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  •  One thing doesn't make sense (6+ / 0-)

    about the Brown-not-running scenario : The conventional wisdom has been that Republicans have jumped on the opportunity to get Kerry out of the Senate, presumably to free up his seat so Brown can run for it.  Why would they bother unless they had inside knowledge of Brown's intention to run again?  I don't think there are any other Republicans in Mass that would have a legitimate shot, even in a special election.

    I guess you could argue that, from the Republican point of view, replacing a senior Senator with a junior one, even if he's still a Democrat, is better than nothing.  Plus they get to score a few points in getting the President to cave on the Rice appointment, and it kept Benghazi in the news for an extra few weeks.

    •  Well, conventional wisdom isn't always correct... (4+ / 0-)

      I'm no expert on all the ins-and-outs of MA politics, but ISTM that all the Brown-will-run-again talk stems from the fact that the MA Republicans don't have a really good "bench" - what polling I've seen (mainly on dKos fwiw) shows Ed Markey handily trouncing all the possible GOP candidates, except for Scott Brown: who he beats a little more narrowly - and Brown, whatever else his (manifold) flaws, is really their only well-known name.

      A more salient question, IMO, is whether Gov. Patrick will now name Rep. Markey to the vacancy, or still go with the idea of a "placeholder" till the special....

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