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Opinion

scot lehigh

Brown squandered his advantages

Scott Brown ran a small campaign for a large office — and on Election Day, voters opted for a bigger figure. And so Elizabeth Warren, who was largely unknown to Massachusetts when she kicked off her campaign, has beaten the man who, two short years ago, was hailed as a rising national star.

This defeat shouldn’t end Brown’s political career. But it should teach an important lesson. Brown started this race with the advantage of incumbency, a substantial war chest, and an aura of nice-guy likability. He squandered those advantages. He failed to anticipate obvious obstacles, while doubling down on tired, tinny GOP stands.

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