Sometimes good news come from unexpected sources. So it was this morning, when I learned that Channel 7′s Andy Hiller, whom nobody would confuse with a lefty sympathizer, declared Elizabeth Warren the unequivocal winner of last night’s debate. Here’s part of his review:
On balance, I thought it was not Scott Brown’s best debate, and I thought Elizabeth Warren has never been better….
Warren won this debate on her own. She was very well-prepared, and even her delivery improved. There was no preaching or repeating. She made her points, and moved on. She was confident and conversational. You could see her in The Senate.
The biggest difference between Warren and Brown is that one is a Democrat, and the other is a Republican. I thought Warren did a much better job of defending her party, while Scott Brown danced around his Republican roots.
That last point is an excellent one. Brown tried his best to distance himself from Mitt Romney, and even hilariously declared that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell “has a lot of work to do to earn my vote,” as though McConnell is going to alter his way of doing business in order to “earn” Brown’s support for minority leader. Please. If Brown is reelected, of course he will back McConnell. That’s part of why you shouldn’t vote for Brown.
As has been noted elsewhere, another hilariously bad moment from Brown came in response to being asked about his ideal Supreme Court Justice. After spending a few seconds apparently trying to remember what the Supreme Court was, Brown then blurted out Scalia. Realizing he had just screwed up, he then moved on to name three more Justices (Kennedy, Roberts, and Sotomayor), who basically have nothing to do with each other. What a joke. Here’s the video of that bit:
Tblade captures perfectly what was going on there:
Homer Simpson moment
Don’t say Scalia. Don’t say Scalia. Don’t say Scalia. “Justice Scalia.” Dammit…I just said Scalia! Stupid brain.
Brilliant. Finally, I must add a few more reviews of how awful David Gregory’s performance was. Dan Kennedy wonders whether last night was the “worst debate ever,” decrying Gregory’s “ego-driven, substance-free performance” and noting that he “turned what should have been a substantive discussion about real issues into a fiasco. All in all, a miserable performance.” And Wonkette offers a distinctly NSFW (though quite entertaining) blow-by-blow account, concluding with “f—in travesty y’all. Travesty.” That about sums it up. Here’s hoping the next two are a distinct improvement. Anyone know who is moderating?