If there was one Supreme Court judge you wouldn’t want to praise in liberal Massachusetts while you’re running for reelection, Tony “The Fixer” Scalia would probably be the one. That’s the thing about debates: Sometimes people really do snap under the pressure and say some dumb things, and Scott Brown just proved it in last night’s debate:
Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren covered her face as the crowd booed her challenger, Republican Scott Brown. Brown had just hailed Justice Antonin Scalia as his “model” Supreme Court justice, and Warren was already using the opportunity to pounce.
During a contentious second Massachusetts Senate debate, Brown went through a wild swing of opinions when moderator David Gregory asked him his “model” justice.
“Let me see, here. That’s a great question,” Brown said. “I think Justice Scalia is a very good judge.”
The crowd at the debate immediately booed, and Warren began to cover up her face, perhaps realizing her challenger’s mistake.That Brown’s first answer was Scalia was shocking, because Scalia is widely considered among the top two most conservative justices on the bench.
Brown, meanwhile, has become popular in Democratic-heavy Massachusetts by becoming a largely Independent member of Congress.
Brown fumbled for words and quickly threw out almost every single justice currently on the bench.
“Justice Kennedy is obviously very good, and Justice Roberts, Justice Sotomayor, they’re all very qualified people there,” Brown said.
Warren shook her head, noting that Brown had just endorsed Sotomayor, who some see as the most liberal member of the bench.
In a follow-up, Gregory pointed out that Scalia and Sotomayor have very different viewpoints on the bench. “That’s the beauty of being an independent, David,” Brown said.
“If you had to pick one?” Gregory said.“I don’t need to pick one,” Brown said. “We have plenty of justices up there, and I’m proud of the ones we have.”