A noticeable drop-off in quality

A NOTICEABLE DROP-OFF IN QUALITY…. Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-Mass.) offered an interesting peek into his worldview last night during his victory speech.

” In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.

“Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country.”

Perhaps now would be a good time to note that this is a Senate seat once held by John F. Kennedy, Ted Kennedy, Henry Cabot Lodge, and John Quincy Adams, among others.

It now belongs to Scott Brown — a conservative who supports torture, opposes Wall Street accountability, supports more tax cuts for the wealthy, opposes economic recovery efforts, opposes Ted Kennedy’s life’s work on health care reform, and doubts that global climate change is the result of human activity.

And says things like, “In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”

It’s admittedly tiresome to hear any political observer say, “In the good old days….” Those days were rarely as good as anyone remembers, and prominent thinkers of the day have been complaining about the next generation being less impressive than the last for as long as we’ve had the printed word.

But a once-storied Senate seat that belonged to Adams and Kennedy is now filled by a dim-witted wingnut, and that’s a real shame — for Massachusetts, for the Senate, and for all of us.