Political Animal


January 26, 2013 10:50 AM UPDATED: Scott Brown issues a stern warning to his opponents: “Bqhatevwr”

By Samuel Knight

Late last night, Scott Brown indicated that he will run in the special election set to take place if John Kerry is confirmed as Secretary of State — an outcome that’s expected, given the cordial nature of Kerry’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee earlier this week.

At 9 p.m. on Friday night, Brown tweeted a simple “Yes. Get ready” — a cryptic message that could have been interpreted as zeal for the salvaged NHL season had it occurred at the same time last week.

But given the facts that Kerry’s hearing occurred the day before and that Brown comfortably defeated presumed Democratic nominee Ed Markey in a poll released that morning, it’s difficult to construe his exhortation as anything but a declaration of intent to run.

Then Brown didn’t necessarily do himself any favors by issuing an impromptu statement aimed at detractors.

Bqhatevwr,” he tweeted 46 minutes after midnight. As of publication, that was retweeted 1,367 times (his”get ready” tweet was only retweeted 84 times).

A minute later he clarified that he actually meant “Whatever,” then directed a sarcastic barb at a naysayer named Matt.

Your [sic] brilliant Matt” he exclaimed.

The tweets haven’t been deleted.

Welcome back to politics, Sen. Brown.

UPDATE: Brown has deleted the “Bqhatevwr”, “Whatever,” and “Your brilliant Matt” tweets. Bqhatevwr, Sen. Brown. We didn’t think they were that funny, anyway. Chuck Grassley, you aren’t.

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.


  • navamske on January 26, 2013 11:59 AM:

    Heckuva job, Brownie.

  • MuddyLee on January 26, 2013 12:04 PM:

    No surprise that "Cosmopolitan" Brown could not defeat Professor Warren - even in the South we know the difference between "your" and "you're" ....

  • Mimikatz on January 26, 2013 12:13 PM:

    Looks like he had a celebratory nip or two or three. Great start.

  • Patrick Star on January 26, 2013 12:26 PM:

    That will be the new war cry of impassioned conservatives around the country, in their quest to Take America Back, led by a poofy airhead Playgirl pinup boy, wearing a "ranch coat" and driving a pickup truck. It's Morning In America all over again!

  • Jasperinboston on January 26, 2013 12:36 PM:

    OF COURSE he's running. I've read innumerable pundit pieces since Kerry's name was floated speculating Brown wouldn't run. And my response as a life-long Bay Stater has been, HUH? The line of reasoning used by those who doubted he'd run was that he might opt for governor instead, because a loss in a special election "would probably end his political career." And while that's true, one could say the exact same thing about a loss in a gubernatorial run in 2014. Moreover, Brown's brand is stronger and fresher now than it would be in 2014 after eighteen months out of office. Finally, Brown doesn't exactly strike me as a policy wonk or managerial maven. Actually running a state is, I'd guess, a more demanding job than being one of 100 US senators. I'd don't think it's his cup of tea.

    At the end of the day, if you're a Republican in Massachusetts, you want to run in the lowest possible turnout election. Although mid-term elections (the Mass governorship is up for grabs in 2014) almost always feature lower turnout than presidential contests, SPECIAL elections feature lower turnout still. By my calculations the special election for Kerry's seat will occur sometime in May, or possible early June. By that time most of the college students will have gone home. Markey's got his work cut out for him. At this juncture to my eyes Brown looks like a moderately heavy favorite. Scarier still, a win for Brown would give him an additional 18 months of incumbency to buttress himself for the defense of his seat in the midterm election -- a contest, as if I needed to remind anyone -- where the Democratic majority will be holding on for dear life in the Senate. I REALLY wish Obama could have found another candidate for SecState.

  • c u n d gulag on January 26, 2013 12:58 PM:

    This is what happens, when someone decides to go "Martooni, for martooni," with Peggy Noonan.

    Her liver has ossified.

    Poor Scotti, he was like a Freshman Fraternity pledge, asked to outdrink the Sorority Senior Drinking Champ.

  • evodevo on January 26, 2013 1:01 PM:

    What Jasper said. I can't imagine a poorer long term Dem strategy, ESPECIALLY now that Harkin is retiring, to keep the Senate away from the Teabagger element than what they are doing. Obama had better get a move on, because time is running out.

  • Renai on January 26, 2013 1:01 PM:

    Kerry could have said no, they both were aware of the implications of his nomination.

  • Kathryn on January 26, 2013 1:07 PM:

    Good grief, is Scott Brown actually a college and law school graduate? This is depressing, Ed Markey needs to debate Brown ASAP, doubt Brown will be willing though. Is there anything more dispiriting than a cocky ignoramus, probably, but not by much?

  • Renai on January 26, 2013 1:21 PM:

    evodevo, there's been too much of bad strategy by the Dems, look at Reid's actions just yesterday.

    The Democratic Party isn't perfect but we are the opposition to the Republican undermining of our Republic. Who else can assume the unsavory task of thwarting this ideologically-gilded political power grab by the right?

    Yet, when there's a crack in the GOP's machinations, we watch while our Democratic leadership slam the crack shut, on our own foot.

    Wasn't this second term supposed to be different, less backing down, less compromise with non-compromisers, less of that joke known as bipartisanship? The examples so far are not promising.

  • FlipYrWhig on January 26, 2013 1:35 PM:

    Maybe, just maybe, John Kerry WANTS to be Secretary of State now, rather than waiting for the next Democratic president to start assembling a Cabinet.

  • mrs j on January 26, 2013 1:38 PM:

    Scott Brown always seemed like a wannabe, just like in that schmucky hairy centerfold he appeared in "in college." Riding around in a pretend truck. All the weird stuff he said at the podium that others can date his daughters.

    Demeaning the illustrious, educated Senator Warren during the debates, and thus demeaning/heckling all women.

    Hope voters remember the chauvanism/mysogyny of the man.

  • Steve on January 26, 2013 4:10 PM:


    So former Senator Brown has "fat fingers".

    I've typed worse things on a cell phone "keypad."

  • HMDK on January 26, 2013 9:04 PM:

    Steve, the fact that you can't spell either doesn't really make this LESS funny, quite the opposite. And why the hell did you put keypad in quotes? And if you would please stop using dumbass acronyms, that would help a big fucking deal.

  • HMDK on January 26, 2013 9:08 PM:

    Steve, the fact that you can't spell either doesn't really make this LESS funny, quite the opposite. And why the hell did you put keypad in quotes? And if you would please stop using dumbass acronyms, that would help a big fucking deal.