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

( – 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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  • I know it’s Maryland, but maybe he was reassigned for this?

  • nomad943

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    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….

  • Vote3rdpartynow

    There are only 2 comments to his blog post and 1 of them is telling Berstein he is a loser…..

  • Republican Ram Rod Radio

    When he calls Scott Brown, “Scotte” or “Scotto.” David Kravit’s used to do that too : )