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"Snark" Costs Nice-Guy Brown in 1st Debate

By E.J. Dionne, Washington Post - September 21, 2012

What happened tonight to the Scott Brown who had endeared himself to a lot of Massachusetts voters by being a nice guy? The incumbent Republican senator, who has fallen behind Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in some recent polls, opened tonight’s debate in Boston by attacking her, and he stayed on the attack all night.

My hunch is that whatever points he scored off Warren were more than wiped away by a tone that Rep. Barney Frank, a Warren supporter, accurately described on Rachel Maddow’s show as “snarky.” In his effort to derail Warren in a debate, Brown may have undermined one of the most important aspects of his get-along-with-everybody brand.

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