That’s SENATOR Professor Warren to you, Scott Brown! Charlie Pierce:
There will be a lot of talk in the coming days about how Warren managed to hang the national Republican party around Brown’s neck, and she did. But, more to the point, she ran as though she already knows what kind of a senator she wants to be. She ran as though she knew exactly the kind of hell she plans to raise down there. She ran as though she had some kind of idea of how to fill out a great office. For his part, in an almost perfect counterpoint, Brown made himself look small. He made himself look cheap. He ran a campaign of tawdry invective and unfunny laff-lines. Part of electing a senator is sizing people up to the dimensions of the office. Only one of these candidates could win by that metric, and the right one did.
To me, the most revelatory moment came in the last of their debates, when Warren, asked about the war in Afghanistan, said simply,”It’s time to get out now.” No qualifications. No relying on the generals. No crawfishing. Out. Now. A few weeks later, I was riding around with her and I told her that, as far as I knew, she was the only Democratic candidate in a contested race who has said that simple thing as plainly as she did. She popped her eyes at me in the way that she does.
“There was no other answer,” she said, as though being asked to explain why she had come to start breathing that morning. Oh, dear Jesus, she’s going to cause so many people so much trouble down there. She can fill that office right up to the ceiling.