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Massachusetts Liberal

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Role reversal

It's remarkable, but Scott Brown has managed to make this Senate race about Elizabeth Warren's record. And her lack of preparedness could prove fatal.

Despite a roster of votes that includes supports Wall Street over Main Street, Brown has Warren on the defensive, yet again, over a $10,000 payment for legal work from a company that opposed a congressional requirement that it pay millions of dollars into a fund for its retired coal miners’ health care.

The latest Brown offensive came just days after he presented a "true but misleading" accounting of her work for Travelers Insurance in an asbestos case.

And it came just hours after Warren finally offered an effective ad to counter Brown's relentless assault on her family history.

Somehow the hunted has become the hunter -- and the prey is being too accommodating for her own good.

The corner has remarked regularly about Brown's ads which portray him as a kind and gentle family man. But those ads now appear to be deposits in a goodwill bank account that allow him to emerge in what now appears to be a scorched earth attack on his opponent's primary claim as a consumer advocate fighting for the middle class.

And given Warren's relative newness to the scene, Brown is the comfortable choice for many who may not like his assaults but feel they "know" him better than this "outsider."

Lawyers have records almost as complex as elected officials and can be "for it before they are against it." And the arcana of bankruptcy law is good substitute for a sleep aid.

But the Warren campaign is now heading onto very thin ground just six weeks before an election in which the Massachusetts seat could determine whether Mitch McConnell is majority or minority leader of the Senate. You know, the same guy whose principal goal is to make Barack Obama a one-term president.

Warren has slowly opened a slight advantage in a majority of recent polls, a lead that could very well evaporate with these latest Brown assaults.

While the candidates agreed to keep negative third-party ads out of the race, it obviously doesn't prevent them from launching attacks. Brown is out of that gate first -- and effectively.

Warren needs to step up her pace -- teaching voters about Brown's Wall Street ties and tying him to McConnell and the national GOP as tightly as Brown is trying to run away from them through association with washed-up Democrats.

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Anonymous Tyran said...

Liberals/Progressives getting the vapors?


She's got this. These types of Rove-ian character attacks are not going to work in MA, not against Warren.

September 25, 2012 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If only our new casinos (sponsored by Democrats) were up-and-running and they would allow us to bet on political races. I'd put some money on Scott. What do you figure a 6 to 5 underdog?

September 25, 2012 12:16 PM  

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