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Below, a couple of minutes of the recent debate between Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts and his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Warren.
Maybe I should warn you that you’re likely to feel a touch of cognitive dissonance: Brown, the Republican, takes the liberal side of the argument, slamming big corporations–and Warren’s decision to represent Travelers’ Insurance, the biggest insurance company in the country. But, a) to get elected in the Bay State, Brown is going to have to portray himself as independent, and, b) what he’s really doing here is using Warren’s liberalism against her, placing her on the defensive by demonstrating her hypocrisy.
Go ahead and watch. Once you get over that moment of dissonance, you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy yourself. A deft act of political jiu-jitsu.
Oh, and by the way, the Boston Globe story about the Travelers’ case supports Brown, not Warren.