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  •  MA-SEN: Lynch says he would oppose any (2+ / 0-)
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    anti-Roe v. Wade SCOTUS nominee.


    I wonder if he is making any similar shift on ACA as he is on abortion rights.

    •  It's easier for him to switch sides (3+ / 0-)
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      on confirming SCOTUS nominees when he's never had to do that.  For ACA, he either would have to bite the bullet and flip-flop, or keep repeating the story that he opposed it from the left or because it didn't go far enough (never mind the fact that well before that point there was no hope of passing any more thoroughgoing alternative.)

      37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

      by Mike in MD on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:33:40 AM PST

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    •  He's trying to pivot left, but... (8+ / 0-)

      He's doing a bad job of it.

      One, Rep. Markey has a sterling record as a progressive on social and environmental issues. Rep. Lynch can try to ape his positions, but he'll come off like a poor imitation.

      Two, this couldn't be a more obvious flip-flop. People who are genuinely left-wing on these issues don't need to say things like this; when they do, it doesn't make banner news.

      Three, it doesn't really make that much sense. Lynch is wasting time trying to Etch-a-Sketch away his problems with the left wing of the party when his true appeal lies in Southie and the blue-collar labor Democrats. He's not going to even come close to catching Markey among voters who self-identify as "very liberal" or even "liberal".

      Lynch doesn't have much of a path here with the likely electorate, so I understand why he's flailing around like this trying to reinvent himself. But what he should be doing, from a campaign perspective, is knuckling down on his appeal to culturally conservative values held by actually quite a few Massachusetts Democrats (recall that Republicans in New England, up until the 1980s or 1990s, were often at least as liberal as the Democrats and were typically distinguished from them mostly by their socioeconomic sympathies), racking up labor endorsements, and portraying himself as a politically incorrect but stubbornly authentic outsider and champion of the working class.

      Keeper of the DKE glossary. Priceless: worth a lot; not for sale.

      by SaoMagnifico on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:38:30 AM PST

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      •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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        he's basically just saying : hey, I'm not completely unacceptable.  That's not a good thing.

        ...better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity, than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference. -FDR, 1936

        by James Allen on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 11:49:38 AM PST

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      •  He had planned on running with Brown the GOP (1+ / 0-)
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        candidate.  He really has no argument to make now.  He's the "Me, Too" candidate now.  

        If you're not talking about what billionaire hedgefund bankster Peter G. Peterson is up to you're having the wrong conversations.

        by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 12:06:19 PM PST

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