Harvard’s Elizabeth Warren may win against Massachusetts’ Scott Brown tomorrow, but she isn’t smiling.
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“Brown is from one of those towns,” legendary political handicapper Michael Barone told me months ago. “He does very well along Route 9. The I-91 corridor going north from Boston.”
So well, in fact, that on Election Day 2010 the traffic in Brown strongholds Andover and North Andover was backed up for a half-mile around the polling places. Experts on the ground predict a similar scenario this time out.
IT WAS AT the second debate, at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, that we saw so clearly what this race really means for the future of American politics. Asked whether failing Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine should be fired, Warren laughed and dismissed the question with a smirk. “I’m still just in wounded mode on that.” It was reminiscent of a Democratic primary debate close to a year ago when she couldn’t answer what years the Red Sox won the World Series and so she smugly turned the question into an audience-participation game.
Scott Brown responded as though he’d just been asked about Soviet arms in Cuba. “I remember in the beginning of the season Professor Warren said the Red Sox were going to win ninety games, and obviously that hasn’t happened. And it’s been very, very disappointing. I’ll leave it up to the Red Sox management but clearly they need to do better next year.”
Warren smiled at first, astonished that Brown was actually answering the question with a straight face, and then her expression darkened when she realized the crowd was taking it seriously as well. Maybe she realized that it’s the kind of issue she may well lose tomorrow’s race on, but not for the shallow reasons her friends at Huffington and the Washington Post will be able to recognize.
Elizabeth Warren doesn’t know which years the Red Sox won the World Series because that’s what people in smalltown Massachusetts talk about when they greet each other to do business. That’s what people in smalltown Massachusetts talk about before they sit down to discuss the WIN-T program at the General Dynamics facility in Taunton.
Elizabeth Warren may be the darling of the national Democratic Party and possibly the next junior senator from the state of Massachusetts. But she doesn’t love politics.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?