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  •  Could this cause more Dem candidates to join (8+ / 0-)

    given it would be seen as a safe seat should they win the primary?  

    Markey and Lynch are in now.  Capuano had passed, but could get back in saying I got out to avoid a tough primary that could have fractured the party.  

    Also Lynch making the initial basis of his run in large part on he could beat Brown by appealing to the same working class Southies loses any relevance it might have had.  He'll have to rework his whole pitch now.

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:32:58 AM PST

    •  Honestly, not a huge fan of Markey running (3+ / 0-)
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      anyway. Yeah, he's a fantastic progressive and all that jazz, but it's not like we have a shortage of those in MA. Given all the seniority we've lost over the last few years (Uncle Ted, Kerry, Olver, Frank, and likely Capuano when he runs for Governor), I just don't know if our Commonwealth can handle losing the 8th most senior member of the House of Representatives. I'd much prefer someone like Meehan or JPKII.

      "Every daring attempt to make a great change in existing conditions, every lofty vision of new possibilities for the human race, has been labeled Utopian."

      by xcave on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:38:24 AM PST

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      •  Looking at House minority next eight years... (2+ / 0-)
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        or quite possibly Senate majority for next six years though.  And house committees are chaired by climate denier nut jobs.  In the senate, I figure most GOP are rational enough - at least behind closed doors.  And if something gets out of the Senate with bi-partisan backing, there is at least some pressure for Boehner to at least put it to a vote on the House floor.  

        "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

        by Jacoby Jonze on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:48:18 AM PST

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        •  I tink it will not be 8 years of minority (0+ / 0-)

          Let the Republicans have a bad year.

          •  Would be nice (0+ / 0-)

            but the point, I think, was the gerrymandered districts make it pretty tough for Dems to take the House until after the next census in 2020.

            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 Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 04:54:23 PM PST

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            •  At this point it is possible to win the majority (1+ / 0-)
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              the Republican incumbents with less than a 50% of vote in 2012, the Republican incumbents in better than D+2 districts, and some of the Republican incumbets in better districts than R+4 and with less than a 55% of the vote in 2012.

              I would not call it impossible.

              •  Agreed, but (0+ / 0-)

                based on history the GOP probably will do better in 2014 than 2012. 2012 was a presidential year with a Dem incumbent. 6th year midterms tend to show improvement for opposition party. My hope is that the GOP will be so ridiculous this term that voters turn on them big time.

                And of course 2016, '18, etc. who knows what to expect?

                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 Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:56:36 PM PST

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      •  Miss Olver. Really do. What good work he did. (1+ / 0-)
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        if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:59:46 AM PST

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    •  Capuano already pledged not to run. (2+ / 0-)
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      betelgeux, JBraden

      The way was cleared for Markey and Capuano won't go back on his word.

    •  Doubtful... (0+ / 0-)

      The fact that Markey announced early and the entire establishment basically rallied behind him makes it no less impossible for anyone else, regardless of whether or not Scott Brown was planning a run.

      Politics and more Formerly DGM on SSP. NM-01, 26 (chairman of the Atheist Caucus)

      by NMLib on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 03:45:50 PM PST

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