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ABC's ace interviewer Barbara Walters did not ask Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown where he would live in Washington, during Sunday morning's edition of This Week. But in a heartfelt tribute to the populist pickup truck that had become an instant symbol of his upstart campaign, Brown may have provided a clue.
"I will bring it down to Washington. It's a great truck. I change in it, I eat in it. I sleep in it." All of that adds up to "I can live in it," although that is the one thing he did not say.
But in truth, he could camp out in it for a while. He can park it in a reserved space in the Senate garage, safe from street criminals and ticket-writing cops. He can grab breakfast in the Senate cafeteria, clean up in the gym or the office (he says he's been promised Teddy's Russell Building suite for two years). And at day's end, he merely hops a down elevator and spends the night in his own personal mobile home.
In what might be the vehicular equivalent to helping a favorite old hound ease up at the end of life, Truck I, with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, will live out its days near the Capitol. And still-to-be-sworn-in Senator Brown further burnishes the campaign narrative of regular guy gets elected on his own terms. It's may be difficult to accuse a guy of "going Washington" when he sleeps in his truck. Meanwhile, back home, he can go to a local dealer and buy Truck II, simultaneously boosting the Massachusetts economy and the ailing American auto industry.
While we contemplate this political phenom and his iconic ride, let's not forget Brown's Jan. 28 challenge to the president delivered via Jay Leno: He and daughter Ayla, who plays women's hoops at Boston College versus, would go two-on-two against President Obama and a player to be named.
If the White House image-makers are smart, that contest won't take place anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The last thing this embattled president needs is Scott Brown's truck parked in the White House driveway.
See Annie Groer's first installment of the where-will-Scott-Brown-live saga.
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