Because I live on the Left Coast, I had to wait until this morning to see the debate between consumer advocate and CFPB founder, Elizabeth Warren, and corporate-shill, pretending to be progressive, Scott Brown. In my opinion, Warren mopped the floor with him, but I know that many will parrot the Republican Ministry of Propaganda, Faux Noise, to the contrary. Therefore I have included the complete video of the debate. Watch it and decide for yourself. But first, here is John Nichols view.
An overbearing and at times ridiculously aggressive Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown came across as a desperate man Thursday night, as he attempted to gain the upper hand in the first debate of this year’s most closely watched US Senate race and, by extension, in a re-election contest that seems to be slipping away from him.
Brown literally attacked Elizabeth Warren, his surging Democratic challenger, from start to finish…
…But Warren never sweated it. She knew she had the winning hand.
And she played it. Again and again.
In a very Democratic state that very much does not want Republicans to take control of the US Senate, Warren kept emphasizing that—for all Brown’s talk of bipartisanship and reproductive rights moderation— “It’s not about Senator Brown’s vote. It’s about the votes of all the Republican senators.”
Noting again and again that Brown had told Republican donors across the country that they needed to help him win re-election so that Republicans can take charge of the chamber, Warren kept returning to a basic theme: “This is about control of the Senate.”
That was a powerful message, and a correct one.
But the even more powerful message came when Warren declared mid-way through the debate: “This really is about who you want as commander-in-chief.”
In a state that once elected Mitt Romney governor but that will never vote for him again, Warren drew the line of distinction that her opponent feared most—and that Republican candidates in other states are view with mounting trepidation as the Romney campaign stumbles from candidate-created crisis to candidate-created “crisis.”
“I support President Obama,” she said.
Brown just gulped… [emphasis added]
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Photo credit: Boston Globe
Here’s the complete video.
Her point that it is about control of the Senate is key. She noted that, if Republicans win the Senate, Climate-change denier James Inhofe (R-OK) will control the agenda of the Committee on the Environment and Public Works. That point is so good in brings me to a conclusion that I really dislike.
Now, you know that I have little use for DINOS, and have often called for their removal. Sadly, a few survived the primaries and are now opposing Republicans. Although there may be no difference between the votes of a Republican and a disloyal DINO, it is still important to support the DINO. If DINOS Beat Republicans, Democrats set the agenda for the Senate or House and their committees. That is far too important an advantage to shun.