Scott Brown Glad Elizabeth Warren Didn’t Pose Nude

Perhaps I’m misreading this, but I have a feeling that this quip could hurt Scott Brown in his re-election bid:

Republican Senator Scott Brown made a crack about Democrat Elizabeth Warren’s physical appearance on a radio show this morning.

Brown was responding to a crack Warren made in Tuesday’s debate, when the Democrat said that she “didn’t take her clothes off” to pay for college, a reference to Brown’s famous nude spread in Cosmopolitan magazine decades ago.

Asked by the WZLX disc jockey for a response, Brown said “Thank God,” which elicited laughter.

(…)

Democrats immediately pounced on Brown’s remarks.

“Senator Brown saying ridiculously ignorant, rude, sexist, and false things? Weird, that never happens,” Julia Leja, the finance director for the Massachusetts Democratic Party, wrote on Twitter, adding an expletive for emphasis.

The morning show that Brown appeared on looks to be your typical rock station morning show, so obviously there’s an element of humor here. Nonetheless, Brown’s in a precarious position to begin with as a Republican running for re-election in a Democratic state in a Presidential re-election year. I don’t expect this kind of comment helps him with female voters.

 

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Comments

  1. reid says:

    I could see myself making the same crack without thinking, then doing a big “D’oh!” (Not that she’s that unattractive….) Probably one of many reasons why I’m not in politics.

  2. Boyd says:

    On a somewhat related note, I giggled over George Will’s description of Ms Warren in today’s column (stealing from William F Buckley, Jr): she’s “a pyromaniac in a field of straw men.” Great line, regardless of its provenance or accuracy.

  3. Dean says:

    So, Elizabeth Warren can slam Scott Brown about something irrelevant, but he can’t fire back a retort?

    She opened the door, so her and her followers should be able to take it. Politics is a tough business. If she’s not tough enough to face the fire, she should get out.

    Many made Gov. Christie’s weight an issue, so if it’s OK to rip men about their appearance, it has to be OK to do it towards women since we are aiming for equality.

  4. John Burgess says:

    Not brilliant humor, perhaps, but humor nonetheless. If Warren and her folks can’t take it, then perhaps they should lay off the cheap shots. And yes, it does seem that a certain political spectrum suffers greatly from humor-impairment and makes the rest of us suffer as well.

    Is that some sort of Munchausen-by-Proxy sort of thing?

  5. bandit says:

    As soon as I heard the comment from Warren I thought the exact same thing.

  6. jfoobar says:

    While I lack photographic evidence to confirm, I suspect Ms. Warren might very well have been worth seeing nude when she was of college age.

  7. samwide says:

    @Dean:

    If she’s not tough enough to face the fire, she should get out.

    Any of you got any evidence that she was upset?

  8. MM says:

    @samwide: No, but it’s never too early to start the offensensitivity argument out.

  9. Ben says:

    In what sense is what he said sexist? If anything, he called her ugly. That isn’t gender-specific.

  10. Jay says:

    Tough. Warren started this when she cracked, “I kept my clothes on” when asking about paying for college in their debate. She opened up the door to this kind of nonsense, so she’s ripe to have some thrown back at her.

  11. Robert in SF says:

    I think that her comment wasn’t really meant to be taken as a visceral slam against him, and vice versa….I hope no one makes a mountain out a mole hill.

    If a female candidate had said this about a male opponent (the “Thank God” retort, I mean), no one would be batting an eye about it. We would all laugh and give her a high-five in support of her quick wit.

    But then, if he had said it an over-the-top, mean-spirited manner, really playing up that she was somehow repulsive, then that’s another thing…but this? I don’t think it’s a big deal at all!

  12. mantis says:

    So, Elizabeth Warren can slam Scott Brown about something irrelevant, but he can’t fire back a retort?

    Sure he can, and will be thought a jackass as a result.

    I love how wingnuts all believe that when one of their heroes says something dumb and gets flack for it, they all start whining “Oh, why can’t we say this or that.” You can say whatever you want, and people can respond however they want in turn. Deal with it.

  13. Moderate Mom says:

    I thought what she said was witty. I liked his response too. Nothing to see here, just the media trying, as usual, to make a tempest out of a teapot.

  14. carol says:

    Seriously, in 2008 Hillary and Palin were called a lot worse by the left wing. Lately, left wing pundits made a big deal out of Bachmann and Christie. Guess to them this is just politically correct and okay, God forbid, the nerve of Sen Brown making a comeback remark. The hypocrisy is suffocating. Independent voters will remember this.

  15. mantis says:

    Independent voters will remember this.

    Indeed. When they throw Brown out.

  16. Tom Hilton says:

    @Jay: Actually, Warren didn’t bring it up; the kid asking the question did, and she merely responded to that.

    @Ben: In the sense that women are judged on their appearance more commonly and more harshly than men are. The double standard is real; pretending otherwise doesn’t make it so.

  17. Terrye says:

    mantis:

    Do you really think it was okay for her to make that crack about Brown? Why not jump on her?

  18. samwide says:

    @Terrye:

    Why not jump on her?

    Golly, I hope his campaign points that out, and in that exact language.

  19. Bull. Yes, it could hurt him, but it’s BS that there’s a double standard here in the first place. She opened that door, and all of a sudden, it’s Brown that’s the sexist pig?

  20. Ben says:

    @Tom Hilton:

    Then shouldn’t a woman, more than anyone else, think that bringing up a photo shoot from 30 years ago that her opponent took part in, is completely and totally out of bounds? I would think that she is the one that the women’s movement should be pissed at right now. She is the one that made it an issue.

  21. mantis says:

    Do you really think it was okay for her to make that crack about Brown? Why not jump on her?

    I never shared any judgement on her comment. If I am to answer your question, you’ll have to define “okay.”

    Why not “jump on her?” Well, because some voters might think his making a comment about Warren’s looks a jackass thing to say. Maybe he doesn’t care about those voters. He should.

  22. Rob in CT says:

    :shrug:

    No substance here whatsoever.

  23. Northeast Elizabeth says:

    He said “God”? No wonder NOW and the radical left are upset.

  24. MBunge says:

    I think people are missing the point. Elizabeth Warren is not ugly and was probably more than bangable when she was a young woman but even if she were a complete dog, Brown was still being a jerk. Warren’s was, at worst, a humorous jab an her opponent’s youthful lapse in judgment. His response was to attack her physical appearance. One is considerably more rude than the other. If his response to Warren’s comment had been something like “That’s too bad. I might have liked to have seen that”, anyone who raised a stink about it would have looked petty and uptight.

    But then again, conservatives seem to have lost all understanding of the difference between provoking an asinine reaction from others and just being asses themselves.

    Mike

  25. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Ben: Ben, did you even read what Tom said?

    @Tom Hilton: To repeat:

    Actually, Warren didn’t bring it up; the kid asking the question did, and she merely responded to that.

  26. mantis says:

    It’s real easy.

    Warren made a joke about Brown’s choices.

    Brown made a joke about Warren’s looks.

    Which do you think voters will find more offensive?

  27. Anderson says:

    Warren’s was, at worst, a humorous jab an her opponent’s youthful lapse in judgment. His response was to attack her physical appearance. One is considerably more rude than the other.

    I had thought this obvious, till I saw this thread.

  28. G.A.Phillips says:

    anyone else notice that when someone uses wingnut in a comment they get like ten extra likes?

    Maybe someone has like ten extra WOW bot puters hooked up in their basement for farming gold and rigging the vote?

  29. sam says:

    wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut wingnut

    or, just plain ol’

    GA

    That oughta be good for a bazillion thumbs-up.

  30. Judge says:

    @Ben: @mantis: Why would Warren even go there to begin with?