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  •  Well, we all know there is no limit (0+ / 0-)

    to Kerry's vanity.

    But it is discouraging that the Democratic bench in Mass,for Chrissakes is so thin....

    •  Here is the problem (3+ / 0-)
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      urovermyknee, LordMike, Swamp Cat

      Mass. Dems are victims of their own success. You had two Senators, Kerry and Kennedy, forever. Thus a whole bunch of Democratic House members re-elected pretty easily every two years, but not well known outside their own districts. No Democrats with real statewide race experience except Gov. Patrick (who won't run for Senate in 2013) and Martha Coakley (been there, done that). Behind them you have a ton of state leg. members, few of whom are known all that well by the public.

      Had Brown not won in 2010, I would expect the Democrats to hold the seat easily in a 2013 special election with a modicum of effort. A Dem like Markey, with experience in Congress and a big war chest, would wipe the floor with one of the state legislature's tiny group of Republicans. But, thanks to Coakley, we have a likely Republican candidate who (1) is known statewide and, in fact, is just coming out of the Senate; (2) has the exact same approval rating among independents in Mass. he had when first elected in 2010.

      Yes, Brown lost in 2012. With a well-funded and famous opponent and huge Dem turnout in a Presidential year. He still got 46%, running well ahead of every other GOP candidate here for federal office except Richard Tisei.

      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 Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 08:47:53 AM PST

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