Friday, July 16, 2010

Does Scott Brown want to be President?

Does the bear shit in the woods, and is the Pope both Catholic and hoping to protect his brother (Georg Ratzinger, former director of the scandal plagued Regensburger Boys Choir) from accusations of facilitating child abuse?

Okay, forget Georg and the boy buggering — you can research that on your own, and form your own unsubstantiated conclusions based on the wonderful "free information" of the internet. For reasons not too hard to imagine, I have plenty of doubt about anything I read on the internet. One definition of "free" is "devoid of value."

As for Scott Brown, though, all you have to do is look at him to see what an attractive candidate he can be. Hell, he's cute, winsome, and winning — and why anybody ever thought the unappealing Martha Coakley had a chance against him is beyond me. He's taking a chance, though — betting that intrinsic politico-sexual charisma can triumph over ideological (read Tea Party) nuttiness. Personally, I think it's a pretty good bet.

Brown took a big chance when he voted for the "finance reform" bill — but coming from Massachusetts, it doesn't seem like that much of a bad move. He's betting that, by 2012 or 2016, all the Tea Party bullshit will be revealed for the bullshit it is. Hopefully, he's got that right.

Frankly, though, I suspect he's more cute than smart. Listening t0 him talk on TV left me less than overly impressed regarding his general intelligence. On the other hand, this is the country that elected George W. Bush — but at least Brown will be surrounded by people from Massachusetts rather than Texas.

By the time we get some actual regulations out of the new financial reform bill, there's no telling who will be appointing the regulators. The most important question is just how toadying the toadies will be. Franklin D. Roosevelt, you may have noticed, has been dead for a long, long time.