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High-Fives and Dope Slaps: Nice try, Scott Brown, but you can't fool Red Sox fans

Posted by Alex Pearlman  April 17, 2012 09:10 AM

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ann romney stay at home mom.jpgBy Jeff Fish

In honor of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary, I figured I’d start out with something Red Sox related; unfortunately it’s a dope slap.

But the rest of the week brought nothing but high-fives: to Ann Romney for busting her hump raising five sons, to Gov. Deval Patrick for a good bit of political irony, and to Mayor Thomas Menino for making news without actually making news.

Confused? You won't be once you read on.

Dope Slap: Scott Brown ad calls potential Sox move a mistake -- but he was the one trying to move the team. In a new radio ad, Brown congratulates the Red Sox on the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, saying, “There's been a lot of talk over the years about replacing the park, but that would have been a mistake.” What Brown fails to mention, however, is that he was the source of that "talk": In 2001, Brown suggested that the Sox should move to Foxborough, where Bob Kraft had ample room for a new baseball stadium, because the location would be more accommodating than Boston. And while that might be true, those words are blasphemous to most Red Sox fans.

But this dope slap isn’t for Brown's proposal; it's for the fact that he so blatantly brought the issue up and thought he could get away with no one noticing. The whole incident isn't a huge deal, but it definitely makes me shake my head.

High-Five: Ann Romney defends being a stay-at-home mom. The women’s rights movement encourages women to be part of the workforce, but that doesn’t give its supporters the right to put down women who choose to stay at home with their kids. And yet that's exactly what activist Hilary Rosen did when she said that Ann Romney “never worked a day in her life.” Romney fired back, saying that she chose to stay home and raise her five sons -- and that it wasn’t easy -- and other high-profile women like Michelle Obama and Elizabeth Warren have come to her defense.

I (probably like many) assumed that the Romney boys had nannies growing up, but apparently that's not the case. While I get that Rosen was trying to raise the point that many women can’t afford to be stay-at-home moms because, she thinks, of policies that Mitt Romney supports, she should have left his family out of it.

High-Five: Gov. Patrick praises Romney for Mass. health care law. To mark the sixth anniversary of the passage of Massachusetts' health care law, Patrick held an event at Faneuil Hall -- the spot where where Romney signed the bill -- and questioned why Romney distances himself from the legislation. “I sense that he's personally proud of [the law] because there's a facsimile of it that appears in his official portrait, which is hanging in the governor's office," Patrick said, according to The Boston Globe. "Why not be proud of something that has helped so many people?”

I'm not going to get into the whole health care debate, but I think it's funny that Patrick held this event. It seems a little unusual for a sitting Democratic governor to hold an event commemorating a Republican predecessor's accomplishment, but this event was a good way to call attention to the issue that's dogging Romney the most. Well played, Governor, well played.

High-Five: Menino may not endorse a candidate in Senate race. I always figured Mayor Menino would ultimately endorse Elizabeth Warren, but there might be more to Menino's lack of endorsement than meets the eye. According to a blog post by Simon van Zuylen-Wood on The New Republic, Menino has declined to endorse a candidate in past races, most notably in the race for governor between Republican and then-lieutenant governor Paul Cellucci and Democrat Scott Harshbarger.

As a prominent Democrat, Menino would never endorse a Republican, but refraining from endorsing Warren might be just as damaging as if he did. The lack of endorsement could mean a lower margin of victory than usual in Boston, which might help Brown win the rest of the state. Menino gets a high-five for not endorsing Warren simply because she's a Democrat.

'High-Fives and Dope Slaps' is TNGG Boston's weekly politics column, written by Jeff Fish.

Photo by Gage Skidmore (Flickr)

About Jeff -- I'm a senior at Suffolk University, majoring in journalism and political science. I'm the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper, The Suffolk Journal, and I did a six-month co-op at The Boston Globe. I love politics, reading, movies, TV, and anything pop culture. My mind is a font of useless knowledge.

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