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Teabaggers didn't limit their favors tonight to the Delaware and New Hampshire senate races (although they were yummy and thank you very much).  In an open House seat rated as a toss-up by many pundits, Republicans nominated a town selectman, Jeff Perry, over the former state treasurer, Joe Malone.  Perry is not a Scott Brown type, although he is very good-looking (hmmn, is THAT what the Tea Party is all about--a kind of weird eroticism?  Palin, O'Donnell, Bachmann, Brown, Perry--not bright but ..... i

Perry is far too conservative for Massachusetts, even the 10th district (Cape Cod and the Islands).  Perry describes Health Care Reform Act as a step toward socialism, opposes cap and trade, does not support gay marriage, is pro-life and pro-death penalty and loves him some 10th amendment.

Democrat Bill Keating, the district attorney of one of the three counties comprising the 10th CD, is a liberl Democrat with excellent credentials, including a stint in the state senate where he visibly opposed the bullying tactics of senate president Billy Bulger, brother of the notorious and elusive Whitey Bulger.

This race is no longer in the toss-up category, folks, and it could have been--in a Malone-Keating match-up.

Originally posted to jhannon on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 09:14 PM PDT.

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  •  He'll still need to camapign though (12+ / 0-)

    Don't take it for granted.

    People panic too much on this site.

    by thematt523 on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 09:29:55 PM PDT

    •  No worries (9+ / 0-)

      I doubt any Massachusetts Democrat is going to take an election for granted, for a long, long time to come.

      Dude, your statistical average, which was already in the toilet, just took a plunge into the Earth's mantle. ~ iampunha

      by ETF on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 10:08:40 PM PDT

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      •  Brown did very well in the 10th (1+ / 0-)
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        and is still very popular there.

        It's no place to be overconfident, since it contains lots of older, wealthier types who are the basic tea party demo.

        A public option for health insurance is a national priority.

        by devtob on Tue Sep 14, 2010 at 10:44:07 PM PDT

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      •  I even saw a Coakley sign yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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        and she's running unopposed* for reelection as Attorney General.

        *(I can't understand why: you'd think someone would want to go for the "anyone but Martha" vote ...)

    •  What makes you think they will pull a Clinton? (2+ / 0-)
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      They will take it seriously just like the other races. The party knows it will have to focus on these newly found hopes in order to maintain power.

      What has happened tho is we will now take republican seats and gotten great material to tie other Republicans with. We can now go on the offensive which will change the game.

      Basically everyone agreed that for a republican takeover in congress they had to.

      #1 Capture some Dem seats.
      #2 Win most of the tossups
      #3 Hold ALL Republican seats.

      Basically they had to hold polling numbers they had weeks ago and they have not. Most of these tea party nuts will be easy to defeat when we go on the offensive.

  •  Oh, I hope you are right (5+ / 0-)

    Was worried about this seat, especially after Brown's victory.

  •  Joe Malone (9+ / 0-)

    Joe Malone would have been a terrible candidate.  He has a huge corruption scandal in his past. When he was state treasurer, his staffers ripped the state off of almost 10 million bucks.

    members of his own party are raising concerns that he may not be the best choice, because of a decade-old scandal that damaged his reputation as a reformer and convinced most political insiders that his public career was dead.

    Within weeks of Malone’s departure from office in 1999, it was discovered that several of his top aides and associates had manipulated systems within the office of the state treasurer for seven years, stealing $9.4 million through various schemes. It is the biggest theft of state funds in Massachusetts history and muddied Malone’s image as a champion of clean politics and good government, which had helped sweep him into the treasurer’s office in 1990.

    Joe Malone

  •  I don't know Perry from a hole-in-the-wall but .. (6+ / 0-)

    Malone is used up.  He left the Treasurers seat under a cloud and hasn't done anything noteworthy in years. It's no surprise to me that he went down.

    I think we underestimate the Teabaggers.  They've captured the negative energy of this election cycle. It's a crime, because in my experience they're pretty clueless and should be on OUR side, but they're fired up and going out to vote for the craziest asshole they can find.

    MA-10 is the most conservative district in the state (PVI D+5).  Both of the local papers here (Quincy Patriot Ledger and the Mariner chain) endorsed Keating's Blue Dog opponent and will likely endorse Perry unless he eats a baby on live TV between here and November.  A brief glance at the special election results show that almost every single town in the district except the tip of the Cape (Eastham to P-town) and the Islands went almost 2-1 for Brown over Coakley.

    My humble opinion?  We would have been better off with a used up hack like Joe Malone, who for all his faults, probably couldn't play the teabag role effectively.  Perry is an unknown that Mama Grizzly can sprinkle fairy dust on to turn him into a Serious Person.

    •  51% of 15% of the electorate still won't win. (0+ / 0-)

      In most cases, that's all 'baggers are: the crazy and loud majority of a minority.  They win only if we decide not to.

    •  Couple of problems (0+ / 0-)

      Keating's opponent (Bob O'Leary) is not a Blue Dog.

      The PVI is +5 but that's not significantly different from MA-3, 5 and 6.  

      Perry's positions and style are far more to the right than Brown's.  

      The more conservative side of the district (South Shore) is where Keating is best known.  

      Mama Grizzly is not going to have much pull in this district.  There are many sections of this district with highly motivated liberals who will go hard to make sure no Tea-bagger (and Perry really is one) represents them in Congress.  

      If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

      by jhannon on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 08:05:11 AM PDT

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      •  I'll take your word for it on O'Leary ... (0+ / 0-)

        ... I saw a laundry list of his positions in the Ledger (which endorsed him btw - a bad sign) and it said Blue Dog to me (raise the SS retirement age ...), but YMMV.  Looking now at what he said about himself versus what the Ledger said about him paints a little different picture.  Perhaps the Ledger saw what it wanted to see in him.  

        The crack about Palin was gratuitous, but it would be a mistake to think that our teabaggers are less crazy or less motivated than anyone elses.  Less numerous perhaps.  

        Also, I'm not arguing the depressive case for MA-10, just saying that, imho, as an unknown Perry has the potential to capture 'energy' on the other side that Joe Malone never could.  

  •  Regardless of who wins this seat (2+ / 0-)
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    When Massachusetts loses another seat in 2012 this district will be wiped out--which is too bad; my choice would be to get rid of Lynch.

    •  This district CAN'T be wiped out (0+ / 0-)

      It's on the edge of the state.  The Cape and Islands have to be in their own House district--the question is how far north and west the district will run beyond the Cape.  It is unlikely that the incumbent in this district will have to run against another House incumbent.

      I think it IS likely that Lynch will be punished for leaving the reservation too often and for being the least effective member of the delegation.  His district could be absorbed into several neighboring districts, including those held by Capuano, Frank, Markey and McGovern, as well as the 10th (Keating).  He would not run well against any of them.  This is one of the reasons he seriously considered running in the special election for senate.

      If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

      by jhannon on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 07:56:16 AM PDT

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      •  Only 250K people live SE of the Cape Cod Canal (0+ / 0-)

        That's 1/3 of a district. What areas they're attached to makes a huge difference.

        •  Good point (though 40% actually....) (0+ / 0-)

          and how could that district not be attached to much of what constitutes the current district, i.e., south shore communities near the Cape--Plymouth, Carver. etc.  The 10th can only be combined with parts of the 4th (Barney--not gonna happen much), and the 9th (Lynch).  If the 10th is expanded to take chunks of Lynch's district, e.g., the Bridgewaters, it won't help Lynch at all.  The key for Keating might be whether Quincy stays in the district.  

          If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

          by jhannon on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 02:02:51 PM PDT

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  •  You lost me when you wrote Perry is "very good- (0+ / 0-)

    looking".

    Although I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  •  Let me get this straight (pun intended) (1+ / 0-)
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    Perry opposes gay marriage and he's looking to represent a district that has P-town, which is one fo the most openly gay communities this side of the country?

    Yeah, he'll go far.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Wed Sep 15, 2010 at 04:35:49 AM PDT

  •  ah! (0+ / 0-)

    if its about looks, thats the first reasonable explanation I'VE got.... not fiscal responsibility, but physical responsibility!

    If looks could kill it would have been us instead of him.

    by jhannon on Fri Sep 17, 2010 at 08:06:14 PM PDT

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