, Newburyport, MA


October 11, 2012

Judge a cover by its book


Beneath that surface?

1) Her role was to insure that settlements were made free of time- and money-wasting technicalities, which is why …

2) Lawyers defending the victims praised her, and why …

3) Victims now defend Warren against Brown’s superficial claims.

4) If Brown’s election gives the Republicans a majority in the Senate, those same companies will likely be free of the very regulations that made legal remedies possible.

Yes, let’s talk about having it both ways:

On the day after Romney won gold for his Olympic Etch-a-Sketch routine in Denver, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the national unemployment rate dropped to 7.8 percent, the lowest since the worst of the devastation wrought by eight years of a de-regulatory, Republican White House.

Predictably, Tea-publicans cried “conspiracy,” accusing the federal agency of cooking the books to favor the president.

Did they forget that BLS was the same agency that has provided the numbers they have often trumpeted against Obama? No way. They just don’t want the rest of us to remember.

Just as Scott Brown doesn’t want us to notice how he takes credit for supporting bills that he initially opposes until they are watered down — and initiating bills already introduced.

Or the chronological finesse of his references to “this three-and-a-half-year recession.”

Or his party affiliation, always insisting that he is “independent” and “bipartisan.”

Make that “in-state” insisting, as his appeals to wealthy out-of-state donors emphasize that his re-election could deliver a Republican-controlled Senate.

If so, say hello to the climate-change-denying Oklahoma senator as the next chair of the energy committee — and Wall Street servants as chairs of anything regarding finance, labor and occupational safety.

Among votes cast — with many Republicans reversing previous votes only to obstruct Obama — Brown has adhered to the Tea-publican Party line by voting:

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