Joe Biden and Paul Ryan weren't the only famous politicos to engage in a high-stakes debate this week. In Massachusetts, incumbent Senator Scott "Cosmopolitan" Brown and Elizabeth "BUT SHE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE A CHEROKEE" Warren duked it out onstage. While the race could go either way at this point, Warren won the night with an extremely righteous but simple speech about Scott Brown, Person versus Scott Brown, Senator.
In case you can't listen at work, here's a transcript, which I kind of want cross stitched onto something. Maybe a Kleenex cozy.
I have no doubt Sen Brown is a good husband and a good father to his daughters, but this is an issue that affects ALL of our daughters and our granddaughters. And what matters here is how Sen. Brown votes.
So he's gone to Washington and he's had some good votes. But he's had exactly one chance to vote for equal pay for equal work, and he voted no. He had exactly one chance to vote for insurance coverage for birth control and other preventive services for women. He voted no. And he had exactly one chance to vote for a pro-choice woman — from Massachusetts — to the United States Supreme Court, and he voted no.
Those are BAD votes for women.
The women of Massachusetts need a Senator they can count on not SOME of the time, but ALL of the time. I want to go to Washington to BE THERE for ALL of our daughters and ALL of our granddaughters.
This one really matters. There is a LOT at stake here...
... And I want to be blunt. We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. These issues were resolved years ago until the Republicans brought them back.
At one point during her speech, the audience broke in and applauded.
The race between the two has been long, exhausting, and characterized by an entire rainbow of petty bullshit. But in the latest round of polling, it appears that Warren might be eeking out a small lead over Brown. More public instances of fully bringing it like this and she may well be Senator Warren come January.