Over on boston.com, politics editor Glen Johnson gets to the heart of the matter of what he calls the recent kerfuffle surrounding the Elizabeth Warren quip during the UMass Lowell debate earlier this week – “I kept my clothes on ” – that went viral and the Scott Brown answering radio laugh-line – “Thank God”. Point by point Johnson shows the relevant Warren comments that followed the question at the debate and the Brown biographical dance done as his follow-up. Deftly handled by Johnson, the Warren picture is not quite that of an upper class elitist as painted by Brown – while the private-schooled Brown isn’t quite that personally portrayed “awe shucks” poor guy.
From today’s “Scott Brown, Elizabeth Warren Cosmo quips overshadow more-telling comments after” article:
The kerfuffle surrounding Senator Scott Brown and Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren after their comments about his decision to once pose nude for Cosmopolitan magazine largely misses the broader point of their early interaction in the 2012 US Senate campaign.
That point is this: Brown has shown a propensity to play the victim whenever he is challenged, while his allies have taken virtually every opportunity to demean Warren and cast her as an elitist since even before she entered the race.
Warren, meanwhile, has a life story that is more blue-collar than Brown or the GOP have been willing to admit, and the first brushstrokes of it would surely be compelling if enunciated by almost anyone other than her.
Read the rest of the article here at boston.com.
Working for AP during the GOP primary race in 2008, Glen Johnson was the bane of Mitt Romney and his minions. The 2012 US Senate primaries and final contest should see the same brand of on-the-ground in Massachusetts tenacity and coverage. Stay tuned!