Scott Brown Bought His Truck to Help Transport His Daughter’s Horse

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

Frank Bruni reports a new fact in the Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) origin story. How and why did he acquire his “famous truck,” as he calls it?

As Arianna, the younger of his two daughters, told me, he originally purchased it not so he could haul lumber but so he could attach it to a trailer bearing her horse. He soon abandoned that plan. “It’s scary pulling a trailer,” he said, adding that he instead used the truck “for all of her horse stuff” and “it always smelled.”

Democrats made a hash out of their Brown counteroffensive — President Obama said, sort of clumsily, that Brown’s image was just that, an image, and “anyone can buy a truck.” As Bruni points out, Brown (unlike, say, Doug Hoffman) is really a successful politician with an enviable lifestyle. But the bumbling Democrats, led by Martha Coakley, had no idea how to turn that into a negative. And in the state where the Kennedys became (and remain) populist heroes, perhaps it was an impossible task.

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katahdin
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

Typical phony Republican. I remember when Fred Thompson ran for Senator from Tennessee. He rented an old truck, and had an aide drive it to campaign rallies. He would arrive in his luxury sedan, then climb into the bed of the pickup and talk about what a regular guy he was, when he had really spent his entire adult life in the “hardscrabble” cofines of Hollywood and Washington.
Bush did the same thing with his stage-set ranch. He had ten rented cows to make it look like a working ranch. He hasn't set foot there since he left office.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 4:42 pm

Republicans no longer sell policies or governance, they sell fantasy. The Scott Brown fantasy is easy-handsome fellah with a pickemup truck just wants some gee shucks old fashioned common sense. People want to believe in something-their religions have failed them, they are told constantly that their government has failed them, their jobs are at risk or gone, their savings, pension, and medical benefits are a willow the wisp. Why not believe in unicorns?


katahdin
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

Typical phony Republican. I remember when Fred Thompson ran for Senator from Tennessee. He rented an old truck, and had an aide drive it to campaign rallies. He would arrive in his luxury sedan, then climb into the bed of the pickup and talk about what a regular guy he was, when he had really spent his entire adult life in the “hardscrabble” confines of Hollywood and Washington.
Bush did the same thing with his stage-set ranch. He had ten rented cows to make it look like a working ranch. He hasn't set foot there since he left office.


Swami_Binkinanda
Comment posted February 23, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

Republicans no longer sell policies or governance, they sell fantasy. The Scott Brown fantasy is easy-handsome fellah with a pickemup truck just wants some gee shucks old fashioned common sense. People want to believe in something-their religions have failed them, they are told constantly that their government has failed them, their jobs are at risk or gone, their savings, pension, and medical benefits are a willow the wisp. Why not believe in unicorns?


RNSesq
Comment posted May 24, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

And Democrats just want to “Help people”. Well golly gee don’t you feel bad for the elderly and sick? PLEASE … WONT SOMEBODY THINK OF THE CHILDREN?!


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