My new favorite source of screen shots has outdone itself, with this post and headline The first senator of the reality show era:
Brown’s arrival reflects a fundamental change in American politics, the most complete embodiment of an ethic shaped by reality TV in which there’s no such thing as overexposure and no real line between public and private….
The Brown family reality show isn’t the slick “Real World” or the freak show “Jersey Shore.” Boston political commentator Jon Keller describes it as more “Table for 12,” the new show that seems set to inherit the larger-than-life, middle class normalcy after “Jon & Kate Plus 8” spun out into tabloid sex scandal. The Brown’s live ordinary lives, only entirely in public, in the embodiment of the ordinary, middle class Boston suburb, Wrentham.
In reality, other than a 25-year old Cosmo photo shoot and music video, we really didn’t know much about the Brown family. Ayla was on American Idol, but so what? Mrs. Brown (Gail Huff) stayed away from the campaign because she was a TV news reporter, and her old music video only came out of hiding after the election.
The real narrative of this election was the issues-based campaign Brown ran. Brown campaigned on being the 41st vote against Obamacare, cutting taxes, and strong anti-terrorist policies.
There was nothing “reality show” about the Brown campaign. So don’t try to “Palinize” Brown and his family after the fact.