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Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown
Scott Brown. He comes by that vacant look naturally.
Scott Brown must be feeling the need to shore up his whack-job, Republican bona fides. See, he's had two turncoat Democrats endorse him this week, Ray Flynn and some guy you haven't heard of, but who's a Democrat nonetheless. With that out there, Brown probably figured he'd better send the message he's still on the wingnut bandwagon, so he cooked up a grand conspiracy theory about how letting everybody register to vote is a plot to make him lose. Really.
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At issue is the fact that the state of Massachusetts hasn't been complying with federal law, the National Voter Registration Act (Motor-Voter). States are supposed to give residents the opportunity to register to vote when they get a driver’s license or apply for social services. Massachusetts hasn't been doing that, so a number of voting rights groups filed a federal lawsuit alleging the state was in violation. The suit was brought on behalf of a woman who had applied for assistance from the state but wasn't offered a chance to register to vote. One of the groups suing was Demos. Elizabeth Warren's daughter, Amelia Warren Tyagi, is on the board of directors for Demos.

And there is Scott Brown's conspiracy.

I want every legal vote to count, but it’s outrageous to use taxpayer dollars to register welfare recipients as part of a special effort to boost one political party over another. This effort to sign up welfare recipients is being aided by Elizabeth Warren’s daughter and it’s clearly designed to benefit her mother’s political campaign. It means that I’m going to have to work that much harder to get out my pro-jobs, pro-free enterprise message.

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Yes, it's outrageous that the law says everybody who is eligible to vote should be given every opportunity to do so. Who thought that up? A bunch of lawmakers in the world's greatest representative democracy? Obviously, the point of voting systems, if you're a Republican, is to make sure as few people as possible vote, particularly those kind of people. That's obviously the only way to win, since it's not going to be happening on the strength of your ideas.

Scott Brown, the guy who's deluded enough to think he's so critical to the functioning of government that he's in demand with foreign heads of state and this nation's leadership also thinks a federal law passed in 1993 was intended to benefit his opponent's campaign in 2012.

What a maroon. Getting rid of him won't just upgrade the Senate, it'll raise its collective IQ by leaps and bounds.

Make the Senate smarter. Please donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:18 PM PDT.

Also republished by Massachusetts Kosmopolitans and Daily Kos.

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