Perhaps the oddest anecdote from the whole Todd Akin Agonistes sideshow was the one reported in The New York Times Wednesday by Katherine Seelye, who relates how Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) "distanced" himself from Akin, causing his sense of self-regard to swell to epic proportions of total bro:
“Gail and I were laying in bed last night and talking a little bit, as we do every night,” he said, “and I said: ‘Honey, can you imagine? Here I am, Scott Brown from Wrentham, and I’ve got a truck that’s got 238,000 miles on it and, you know, something like this comes up and I’m the first guy in the country to even bring it up and tell the guy to step down,'" Mr. Brown said.
What kind of person talks like this? Mostly people in Aaron Sorkin television shows, where it would be highly likely that you'd encounter people who use their truck as their guidestar for solving the maddening political quandaries of modern life. Also very Sorkiny? Basking in your own reflection after you've cleared the lowest bar possible for being a reasonable human being -- that is, communicating the fact that Akin's comments on "legitimate rape" were, you know, reprehensible.
He said his denunciation of Mr. Akin’s comments was “really kind of amazing, kind of eye-opening” and “led to other senators and other people and other groups to say, you know what, that conversation has no place in the public discourse.”
Yes, truly, without Scott Brown, his truck, and his Wrenthaminess, we might all be seriously considering the merits of Akin's claim that women have emotional vaginas that know how to instinctively destroy a rapist's semen with powerful witchcraft.
At any rate, this is about as close as anyone has yet come to depicting Scott Brown's family life:
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