In a blow to Scott Brown’s image as a moderate pseudo-Democrat, three of his staffers were caught on video chanting and doing tomahawk chops in a frat boy attempt to mock Elizabeth Warren.
Here is the video:
According to WCVB in Boston, the three men pictured in the video were Brown’s deputy Chief of Staff Greg Casey and Constituent Service Counsel Jack Richard, and GOP operative Brad Garrett.
Scott Brown replied to the video with a Romneyesque statement, “It is certainly something that I don’t condone. The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure.”
Compare Brown’s statement to what Mitt Romney’s campaign said about Ted Nugent’s remarks at the NRA, “Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from. Mitt Romney believes everyone needs to be civil.” Or what Romney said about Rush Limbaugh’s Sandra Fluke comments, “I’ll just say this, which is, it’s not the language I would have used.” Here is how Romney handled Donald Trump going birther right before a joint fundraiser, “You know, I don’t agree with all the people who support me and my guess is they don’t all agree with everything I believe in. But I need to get 50.1 percent or more and I’m appreciative to have the help of a lot of good people.”
For a man who is trying to run away from Mitt Romney, Brown’s response sounded an awful lot like Romney.
Scott Brown’s frat boy staff might have thought they were getting an effective jab in at Elizabeth Warren, but in reality the revealed Brown to be nothing more that the standard issue Tea Party Republican. Judging by the four recent polls that all show Warren leading Brown, the heritage attack is not working. Of course, this means nothing to Brown and his staff, who showed their racism by doubling down on a failed attack.
At this moment, Sen. Scott Brown is losing this election. He was dominated by Elizabeth Warren in the first debate, and this video confirms Warren’s message to voters about Brown. Scott Brown is still a Republican. He may be a Republican who votes with Democrats more often than his colleagues, but he is still a Republican.
Brown knows that Warren’s message to voters is a winner in deep blue Massachusetts, so his strategy is to destroy her credibility as a messenger. However, it is this video and his reaction to it that could destroy his credibility as a moderate.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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