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About that Speech

So Scott Brown’s speech went on long. Big whoop. He had fun and was feeding off the crowd. His supporters clearly wanted his face time, they deserved it, and he gave it to them. He came off as he is: a regular guy, comfortable in his shoes, unconventional, letting everyone enjoy a moment they didn’t want to end. Maybe the conventional thing to do would have been to give a determined no-more-than-seven-minutes wavefest, but good for Brown doing whatever it took to embrace the crowd. Heck, I am envious: I wish I was there, and he could have bored me to death as long as he was giving a victory speech. I think folks across the fruited plains watching Brown’s speech (on Fox, since MSNBC cut away) would have come away from it thinking, yes, that was long, but this new U.S. senator is a very likeable and fun guy. And where some folks seem to be offended by Brown teasing his daughters, I saw it as a sign of affection, and as being perfectly normal: We parents of “available” kids in their late teens and early twenties have moonlight jobs as matchmakers (by the way, Senator, I have a son who would be perfect for Ayla)!

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