There's a saying that politicians are much like diapers: they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Is this because we tend to elect people that are easily corruptible and are ethical vacuums from birth, or is it because once in office, even the people with the best intentions are easily corrupted and become ethical vacuums? We'll never know. And so we elect politicians and then switch teams when things get tough and we think maybe a change will do us some good. This line of thought caused something of a sea change in American voting that was most visible when Massachusetts elected (of all things) a Republican to succeed Ted Kennedy in 2010. That man, Senator Scott Brown, is a far cry from those stalwart, corruptible Democrats who let everything go to hell. I mean, after all, he once posed nude in Cosmopolitan and recently filibustered a bill that would have given those serving in our armed forces a pay raise. These two occurrences, along with the fact that Senator Brown has put pen to paper to tell us his hardscrabble life story in Against All Odds: My Life of Hardship, Fast Breaks, and Second Chances might help us with that whole ethical vacuum origin story. Pick up a copy and take it to Barnes & Noble, 7700 W Northwest Hwy, at 12:30 p.m. where the Cosmo-approved hottie and Republican "breath of fresh air" himself will autograph that bad boy for you. Call 214-739-3643 for details.
Wed., Feb. 23, 12:30 p.m., 2011