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  •  The opponent is not the "favorite" (15+ / 0-)

    First poll his him trailing Markey 52-19, and rightfully so. He is "conservative" for the following:

    --Opposes abortion rights
    --Voted no on Obamacare
    --Supported Iraq war
    --Supported Patriot Act and wiretaps
    --Opposed, until perhaps last month, an assault weapons ban
    --Opposed all hate-crimes legislation
    --Stated, though it did not affect his district one whit, that the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan should be relocated to show sensitivity to "us," the real Americans.
    --Though now claiming to support same-sex marriage, he is the only member of the Mass. delegation who won't sign a brief against DOMA. He won his first election by challenging the incumbent State Rep in a Democratic primary. His campaign was based on the state rep's failure to support those who preferred cancellation of the St. Patrick's Day parade to letting a gay group march in it.

    He has support among hard hat unions because he was a hard hat. His dad was an ironworker and he was one too, for almost 20 years. He was the president of his own union. But other unions (SEIU, notably) are cool. In 2010 SEIU's state political director ran against him in a primary.

    He comes from a neighborhood famous for lunchpail economic populism and severe social conservatism, and his appeal is primarily to that demographic. The majority of Massachusetts Dems are not high on him at all.

    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 12:07:30 PM PST

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    •  In other words, he's a f---ing Blue Dog (1+ / 0-)
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      Just what Mass needs, its very own version of Ben Nelson.  Maybe that's what we have to settle for in benighted hellholes like Nebraska but this is the state of the Kennedys and John Kerry (not to mention my birthplace). To relate it to Arizona politics, Lynch is closer to Flake than Carmona.

      Massachusetts can and should do better so get your campaign on already. Ed.

      See the children of the earth who wake to find the table bare, See the gentry in the country riding out to take the air. ~~Gordon Lightfoot, "Don Quixote"

      by Panama Pete on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:25:12 AM PST

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      •  Agreed (2+ / 0-)
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        He's more economically populist than the typical Blue Dog, but he's in the right wing of the party on many, many issues.

        I was at Markey's campaign kickoff today and no lethargy in sight. There must have been over 1,000 people there revved up and ready to go. Markey himself gave a good talk, a truly progressive campaign speech. He hit a lot of the themes that worked for Warren, plus (of course) a fair dose of talk about climate change and environmental issues. He's clearly positioning himself as the progressive in this primary and the sense here is he'll win.

        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 03:51:12 PM PST

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