The Karma of Dirty Politics
by Jerold Duquette
The “news” that Scott Brown imagines himself a frequent secret counselor to “kings and Queens” looks like a vivid example of political karma, but does it honestly reveal anything troubling about Senator Brown? If you are a Democratic partisan, it reveals plenty and none of it good. Granted, it’s hard to feel badly for Brown, who manufactured the so-called “Indian heritage” scandal out of thin air to discredit his opponent Elizabeth Warren, but for the few non-partisan observers paying attention to this stuff presently, it should reveal only the absurdity and rampant anti-intellectualism of modern American political campaigning.