Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, and the Sacred Cod of Massachusetts

Scott Brown, the loathsome incumbent junior Senator from Massachusetts, is now running for reelection. He (horribly enough) won Ted Kennedy’s seat two years ago, when the Democratic Party in Massachusetts was too lazy to run a campaign, figuring that they’d win in any case.



The Massachusetts Democratic party was wrong.



Scott Brown won by being cute (he was a Playgirl model) and riding around in a pickup truck (which he’s doing again currently) and being ingenuous, and pretending to be very much a man of the people.



Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate in 2010, did absolutely nothing to campaign for herself. She was smug enough to believe that the legacy of Ted Kennedy was enough to win the seat for her, even if she did diddlysquat to earn it.



The Democratic Senatorial candidate this time, Elizabeth Warren, is not making that mistake.  She is strong and smart and capable. She’s made a few missteps, but she’s a good person.



(I’m a Rhode Islander, so I’m not voting in that election. Our two Senators are firm and fervent Democrats.  But we Rhode Islanders are deluged with Massachusetts political advertisements, so I speak from knowledge.)



In his adverts, Scott’s usually driving around (yet again!) in his pickup truck, talking to “regular folks.” He even shows images of himself with President Obama, portraying himself as a Republican who can compromise with the Democrats.



(Don’t you believe it. He voted with his party most of the time over the last two years.)



But here’s the thing that irritates me the most: he’s been running ads about the local fisheries industry, about how “government regulation” has been destroying the Massachusetts fishing industry, and that he’s been fighting to protect the fishermen.



Fact: the fisheries outlook in the North Atlantic is bleak at the moment, because the North Atlantic has been entirely overfished. The trademark fish of Massachusetts – including the sacred cod – are now endangered. There is now officially a fisheries “disaster” in the North Atlantic.



If you like cod and haddock and suchlike, prepare to pay a lot more for them, or switch to salmon and tilapia.



And if you’re a Scott Brown admirer, remember that things are never as simple as they seem in a political advertisement.



And for you Massachusetts readers: vote for Elizabeth Warren, kids. You’ll regret it if you don’t.


About Loren Williams
Gay, partnered, living in Providence, working at a local university. Loves: books, movies, TV. Comments and recriminations can be sent to futureworld@cox.net.

3 Responses to Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, and the Sacred Cod of Massachusetts

  1. starproms says:

    Well I do love cod and haddock but I too have noticed that in England, the price of fish has gone up a lot! Our traditional fish and chips on a Friday night is no longer something you can buy for the whole family.

    • They say that, on Georges Bank in the old days, you could almost walk on the surface of the ocean, there were so many codfish swimming there. Now – they’re almost gone. They are trying to guard the stock, but there are just too many fisheries . . .

      I love cod too. I have learned to love tilapia, however. It’s a garbage fish, but with enough lemon and butter . . .

      • starproms says:

        Likewise, in the harbour at Lowestoft, England (on the east coast), it was possible to walk across from one fishing boat to the other. My great grandfather lived there in those times and had interesting tales to tell. For the most part, it was herring and there were so many that people, mostly women, were recruited to come down from Scotland and the North to help gut and prepare the catch. How interesting it is to compare with you the different aspects of our lives.

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