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  •  I don't know. Would there be a backlash (4+ / 0-)
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    in Mass. or would the Kennedy name be golden?  

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    by TomP on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:24:04 PM PST

    •  Joe Kennedy got elected to Congress (7+ / 0-)

      Surely the Kennedy name is not a cure.  The Kennedys aren't the Bushes because the Kennedys at least give a damn.

      Besides, how do you think people on Kos and those in Massachusetts reacted when the 2012 DNC Tribute video to Ted Kennedy was aired?  Everyone loved it, especially when the Lion of the Senate beat Mitt Romney hard in his run for the U.S. Senate back in the 1990's.

      •  The Edward Kennedy dream lives on. (2+ / 0-)
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        For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.
        •  This just in from Boston Herald (1+ / 0-)
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          Edward Kennedy Jr. not running for Senate seat

          Ted Kennedy Jr. — son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — announced this morning he will not run in the special election to replace Sen. John F. Kerry.

          “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. He thanked those who encouraged him to run. “I am extremely grateful for all the offers of support that I have received.”

          Shucky darn!

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:48:35 AM PST

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    •  the Kennedys are really liked here in MA. Now it (7+ / 0-)

      depends on who will run and how he runs his campaign.

      "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

      by LaurenMonica on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:42:24 PM PST

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    •  Backlash? (4+ / 0-)
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      Why? I live in MA. The Kennedy's are well liked here. This guy could win.

      Impeach Norquist!

      by kitebro on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:23:28 PM PST

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      •  The idea that all he has is the name. (4+ / 0-)
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        Borwn would run against that.  Not saying it would work, but it is possible.  I know nothing about him and it seems his name is being discussed because of his father and his name.  

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        by TomP on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:18:38 PM PST

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        •  Brown would lose the election immediately (4+ / 0-)

          I'm really not sure why people on Kos continue to fear Scott Brown will be a formidable candidate again.  He lost his credibility fast when he criticized Elizabeth Warren's ethnic background in such an arrogant way.  His statements will be used against him and almost immediately sink his campaign.

        •  He's long been an advocate for the disabled (10+ / 0-)

          He lost a leg to bone cancer as a kid. Has also dealt with a mother and brother who have struggled with mental illness; as a result, he's a reliable and knowledgeable voice for at least two marginalized groups.  He's on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities, and his family was instrumental in setting up the Special Olympics. Solid, solid credentials there.

          He's also got a Master's in Environmental Studies (in addition to a JD), and both he and his wife are environmental advocates (as is his cousin, former Rep. Bobby, who is a reliable campaigner/surrogate, as well-connected in Dem circles as one gets, and  who would certainly be on board to campaign for him), so he's got good environmental street cred there, too.

          Basically, he's not an empty suit OR a legacy hack...he's actually a good speaker and the whole family is well-liked in MA because they have always been very supportive and involved in Dem politics there, whether a family member was running or not. There are wingnut loud mouth pundits who will rag on ANY Kennedy running for office, but for every one of them, there are thousands of Dems who would vote for him...not because of the name, but because they know the Kennedys are reliable, high-profile advocates for policies that help the people of MA.

          "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

          by Vacationland on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:00:07 PM PST

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        •  I don't think Brown would run against the name (4+ / 0-)
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          because frankly, I don't think Brown will run at all if Teddy Jr is in the race. He already showed himself to be a bully against Elizabeth Warren, so his "nice guy" creds are certainly muted, if not altogether gone. He knows he can't repeat that jerk-ish attitude in the next race, so he can't run an entire campaign on criticizing the Kennedy name.

          In addition, Brown has the loser-stench now and I don't think he'd be willing to take his chances against a Kennedy. I think he'll say he's not interested, then wait for the governor race. Sigh. He may win that one. Yuk!

          Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space, 'cause there's bugger all down here on earth... Monty Python

          by theKgirls on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:01:55 PM PST

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