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  •  Republicans are pretty desperate here (7+ / 0-)

    So what names came up?  Well, Bill Weld, who was once governor, but whose last losing run for office was for governor of New York!  Now they're looking at Richard Tisei, gay moderate, who was losing LtGov candidate last time.  He's likeable enough, at least among pundits looking for moderation as a matter of principle, but he lost the recent House race against a scandal-plagued Democrat in a somewhat swingy district.  It goes downhill from there.

    The real race is the Democratic primary.  Lynchie will try to rally the old anti-busing crowd, the anti-abortion crowd, and other conservadems.  They dominate Southie, his stronghold, but his statewide profile isn't that great and Markey should be able to trounce him.  

    •  Tisei already said no thank you, so he's out (5+ / 0-)

      Bill Weld seems to have no interest either, which doesn't surprise me, as he's a fairly ridiculous choice too. He hasn't held elected office in nearly two decades, spent a long time in New York and, as you said, ran for governor there and furthermore, is considered an arch RINO by the GOP base (remember the booing he got at the RNC in 1992?).

      After Weld, the next option they're floating is Kerry Healy, Mitt's ex Lt. Guv, but (a) she was slaughtered by Deval Patrick in 2006, (b) she ran a terrible campaign that year with allegations of racial demogogery and (c) she's joined at the hip to Mitt, who is about as popular in MA as herpes. So she's a no-go. After that, their choices are in Some Dude territory.

      Hell, some are even floating Ann Romney or one of Mitt's spawn to run. That shows you how bad off the MA GOP is. They have no bench to speak of.

    •  Weld said no too... (0+ / 0-)

      Weld is out
      now if we can just get rid of Lynch - if he f'cks it up with a primary fight, I'm not voting in MA again.

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