Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R-Laundry Folding) has apparently sniffed a bit too much Fabreze.
Yesterday morning he told
Jim Braude Chris Collins and Margery Eagan on WTKK:
“Each and every day that I’ve been a United States senator, I’ve been discussing issues, meeting on issues, in secret meetings and with kings and queens and prime ministers and business leaders and military leaders, talking, voting, working on issues every single day.”
(Full disclosure: I do a segment with Eagan and Braude every Friday morning.)
Brown’s delusions of grandeur led to two very different reactions by columnists at crosstown rivals Boston Globe and Boston Herald.
The Globe’s Brian McGrory:
Scott Brown’s fractured fairy tales
Scott Brown understands that the Burger King is just a restaurant name, right — not an actual person? And when he sneaks off to the Dairy Queen for an Oreo Blizzard, that doesn’t actually count as a secret meeting with royalty?
Be worried about Senator Brown. Be very worried. It looks like he’s becoming delusional, starting to believe — and worse, trying to convince others — that he’s far more important than any junior senator has ever been.
But the Herald’s Hillary Chabot knows what’s really going on here:
Brown had been asked about a lack of substance in his campaign.
“Sen. Brown was referring generally to private meetings with foreign and domestic leaders. He misspoke when he said kings and queens,” spokesman Colin Reed said.
The tall tale prompted immediate partisan reaction.
A-ha! It’s all just a Democratic ploy to exploit a slip of the tongue!
(To be fair to Chabot, she does quote several critics of Brown.)
Regardless, yesterday wasn’t the first time Brown bragged about rubbing elbows with royalty. Check out the second half of this video, which shows Brown on the Senate floor in 2010.
All the kings and queens wanted to talk about was jobs, eh?
Check your own job first, Laundry Boy.