GOP scheming for Scott’s return
WASHINGTON — Dear Massachusetts Democratic Party: Those Washington Republicans are trying to pick a fight with you.
Don’t misinterpret all the love that GOP senators such as John McCain and a growing line of others have been throwing at U.S. Sen. John Kerry lately. It’s not just because they’d rather eat nails than confirm U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice — now taking heat over her Benghazi remarks — as secretary of state. It’s because, with Democrat Elizabeth Warren headed to Washington, D.C., and Scott Brown headed home, the GOP would really like a Bay State Senate race do-over.
I’m not suggesting that Kerry’s Republican Senate colleagues don’t genuinely respect him or that they don’t believe that he’d make a good Secretary of Whatever. They do. But even more, they’d love to see Brown and his barn coat back in Washington as they fight against the prospect of Democrats achieving a Senate supermajority in upcoming years.
Yet, the names that are being batted around as potential Democratic candidates for Kerry’s open seat are about as fresh as the few remaining Hostess Twinkies on the shelf at the local Stop & Shop.
What the Dems need is to take a cue from Brown, who seemed to emerge from nowhere in 2009 — the perfect time to ride a wave of voter discontent right to the nation’s capital. The party needs a candidate who can capitalize on gains it made in the last election and get voters to the polls. And with all due respect to the current and former members of the Bay State congressional delegation, that person’s last name isn’t Capuano or Lynch or Markey or Meehan, no matter how large their piles of campaign cash.
Why? Scott Brown can beat them. Don’t let 2012 fool you — Brown is still popular among voters. They may not have liked the campaign he ran against Elizabeth Warren, but with favorability numbers well above the 50-percent mark he’s still the frontrunner. And Republicans know it. [Read more]
Senator Brown has many very strong friendships in communities across the state. His honesty, down to earth humor, and unique ability to level with people are rare gifts for a politician. Here he is sharing a happy moment with Ary Rotman and Greg Margoolin, co-founders of the Russian Jewish Community Foundation, at a gala in 2012.
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