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  •  They want Scott Brown from MA (7+ / 0-)

    back in the Senate and what better way than through John Kerry being taken out of the Senate?

    Though I think John Kerry would be a wonderful SOS, I think for the sake of this country he needs to stay a Senator and keep that seat safe from the Republicans.  

    Do they even have anyone with enough charisma to win against Scott Brown in a special election?

    -6.13 -4.4 Where are you? Take the Test!!!

    by MarciaJ720 on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:04:20 AM PST

    •  Brown is toxic right now — look at him! (11+ / 0-)

      He looks like a sore loser. The way he acted as his campaign imploded will not be forgotten by Massachusetts voters. The best thing for Cosmo Brown is for there to be a very long break before he ever runs for office eight years or better yet, never again.

      •  you know. maybe so (1+ / 0-)
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        but if he ran again and lost, he would be done forever. run duval patrick and see what happens. duval would take one for the team.

        mittens=edsel. no matter how much money is spent to promote it, if the product sucks, no one will buy it.

        by wewantthetruth on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:16:12 AM PST

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      •  But Brown has some key advantages... (0+ / 0-)

        Not least among them, the fact that a lot of Brown's baggage from 2012 is gone.

        This time Brown doesn't have to explain whether he'd be a party-line vote under a Romney presidency; we already know there won't be a Romney presidency so instead Brown represents divided government, not single-party rule. (That's similar to what enabled Brown's first election).

        This time Brown doesn't have to explain whether he'd tip the balance in the senate to Republicans. He'll say Democrats would maintain their majority.

        This time Brown doesn't have to avoid damaging a Romney candidacy; he can more openly criticize and distinguish himself from Mitt Romney and could say he's now ready to help the Republican Party evolve from what it's been. (Many swing voters were willing to accept "Moderate Mitt" even knowing full well he'd run in the primaries as a "severe conservative. And Brown could even go as far as to say he'll pressure other Republicans to be more moderate.)

        This time Brown have a HUGE name recognition advantage and there will be a much shorter timeframe for a Democrat to build a campaign; Elizabeth Warren took a long time to build herself up.

        This time Brown will have a turnout model that favors him; the electorate will be smaller, and more Republican, during a special election.

        This time Brown will not have to compete with Republican candidates in competitive races in other states for dollars and campaign staff.

        Of course Brown could still lose. He might even be more likely to lose than to win. But all that what matters is what McCain and Lindsey Graham think.

        Maybe they greatly overestimate Brown's chances just as the GOP overestimated Romney's chances. Or maybe they think a 20, 25, 30 percent chance of Brown coming back to the Senate is worth doing everything they're doing.

    •  Dems have no unifying candidate - Scott Brown (5+ / 0-)

      would immediately unify his 46%.  Turnout for another special election would be closer to the prior special election he won handily rather than to the much larger (and more Democratic) turnout of a Presidential election.  In my opinion people are underestimating how much risk there is that Scott Brown would win a lower-turnout special election (like he did the last time).  Kerry has NO UNIQUE skills or talents worth the risk of losing the Senate seat - or of having to raise and spend the $15 or $20 million in order to hold onto it.  

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