Brown’s twisted perspective

BROWN’S TWISTED PERSPECTIVE…. Yesterday, Joe Stack crashed a small plane into an office building in Austin, Texas. Stack, apparently a deranged man with a grudge against the government in general, and the Internal Revenue Service in specific, killed at least three people, including himself.

And while I have no real interest in the “debate” over the killer’s bizarre ideology, I couldn’t help but notice that Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) seems to think he can relate to the deranged suicide bomber at some level.

Appearing on Fox News soon after Stack flew an airplane into a building, Brown told the national television audience that he “feels for the families” affected by the attack. In the next breath, however, the senator added:

“I don’t know if it’s related but I can just sense not only in my election, but since being here in Washington, people are frustrated. They want transparency. They want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things affecting their daily lives. So I am not sure if there is a connection, I certainly hope not, but we need to do things better.”

Brown added that an incident like the one in Austin is “extreme,” but added, “No one likes paying taxes obviously.”

So, let me get this straight. An anti-government nut flies an airplane into a building and Scott Brown thinks the incident reminds him of … his own campaign? Indeed, Brown almost seems to be rationalizing the actions of a domestic terrorist, as if Stack’s murders can be understood if we just appreciate how “frustrated” people are.

This guy is a United States senator? Seriously?

Massachusetts, what hath thou wrought?

Brown is quickly proving himself to a dim-witted clown. He’s let the far-right adulation go to his head, so much so that Brown actually believes he deserves to be taken seriously. His transition into Republican Celebrity status would be easier if Brown had any idea what he was talking about.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.