So, in Massachusetts, we have a sitting Senator, with a two-year voting record, and a decently long voting record as a State Senator, (voting notably for “Romneycare”, among other things). His life story is interesting and even inspiring, coming from a deeply unstable family environment to really make something of himself.
On the other hand, we have a law professor at a top school, who also came from a fairly humble background; working her way from a public law school background to being the pre-eminent voice for consumers against a predatory, out-of-control financial system. She’s published several books on the topic. She has a long work history, and a sizeable published record. If you wanted to know what she cares about, what kind of senator she’d be, or where her priorities lie, it’s not hard at all to find out. Dig in.
And yet, all we’re hearing about is a miniscule side issue; something that has absolutely no impact on what kind of service either of these people would render to the Massachusetts or US public. This story should be left to the Howie Carrs of the world to snicker about. It should have stayed at the level of a racist dog whistle: “Lie-a-Watha”, ho ho ho. If not pretty, it’s all in the way of things – that’s just politics.
How much is the MA public hearing about major ideas? The candidates’ respective plans for the economy? For income inequality? Whether or not to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — which affects one sixth of the economy, touches practically every man, woman, and child in some way, and is the most significant piece of social legislation since Medicare? Global warming — which has unimaginably immense consequences for Massachusetts, much less the world?
And yet, Scott Brown brings this idiotic non-issue up at every opportunity. His whole campaign has gotten stoned on its own stash of tendentious oppo, or is enslaved to some internal poll that says this is totes the silver bullet, dude.
Or maybe he has absolutely no confidence in his ability to defend his own voting record, to tout a big portfolio of accomplishment on behalf of his constituents. Hrm, wonder where that is.
I know I’m being boring, but this is just some serious horseshit we’ve been seeing. We could have had another Kerry-Weld 15-round heavyweight battle; and instead we’ve got a picayune squabble that would embarrass a first grade recess in its triviality.
Does this race matter or not? Hello?
Addendum: To be clear … We posted that video yesterday of the Brown staffers making asses of themselves. We will fight on that level if we have to. We will fight on meaningful things or meaningless things, because you have to win the politics game to play the policy game — where it’s all consequential. But the public should demand better — and I think by and large, they do.