Thursday, October 06, 2011
Quote of the Day
-- Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown's response when it was mentioned that consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren didn't "take off her clothes" to pay for college
Brown's comment came while he was joking around with a DJ during a live call-in to a Boston radio station this morning. While I'm generally the first one to defend someone's right to make a stupid, even offensive public comment in the name of getting a laugh -- or really, just for the hell of it -- there's a caveat to that. You forfeit that right when you decide to become an elected official who ostensibly represents a large group of people who expect you to conduct yourself in a responsible manner most of the time, one befitting the respect your position commands.
In other words, Scott Brown isn't a stupid frat-boy anymore and he damn sure isn't a comic, obviously. Ergo, he shouldn't behave like either; he should conduct himself like a freaking United States Senator, and that means laying off the sexist cracks.
I never gave a crap that Brown posed for Cosmo 30 years ago -- the impetus for this morning's on-air bro-fest between him and the DJ -- but insulting Elizabeth Warren based on her looks is beneath him.
Well, it's beneath his standing -- it's apparently not really beneath him.
Stay classy, asshole.