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Scott Brown: Not ready for prime time?

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown on "Face the Nation" on CBS.
Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown on "Face the Nation" on CBS.

Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown knows how to throw a political punch and rouse a supportive crowd. But Brown's somewhat awkward appearances on television and his responses to journalists' questions about his positions have liberal bloggers saying he is "not ready for prime time."

On Sunday, Brown appeared on CBS's Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer, where he explained he is opposed to President Obama's financial reform legislation because it would supposedly kill 30,000 jobs, although he could not explain how he come up with the figure.

This is the latest incident of Brown perhaps not having a complete grip on his talking points. But there have been other gaffes and mangled statements that give the impression Brown is not "ready for prime time."

To name a few:

  • Also in the Schieffer interview, Brown claimed that there has been "zero" talk of jobs since he arrived in Washington. "Since I've been here, I've heard zero talk about jobs," he said. Um, what about that "jobs bill" you helped pass, Senator?
  • When a Boston Globe reporter pressed brown to explain his opposition to the financial reform legislation, Brown brushed off the reporter's question this way: "Well, what areas do you think should be fixed? I mean, you know, tell me. And then I'll get a team and go fix it.''
  • In an interview on Good Morning America, Brown said it was "inappropriate" for Obama to make statements that Republicans who want to repeal the healthcare law should "go for it."
  • In response to the president's statement that Tea Party members should say thank you for their tax cuts under the stimulus, Brown said it was "sad."
  • Asked how long US troops would need to be in Afghanistan, Brown appeared not to understand the difference between "tactical" and "strategic," although he is a member of the National Guard. "I don’t know what the time frame is," Brown said. "I think certainly for the next couple of years we’ll be in this tactical, strategic effort.”
  • After a fundraising letter he sent fanning rumors of a Senate run by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was thoroughly debunked by Maddow, Brown told a radio audience: "I don't care, bring her on." 
  • After an anti-government extremist flew an airplane into an IRS building in Texas in February, Brown told Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto that anti-government anger was a factor in his election. "Well it's certainly tragic and I feel for the families obviously being affected by it," Brown said. "And I don't know if it's related, but I can just sense not only in my election, but since being here in Washington, people are frustrated. They want transparency, they want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things that are affecting their daily lives. So I'm not sure that there's a connection, I certainly hope not. But we need to do things better."
  • At Brown's first big-stage moment, the night he won the special election for Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat, Brown said his two daughters were "available," and reportedly told Mitt Romney that he wanted to set up his daughters with the former governor's sons.



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