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Scott Brown breaks the centerfold ceiling

By Rachel Manteuffel

Everybody is talking about the importance of Scott Brown's win in Massachusetts, and everybody is missing the real story.

Scott Brown, current symbol of everything, has busted the centerfold ceiling. Long-forgotten naked pictures have surfaced nearly 30 years later -- We've got our first senator (that we know of) who posed nude for money -- and they’ve done absolutely nothing to a promising politician's career.

This is an opening clang for the future of politics in the era of Facebook, in which the list of proto-officeholders with nothing in their closets is going to be pretty skeletal.

The public record of private lives has exploded such that it's inevitable that some future Supreme Court nominee will be all over the internet, in photos forever archived from his youth, passed out drunk with something unprintable written on his forehead in sharpie. Or with a telling “LOL” in response to an extremely impolitic but funny video clip.

The finger-wagging prudes, instead of spending months figuring out if a public figure could ever be proven to have smoked marijuana, will be confronted with their own ill-advised foul-mouthed text rant aimed at an ex that somebody somewhere saved. Everyone will have explicit pictures, forwarded dirty jokes and heat-of-the-moment e-mails out there.

And when everyone's embarrassment is a Google search away, a candidate with a clean cache is going to be too unlike the rest of us to be trusted. The people who've been careful, who live their lives on the record in deference to their professional ambitions, are going to be left behind.

In fact, the Karl Roves of the future may well find themselves photoshopping their stodgiest clients into pictures of people mooning the Jets logo, or pouting in Halloween lingerie, or manufacturing failed American Idol bids. Oh, yeah, we'll think, I saw this guy on YouTube skateboarding into a wall. He's obviously learned a lot since then.

And the centerfold ceiling will be nothing but dust underfoot.

By Rachel Manteuffel  | January 21, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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People all their lives have walked on egg shells being cautious to make sure that their will be nothing to dishonor their family name. And now we have a newly elected Senator who posed nude for money. If this was a women she would have been branded a prostitute and pretty much run out of town. Running for public office would have been a joke. But this man comes to Washington to represent the whole of Mass. not just for those who voted for him but for those who did not.

Most important I find this to be offensive, immature and unforgetable decisions on his part. This person is now in a position to make decisions that will effect all Americans not just for those in Mass.!

Posted by: sun52shine | January 21, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Posing nude doesn't hold a candle to the actions of two previous holders of the Kennedy seat.

Posted by: jy151310 | January 21, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Clang! The religious right, those great
purists...keepers of the faith, et. al.

send us a Cosmopopitan CENTERFOLD nudie for a senator. Perfect. And we hear rumblings of more. Can't wait. Meantime,

can't you just imagine Scottie Brown and
Ensign and Vitter yucking it up in the hallways of the Senate?

Posted by: whistling | January 21, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

The good people of Massachusetts told pollster after pollster that they wanted to send a message to Washington. My! My! That message has been received loud and clear:


Congratulations, Massachusetts!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | January 21, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

You're so right, Rachel. People who have nothing to hide are nothing - that's hardly a political platform to run on.

Posted by: maybat1 | January 21, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Now that having posed for a nude centerfold doesn't exclude one from being a senator, isn't it about time that we stopped firing cops, firepersons, teachers, etc. for doing the same? Beauty pageant winners have been dethroned for posing for less revealing photographs. Again, the hypocrisy of the party of family values is staggering. At least Glen Beck has voiced some reservations about Brown’s morals.

Posted by: csintala79 | January 21, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

This story is a day late and a dollar short. That Centerfold picture has been around for years and was even on local television in Boston - before Scott Brown ever ran for the US senate. (I live in Massachusetts.) Check out the archives of the local public affairs series "Chronicle" on the ABC affiliate WCVB-TV in Boston. A while ago the station did an entertaining piece on a top modeling agency in Boston that once had Brown and his wife, WCVB reporter Gail Huff, as models in the early 1980s. There were some great photos of Brown and his wife who were then college students -including the Cosmo shoot. The modeling helped pay for their college educations. One of the Brown daughters has also worked for the same modeling agency. Great looking family.

Posted by: pjsilva | January 21, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

that's a relief. Now Carrie Prejean has a clear shot at elected office.

Go naked or Go home

Posted by: roboturkey | January 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Did you write an article about how we broke the Coke Ceiling in 2008 when we elected a president who had written openly about snorting cocaine?

I didn't think so.

After breaking the Coke Ceiling, the Centerfold Ceiling is simply unremarkable.

Posted by: JackESpratt | January 21, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What if it were a woman with a centerfold? Double-standard here????

Posted by: justaguy43 | January 21, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Senator Downtown Scotty Centerfold Brown.
In a truck... no less.
Congratulations, Republicans.

Posted by: Gracefulboomer | January 21, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm considered a senior citizen to a lot of people, was too young to be a hippie or to have enjoyed Woodstock, graduated high school with the resignation of Nixon, and I don't want to admit that I tried mj - so I won't. I have married, raised children,became religious, divorced, suffered Affirmative Action, paid for my own education as a middle-ager, question my belief system, saw the first man walk on the moon, and now suffer from sexism and ageism.

As far as nudity...we have all been young. We know the power and wonder of youth and beauty. As we age, we learn; however, that our value systems may NOT line up with everyone else's - that DOES NOT make them less than...just different. I learned that in my cultural diversity class.

It's just not that big of a deal. It's too personal for anyone else to judge. A person's idea about body image, sexuality, what might be viewed as pornograph versus just too subjective and personal. It should be left alone. Yes, it may have an impact at some point...but don't we let repentant murderers and alcoholics into our pulpits?

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | January 21, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

In Italy and in Brazil, the equivalent of currently-serving Congresswomen have posed nude. With better-looking bods than Brown's.

Posted by: chuck8 | January 21, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Politics and theater is the American Way.
We confound T. V. and reality all the time.
We can call that the naked truth? Remember the escapes of the current governor of California? hmmmmmmm

Posted by: peterroach | January 21, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't care what he did 20 years ago. I just worry about the impact his actions from here on out will have 20 years from now. But while his actions 20 years ago may have only impacted himself, the result of his actions over these next two years may impact millions of people for decades. Better get it right this time, Scotty.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 21, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

It is neat him and his wife are still together.Didn't John Kennedy Jr pose once in a magazine? It might have been his own magazine. I have a feeling there isn't a one sitting in Wash.D.C. could have made a picture at his age and looked as good. There is a picture one cosmopolitan. Seeing him today. He is special. The modern day Marboro Man and then some. Hearing him speak he was talking what a lot of people want hear. He must have a peputation preceding him because they have gotten quiet. Even the Prez is saying we must take it slow with the HCR. He was the one pushing it.

Posted by: sbhappe34 | January 21, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see how well the press keeps its mouth shut when the first woman with nude pictures in her past, or a Democrat comes along with an episode similar to Brown's while in college/law school.

Despicable, pus-filled corporate media. Protected their ad money from health insurance companies right up till election day. Their clients got their Senator Centerfold to be the 41st vote against health care reform.

The Old Republican Boys Club lives on, and the media is right there to protect it as always. C Street House, anyone? ("What's he talking about?" 90% of the Post's readers ask...)

Posted by: B2O2 | January 21, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if you and I live in the same universe. Surely you're more intelligent (and hopefully more realistic) than your comments indicate. If the nude pics had been of any woman or, dare I say it, a democratic man or woman, Fox and the other so-called news channels would be having a field day accusing that person of having no morals, a bad example to children the world over and whatever other tripe all of you are good at calling news. And, it wouldn't matter if it had been 20 years ago or yesterday. The outcry would have been the same. Rachel, at a minimum, try to pretend you're got some realistic smarts.

Posted by: TheHer | January 21, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Barney Frank should have only posed for a nude photograph, instead of having male prostitutes on his payroll and in his apartment.

Posted by: tacheronb | January 21, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the mighty example of those GOP "Christian" family values in action.
So inspiring.
He's such a neophyte he pimps his daughters on national television and everybody laughs about it.
Once those girls get a whiff of the perverted nuts who will take him up on it, I wonder who will have the last laugh.
We'll see.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | January 21, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Brown was a model, ladies' dude. But who is the real Scott Brown, and what's he been doing in his political life? We'll soon find out.

Posted by: dudh | January 21, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The election of Scott Brown says more about the rest of us than anything else. All you need is a pickup truck, and the opportunity to "Dukakis" your opponent by raising the stark specter of a terrorist actually being placed on trial.

Of course, it helps to create a political climate where pointing out that Scott Brown takes the same oath to uphold the Constitution that all public officers take is a mark of elitism, softness, and appeasement.

Posted by: bfieldk | January 21, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Posing for Cosmo was at least legal. Obama using illegal drugs was not. They were both college students and they both grew up. Give it a rest.

Posted by: ca67klein | January 23, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

First,the man is not naked on the centerfold.I live in Miami Beach and I see more on the beach that this man shows in the picture.
Second,Ted Kennedy was a murderer that got away with his crime because he was a Kennedy and had lots of money.Chappaquitic was a murder not an accident.Ted Kennedy was drunk and in his drunkenness killed the young lady and didn't even reported the crime until the next day.
Third,both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are on record for smoking marihuana.George W Bush and Barack Obama are on record for doing cocaine.All these actions are illegal.
Posing for a centefold where you cannot see frontal or rear organs is not illegal.The problem with Glen Beck is that he cannot tand anybody that he thinks is better looking that him and that it may have the opportunity of running for President.
Glen Beck's ranting is pure envy.
Go Scott Brown.The country is with you all the way and by the way you looked great then and still look great.Hurrah

Posted by: ogomezmontes | January 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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