It's love. Not a crush, not a flirtation - L-O-V-E love. The Boston Globe is head over heels for Elizabeth Warren.
That in itself is no real surprise. A Harvard professor? A veteran of the Obama Administration? A self-styled anti Wall Street crusader? And she wants to run statewide, against the guy who shook the Globe's collective worldview to its foundations by taking what its reporters and columnists still consistently refer to as "Ted Kennedy's Senate seat"? She had them at "Harvard."
What is surprising (a little bit, anyhow) is the intensity of this early ardor. I mean, good God, someone tell Brian McGrory that Professor Warren is married already. Even if she weren't, he'd have to fight off Noah Bierman and Frank Phillips to win her affection. Each declared his amorous intentions in today's paper, unabashedly and without subtlety. It's love. Sloppy, awkward, embarrassing love.
This underscores the significant challenge that Senator Brown faces next year to hold on to what he rightly prefers to call "the People's Seat." He won't just be running against a Democrat. He'll be running against the Globe, which will give the D the equivalent of statewide paid media nearly every day. That will be true no matter who ends up being the Democratic nominee. And it's par for the course for a Republican in running in Massachusetts.
If the nominee is Warren, however, today's smoochy fawning makes it clear that the paper will be going to battle with all of the fervor of a medieval knight hoping to win the princess's hand by slaying the Republican.