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.