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I haven't seen this covered on Daily Kos yet but it's safe to say that no matter what happens in Massachusetts politics, the Kennedy clan is always there to save the day.

And I am ok with that!  Joe P. Kennedy III just got elected to Congress to replace Rep. Barney Frank so needless to say, if another Kennedy runs for office in Massachusetts, more Kennedys!

Look, as much as the Kennedy clan has gone through, whether it be JFK, JFK Jr, or any other Kennedy, at least they've been fighters.

And now one of the sons of the Lion of the U.S. Senate is planning on running.  No, not Patrick Kennedy as he's based in Rhode Island.

It's Edward Kennedy Jr.  Just think of this, what better way to replace John Kerry than with a Kennedy?  Senator John Kerry is just about a Kennedy, idolized and even met John F. Kennedy long ago.  Hell, Kerry is close friends with Ah-nold Schwarzenegger, who divorced from Maria Shriver recently who also is also from the Kennedy clan.

Edward M. Kennedy Jr. is giving serious consideration to running for the US Senate seat that John F. Kerry will vacate if he is confirmed as secretary of state, according to his brother, former US representative Patrick Kennedy.

The former Rhode Island congressman said that leading Democrats, including Senator Charles Schumer of New York, have asked his brother to look at launching a campaign to replace Kerry and hold the seat for Democrats.

“It’s not something he took lightly when he was approached about running,’’ Patrick Kennedy said in a phone interview Saturday night. “He got the message that he should ­seriously look at it.’’

The former congressman said his brother, who lives in Connecticut but owns a house at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, has reached out to family members, friends, and some prominent Democrats, including ­Kerry, as he ponders whether to plunge into the political life that has been so much part his family’s legacy.

Let me be clear in saying that I really do not know a thing about Ted Kennedy Jr.  I know Patrick Kennedy has been a Congressman for many years in Rhode Island and was close with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. when he was in rehab.

However, providing TKJ does run for the U.S. Senate, is not a fluke and is a real formidable candidate aside from just the Kennedy name, the race is officially over.  Scott Brown's future is kaput, at least for now.

Just think of the coolness of having two fighters in the U.S. Senate representing Massachusetts:

Elizabeth Warren
And Ted Kennedy Jr.

I mean, TKJ does have fighting power.  He even sounds a lot like his father, whom we all miss.

Here's TKJ on his father:

TKJ on the Americans with Disabilities Act:


Will you support Ted Kennedy Jr. if he runs?

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  •  I don't know. Would there be a backlash (4+ / 0-)
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    dkmich, LaurenMonica, jennyp, sharonsz

    in Mass. or would the Kennedy name be golden?  

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    by TomP on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:24:04 PM PST

    •  Joe Kennedy got elected to Congress (7+ / 0-)

      Surely the Kennedy name is not a cure.  The Kennedys aren't the Bushes because the Kennedys at least give a damn.

      Besides, how do you think people on Kos and those in Massachusetts reacted when the 2012 DNC Tribute video to Ted Kennedy was aired?  Everyone loved it, especially when the Lion of the Senate beat Mitt Romney hard in his run for the U.S. Senate back in the 1990's.

      •  The Edward Kennedy dream lives on. (2+ / 0-)
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        For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dream shall never die.
        •  This just in from Boston Herald (1+ / 0-)
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          Edward Kennedy Jr. not running for Senate seat

          Ted Kennedy Jr. — son of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy — announced this morning he will not run in the special election to replace Sen. John F. Kerry.

          “Although I have a strong desire to serve in public office, I consider Connecticut to be my home, and hope to have the honor to serve at another point in my future,” Kennedy said in a statement. He thanked those who encouraged him to run. “I am extremely grateful for all the offers of support that I have received.”

          Shucky darn!

          It's difficult to be happy knowing so many suffer. We must unite.

          by War on Error on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:48:35 AM PST

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    •  the Kennedys are really liked here in MA. Now it (7+ / 0-)

      depends on who will run and how he runs his campaign.

      "Rick Perry talks a lot and he's not very bright. And that's a combination I like in Republicans." --- James Carville

      by LaurenMonica on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:42:24 PM PST

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    •  Backlash? (4+ / 0-)
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      Why? I live in MA. The Kennedy's are well liked here. This guy could win.

      Impeach Norquist!

      by kitebro on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:23:28 PM PST

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      •  The idea that all he has is the name. (4+ / 0-)
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        Borwn would run against that.  Not saying it would work, but it is possible.  I know nothing about him and it seems his name is being discussed because of his father and his name.  

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        by TomP on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:18:38 PM PST

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        •  Brown would lose the election immediately (4+ / 0-)

          I'm really not sure why people on Kos continue to fear Scott Brown will be a formidable candidate again.  He lost his credibility fast when he criticized Elizabeth Warren's ethnic background in such an arrogant way.  His statements will be used against him and almost immediately sink his campaign.

        •  He's long been an advocate for the disabled (10+ / 0-)

          He lost a leg to bone cancer as a kid. Has also dealt with a mother and brother who have struggled with mental illness; as a result, he's a reliable and knowledgeable voice for at least two marginalized groups.  He's on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities, and his family was instrumental in setting up the Special Olympics. Solid, solid credentials there.

          He's also got a Master's in Environmental Studies (in addition to a JD), and both he and his wife are environmental advocates (as is his cousin, former Rep. Bobby, who is a reliable campaigner/surrogate, as well-connected in Dem circles as one gets, and  who would certainly be on board to campaign for him), so he's got good environmental street cred there, too.

          Basically, he's not an empty suit OR a legacy hack...he's actually a good speaker and the whole family is well-liked in MA because they have always been very supportive and involved in Dem politics there, whether a family member was running or not. There are wingnut loud mouth pundits who will rag on ANY Kennedy running for office, but for every one of them, there are thousands of Dems who would vote for him...not because of the name, but because they know the Kennedys are reliable, high-profile advocates for policies that help the people of MA.

          "When did it fall apart? Sometime in the '80s / When the great and the good gave way to the greedy and the mean." - Billy Bragg

          by Vacationland on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:00:07 PM PST

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        •  I don't think Brown would run against the name (4+ / 0-)
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          because frankly, I don't think Brown will run at all if Teddy Jr is in the race. He already showed himself to be a bully against Elizabeth Warren, so his "nice guy" creds are certainly muted, if not altogether gone. He knows he can't repeat that jerk-ish attitude in the next race, so he can't run an entire campaign on criticizing the Kennedy name.

          In addition, Brown has the loser-stench now and I don't think he'd be willing to take his chances against a Kennedy. I think he'll say he's not interested, then wait for the governor race. Sigh. He may win that one. Yuk!

          Pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space, 'cause there's bugger all down here on earth... Monty Python

          by theKgirls on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:01:55 PM PST

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  •  He is eloquent (9+ / 0-)

    and he comes from the Family that has served this Country proudly.

    He is ready and so is Mass and the Senate.. Go ENKJr!!!!!

    All I want is the truth. Just gimmie some truth John Lennon

    by gimmie truth on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:35:50 PM PST

  •  Sorry (4+ / 0-)
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    EMK Jr.

    All I want is the truth. Just gimmie some truth John Lennon

    by gimmie truth on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:36:30 PM PST

  •  He really looks like his dad as well... (3+ / 0-)
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    It's almost eerie.  

    I'm not keen on the idea really given he's carpetbagging, as much as a Kennedy in Massachusetts could ever really carpetbag I guess.  

    One good thing is that this is not the Kennedy seat - Warren has the Kennedy seat.  Brown scored some points with his "This is not Teddy's seat, this is the peoples seat" riff in 2009.

    If Brown passes, Bill Weld will be coming back from out of state himself, so the non-Mass resident issue will not be nearly as much as an issue.  But I think Brown could raise some sizable hay as the Boston kid vs the aristocratic Kennedy clan heir coming from out of state thinking the seat is his family's birthright.  

    The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:36:45 PM PST

    •  William Weld is a good guy actually (1+ / 0-)
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      I actually like Weld although for the sake of keeping the U.S. Senate in Democrats' hands, I wouldn't support him.

      However, Weld has been an Obama supporter and also a liberal Republican, near the Lincoln Chafee mold (although Chafee is now an Independent).  After John Kerry defeated Weld in a closely watched race in 1996, Kerry actually became friends with Weld and even supported him on a matter at some point (I forget which).

      On the other hand, I think Weld's political days are about over.  I don't see how he'd become a factor, unless the Republican Party wanted to branch out and be more inclusive, which ain't gonna happen now that Prince "Idiot Jerk" Priebus is a shoo-in for re-election to Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

  •  Why didn't he run for the Lieberman seat? (3+ / 0-)
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    Given he's a Connecticut resident?

    I guess he could use that to sell his desire to come back "home" to Massachusetts.  I guess he could also say he didn't run against Brown in 2012 because too much would have been made about him running on his last name to win "his Dad's" seat back, and could further say "While I don't agree with Scott Brown on much, I do believe that there is no Kennedy seat in the Senate, but the peoples seat".

    The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:41:10 PM PST

  •  I don't believe in Royalty for America (2+ / 0-)
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    I don't believe in having political Royal families or a political aristocracy, be they Kennedy or Bush

    It is bad enough that some people have advantages in running for public office based on inherited or married wealth, but having family dynasties only makes our elections even less democratic.

    If anything, I believe that voters and supporters need to be more critical of those running for office taking advantage of a family name, as too many voters may attribute qualities to the candidate that the candidate did not earn.

    Voters are certainly free to vote in primaries or general elections based on any sensible or foolish criteria they choose, but, grass root political activists need to be prudent on who they help become credible candidates.

    The most important way to protect the environment is not to have more than one child.

    by nextstep on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 12:47:08 PM PST

  •  now that would be great news... (8+ / 0-)

    ...we went far too long without a Kennedy in the House (two years, if memory serves correctly)...and we've gone too long without a Kennedy in the Senate.

    My guess is that Ted Kennedy Jr. would be an instant frunrunner; plus, he has the potential to be a great Senator, even greater than his father because he'll come without the baggage of Chappaquidick that his father carried.

    •  Not only that, he's a healthcare expert (6+ / 0-)

      Literally, Ted Kennedy Jr. could do wonders for the health care debate in the U.S. since Ted Kennedy Sr. was pretty much the fiercest pro-healthcare advocate in Congress.  Even Orrin Hatch was close friends with Kennedy.

      I just hope that if Ted Kennedy Jr runs and wins election, he'll work on effective consensus building with Republicans like his father did with Hatch and others without compromising ideas or ideology.

      Then again, with the GOP being run the way it is these days and with those self-centered, arrogant, elitist Tea Party freaks having a stranglehold on those running for Congress, it doesn't matter which Democrat will win the U.S. Senate seat.  Tea Party people don't compromise.

  •  I won't support him. There are better and (2+ / 0-)
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    more experienced candidates and Scott Brown will say over and over again that the Senate seat is "the People's seat, not the Kennedy's seat" and he'll win.

    The fact that he resides in Connecticut is something that Massachusetts voters will know.   There are people that consider Elizabeth Warren an Oklahoman even though she's lived here for 15 years.  Massachusetts has a very parochial mindset and I believe there is a lot of hidden resentment towards the Kennedys among non-Democrats.  I think Ted Jr. should try to run for Congress first in CT.  Maybe he can primary Esty in two years if she acts too much like Lieberman.

    Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

    by pistolSO on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:16:14 PM PST

    •  Name recognition would trump (3+ / 0-)
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      anything Brown tried to say. And it's also "the Peoples seat, not Scott Brown's seat". So his January 2010 campaign slogan just might hit a brick wall, this time.

      Impeach Norquist!

      by kitebro on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:30:46 PM PST

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      •  Martha Coakley had better name recognition (3+ / 0-)
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        and she lost.   Of course Coakley ran a lazy, entitled campaign.   I would hope that if Ted Jr. if the nominee(to which I'll sigh if he beats out political veterans and also fighters Markey and Capuano), that he will work as hard as his father did in his campaign and not for a second believe that he is entitled to win because he is a Kennedy.

        I hate nepotism on principle and I don't like encouraging a first-timer to run just because his dad was the Lion of the Senate when you have two perfectly good progressives already that will fight like hell and have earned the chance at a promotion.

        That being said, if Ted Jr runs, I hope that he can earn my vote.

        Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

        by pistolSO on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:39:14 PM PST

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    •  What do you mean by "experience?" (3+ / 0-)
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      Ted Kennedy Jr. is a lawyer and entrepreneur.  I'm not sure what kind of experience you're looking for in the next U.S. Senator.  Those who are lawyers who run for Congress already have experience with law and that applies well when creating a piece of legislation, which is to change or add law.

      I was just looking at the Massachusetts Secretary of State's office PDF (produced back in 2006).  I'm not sure if anything has changed but check it out:

      U.S. Senator
      United States Citizen for 9 years
      Minimum Age: 30
      Signaures Required: 10,000
      Resident of Massachusetts When elected

      The requirements though on running for statewide office in Massachusetts are more strict.

      •  OK, Ted Jr. is qualified (0+ / 0-)

        I wasn't saying that he wasn't qualifed.   However, Markey has been in Congress for over 30 years and he is a fighter on the environment and other issues AND he's got $3 million cash on hand.   Markey can also fundraise well..

        Capuano has quite a history of fighting for progressive issues like early withdrawal from Afghanistan, and he could steamroll Brown in a debate.   His cash on hand is under $500,000 though so he might not be in good financial shape to take down Brown.

        Ted Jr. could self-fund, and his health-care expertise will paly well.   But there are some unknowns.   Can Ted Jr. hold his own in a debate?   Will Ted Jr just self-fund or can he fundraise?

        Of course if Niki Tsongas jumps in, that will make things very interesting because Emily's List and other groups will want to support a woman so we can have more women in the Senate.

        Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

        by pistolSO on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:48:36 PM PST

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        •  That is a question that remains to be seen (2+ / 0-)
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          On the other hand, even Ed Markey may not decide to run or he'll abandon his campaign all together as Ted Kennedy Jr. should be able to raise loads of money fast.

          Besides, the unique situation is that Ted Kennedy Jr. is not a career politician.  Unlike his father, Ted Kennedy Jr. has had a lot of experience in the private sector.  That may prove to be an even bigger ability for Kennedy to make his case for the U.S. Senate.

          In a way, Ted Kennedy Jr. will do what Robert Kennedy Jr. did not, if in fact he does run.  Robert Kennedy Jr. is known to being one of the biggest environmental advocates although he's based in New York and it doesn't seem to me that Robert Kennedy Jr. wants to go run for public office.  He just lost his wife tragically so being private for him is probably the best thing in his interest right now.

    •  Also regarding John Kerry (0+ / 0-)

      There is hidden resentment towards John Kerry as well as his views are in line pretty much 100% with the Kennedy clan yet he's got a lot of admiration from both parties in being nominated for U.S. Secretary of State.

      But really, it's not as if it really matters since Scott Brown is pretty much the only Republican to win in the U.S. Senate in more than five decades at least.  Massachusetts may have some redness but it's blue, more blue than California.

      I just think that if there's a preferred person besides a Kennedy, then why doesn't that person show up?  Maybe that person could become the next Barack Obama in which he/she could challenge the dynasty of the Kennedy clan and beat someone like Ted Kennedy Jr.  On the other hand, the Kennedys are Obama supporters and were since 2007 so this is a different scenario.

  •  We have people who have been working in MA (4+ / 0-)
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    for decades, like my congressman, Markey.  What has Ted Jr done lately aside from speak at his Dad's funeral.  Sorry, I just don't see the state simply voting for a Kennedy because he's a Kennedy.  Even the red headed beautiful Joe III had years of work in the DA's office in Barnstable.
    The folks who voted for Kennedys just becase they were Kennedys have long since fled to Scott Brown.

    WE must hang together or we will all hang separately. B.Franklin

    by ruthhmiller on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 01:43:13 PM PST

    •  Ted Kennedy Jr. actually has a unique situation (2+ / 0-)
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      He's like Robert Kennedy Jr. in that he's got lots of experience in the private sector.  Ted Kennedy Sr. pretty much spent his entire life in the U.S. Senate but on the other hand, Ted Kennedy Jr. has spend over 20 years in the private sector, establishing his own company in New York and even getting involved in the health care debate.

      Robert Kennedy Jr. may actually warm up to certain skeptical Republicans or Independent voters because of his private sector experience.  He's not a career politician so that can be refreshing since he is a Kennedy.

  •  Just need to point out, regarding Patrick Kennedy (1+ / 0-)
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    Patrick Kennedy now lives in New Jersey with his wife and children.  He's no longer based in Rhode Island.

    •  Thanks for reminding me (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, he's no longer serving in Congress.  Maybe establishing the Kennedy clan in New Jersey isn't a bad idea since the NJ political system always seems to make people in the state cynical, unless of course you happen to be Cory Booker.

  •  He LIVES in CONNECTICUT, not Massachusetts (1+ / 0-)
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    Why would swing voters or voters who vote only in Presidential elections come out to vote for a candidate who lives in a different state?  If I were in Massachusetts, I would be insulted that he thinks he deserves my vote or is entitled to my vote just because of his last name.  

    I could be wrong but I think Scott Brown will beat an out-of-stater "carpetbagger" candidate handily.

    It does not matter how qualified he is.

    He lives in Connecticut , not Massachusetts.

    He'll lose - worse than the awful Coakley (whom I did support with $ in the primary and general) in 2010.

    •  He owns a home in Massachusetts... (0+ / 0-)

      And grew up in Massachusetts.  Hawaii seems to like Pres Obama well enough eventhough he lived in Illinois and was a Sen. from there.  Hawaii and Illinois are battling it out to see who gets the Obama Presidential Library (I think it should go in Chicago as more visitors will see it, but have an annex in Hawaii).  

      He's not ideal, but I like him over all the lily-livered Dem House Reps.  

      The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:06:52 PM PST

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    •  Because he's not Scott Brown (2+ / 0-)
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      I hate to say it, but that's enough for me.  

      I don't think we have other Dems strong enough to beat Brown who remains very popular in the western part of the state.

  •  The way I look at Capuano, Lynch, Markey... (0+ / 0-)

    The all didn't have enough confidence in their respective abilities to beat Brown in 2012 - they didn't want to give up their House seat and risk losing to Brown and be out of Congress completely - that to me is damning in their chances against Brown in a special.  If they were not confident in their abilities in a Presidential year - why would they be better candidates in a special election?  Just because they don't have to risk their house seat?

    The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

    by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 02:57:47 PM PST

    •  Maybe they didn't know if Obama would win (0+ / 0-)

      and Brown had a strong "nice guy" cred at the time, plus Brown was the incumbent.    Liz Warren deserves a lot of credit for damaging the Brown brand.

      Of course, they also could have thought that the chances of retaking the House soon were stronger so they wanted to keep their seniority if that were to happen.   But it looks like the House will remain in GOP hands until at least 2016 barring a strong Democratic wave in 2014.

      Washington and Colorado said that you've got to legalize it. Hope the DOJ respects that.

      by pistolSO on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 03:17:09 PM PST

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    •  They first would have had to beat Elizabeth Warren (0+ / 0-)

      In the primary.  Maybe they were more concerned about losing their seat in a primary.  With Warren elected and presumably supporting the Dem candidate, a new Senate race vs. Brown might be more enticing

  •  GO Teddy, Jr.! (1+ / 0-)
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    I just listened again to his eulogy for his father and it was just as beautiful and emotional as I remembered it. Ted, Jr. must run. He could take on Brown and make Scottie look a Wall Street/NRA carpetbagger. Heading into a rough 2014 Sen. election cycle with Begich and Landrieu in tough races, we need to keep our +2 Senate edge. We can not let the Tea Party/GOP get more confident with a Brown win again. Look how they went bonkers over his first 2010 triumph.  The GOP gets the likes of Tim Scott as a DeMint replacement . We must answer with Teddy, Jr. I'm glad Chuck Schumer is on his case. For more on Brown, T. Scott, and other related matters, read    this

    •  We have a +5 Senate edge thanks to 2012 (2+ / 0-)
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      But we do need to hold this seat.  

      GOP will need to win six races in 2014 - but have winnable ones - Tim Johnson, Baucus, Landrieu, Pryor, Begich, Rockefeller, Hagan will have very tough fights on their hands.  

      The NRA is the Gun Manufacturer Lobby. Nothing more. Their pontification about the second amendment is nothing more than their ad jingle. They're the domestic version of the Military Industrial Complex.

      by Jacoby Jonze on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 05:27:28 PM PST

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    •  Yes - Go Teddy! (1+ / 0-)
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      When I heard Teddy Jr. eulogize his father I was impressed, amazed, and moved.  My dream was for him to enter politics and pick up where his father left off. That was three years ago, and now the opportunity presents itself!

      Mr. Kennedy, please enter the Massachusetts senate race!

  •  Especially appreciate his comments (1+ / 0-)
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    on the Americans With Disabilities Act.  

    My first hope -- likely pie in the sky -- is that Scott Brown does not run in the special Senate election.  Blue odds rise if he's not in the mix, at least according to early polls.  

    If Brown does run, I say let's whip him again.  I trust Massachusetts Democrats to make a great pick from a primary field, and then let's everybody get behind that primary winner and hold this seat.  

    A small point with (arguably) big implications:  In the campaign video for Obama in New Mexico, I like the way Ted Jr. knows his geography.  That is, he names specific places in the state, sets it in the context of having been shown the state with his dad, and then speaks graciously of the welcome he's received there by New Mexicans.  Good politicians -- unlike Sarah Palin, for example -- can do actual geography and make it cultural geography.  At least in these clips, it sounds genuine coming from Ted Jr.

  •  Any female Kennedys that could run? (0+ / 0-)

    Aren't any of the women able to do the job?

    Just wondering...

    Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

    by splashy on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 02:34:46 AM PST

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