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  •  Boots on the ground (7+ / 0-)

    We have them. They don't.

    Scott Brown had money last fall. Name recognition. Good favorabilities, too. Most popular politician in Massachusetts by some polls.

    Lost by 8 points to a Harvard Law professor who was unknown beyond NPR, MSNBC, and Route 128 when the campaign began. That's an ass whupping.

    This will be a GOTV election. Nobody does GOTV better than Massachusetts Dems.

    Not saying lightning can't strike twice. But I doubt it.

    Peace on Earth was all it said.

    by BobBlueMass on Wed May 01, 2013 at 04:26:09 AM PDT

    •  A lot of those boots on the ground are Lynch boots (1+ / 0-)
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      They aren't going to be so enthusiastic about Markey.

      •  Comments like this one wont help: (1+ / 0-)
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        on the one hand, he's a Navy SEAL(3+ / 0-)

        on the other hand, he's a Hispanic immigrant.  Could go either way.

        Yes, I have a low opinion of Lynch voters.

        by cordgrass on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:21:10 PM

        "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." Martin Luther King, Jr.

        by brae70 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:07:50 AM PDT

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        •  true (0+ / 0-)

          so what does Markey do to get the Lynch vote?

          •  Well, Markey showed some class last night (2+ / 0-)
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            when he gave extensive praise to Lynch and his supporters.  This was more than the usual boilerplate "I thank my opponent and now let's all work together" stuff.

            Now if I can coin a phrase "It's the economy, stupid."

            Ed knows that we blue-collar types ought to be treated as valued members of society.

            As you said, some Lynch voters are Repubs and are beyond hope, but no great loss there.

            "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by brae70 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:41:43 AM PDT

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      •  Unity is the order of the day (4+ / 0-)
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        Lynch praised Markey, everyone (Markey included) praised Lynch. The unions will support Markey over some guy with a private equity background.

        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 Wed May 01, 2013 at 06:45:45 AM PDT

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        •  I sure hope so nt (2+ / 0-)
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          •  They will. It's almost a no brainer. (0+ / 0-)

            (Cops might be an exception as they lean Republican.)

            Actually some of them did in the primary, like SEIU, which has a good deal of influence in the Latino community. Some of them remained neutral, as did the central bodies, which was a practical decision on their part.

            "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." Martin Luther King, Jr.

            by brae70 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:56:21 PM PDT

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      •  Meh. We'll see. (2+ / 0-)
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        I have a better opinion of Lynch, and his voters. More than a few voted for Warren and Patrick. Not to mention a Haitian in yesterday's state senate special.

        I know plenty of Lynch voters. Nearly all of them are good Democrats who will be there for Markey in June. They sure as shit aren't gonna be crazy about some investment banker, or whatever, nobody who couldn't even get elected selectman in his town.

        Congressman Lynch and I have disagreed on many things. We are not particularly fond of each other. But i believe he will be a team player here, as he has been in other elections. Besides, he wants to run statewide again. Pissing people off by dumping on Markey doesn't help. He's conservative, but he's not crazy.

        Markey has a pretty good record of appealing to and bringing out blue collar Dems. He's been doing it for years. And the unions will be strong for Markey.

        Peace on Earth was all it said.

        by BobBlueMass on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:02:12 PM PDT

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        •  This Lynch voter thanks you for that coment. (1+ / 0-)
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          I'll stack up my liberal credentials against almost anybody here.  I was born and raised in Newton, that bastion of liberalism, and cut my politcal teeth there. I supported Robert Drinan and Barney Frank  I spoke in favor when our student council, NHS 1970, chose Howard Zinn as our graduation speaker. Yet we also sent a professional boxer, Joe DeNucci, to the Legislature and later to the Auditor's office.  

          Many people from this demographic, union or not, went for Lynch out of a sense of pride that someone with the same type of background could go to law school and win a seat in Congress.  If some can take pride in their daughter getting a masters degree or whatever (and they very well should) then we can take pride in this.

          Many of the unions endorsed Lynch because he supported them on important legislation.  When he got his law degree he took on many of the unions as clients, even though he could have sold out and gone into the much more lucrative field of corporate law. When your friends need you, you help them.  it's what we do. I wish more people could understand this.

          "One of the greatest tragedies of man's long trek along the highway of history has been the limiting of neighborly concern to tribe, race, class or nation." Martin Luther King, Jr.

          by brae70 on Wed May 01, 2013 at 01:47:06 PM PDT

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