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Scott Brown 1, Joe Biden 0

There's been a lot written about what Scott Brown's victory in MA meant and will mean going forward. I think his potential biggest impact was demonstrated today in comments Brown made regarding Biden's appearance on Face the Nation. Apparently, Biden had tried to make it seem as if Brown was a neophyte and unfamiliar with military law. Here is part of Brown's response (Hat tip: Jammie Wearing Fool):

"He's trying to give me a lesson on military law, and I didn't think it was appropriate," Brown told POLITICO. "And I thought he was off base when it comes to explaining to the American people that somehow I need a lesson on whether people get attorneys -- of course they get attorneys. There's a difference as to what type of attorney they're going to get and when they're going to get that attorney, and how are they treated, and what rights do they, in fact, get."

Brown said he is particularly incensed by Biden's remarks because he's served in the Massachusetts Army National Guard for more than 30 years and is currently the Guard's top defense attorney in New England.

"I know the military rules and regulations and procedures from A to Z," Brown said.

Brown seems to have a talent for making others politically tone deaf. During his campaign he made the untalented campaigner Coakley insult Fenway park and the unclean masses who identify with it. He made the talented campaigner Obama insult truck owners and suggest anyone can buy a truck when much of the country is struggling with the economy enough that new car purchases are inconceivable. Now he has somehow induced Biden to try to make us question his military legal knowledge only to discover that he is the National Guard's top defense attorney.

In some ways, he is like Palin. His opponents fear him so much they lose focus and attack first without thinking clearly about what they are saying or how it will make them appear. Only in the case of Brown there is less of a chance he will have a "I can see it from my house" soundbite. He is seemingly politically savvy, quick on his feet, and likable--and that is a powerful combination.


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Comments (19)

Joe violated or fulfilled i... (Below threshold)
914:

Joe violated or fulfilled if You will gaffe rule #1. Never commit gaffe's faster than Brother Barry can lose job's! Barry does'nt like competition. Look at Toyota..


Biden, (to quote Cousin Edd... (Below threshold)
ODA315:

Biden, (to quote Cousin Eddie) the gift that gives the whole year long.......

Wow, Brown looks better and... (Below threshold)

Wow, Brown looks better and better!

Then again, old Joe Biden who never lost an opportunity, to put his foot in his mouth is like shooting ducks in a barrel...

Joe Biden, still setting the bar for stupid is, as stupid does.

Biden's propensity for gaff... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Biden's propensity for gaffes is one of his trademarks. The guy always shoots from the lip, and is wrong at least as often as he is right.

But this one makes Biden look like HE doesn't understand that "unlawful combatants" aren't Mirandized and while they are supplied lawyers, do not have the same civil rights as domestic criminal defendants.

"without thinking clearly a... (Below threshold)

"without thinking clearly about what they are saying" -- Seems to describe pretty much everything Joe Biden utters.

This is just painfully embarrassing, especially coming on the heels of Biden's nutty accusation that Dick Cheney was "re-writing history."

Some folks have "the gift of gab." Biden has "the gift of gaffe."

Excellent comments and obse... (Below threshold)
Mike Dysart:

Excellent comments and observations -

Just for the record Palin never said she could see Russia from her house - that was Tina Fey on SNL saying it - Fey was making fun of Palin correctly commenting there are parts of Alaska where you can in fact see Russia.

Every time Biden opens his ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Every time Biden opens his mouth I'm reminded of Jerry Hubbard on "Fernwood Tonight".

I think I accidentally dele... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

I think I accidentally deleted the link.

"Fernwood Tonight".

In some ways, he i... (Below threshold)
Eric:
In some ways, he is like Palin. His opponents fear him so much they lose focus and attack first without thinking clearly about what they are saying or how it will make them appear.

Come on we're talking about the gaffe-a-matic making a gaffe. I don't think Scott Brown had anything to do with making Joe Biden lose focus.

Joe Biden is always out of focus.

I'm sure they will find a w... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

I'm sure they will find a way to make up a soundbite just like they made up the "I can see it from my house" against Palin. That was Tina Fay not Palin.

Exactly Jeff. You beat me t... (Below threshold)
Highlander:

Exactly Jeff. You beat me to the punch. The MSM was so successful in defining Palin last year, even some of our own absorbed the crap they were shoveling. I was, however, surprised that Dan attibuted the "I can see it from my house" quote to Palin rather that Fey.

If you see a "Scott Brown" ... (Below threshold)
Meiji_man:

If you see a "Scott Brown" Character on Saturday Night Live in a few weeks, you'll know the Left is worried about him running in 2012

Sorry for the confusion on ... (Below threshold)

Sorry for the confusion on the Palin quote. I was aware of the actual quote but didn't want to derail the Brown-focus with a long section. I see now that I probably should have. The actual exchange was:

Gibson: "What insight into Russian actions particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of this state give you?"

Palin: "They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

As you can see Gibson baited her by asking about proximity and Palin took the bait. I still feel it was a moment that just showed her inexperience in the national stage. What I would have preferred her to do would have been to rebuff the question about proximity and make a statement about standing up for freedom and sovereignty around the globe. (The original question was about Russian aggression towards Georgia.)

But I shouldn't have perpetuated the eventual outcome of her response by repeating the SNL quote and for that I'll take my lumps.

RE #12-13Agreed. ... (Below threshold)
P. Bunyan:

RE #12-13

Agreed. It's easy to understand that most Obama voters were ignorant enough to think Palin said that, but I thought Wizbang authors were better informed.

If there's one thing Joey i... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

If there's one thing Joey is good at, it's slinging bullshit.

Not to drag this out too mu... (Below threshold)

Not to drag this out too much, Dan, but you didn't quite get the nail on the head there. Palin actually raised the subject, not Gibson. The unedited interview (available at Newsbusters) makes that clear - here's some of the complete transcript, I have italicized the part that was edited out of the interview to make Palin look bad/uninformed/ignorant:

GIBSON: You believe unprovoked. [they are discussing Russia invading Georgia]

PALIN: I do believe unprovoked and we have got to keep our eyes on Russia, under the leadership there. I think it was unfortunate. That manifestation that we saw with that invasion of Georgia shows us some steps backwards that Russia has recently taken away from the race toward a more democratic nation with democratic ideals. That's why we have to keep an eye on Russia.

And, Charlie, you're in Alaska. We have that very narrow maritime border between the United States, and the 49th state, Alaska, and Russia. They are our next door neighbors.We need to have a good relationship with them. They're very, very important to us and they are our next door neighbor.

GIBSON: What insight into Russian actions, particularly in the last couple of weeks, does the proximity of the state give you?

PALIN: They're our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.

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the followup exchange re: Russia and Georgia was also edited out wherein Palin explains why she brought up proximity and how it relates to modern international relations and how they should differ from the Cold War (in other words, a brief, but informative answer that covered quite a bit of ground...and was cut from the interview to leave us with a seemingly out of nowhere, unrelated, moronic platitude). Just look how that exchange reads without the italicized part and without any follow up. Pretty bad, eh? And that's just how they wanted Palin to be seen.

Somewhere Dan Quayle is smi... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Somewhere Dan Quayle is smiling.

Palin: "They're our next... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Palin: "They're our next door neighbors. And you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska."

Yep, all you have to do is go to Big Diomede, which sits in Russian territory, and Little Diomede which is in Alaskan Territory...both separated by about a mile and a half of water.

You can also see Russia fro... (Below threshold)
olsoljer:

You can also see Russia from St Lawrence Island. The Yupik eskimo people are related to the Siberian Yupik. It is only about 75 miles across the straight. They frequently cross back and forth to visit family.




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