Posted Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at 6:30 PM
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 16: U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol February 16, 2012 in Washington, DC. The four Republican senators met to discuss four bipartisan jobs bills passed by the House that they say are being blocked by the Senate Democrat leadership in the Senate. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
It’s not brown M&Ms and a backstage Playstation, but Republican Senator Scott Brown’s conditions for participating in a debate at the Kennedy Institute in Boston have some accusing him of divadom.
Invited by Vicki Kennedy to participate in a debate against his challenger Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts lawmaker’s campaign manager has said he would only take part if two conditions were met. First, that debate sponsor MSNBC drop out because of the network’s “reputation for political advocacy.” Second, that Mrs. Kennedy—the widow of Senator Ted Kennedy, whose seat Brown took in a special election after the longtime Massachusetts Democrat died of brain cancer—refrain from endorsing either candidate for the remainder of the campaign.
Many see the first condition as a reasonably strategic one—a Republican like Brown wouldn’t likely benefit from the commentary or MSNBC any more than a Democrat would during a Fox News debate. The second, though, doesn’t seem to be getting much sympathy—at least not on Twitter.