It will be entertainment, Brown versus Warren, though with very serious consequences. The ordinary Massachusetts voters—the kind who doesn't tune in until the last minute—will have to choose between two story lines. They will talk about it this way: he's a small-town Wrentham boy who solves problems based on facts, while she's a leftist ideologue from Harvard. Or they will talk about it this way: he's a lightweight with a pretty face and a truck; she's a real person who will fight off the banks and others trying to ruin the middle class. They will assess which one is more likable and sincere. They will (or won't) be pulled to the polls by more politically motivated neighbors. In such haphazard ways, Massachusetts independents will decide one of the most closely watched and possibly most expensive races of the 2012 campaign, outside the presidency.
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