He is shrewd. He knows when the tide is turning and a simple flirtatious wisecrack is no longer going to appease the voters. This is when he acts like he really, really wants to vote for, say, the jobs bill, so why don't they just take the important parts (the parts that are going to look good to the voters) and leave out the bad parts (the parts that are going to actually affect Wall Street and the corporations).
So thank you very much to the person at the October 4 Massachusetts Senate Democratic Primary Debate who asked Elizabeth Warren how she paid for college. I guess she could have given the long-winded answer about a hard-knock life and working her way through school, but I believe she was so taken aback by the question that her sense of humor kicked in and she replied that "I kept my clothes on".
Of course that became the quote du jour, and of course of all that happened at that debate, that was the comment that Senator Scott Brown was asked to respond to. Mr. Brown, of the "take my daughters, please" school of humor, lowered the bar further by responding, "Thank god!"
Which everybody in the media then had to comment on. Ad nauseum.
Elizabeth Warren, who has been fighting -- hard -- for our financial survival against the big banks and corporations that pay for Scott Brown's campaign, now has to learn how to deal with idiot America. I expect that she will do it with her usual aplomb. I just wish that, for this important race, it was not necessary.
So allow me to end with Warren's closing debate comments: