Scalia. That’s the biggie. How can Mr. Bipartisan admire Scalia, the most hardline, polarizing, far-right justice on the court? Not to mention rather ethically challenged? This was one of Brown’s few answers that wasn’t scripted, and we got a rare chance to see him say in public what he’s really thinking when he’s not coached and prepped by his handlers.
One of the most important parts of the guy’s job is to confirm Supreme Court justices. He’s an attorney. How could he not have an opinion on justices he admires and justices he doesn’t?
I really hope the someone follows up on this so we can learn more about what it is he so admires about Justice Scalia.
Tax breaks for oil companies. This was the other response from Brown that shocked me. He doesn’t think that oil companies should pay more taxes because those taxes would just get passed along to consumers in the form of higher prices. By that logic, oil companies shouldn’t pay any taxes at all!
Job creation. I would have liked some follow-up on Brown’s answer to the student who asked about creating jobs. It seemed odd that he was telling her that she could apply for some kind of funding to start her own business. Because surely most history majors fresh out of college are ready to do that. Good grief. And then the Republican platitudes about how companies aren’t hiring because they’re concerned about tax and regulatory uncertainty. Seriously?
He’s an “independent?” No, he’s a Republican. And it was insulting to our intelligence for him to keep talking as if he actually doesn’t belong to a political party. He’s truly a Mitt Romney Republican — he’ll say anything he thinks his audience wants to hear, regardless of whether or not it’s true. Of course you plan to vote for Mitch McConnell as majority leader if you manage to keep you job. Be a man and say so, and explain why.
If he’s so independent and so “disgusted” with Mitch McConnell, why is he telling Republicans outside of Massachusetts how he’s one of their best hopes for McConnell and the rest of the hard right seizing control of the Senate?
The asbestos and LTV Steel issues. I think those have been put to rest. Warren was prepared and responded well. Brown started looking ridiculous after she pointed out that asbestos victims and union workers support her. Does he really know better than they do?
Thinking on their feet. I though Elizabeth Warren did well, appearing calm, confident and knowledgeable. While Brown gave a few good answers — his one about admiring Warren’s teaching and working to keep her in the classroom was my favorite (although I totally disagree about wanting her to stay a professor!) — in general he seemed to be mouthing a lot of platitudes and seemed stiffer and tense when being asked something he wasn’t specifically prepared for. I actually liked Warren more when she was off script and talking about issues, while Brown didn’t do as well.
Disappointing moderating. Alas as I feared, David Gregory mostly went for the silly gotcha questions instead of talking about issues of substance. And even I was surprised by how much he harped on the Native American ancestry faux issue, yet didn’t bother mentioning Brown’s staff’s racist video. The Afghanistan question was superficial. I longed for more detailed discussion on the use of U.S. military power. I wasn’t expecting Social Security or Medicare to be brought up in this one — this was at a university and students were in theory a focus — but something about education would have been nice instead of all the time wasted on the ridiculous gotchas.