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I did not know that Massachusetts was the bluest dang state in the Union.  I mean, sure, I knew about John Kerry and the Kennedy boys, but they've had some rightwing guvs.  Well, whatever.  There are 10 Congressional Districts in Massachusetts.  Every last one of them is currently blue.

MA-1 - Western portion of the state including Amherst.  Our incumbent, John Olver, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time.
MA-1: Safe Blue.

MA-2 - South central portion of the state including Northampton.  Our incumbent, Richard Neal, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time.
MA-2: Safe Blue.

MA-3 - Central and Southern portion of the state including Worcester.  Our guy, Jim McGovern, carried 70% last time, a full 11 points better than Kerry.  This time he's running unopposed, so I'm figuring high 90s.
MA-3: Safe Blue.

MA-4 - Boston Suburbs.  Our guy, Barney Frank, carried 78% last time.  Kerry only got 65%.  Their guy is Chuck Morse, a radio talk show host.  Well, he's not really running.  He missed the filing deadline, so he's not on the ballot, and he doesn't want to mount a write-in campaign.  But he's not conceding.  What.Ever.
MA-4: Safe Blue.

MA-5 - North Central portion of the state including Lawrence.  Our incumbent, Martin Meehan, got 67%, and is running unopposed.
MA-5: Safe Blue.

MA-6 - Northern coastal area including Peabody.  Our incumbent, John Tierney, got 70%, or 12 better than Kerry.  Their guy is Rick Barton, a veteran Navy pilot and flight instructor, now a small business owner and coach for a youth hockey team.  Nothing to see here.  Move along.
MA-6: Safe Blue.  

MA-7 - More Boston Suburbs.  Our guy, Ed Markey, carried 74% last time, but will get substantially more than that this time, as he has no Republican opponent.
MA-7:  Safe Blue.

MA-8 - Part of Boston.  Our guy, Michael Capuano, ran unopposed last time, but Kerry packed away a tidy 82%.  Their giu os Robert Paul Constantino, Jr ("Bobby C") whose website is politicalgateway.com/cand.php?id=382.  As if that doesn't scream "SAD SACK" at you, imagine a site with the following in the bio section:


Sadly, however, he learned shortly after accepting the position that his student loan company had denied his forbearance requests and his loans were going into default.  As a prosecutor making $35,000 a year, he couldn't afford to stay.  

Uh-huh.
MA-8: Safe Blue.

MA-9 - The other part of Boston.  Our guy, Stephen Lynch, ran unopposed last time, and is running unopposed this time, too.
MA-9: Safe Blue.

MA-10 - Southern coastal area including Cape Cod.  Our guy, Bill Delahunt, got by with 66% last time, or 10 better than Kerry.  Their guy is Jeffrey Beatty, a Delta Force Officer (in the first BlackHawk Down), an FBI Agent, and CIA Counter-terrorism officer.  He also runs "TotalSecurity" a corporation whose very name invokes mental images of brown shirts and billy clubs.  There is also a third party candidate in Peter White, who is running on an impeachment platform.  Still...
MA-10: Safe Blue.

Originally posted to ultrageek on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:08 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Thanks again for doing these (0+ / 0-)

    I learn a lot.

  •  We may as well be smurfs (4+ / 0-)

    we're so blue here.

    Im going to vote for Frank, Kennedy, and Patrick next week. I have thought WAY more about the whole selling-wine-in-grocery-stores question than I have about the politicians. Thats how luxurious MA is.

  •  I'm so proud of my state (3+ / 0-)
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    FlyingToaster, plymouth, masslib

    Now all we have to do is elect Deval Patrick and Tim Murray.

    One of the hardest things to accept as just is a called third strike - Robert Frost

    by israelfox87 on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:17:16 PM PST

  •  I love Massachusetts (0+ / 0-)

    But I heart NY more.

    Reality has a well known liberal bias.-Stephen Colbert

    by pierredude on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:27:50 PM PST

  •  MA-08 checking in here... (1+ / 0-)
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    plymouth

    I don't think we have a challenger...I haven't heard anything, and that guy's website says they didn't get the signatures....?

    (See Upcoming Events, Signature Drive)

    Not that he would be a threat even if he was on there--Mike Capuano is a fine guy who always seems to be doing what I hope he would!  

  •  That's our problem, ya know (0+ / 0-)

    We have extremely liberal values, but live relatively conservative lives.

    What I wish the new Lege would do is to kill that health-insurance-killing-the-poor boondoggle in favor of one that has a real employer mandate (Romney vetoed the $295 per year employer contribution, boo hiss).  

    And find more Democrats for primary challenges.

    The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

    by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:29:41 PM PST

  •  Midnight Blue (1+ / 0-)
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    plymouth

    You know you are in the mother of all blue states when someone from the Green-Rainbow Party can participate in all the debates and people actually respond positively toward her.  I'm proud of this little state of mine.  And, we struck gold with Deval Patrick and Tim Murray.

  •  Whom Or What Should I Write In? (1+ / 0-)
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    FlyingToaster

    Meehan's my Rep.  He's not getting my vote, since he just he is not a loyal Democrat (has $4.9 million in the bank, is unopposed, but wouldn't part with more than $100K for the final, historic 2006 Democratic push).

    So, I've been thinking about it, but I haven't come up with the right answer yet.  Whom or what do I write in when I vote against Meehan?

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    by Irfo on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:31:27 PM PST

    •  I'm sorry, (1+ / 0-)
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      dem4evr

      but your thinking is self-defeating and shortsighted.  

      Marty Meehan has served his district well.  He deserves your vote--unless you have someone one your ballot that has demonstrated that Meehan should be fired.  

      Really.  Get a grip.  

      I guess we really are spoiled here in Massachusetts after all when people are ready to eschew someone like Marty Meehan over a trivial and inconsequential matter.  

      It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

      by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:35:00 PM PST

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      •  It's not trivial (0+ / 0-)

        He's sitting on a pile o cash; if he'd forked over even 10% of it, people wouldn't me so upset.

        Markey finally did, so I don't have to write in Mickey Mouse this year.

        The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

        by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:37:58 PM PST

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        •  Well, yeah, I thought he did fork over some money (0+ / 0-)

          He's hoarding because he wants to run to replace JK in '08.  

        •  Listen, (0+ / 0-)

          Meehan is in the wings for Kennedy's seat.  You don't think some high-financed Republican is going to take a run for Kennedy's seat when he goes?  Meehan is going to need all the money he can muster because the Republicans--especially now that Healey's going to get her nose rubbed in it--will make Kennedy's seat a trophy race.  

          The amount of money we're talking about is not that important in the big picture.  The big picture does include a well-financed run for Kennedy's seat next time, and if you think that seat is safely Democrat just because Kennedy has been in it all these years, you're naive.  

          Has Meehan done a good job?  Yes.  Does he deserve to get fired?  No.  I'm no purity-of-vote acolyte, so there's room to disagree, but I don't see any point in a protest vote against Meehan.  We have bigger fish to fry.  

          It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

          by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:45:09 PM PST

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          •  Which is why I said 10% (0+ / 0-)

            Not giving now gets him a lot less traction from the national orgs (DSCC, DNC).

            A half-million now would have netted several times that later.

            And I'm not sure that Meehan can win.  Nor Markey.  

            And the Republican sacrificial lamb?  They'll have to import another one from out-of-state (e.g., Romney), or get Weld back from NY.  The party's been eviscerated over the past 4 years.  There's no amount of money that can make up for "who? from wheah?".

            The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

            by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:52:25 PM PST

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            •  Well, we can disagree. (0+ / 0-)

              I don't think it's worth firing the guy over, and I don't believe that giving more now will net "several times that later."

              You're not sure that Meehan or Markey can win what?

              Romney is proof-positive that the Repubs can import with success.  If not, there are plenty of Repubs who haven't held office here who can successfully make a run for Kennedy's OPEN seat.  

              It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

              by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:09:29 PM PST

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              •  I'm all for protest votes... (1+ / 0-)
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                Irfo

                ... when the candidate can't lose.  Or when voting for Chthulu is the lesser of two evils.

                I don't think that in a 4 or 5 way race that either Meehan or Markey, along with Lynch, Capuano, McGovern and possibly Joe Kennedy (be still my heart) can win the nomination.  And it'll be at least 4 of the congressmen.

                While I personally want Barney Frank, I don't think he'll give up a Ways and Means Chair to make Cheney call him "Senator Fag".  Too bad, though.

                I think Romney is the reason that the GOP won't be able to bring in an outsider.  He was supposed to build up the party.  Instead, he imported a slew of outsiders, ran 107 candidates for the Legislature, and lost 7 seats in the two houses.  The imported candidates, having lost, promptly moved back whence they came.

                Worse, his bad-mouthing us on his roadtrips (and when is he moving to Lake Winnepesaukee?) means that a lot of unenrolled voters are going to look much harder at the next GOP import.

                If the Mass GOP wants a place at the table, they need to start building up a bench with some homegrown folks.  And not just in Boxborough, Weston, and Pride's Crossing.

                The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

                by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:31:35 PM PST

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                •  Agree with most. (0+ / 0-)

                  I'm not sure that there'll be such a catfight, though, over Kennedy's seat.  

                  The good news is we don't have to worry about it for another six years.  :)

                  It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

                  by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 05:42:35 PM PST

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        •  I'm Voting For You (0+ / 0-)

          So if the next Representative from MA-05 turns out to be FlyingToaster, now you know why.

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          by Irfo on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:46:46 PM PST

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    •  Ye olde standbyes (0+ / 0-)
      Mickey Mouse

      Donald Duck
      Zippy the Pinhead

      or, for a bit o nostalgia:

      Ted Williams

      David Brudnoy

      Red Auerbach

      The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

      by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:35:40 PM PST

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  •  Yeah, we know what we're doing (0+ / 0-)

    most of the time.

    Deval Patrick will be elected governor one week from tomorrow, and, then, we'll be able to get some real work done in this state.

    My congressman, Jim McGovern (MA-3), is one of the most thoughtful, honest, and principled people serving in Congress.  Not too many people can say that about their congressman, but we in the Massachusetts Third certainly can.  

    I love this state; I love what it stands for, I love its independence, and I love that the people, when faced with real choices, often do the right thing.  Massachusetts may be expensive as hell, but it's worth the price.  C'mon in!  The water's fine!

    It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

    by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:32:37 PM PST

  •  So proud to be from MA! (0+ / 0-)

    As a former bay-stater (and I will be one again someday!) I must say this really warms my heart :) I mean I knew about the full delegation being dems, but seeing it all spelled out like this is just... beautiful :)

  •  What next for Massachusetts? (0+ / 0-)

    With the coming election of Deval Patrick as Governor, Massachusetts is about to become as lopsided as a State can get.

    There will not be a single state-wide elected official in Mass. All congressional seats, both Senators, the Governor, all Statewide elected officials - all Democrat.  The Massachusetts Legislature is 85% Democrat.

    The next couple of years are going to be very dangerous. I haven't voted for any Republican candidate since - well since never- but I can still see the danger that is lurking here.

    I think the future of the party here is now going to rest in Deval Patrick's hands.  If he can succesfully push an attractive progressive agenda while also being seen as a sober check on the whims of the legislature, the future for both him and the party here will be secure.

    If however Patrick gets rolled by the legislature or pushes too many new ideas that the population has not been properly primed for, there could be a gigantic backlash.

    I'm happy of course that in this case the one party ruling is my party - but I don't want to see the party over indulge and suffer the same kind of consequences that the GOP is suffering from now.
     

    •  Hoping for a backbone. (0+ / 0-)

      Or planning on sending him one.

      The two most common elements in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.

      by FlyingToaster on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:39:27 PM PST

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    •  You have to remember (1+ / 0-)
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      masslib

      that we have a lot of DINOs.  Just because most of the state legislators claim a D after their names, doesn't mean they really are, by Mass. standards, at least.  

      There are plenty of not-so-Ds among them to provide the balance people think they need.  

      It's all fun and games until the Vice President shoots someone in the face.

      by lightiris on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 04:39:39 PM PST

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  •  Yep. True out here in W. MA (0+ / 0-)

    There are many not so progressive progressives out here, even in Amherst proper.  :)

    And we could get into some serious splitting of hairs over policy issues that delay agendas from going forward.

    I, for one, would love to see MA lead the nation with single-payer healthcare.

    Proud liberal, secular homeschooler.

    by mbzoltan on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:08:25 PM PST

  •  Seven to go! (0+ / 0-)

    In, uh, seven days...but, hey! You're almost there!

    This was one of the easy ones.  Man, if only ALL the states could have outlooks like this!

    I'm sick of these motherf%&*ing Republicans in our motherf%&*ing Government!!!

    by AdmiralNaismith on Mon Oct 30, 2006 at 06:22:50 PM PST

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