There Goes Scott Brown’s Last Fig Leaf: Voters Don’t Hate Smart People

It seems that, for a long time now, the Republican Party has worked to vilify intelligence.  From the Republican War on Science to mocking anything associated with an Ivy League school, today’s Republican Party seems to hate smart people and really, really, really wants voters to hate smart people, too.

Like a dim-witted moth to a flame, Scott Brown has taken this approach with Elizabeth Warren, differentiating his honorable “school of hard knocks” upbringing with her nefarious association with a highly-regarded institution of higher learning.  In fact, it seems to be one of his central arguments for his candidacy.

Too bad for Scott Brown, the voters don’t share his dislike for smart people:

Poll Suggests Harvard Jabs Not Effective

Even though Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) regularly tweaks rival Elizabeth Warren (D) for being a Harvard professor, a new Western New England University poll finds most voters aren’t troubled by her affiliation.

Just 13% of registered voters said they were “less likely” to vote for Warren because she works at Harvard, while 21% said it made them “more likely” to back her and 63% said it “makes no difference” in how they would vote.

A trial heat shows Brown leading Warren, 47% to 42%.

Not surprisingly, if you check the crosstabs, of the 13% of registered voters who said they were less likely to vote for Warren because of her Harvard affiliation, the overwhelming majority of them were already “Brown supporters or leaners” as opposed to “Warren supporters or leaners” or “undecided” voters.

In other words, only a tiny minority of voters thinks that Harvard is as evil as Scott Brown wants you to think it is, and they’re already Scott Brown voters.  Undecided voters aren’t turned off by “Harvard” or, by extension, “smart people.”

Tough break, Scotto.  You can’t “dumb” your way to winning.

(It’s also yet another poll that shows Elizabeth Warren within single digits of Scott Brown already, despite only having been a candidate for a few weeks.  Team Brown can’t be too thrilled about that.)

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  • England University…who?

    A poll of “registered voters” is irrelevant when a large portion of registered voters…don’t vote.

    So you’ll glom onto any poll, eh?  Have anything to say about Brown beating her by 5%?

    Hint:  it’s not her Harvard affiliation.  It’s her attitude and they lying notions she posits….like “we paid for the roads and public services that business use”……..as if rich people and businesses don’t pay property taxes.

    Ya know who doesn’t?  Harvard.

  • …your headline is intentionally misleading…..as in purposely false….as in…a lie.

    Where has anyone said anything about “smart people”….see, now your stuck in the position of thinking that Harvard would only allow smart people, provably incorrect as anyone else that went to Harvard would tell you.

    AND, since GW Bush went to Harvard, he must be smart….right?  Well…I’ll take smarter than AlGore.

    It’s not the “smartness” of Harvard, it’s that elitist attitude that some affiliated with Harvard have.  That “I know what’s good for you better than you do, you silly little people.”

    Doesn’t take intelligence or money to have that.

    So a poll that includes 40% of eligible voters who don’t vote….that’s supposed to mean something, eh?

  • to pay for the roads etc……..

  • Alternate headline:

    Brown beating Warren by five.

  • For Scott to win, everything must go right; everything.  Warren is a force and he best agree to very few debates.  She is a candidate that speaks to Main Street issues.  Should the economy continue to stumble, then the incumbents, and Brown is the incumbent will be blamed for People’s challenges.  

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    It seems that, for a long time now, the Republican Party has worked to vilify intelligence.  From the Republican War on Science to mocking anything associated with an Ivy League school, today’s Republican Party seems to hate smart people and really, really, really wants voters to hate smart people, too.

    Like a dim-witted moth to a flame, Scott Brown has taken this approach with Elizabeth Warren

    Scott Brown who, I should remind you, graduated cum laude from Tufts University also went and earned his JD from Boston College. Doesn’t sound much like a guy that vilifies intelligence. Now of course education does not equal intelligence.  So as further proof you should ask Scott Brown what he knows about the issues and not assume that because Elizabeth ‘Kate+8’ Warren taught at Harvard that she would have a better command of the issues.  Of course that could just be your bias talking though….

    Did I mention that Mitt Romney graduated from both Harvard Law school and Harvard Business school……

  • Republican Ram Rod Radio

    What?  We what?  LOL that’s a new one CVIM

    Must be a slow news day in tent city