Skip to main content

Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren addresses delegates during the second session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 5, 2012.    REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Warren knocks it out of the park at the DNC podium.
It's going to be a big night in Boston, when Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Scott Brown square off in their first debate. The pressure is all on Brown tonight, as he's been down in four out of five polls this week. The fifth, from UMass Lowell/Boston Herald, has Brown leading by four among likely voters, within the 5.5 percent margin of error.

Can Brown convince voters that he's not a total lightweight, that he's more than his carefully cultivated image of just a guy in a barn coat and pick-up truck? And can he do that without veering into his usual bizarre self-aggrandizement about secret meetings with foreign heads of state? He's going to have to work very hard to keep up with Warren on the issues.

Goal Thermometer

And can Warren do what she most needs to: pierce the Brown-cultivated myth that he's not really a Republican? Her key to keeping the lead she's gained in the polls is to keep reminding Massachusetts voters that Brown is part of the problem, that he's a vote for Mitch McConnell, and potentially the linchpin for a Republican majority in the Senate. Remember PPP's findings in Massachusetts: "53% of voters want Democrats to have control of the Senate compared to only 36% who want Republicans in charge."

We'll find out tonight. Details:

Debate time: 7:00-8:00 ET
Watch and/or listen: The debate will stream live on CBSBoston.com. (There's a rumor that it will also be on CSPAN, but it's not on today's schedule yet.)

Please donate $3 to Elizabeth Warren on ActBlue.

 

12:12 PM PT: Hmmmm.....

MASS. SENATE: Scott Brown says he will miss tonight's debate if he has to because of Senate votes... #mapoli
@globeglen via TweetDeck
But he totally wants to be there to debate. Darned Senate.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site