He was a figure of fun on Saturday night on national television. But on Sunday morning, he was taken very seriously -- so seriously he was asked if he might run for president.
Republican Senator-elect Scott Brown's ascendancy onto the national scene continued this weekend as NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live" spoofed his impact on Washington.The irreverent -- and possibly too risque for some -- skit showed Democratic leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Masschusetts congressman Barney Frank, losing their heads with desire when confronted by Brown, who was played by actor Jon Hamm, the handsome star of the show "Mad Men."
The next morning was a completely different story. On ABC-TV's "This Week," the Sunday morning political talk show, Barbara Walters interviewed Brown, calling him the "freshest face in politics" and someone who had "turned the political world upside down."
Walters even asked Brown if he would rule out running for president. Brown said he didn't even have a business card and he felt the attention was "overwhelming" and extremely humbling." But he didn't quite say no to a presidential run.
Brown's stunning upset victory over Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley on Jan. 19 sent political shock waves through Washington. A member of the dwindling Republican minority in the state Senate, Brown rode to victory on a wave of voter anger over the economy.
He also benefited from a lackluster campaign by his rival and from his telegenic presence -- he worked as a model as a young man, posing in the nude for Cosmopolitian magazine.
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