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  •  Lynch, you f**king douchebag (3+ / 0-)
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    and I'm not saying that affectionately

    there's a time and a place to primary and this ain't it

    if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

    by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:49:59 AM PST

    •  Why not? (0+ / 0-)

      www.buonoforgovernor.com

      by Paleo on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:00:58 AM PST

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      •  Because I don't want any of our (1+ / 0-)
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        Dems weakened by such a battle on a national media stage (not even Lynch, actually). Not right now. As I understand it neither Lynch nor Markey is well known outside his district. So this will be the first statewide, big-time exposure for both of them.

        How exactly is Lynch going to attack Markey, who's been pretty good to his constituents AFAIK, and has been a solid and successful Dem. Congressman? He's going to have to attack him as being an anti-jobs tree-hugging liberal. I really don't see any other viable campaign pathway to take if he primaries him, unless Markey has some skeletons in the closet I'm not aware of (and that would be even uglier).

        Is it a good idea for any Democrat to attack any other Democrat right now as being against working people/against jobs? Given the situation in the country economically, and the upcoming sequester/reform of Medicare and SS? Dems are going to have a hard enough time convincing working people to turn out in 2014. And special elections tend to get more press, even national press, b/c nothing else is going on.

        Oddly enough, I'm more willing to take such risks in states that Democrats don't control (where we have less to lose).

        if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:23:03 AM PST

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        •  So far (0+ / 0-)

          his tack has been to tag Markey as the anointed one and try to run as the outsider, a la "people's seat."

          He's appealing to his Southie base and similar people across the state: "they don't want to make room for 'folks like us' but we'll force them to."

          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 Feb 01, 2013 at 01:49:05 PM PST

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          •  I don't see (1+ / 0-)
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            how he can convincingly peg himself as an outsider, considering he's been in the House for about 10 years now.

            •  No, no (0+ / 0-)

              Outsider in the Democratic Party is what he means. Kerry, Warren, Vicki Kennedy, etc. have endorsed Markey. So his spiel is "I'm not afraid to vote out of lockstep with the Dems. I am a maverick. So the Democratic establishment is against me, but I'm fighting for your working-class family, not for them."

              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 Feb 02, 2013 at 03:48:21 PM PST

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          •  well, OK, but as The Dude (0+ / 0-)

            says below, it's awfully hard to peg yourself as an outsider when you've been in DC for that long.

            if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 08:56:02 AM PST

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            •  See just above (0+ / 0-)

              your comment!

              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 Feb 02, 2013 at 04:19:47 PM PST

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