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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

And the loser is...

It was nasty and brutish and when the smoke cleared there was one clear loser in last night's US Senate debate: moderator David Gregory.

From an opening question that focused on an issue more than 70 percent of voters consider irrelevant to an inane closing query about the fate of Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine,  the Meet the Press moderator did a rancid job of generating a civil, enlightening debate.

Not that viewers want civil and enlightening. But that is what voters deserve.

Offered the opening by Gregory, Brown continued his assault on Warren's heritage and her record as an attorney,  Anything to avoid talking about his own record, which Warren attempted to hang around his neck like an albatross.

Or like Mitt Romney, the name that Brown dared not speak.

Warren (finally) has a good answer about her heritage and developed a better response to Brown's thrusts against her legal work for two controversial clients. She released a list of clients right before the debate, something Brown claims to have done although no one seems to have seen it.

The incumbent also trotted out an old and disrespectful line, declaring “Excuse me, I’m not a student in your classroom. Let me respond,” during one heated ­exchange. It was in the same vein as a zinger he launched at Martha Coakley during one of their debates.

I guess the woman's best friend has some issues he isn't dealing with too well.

But the more revealing look at Brown's stance on women's issues was his naming Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a model of the type of judge he favors. Realizing his gaffe, he rattled off a list of other names, including Anthony Kennedy and John Robers before landing on Sonia Sotomayor.

Warren flubbed a chance to name a Republican senator she could work with, opting for the Tea Party-retired Richard Lugar over Maine's Susan Collins. And she lost a few points among Twitter followers by suggesting Valentine deserved another season (though heaven forbid she pass on answering a jock question).

But expect to see ads, and soon, superimposing Brown's professed admiration for a justice who typifies the anti-woman, ethically challenged conservative nature of today's Republican Party.

And as for Gregory. I can only imagine Tim Russert is rolling over in his grave. The clueless Washingtonian could not moderate a traffic jam, let alone carry on Russert's tradition as a respected journalist.

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Anonymous Norcal_Steve said...

Thanks for this. The one thing I disagree with that Russert was much less of an asshat. He always made me want to puke. Wasn't he the one who said that every conversation he had was 'off the record' unless the source agreed after the fact? I fully agree that Gregory is one swarmy suckup level below Russert, but Russert was no journalist, he was a rich celebrity suckup every day of the week and twice on Sunday.

October 03, 2012 7:41 PM  

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