Massachusetts voters have been entrusted with a statewide campaign of national importance. Candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are stars within their parties, with important differences on issues and philosophy. The winner could determine control of the United States Senate.
Their campaign, though has failed to live up to its advance notices. The two debates so far have failed to clarify the choice. Warren’s campaign has been heavy on slogans, short of big ideas, and caught up in the current Washington fray.
But Brown’s campaign has been far worse. Seeking a full six-year term after being elected in January 2010 to succeed the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, Brown has chosen to wage an assault on Warren’s character rather than honestly debate the issues.