anyone better than a sub to pit against this airhead, there's a fairly profound problem. In Arizona where I live, the problem has grown acute with majors like Janet Napolitano being disabled by constant negative attention about her appearance and supposed sexuality. Apparently the secret for Repubican success is to find physically attractive empty suits and let our television-addled citizenry assume democracy is just another reality-TV show.

Posted by: walt on May 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Yo, Mass? WTF were you thinking>

Posted by: beep52 on May 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Perhaps Senator Brown was talking about Franco?

Posted by: berttheclock on May 5, 2011 at 10:21 AM | PERMALINK

I'm laughing about Scott Brown complaining that his "request" to be sent to Afghanistan was leaked. More likely, he got in a heap of trouble for advertising that a sitting US senator would be "on the front lines" in Afghanistan.

What a maroon.

I only wish my fellow Massachusetts voters were smart enough to realize what a complete lightweight they elected to replace Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: karen marie on May 5, 2011 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

"physically attractive empty suits"

How dare you, Sir, disparage the "good name" of Saxby Chambliss. Why, he looks ever so much a Solon than the baggy pants guy he ran against. Geez, having baggy pants and trying to win a re-election. Strange learning how much those pants cost him. No football knee, he.

Yes, indeed, many an empty suit ordered from Central Casting by the RepuGs.

Posted by: berttheclock on May 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM | PERMALINK

It is becoming clear that intelligence is not part of the equation when it comes to being elected to office. It also appears that the lion's share of flat stupid congressmen are Republicans. That says volumes about the citizens who elect them.

Posted by: T2 on May 5, 2011 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

As a photographer, I can assure you that photographs are always a highly accurate representation of reality.

Posted by: puravida on May 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

I'm not sure he is a nice person. If he were a nice person, he would be caucusing on the right (that is, left) side of the aisle.

Posted by: ManOutOfTime on May 5, 2011 at 10:38 AM | PERMALINK

We worked the phones for Martha Coakley and from those days I can assure you , again , the idea of Massachusetts as a wild eyed leftist laboratory of mad shoshalists is whey overstated . Only the cheesiest of analysts would , after experiencing the domination of the House and Senate leadership through the nineties and aughts , suggest a leftish winger disposition .
If olfactory memory serves it was Weld , gamblin' Paul Celluci , mama Jane Swift , in numbing succession at the Corner Office . A concoction of giddy privatization actions , the loony scheme oroonies , from serious conservatives . Schemes which serves the friends of Paul , Bill , and Jane , but left the formerly reliable execution of fundamental management to profit motives . Such things as providing the administration of the government run health care initiative called "MassHealth" are still acceptable , but needing to deal with a government entity served by an "absentee" contractor is , plainly , stupid .

Posted by: FRP on May 5, 2011 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

A little bit of "lights on, nobody home"

Posted by: nenabeans on May 5, 2011 at 11:02 AM | PERMALINK

So many equate Massachusetts with liberalism, yet, who was their governor during the Boston Police strike of 1920? None other than Calvin Coolidge who ordered National Guard units into breaking the strike and the union.

Posted by: berttheclock on May 5, 2011 at 11:17 AM | PERMALINK

"I'm sure Brown is a nice person, but it's hard to deny the fact that as a member of the Senate, he's in over his head."

I'm sorry, this is the same US Senate that has housed complete fools and morons for more than 2 centuries? I think Brown is exactly the kind of person that the Senate has traditionally welcomed. I expect he'll hold that seat until he dies in 40 years.

Posted by: Jim Pharo on May 5, 2011 at 12:28 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, I was thinking it too; President Material!

He is a perfectly inept match!

Posted by: Trollop on May 5, 2011 at 12:41 PM | PERMALINK

Scott Brown a self serving jackass visibly lying through his teeth? Shocked, I am.

Posted by: Bethie on May 5, 2011 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

As a resident of Massachusetts, I often reflect that if this is the most liberal state in the union, I am seriously worried about the rest of the country.

Posted by: Rugosa on May 5, 2011 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Yo, Mass? WTF were you thinking

Hot daughter. Nice truck. Frequent mentions, and appearances, on sports-talk radio.

Did I mention the truck?

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on May 5, 2011 at 3:09 PM | PERMALINK

"I'm sure Brown is a nice person, but it's hard to deny the fact that as a member of the Senate, he's in over his head."

No kidding, and his next opponent won't be Martha "I Hate Fenway" Coakley. Good luck, Zoolander.

Posted by: max on May 5, 2011 at 4:08 PM | PERMALINK
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