More trouble brewing for Scott Brown: it’s starting to seem as though some of his biggest fans – the powers that be at the Boston Herald – are getting fed up with him over his bizarre refusal to accept, or even talk about, televised debates. They haven’t come right out and said so yet, but check out this “Boston Herald video production,” posted atop an AP article about the salutary impact of the “People’s Pledge,” that begins with a bunch of adorable school kids celebrating the arrival of Elizabeth Warren at their school, and then continues to allow Warren to state her case at length about how absurd Brown’s position is. A couple of weeks ago, it would have been absolutely inconceivable that the Herald would post something like this.
If the Herald is in fact getting tired of Brown’s stonewalling on this issue, they are absolutely correct to do so. This should be a no-brainer: televised debates are critical to allowing the voters – all of them, not the tiny fraction that show up at campaign events – see and hear what the candidates have to say in a situation that is not entirely within their control. Radio debates, which frankly nobody listens to, are no substitute, nor are TV ads or other scripted means of communicating with the public. I can understand Brown being afraid to debate Warren – she’s very smart and an experienced debater, and he, well, he’s very handsome. But he owes it to the people of Massachusetts to get over his fear and allow the voters to see both of them on the same stage answering questions from neutral moderators.