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February 16, 2010

Scott Brown Challenges Obama to Basketball Game, and Wants to Make it Public, with Proceeds Going to Haiti

Oh my. He's putting it in such a way that Obama would have to be a total narcissistic dick to refuse.

But I think he'll rally himself to manage just that.

Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and his daughter, Ayla, say they're serious about their proposal to play hoops with President Barack Obama at the White House.

And now the father-daughter team is taking it a step further: They'd like the option of opening the game up to the public in order to raise money for Haiti.

"I think it'd be really fun. … I was thinking why not charge admission. It'd be a really good game knowing me and my dad — we're very competitive — and give all the proceeds to Haiti," Ayla Brown said Monday in an interview with ABC News.

Obama will refuse, because he worries -- properly -- that Ayla would beat him.

This is a bigger danger for Obama than for normal politicians. I don't like throwing around the word "fascist," but creating a fantasy of Dear Leader as an Idealized Superman is straight out of the fascist playbook. Mussolini, his supporters bragged, "wore out a new horse every day, and a new woman every night." (Or at least that was a bit of agitprop I saw in an Italian movie about the Mussolini days -- A Special Day that with Sophia Loren and, oddly enough, Dean Vernon Wormer from Animal House.)

Obama's nurtured that Cult of Personality fantasy image since he started running. And if Scott Brown, or worse yet, Ayla Brown made him look foolish... well, they can't have that.

Something else they can't have? Scott Brown competing with Obama for the Glamorous Handsome Celebrity Politician slot.


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