NAKED IN MASSACHUSETTS BY FRANK BRUNI
NEW YORK TIMES
A sense of humor is the first casualty of any fiercely fought campaign. And Brown vs. Warren (if she gets the nomination) will be one of 2012’s fiercest. His victory in a special election in early 2010 not only stunned but galled Democrats: a photogenic, ineloquent upstart took the seat left vacant by the death of Ted Kennedy, the roaring liberal lion of the Senate. And the party’s success in getting it back could prove decisive in preventing Republicans from wresting control of the chamber. Both parties will flood the state with money — Warren on Monday announced an impressive two-month tally of $3.15 million in donations — and both parties’ candidates will be shoehorned into the election cycle’s abiding clichés and conceits, whether they fit or not. Warren and Brown don’t, at least not neatly.