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  •  Apparently Lynch Hasn't Figured... (1+ / 0-)
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    The South Boston Democrat and former ironworker even got in a little dig at the woman who defeated Brown — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — telling the Herald that he would be the only U.S. senator who has "had to work for a living."
    How to "Work Smarter Not Harder" on his campaign...

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    by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:55:03 AM PDT

    •  Except the same quote continues with (0+ / 0-)
      Asked about Warren, a fellow Democrat, Lynch responded: "Well, Harvard professor. That's work."
      So this misleading FP story attempts to paint Lynch as bashing Warren, then goes on to provide proof that after making an overly broad statement (directed at nobody in particular), Lynch clearly states that Warren worked for a living.

      There is a motive behind this anti-Lynch jihad that just isn't being stated clearly. These diaries aren't just pro-Markey, they are anti-Lynch. And quite frankly, I have yet to see a quote that paints Lynch as the outright asshole they are trying to cast him as.

      Having said that, I would support Markey over Lynch, but I smell something fishy about this Daily Kos angle on this.

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      by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:02:15 AM PDT

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      •  We should always leave the self-cannibalization (1+ / 0-)
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        to the right wing party because they are going at it full bore.  We don't need to.  And if Lynch wants to go the snide outsider route, future time will teach him a lesson that the past has not.  I hope he'll sell himself in a positive way so he has a future as a Dem.

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        by judyms9 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:10:06 AM PDT

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        •  But DK is furthering this cannibalization. (0+ / 0-)

          DK seems to be interpreting statements that are not overtly nasty. Unless I see video or hear audio putting this "work" comment in a sarcastic or derisive tone, I have to read the words literally. Which is to say that Lynch said being a Harvard prof is real work. Any interpretation beyond that is just speculation.

          Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

          by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:20:28 AM PDT

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      •  Lynch-Warren (3+ / 0-)
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        I had read that quote as being a fairly transparent swipe at Harvard professors (sure, that's "work").

      •  Lynch wants to have his cake and eat it too (3+ / 0-)

        I think he's basically talking to two different constituencies. In the first instance, Lynch is trying to appeal to the mythical Scott Brown voter, who is either a conservative Dem. like Lynch or an unenrolled voter. However, he was asked about his dig and trust me, a Massachusetts voter, it was a dig at Warren, and he was trying to appease the core Democratic constituency as well as nip any controversy from his sexist remark.

      •  What is wrong with being anti Lynch? (6+ / 0-)

        He was against the ACA. He lied about why he was. He's anti-choice. We, the citizens of the Commonwealth do not need a cock-blocking Finneran Democrat on Capital Hill.

        •  I was against the ACA too. I wanted a goddamn (0+ / 0-)

          Public Option. And the ACA does nothing to contain costs. It was a huge sellout.  It's better than nothing, but it utterly sucks compared to the alternatives that were discarded by the administration.

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          by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:40:05 AM PDT

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          •  I wanted Medicare for all. What's your point? (1+ / 0-)
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            Lynch opposed the ACA which narrowly passed the House. It might have failed. Had it failed, Obama was not getting reelected. I know the GOP had a clown car of candidates in 2012 but not passing HCR would have been fatal for the reelection hopes of BHO. When it mattered for our side, Lynch was a worthless cock-blocking Blue Dog. If you make the Senate special a choice between a fake Democrat and a Republican — even in Massachusetts — the fake Democrat almost always loses. Ask Shannon O'Brien.

            •  He also flat-out lied (3+ / 0-)
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              about his reasons for voting no. He now says he voted no because it had no public option - a very valid complaint - but he was booed off the stage at a healthcare rally on Boston Common in September 2009 because he was the only Massachusetts Democrat who didn't support the public option. That alone cost him the chance to run, with union backing, in the special election won by Scott Brown.

              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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:20:24 AM PDT

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              •  thanks for that note on public option (1+ / 0-)
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                I was stunned when I read that he said that he opposed ACA because it had no public option because I was sure he had been one of that extreme minority of Dems who had actually opposed the public option when we desparately needed to buck up that!

      •  You obviously don't (4+ / 0-)
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        understand Boston-style sarcasm. The man said he'd be the only U.S. Senator who'd worked for a living. There are 100 of them. Most of them had some kind of other job before. He meant he'd be the only former ironworker, hardcore blue-collar worker in the Senate. And that's what he's defining "work" as.

        So this misleading FP story attempts to paint Lynch as bashing Warren, then goes on to provide proof that after making an overly broad statement (directed at nobody in particular), Lynch clearly states that Warren worked for a living.
        Read Joe Battenfeld, or the Herald generally, and you'll see they have a LONG tradition of mocking anything to do with Harvard. It's a tabloid that appeals to those who hate Harvard. That's why Scott Brown thought he could win by mocking "Professor" Warren. He'd spent too much time around the Herald crowd and thought everyone viewed the world that way.

        If you want to find someone oppressed to champion, I'd suggest looking for a better one than Steve Lynch.

        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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:17:51 AM PDT

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      •  Elizabeth Warren never worked for a living? (2+ / 0-)
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        As a teenager, she worked as a waitress to help her family make ends meet. She also taught special-needs children, which is one of the hardest jobs I can personally think of. Lynch has certainly worked hard to, but he should be ashamed of himself.

        By the way, while reading Warren's Wikipedia page, I was very proud to discover that she, like several other members of Congress, is an alumna of GWU, where I will be starting my freshman year this fall. Go Colonials!

        "No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters." --Elizabeth Warren

        by foreverblue on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:58:46 AM PDT

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      •  What's your problem? (0+ / 0-)

        Lynch is way too conservative for Massachusetts and don't believe the BS that he "fits his district". He doesn't. He sneaked in in a crowded field and, of course, gets re-elected.

        There's no jihad, just the fairly obvious realization that he's bad enough as a Congressman and would be a disaster as a senator and is completely out of touch with his constituents on issue after issue.

        More to the point: what is your motive in repeatedly suggesting there is something odd about pointing this out?  What would be weird would be people on DK suggesting that either Markey or Lynch would be an acceptable choice.

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