With fiscal negotiations consuming Washington, Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick opted to use his remarks at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate to scold the "conservative movement, so-called," for "sapping the optimism out of our country," positing Kennedy as the quintessential optimist.
That led to Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., taking the stage in an unadvertised appearance, addressing Kennedy's widow, Vicki, and grinning, "I told you I'd come. Little surprise to everybody, isn't it?"
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