Skip to main content

As New Englanders grimly contemplate a month or more of Gronklessness*, an even more horrific prospect appears on the horizon: that president Obama might remove John Kerry from the Senate to the Cabinet, whereupon Scott Brown will rise from the grave, compelled yet again to devour human brains. The nightmare scenario appears beneath the rete mirabile.

Massachusetts law requires a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. That's how Scott Brown became a senator in the first place. Massachusetts Democrats don't have any compelling candidates to fill a new vacancy. Just witness the ragtag band of Whotheheckareyous? who ran against Elizabeth Warren in the primary.

But wait, it gets worse. Possibly corrupt and definitely irresponsible lieutenant governor Tim Murray is making noises about running. In a well-financed campaign, he would be a gigantic human target.

Did I say well-financed? A zombie Scott Brown candidacy will be the opportunity for the wounded and enraged financiers of the Romney debacle to recover a shred of their dignity, and there will be no competition for their money. Massachusetts will be carpeted a foot deep in cash. Blimps advertising Scott Brown will hover over every city square and village green. They won't just buy every commercial slot on radio and TV. They'll buy the TV stations and run 24 hour Scott Brown infomercials. They'll buy the Boston Globe, Worcester Telegraph and Gazette, and Berkshire Eagle, and rename them respectively the Boston, Worcester and Berkshire ScottBrownforSenate.

Brown has already proved he can win a bye-election, he already has an organization and enthusiastic, experienced volunteers. The Democrats had the candidate they wanted on November 6 and pretty even finances, and Brown still outpolled Obama by something like ten points and made it close until near the end. He'll get a sympathy vote this time around as well.

Mr. President, please, in the name of all that is good and decent, don't do it! Sen. Kerry, think of the children!

*For those who don't follow the game where steroid abusers in plastic armor beat the crap out of each other, that's New England Patriots superhuman tight end Rob Gronkowski, out of action with a broken arm.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  He'll be doing handstands in a nightclub... (0+ / 0-)

    while on after the superbowl.

    (Gronkowski, not Brown).

    (By the way, is gronkowski a brown supporter?  I bet he is.

    I agree with your politics...sports is another matter!!)


    Aldus Shrugged : The Antidote to Ayn Rand. Tear Ayn, the GOP, and Fox News new orifices; laugh and enjoy. @floydbluealdus1

    by Floyd Blue on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:46:28 AM PST

  •  agree with everything political (5+ / 0-)

    diarist says...I have same view from Boston. We lack depth of Dems that could beat him (Except our GOv who says he wants to complete his term). On other diaries so many do not believe that MA lacks a good (ie can win) Dem to run. We do. Please believe us that  it really is an issue of concern.

    I can be ok with Kerry taking SoS but I want Obama and Dem leaders like Reid who recently said "I don't worry about MA" dismissinng this problem, to be SURE of the consequences. Maybe Reid was just acting positive but understands behind the scenes our real situation here. I want the decision to be strategic and include what we know on the ground here.

    MA voters are Loyal. I worked for Warren. Still, in general Brown is not hated and people disliked firing was that Warren was so great IMO (in the debates). People will be happy to give Brown the 'other" spot....feel good about it even. Lots of people.

    So I hope people are aware of what they are doing. Sometimes they surely are, and sometimes you think they are and it ends up they are clueless. I saw Coakley would loose to Brown over a month before the election tried to tell luck. Everywhere I talked to people they laughed it off.

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site