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  •  In a state as Democratic as (3+ / 0-)

    Massachusetts, don't tell me that you can find a competent person to run against and defeat Scott Brown

    •  Why should they have to? (14+ / 0-)

      6 months after getting rid of him.

      Let all the Bush tax cuts expire

      by Paleo on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 01:50:20 PM PST

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    •  Sure (16+ / 0-)

      We have plenty of Democrats in office, but nobody with the statewide recognition Brown has. Matching this year's turnout in Dem areas will be a tall order.

      Brown lost some luster by attacking Warren's heritage, etc., during the last campaign. He still remains the most popular Republican here by far and on a par with, or far ahead of, any Democrat who might run in the special election. This state is far more complex politically than people give it credit for. Many voters in the burbs eat up the "independent" schtick Brown pushes.

      It annoys me on a bigger level. Obama always manages to give the GOP in Congress what they want, and he's done it again.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 02:02:23 PM PST

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      •  Well, add to that (3+ / 0-)
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        all the drama and corruption among the Dems on Beacon Hill.

        Whoever runs in the special election had better remember to campaign in Mattapan, Roxbury, and Dorchester; Coakley did no campaigning there and received no votes from those area.

        And you know what?

        I knew a few people  that lived in those areas that (at least to me) did not look kindly on Martha Coakley on those grounds.

        •  For good reason (6+ / 0-)

          Warren, I think, did her best to avoid that mistake. Coakley ran a terrible campaign in just about every way. And still almost won.

          So it's doable. I just don't think it's in the bag for us. And John Kerry staying put would have avoided the risk, now and in 2014. I don't think Brown would have run against John Kerry in 2014.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 04:50:32 PM PST

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    •  Hope you'll be joining us in the campaign (1+ / 0-)
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      Mass. voters regularly travel to battleground states to campaign.  How about returning the favor?   We could really use your help on the ground this time around.

      And the answer is no, we do not have high profile Democrats with name recognition to run against Brown.  It's just the way it is right now.  Great people, but unknowns.  

      Just be prepared to see Scott Brown back in the Senate and don't blame the voters of Mass.  This was Obama's mess-up.  He knows exactly what the Democratic landscape is in Mass. at this point in time.  

    •  we are telling you we lack depth (0+ / 0-)

      how about listening?  Perhaps we know more about the state of our state than others outside do

      Ma voters very largely fancy themselves as "independant thinkers". Brown plays on that "vote for the person not the party" it's why we had had FOUR Republican Gov's in a row!
      Lots of voters country wide do not pay detailed attention to national politics and how it works

      if they did maybe they'd have cared enought, the Dem leaning ones, to come out in force to oppose Brown the first time so the Senate would remain in Dem hands.

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