One of Brown’s requirements for debating Warren at the Kennedy Institute was that Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki Kennedy, pledge to make no endorsement of either candidate, and stay uninvolved in the race until it’s over.
I suspect the real reason for the demand was because he didn’t want the debate held in a venue whose name would remind everyone of Ted Kennedy (which is reasonable), but instead of just saying that he decided to hide it by making a demand that he knew Mrs Kennedy wouldn’t agree to.
It’d be interesting to see what would happen if they called his bluff and offered to have Mrs Kennedy step down as President of the Board till after the election.
Well, let’s say they have a debate at the Kennedy place, and then the next day Vicki Kennedy comes out and endorses Warren. Sure, no surprise, but it kinda takes the wind out of the actual debate and puts the focus on Warren, no matter who “won”.
It would be really stupid for him to agree to debate at that venue under almost any circumstances.
And yet he did agree, provided that they meet his conditions.
What he should have done is ask for a more obviously neutral venue in the first place, rather than stipulating a stupid condition that he must have known would be rejected. To take your earlier comparison, it would be like Obama agreeing to debate Romney at the Reagan Library, as long as all mention of Reagan’s name at the location were covered.
Yea, that’s why I think its obvious Scott’s just trying to avoid the venue, and for whatever reason thinks it would be damaging to just come out and say that he doesn’t want to have the debate at a place named after a popular Democrat.
This seems odd. I could see him arguing that she should not make an endorsement at the event, but the next day? Big deal. Besides, is anyone going to be surprised that Mrs. Kennedy is going to be endorsing the Dem candidate. This is seems to be pathetically weak on Brown’s part. But I’m not going to be surprised if we learn that the article doesn’t provide the whole story. I just can’t see how he would think this would fly. It’s Lame to the nth degree.
Can’t blame him. MSNBC is (mostly) a left leaning, Democratic advocating network. Their prime-time talking heads are all left or left leaning. I’m not sure if’ he’s ahead in the polls, but as the incumbent, maybe he feels he doesn’t need the debates to get his name out there as much as Warren does. Debates are part of the overall political strategy for most politicians.
I know that Nancy isn’t alive today, but if she were, and if she were running the place, I would not advise Obama to debate there. What would he have to gain? Obama is in a similar position to Brown-- the incumbent fighting against a challenger. Unless he’s really lagging in the polls, the debates are more risk than reward for him.
I can’t really blame him either, but what he should have done is just said no, rather than laying down conditions that he must have known would be rejected.
If you invite me to your house for a barbecue, and i know that the menu consists of steaks and hamburgers, i shouldn’t say, “Sure i’ll come, as long as your wife won’t be there and you don’t serve meat.” I should just politely decline the invitation.