As the first debate is coming this week, our Senator Scott Brown is trying to lower expectations on his performance.
And despite being a veteran politician and member of what has been dubbed “the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the senator cast himself as the underdog in the debates.
“She’s representing Harvard now, has been there teaching, lecturing, and debating at Harvard.
I have a few thoughts on this.
First, Scott Brown is a career politician, for over fourteen years he has debated political positions being a State Representative, State Senator and representing Massachusetts as U. S. Senator. As Glenn Johnson aptly put it, the Senate is described as “the world’s greatest deliberative body”. Brown, unlike Warren, is the experienced political debater, Scott Brown is the seasoned pro, maybe he is hoping people have forgotten his debates from 2010. Brown coined the “People’s Seat” phrase which he rode to his election during those debates.
Secondly, these debates are in essence a job interview, we as voters get the opportunity to watch the interview and determine who we want to hire. So let me pose this question, upon meeting a potential job candidate, the first thing they tell you is that they don’t do well in interviews what would be your reaction? This is Scott Brown’s opportunity to tell us why he is best to represent us in Washington, but instead of making the case for himself, the first thing he wants to tell us is to lower our expectations. If I walked into a room, shook someone’s hand and the first thing they told me was to lower my expectations, it would be a pretty quick interview. I wouldn’t waste my time.
Unlike what he wants us to think, Scott Brown needs to nail it on Thursday, the pressure is on him. He needs to address his voting record and why it was the best course for our state and our country. He needs to tell us why he is best to represent us in the years ahead. If he isn’t able to do that, it could be devastating to his campaign.