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Senator Brown pulls out of tomorrow night's debate with Professor Warren! Is this is a good move?

by: Karl Marx

Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 16:54:33 PM EDT

( - promoted by Rob "EaBo Clipper" Eno)

According to WRKO, Senator Scott Brown is pulling out of tomorrow night's media consortium debate at WGBH inferring that a disaster is not the time to put politics front and center. Is he right? Or does this seem like he's chickening out?

Background on debate here:

Update: More at the Boston Herald.

UPDATE: Warren also pulls out of the debate according to the Herald.

Meanwhile David Bernstein gets caught off guard thinking that Scott Brown's preemptive move was self-serving. Now that his newspaper's candidate (Warren) has pulled out for the same reasons -- concern for public safety, Bernstein has to sort of dial back. The dart toward Brown doesn't look so good now.

"So, now I think they're both being ridiculous and hypocritical. The debate doesn't affect public safety and cleanup any more or less than the ads both sides are airing; if those stay up, the debate should go on."

The pox on both houses is a little lame, I'd say. Voters view ad-buys a bit differently than they do watching whether politicians take advantage of the news cycle during the crisis.


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Maybe his Guard unit got activated? (5.00 / 1)
I know it's Maryland, but maybe he was reassigned for this?

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That's always why I pull out (0.00 / 0)

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Hmm ... (0.00 / 0)
Is the debate being rescheduled or is that all she wrote? Last I checked the polls were pointing the wrong way. Hope I'm wrong but it doesn't look to me like the best place to run out the clock.

On your update... (0.00 / 0)
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss Bernstein's critique of Brown's actions as self-serving.  It appears he backed out first and did so unilaterally.  What was Warren supposed to do at that point, debate an empty chair?  It is unclear then whether she also intended to drop out also or was merely forced into following Brown's lead.  I suspect the later.

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It is self serving (0.00 / 0)
When you consider the Globe reports the race as a dead heat (actually with Brown ahead but below error margin) I find it hard to believe anything else.  Taking pot shots at the 'opposition' is par.

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Who cares about the debate, run more tax ads (4.00 / 1)
Finally Scott Brown is getting to the essence of the difference, which is taxes. Akin is going to get elected and Scott Brown is not, because Akin has made clear he's going to say dumb things now and then but he's not going to raise your taxes.  

Where do you get your data?? (0.00 / 0)
Akin will get elected?  What poll are YOU looking at?  At best it is a dead heat, where McCaskill had been unpopular for over a year!

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Too late for me to dig up the link, but... (0.00 / 0)
I read that the race will be decided by the undecideds and the undecideds are mostly voting for Mitt, so the thinking is that they will break for Akin.

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I care. (0.00 / 0)
I care a lot.

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Point of information ! (5.00 / 1)
Patrick also cares about Soccer everyone!  Oh yes,  Professional soccer!  He follows the teams and knows all the rules.  And he follows the World Cup too!

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Don't You Care? (0.00 / 0)
I Care. Don't You?

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You mean... (0.00 / 0)
European football.  Next he'll be offering up Greece as a example of how we should mend the economy.  

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I think Patrick is European (0.00 / 0)
ya hear that Patrick!  I said "I think Patrick is European!"

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This is a good move..... (5.00 / 2)
Look, the region has just been devastated by a huge storm.  There are about 300,000 people without power in Massachusetts, and millions more whose lives have been severely interupted by water damage, tree damage, etc....  Nobody is thinking about the senate race today except the political junkies like us.  In fact, I would go a step further and say that if either of them demanded to go forward with the debate it would appear very self-serving during this chaotic time.  

I don't think either of them will benefit from the cancellation of the debate, but good for Brown for being brave enough to pull the trigger first and cancel....

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...

So much for David Bernstein's article. (5.00 / 1)
There are only 2 comments to his blog post and 1 of them is telling Berstein he is a loser.....

Ed Markey is now the official 'cheapest' man on earth.  1.5 percent to charity while the average American gave 3 times as much...

There are only 2 comments to his blog post and 1 of them is telling Berstein he is a loser..... - V3PN (0.00 / 0)
Loser?  Someone called Bernstein a loser?  

[blushing] Gee - who would do such a thing?  

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Bernstein gives me the queer chills .... (0.00 / 0)
When he calls Scott Brown, "Scotte" or "Scotto." David Kravit's used to do that too : )

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"queer chills" from a person who identifies as "Ramrod" (0.00 / 0)
pretty creepy even for this old lady who remembers that one of her cousins got raided in one of the oldest Gay Bars in Boston's park square. Of course it was called the Ramrod and reportedly frequented by a bare chested Whitey Bulger in a cowboy hat.  

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I love it! The place to learn about gay boston history is on RMG (5.00 / 2)
Whitey liked other bars in that area...Ram you better bone up on the history..Oops wrong choice of words!  

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Your cousin got "raided" at the ramrod huh? (0.00 / 0)
When you say raided what do you mean by that?  

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