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MA-Sen: I've been wondering what Stephen Lynch's path to victory might look like for a long time—in fact, since before he even got into the race. Fairly predictably, though, the conservative Lynch has trailed Ed Markey in every poll, sports poor favorability ratings among Democratic primary voters, and since he's well to the electorate's right on most issues, he doesn't have much room to maneuver. (If he goes negative, he'll face much more serious blowback over his own record.)

So, at last, Lynch has settled on a plan: go full-on douche and run against "the establishment," while throwing a slam at the woman Massachusetts just elected as their new senator last year. Here we go:

Lynch, in a Herald interview, accused party bigwigs in Washington of going so far as to sabotage his fundraising to make sure his rival and fellow congressman Edward J. Markey is the Democratic nominee.

"No, they haven't been fair," Lynch said. "They've basically said, 'Markey's our guy, don't give to Lynch.' "

They haven't been fair! Man. If I ever see a politician successfully kvetch his way into office, I'll be seriously impressed. But I think voters, if they're even listening, probably find these kinds of complaints to be utterly whiny, and find it hard to respect candidates who make them. And Lynch is really letting his pique get the better of him:
The South Boston Democrat and former ironworker even got in a little dig at the woman who defeated Brown — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — telling the Herald that he would be the only U.S. senator who has "had to work for a living."

Asked about Warren, a fellow Democrat, Lynch responded: "Well, Harvard professor. That's work."

Let's see. Warren is very popular among Massachusetts Dems, most of whom aren't going to respond well to slurs of higher education born out of Nixonian resentment. (I mean, hell, Lynch himself went to law school.) This doesn't seem like a successful play to me, but then again, Lynch's playbook was always pretty threadbare to begin with.

And while Lynch is busy denigrating one of the most prominent women in the state, Markey's out with a new ad (his third of the race) touting his support for "equal pay for equal work" legislation, his efforts to make insurance companies cover mammograms and birth control, and his pro-choice credentials, including endorsements from NARAL and Planned Parenthood. There's no word on the size of the buy, though.

Senate:

FL-Sen: And then there were six. Florida Sen. Bill Nelson just became the latest high-profile politician to change his mind about same-sex marriage, saying "if The Lord made homosexuals as well as heterosexuals, why should I discriminate against their civil marriage? I shouldn't, and I won't." That leaves a mere half dozen Democratic senators who haven't yet announced their support for marriage equality: Joe Manchin, Heidi Heitkamp, Mary Landrieu, Joe Donnelly, Mark Pryor, and Tim Johnson. If you're interested, the Huffington Post has gathered each of these senators' most recent statements on the issue; as you can see, four have switched sides in little over a week.

GA-Sen: As Democrats wait to see if Rep. John Barrow will take the plunge for Georgia's open Senate seat, Jim Galloway mentions a brand new name: Michelle Nunn, daughter of former Sen. Sam Nunn, who for four terms held this very seat before retiring in 1996. Nunn is CEO of the non-profit Points of Light, a volunteer service organization; she hasn't run for office before, but obviously her family name would open doors. Local reporter Lori Geary says that Nunn is indeed considering a run.

LA-Sen: In a major stroke of good fortune for Rep. Bill Cassidy, who just announced his own bid for Senate the other day, fellow Rep. John Fleming will not follow suit. Indeed, Fleming specifically cited Cassidy's entry as a key reason for not wanting to run himself, saying that defeating Dem Sen. Mary Landrieu is of overriding importance. (Fleming didn't exactly appear to endorse Cassidy, though.) Fleming may be playing the mensch here, or he may just not have believed his own internal polling that he said showed him a path to victory over Cassidy. As I said at the time, though, it seems like he was trying to "psych himself up" to take on Cassidy; instead, he's psyched himself out.

Now the question is whether other Republicans will follow suit and keep the field clear for Cassidy, who was always the establishment choice. There are still several other folks out there who are weighing the race, and some of them are most decidedly not team players. In particular, I'm thinking of ex-Rep. Jeff Landry, who has a major chip on his shoulder after getting squeezed out of Congress thanks to redistricting last year, when Louisiana lost a House seat. He certainly had the bona fides to run as the conservative true believer, and he could cause problems for Cassidy if he does.

WV-Sen: GOP Rep. Shelley Moore Capito says she raised $915,000 in her first full quarter running for Senate. That's not a bad haul for such a small state, particularly since she's the only candidate in this open-seat race, and she will also reportedly show $2.4 million in cash-on-hand. But she's actually been in the race since the end of November and kinda took it easy in the final month of last year, pulling in less than $19K (PDF) in December.

Gubernatorial:

CA-Gov: Republican ex-LG Abel Maldonado, just a month after saying he was considering a run for governor, has formed a campaign committee, a move that lets him start raising money. I still don't know how he thinks he can win in solidly blue California, though.

PA-Gov: Wealthy businessman Tom Knox has decided he won't join the Democratic primary for governor, though he may take another stab at the Philadelphia mayor's race in 2015. (He tried once before in 2007, spending over $10 million of his own money.) Don't confuse him with Tom Wolf, another businessman who did just decide to enter the gubernatorial field earlier this week. (And don't confuse him with Tom Wolfe, the guy who wrote Bonfire of the Vanities and likes to wear all-white suits.)

House:

CA-21: The Hotline's Scott Bland reports that the upcoming special election in California's 16th Senate District is interfering with DCCC recruitment efforts in the 21st Congressional District, which has very similar lines and is held by freshman GOP Rep. David Valadao. Because it's an open seat and somewhat bluer than CA-21, SD-16 is attracting a lot of attention from Dems who might otherwise be interested in running for Congress.

But I think this is hardly catastrophic. The primary is scheduled for May 21, and the expected runoff will take place July 23. While Democrats would surely like to get started against Valadao as soon as possible, most potential candidate will become "available" quite soon. Of course, there's a question as to whether anyone will want to run back-to-back races, but the congressional seat holds a major enticement: Unlike the state Senate, there are no term limits.

CO-06: Democrat Andrew Romanoff says he raised over $500K in the first quarter of the year. That's a pretty impressive sum, especially considering he only began his efforts at the start of February. Romanoff is running against GOP Rep. Mike Coffman.

MA-05: Though Ed Markey's seat hasn't actually become vacant yet—first, he has to win the special election for Senate—the three Democrats who (so far) have already gotten in the race to succeed him have now released their first quarter fundraising numbers. State Sen. Catherine Clark led the way with $261,000, while state Sen. Will Brownsberger was close behind with $255,000, while state Rep. Carl Sciortino took in $155,000. Local reporter David Bernstein says, though, that Sciortino had more donors (over 750) than either Clark or Brownsberger.

PA-08: Democrats have landed their first challenger to GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick, former U.S. Army Ranger Kevin Strouse. Strouse hasn't run for office before, but that's because he's only 33 years old and has spent the last decade doing three tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq, followed by a turn at the CIA. As Keegan Gibson notes, that makes his bio a bit similar to that of ex-Rep. Patrick Murphy, the last Democrat to defeat Fitzpatrick. But this'll be a tough nut to crack, as Murphy's win came during the 2006 wave, and the Philadelphia suburbs have proven to be stubbornly Republican on the congressional level, even while tilting to Obama.

Gibson also plays Great Mentioner and suggests some other possible Democratic contenders, including County Commissioner Diane Marseglia, State Rep. Steve Santarsiero, and Doylestown Borough Council President Det Ansinn. He drops Murphy's name, too, but I can't imagine him seeking a comeback this cycle.

Other Races:

Pittsburgh Mayor: There's been a big turnaround in the open-seat mayoral race in the Steel City, ever since City Controller Michael Lamb and City Council President Darlene Harris both dropped out and endorsed former state Auditor Jack Wagner. That turned it into a two-man contest between Wagner and City Councilman Bill Peduto, who led Wagner 30 to 20 in a Keystone Analytics poll just a month ago. Now Wagner has stormed into first place in a brand new Keystone survey, hoovering up literally all of the vote that had been going to Lamb (13 percent) and Harris (5 percent). That's taken him up to 38, while Peduto remains stuck at 30. You almost never see such a perfect transfer of support, but it's hard to describe the results any other way, so it certainly looks like Wagner has all the momentum right now.

Grab Bag:

DCCC: The DCCC is sure to have a very good month of April. On Wednesday, President Obama headlined the first of eight sets of fundraisers he's agreed to do for the committee, bringing in $3.3 million at a pair of events in San Francisco. At one of them, he made sure to give a shout-out to Rep. Mike Honda, who is being challenged by former Commerce Department official (and fellow Democrat) Ro Khanna. Obama previously endorsed Honda, but notably, Khanna's campaign is being run by several Obama veterans.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:00 AM PDT.

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  •  NJ Sen: Pallone very interested in running (5+ / 0-)

    www.buonoforgovernor.com

    by Paleo on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:25:56 AM PDT

  •  Lynch is going for the Brown voters (5+ / 0-)

    No surprise.

    I don't think that will help him.

    The thing about quotes on the internet is you cannot confirm their validity. ~Abraham Lincoln

    by raboof on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:32:42 AM PDT

    •  Nothing Like Going With... (2+ / 0-)
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      theKgirls, Mike08

      A proven strategy for losing an election...

      "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
      I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
      ~John F. Kennedy~

      -7.5,-5.8

      by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:57:10 AM PDT

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    •  Lynch was a union iron worker (3+ / 0-)
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      raboof, lungfish, Christopher Walker

      who put himself through law school and then used his law degree to represent unions.  Exactly which Brown voters find that a compelling story?

      I prefer Markey over Lynch, but it is very clear to me that the DK Front Pagers have been given orders to slam Lynch.  Lynch probably does not represent the state of MA well, but he is a very good fit for his Congressional district (which is why he should stay there). He's being treated like a Republican here, which interestingly makes his comment about the establishment being against him pretty true.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:12:44 AM PDT

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      •  No orders needed here (7+ / 0-)

        I have never had any direct contact with a DK front pager in my life but I've gone hard after Lynch. He is easily my least favorite Democrat in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and an entirely unsuitable Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. He's spent 20 years winning elections with dog-whistle appeals to the racist, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-environment, anti-progressive element of his home base.

        Now he's flat-out lied about his "no" vote on the ACA, and flip-flopped on marriage equality and choice to run left, while continuing to engage in the hippie punching that's worked so well in the past.

        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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:12:36 AM PDT

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      •  Anyone who would vote against the ACA (1+ / 0-)
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        ChurchofBruce

        will generate antagonism from most liberals and Democrats on his own, no marching orders needed.

        Not to mention he's "pro-life," supported the invasion of Iraq, etc.

  •  Lynch going full on douche...love it! (3+ / 0-)

    Sums him up nicely.

  •  Apparently Lynch Hasn't Figured... (1+ / 0-)
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    judyms9
    The South Boston Democrat and former ironworker even got in a little dig at the woman who defeated Brown — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren — telling the Herald that he would be the only U.S. senator who has "had to work for a living."
    How to "Work Smarter Not Harder" on his campaign...

    "Do you realize the responsibility I carry?
    I'm the only person standing between Richard Nixon and the White House."
    ~John F. Kennedy~

    -7.5,-5.8

    by Oldestsonofasailor on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 05:55:03 AM PDT

    •  Except the same quote continues with (0+ / 0-)
      Asked about Warren, a fellow Democrat, Lynch responded: "Well, Harvard professor. That's work."
      So this misleading FP story attempts to paint Lynch as bashing Warren, then goes on to provide proof that after making an overly broad statement (directed at nobody in particular), Lynch clearly states that Warren worked for a living.

      There is a motive behind this anti-Lynch jihad that just isn't being stated clearly. These diaries aren't just pro-Markey, they are anti-Lynch. And quite frankly, I have yet to see a quote that paints Lynch as the outright asshole they are trying to cast him as.

      Having said that, I would support Markey over Lynch, but I smell something fishy about this Daily Kos angle on this.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:02:15 AM PDT

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      •  We should always leave the self-cannibalization (1+ / 0-)
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        to the right wing party because they are going at it full bore.  We don't need to.  And if Lynch wants to go the snide outsider route, future time will teach him a lesson that the past has not.  I hope he'll sell himself in a positive way so he has a future as a Dem.

        Building a better America with activism, cooperation, ingenuity and snacks.

        by judyms9 on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:10:06 AM PDT

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        •  But DK is furthering this cannibalization. (0+ / 0-)

          DK seems to be interpreting statements that are not overtly nasty. Unless I see video or hear audio putting this "work" comment in a sarcastic or derisive tone, I have to read the words literally. Which is to say that Lynch said being a Harvard prof is real work. Any interpretation beyond that is just speculation.

          Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

          by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:20:28 AM PDT

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      •  Lynch-Warren (3+ / 0-)
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        I had read that quote as being a fairly transparent swipe at Harvard professors (sure, that's "work").

      •  Lynch wants to have his cake and eat it too (3+ / 0-)

        I think he's basically talking to two different constituencies. In the first instance, Lynch is trying to appeal to the mythical Scott Brown voter, who is either a conservative Dem. like Lynch or an unenrolled voter. However, he was asked about his dig and trust me, a Massachusetts voter, it was a dig at Warren, and he was trying to appease the core Democratic constituency as well as nip any controversy from his sexist remark.

      •  What is wrong with being anti Lynch? (6+ / 0-)

        He was against the ACA. He lied about why he was. He's anti-choice. We, the citizens of the Commonwealth do not need a cock-blocking Finneran Democrat on Capital Hill.

        •  I was against the ACA too. I wanted a goddamn (0+ / 0-)

          Public Option. And the ACA does nothing to contain costs. It was a huge sellout.  It's better than nothing, but it utterly sucks compared to the alternatives that were discarded by the administration.

          Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

          by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:40:05 AM PDT

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          •  I wanted Medicare for all. What's your point? (1+ / 0-)
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            Aquarius40

            Lynch opposed the ACA which narrowly passed the House. It might have failed. Had it failed, Obama was not getting reelected. I know the GOP had a clown car of candidates in 2012 but not passing HCR would have been fatal for the reelection hopes of BHO. When it mattered for our side, Lynch was a worthless cock-blocking Blue Dog. If you make the Senate special a choice between a fake Democrat and a Republican — even in Massachusetts — the fake Democrat almost always loses. Ask Shannon O'Brien.

            •  He also flat-out lied (3+ / 0-)
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              about his reasons for voting no. He now says he voted no because it had no public option - a very valid complaint - but he was booed off the stage at a healthcare rally on Boston Common in September 2009 because he was the only Massachusetts Democrat who didn't support the public option. That alone cost him the chance to run, with union backing, in the special election won by Scott Brown.

              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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:20:24 AM PDT

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              •  thanks for that note on public option (1+ / 0-)
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                I was stunned when I read that he said that he opposed ACA because it had no public option because I was sure he had been one of that extreme minority of Dems who had actually opposed the public option when we desparately needed to buck up that!

      •  You obviously don't (4+ / 0-)
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        understand Boston-style sarcasm. The man said he'd be the only U.S. Senator who'd worked for a living. There are 100 of them. Most of them had some kind of other job before. He meant he'd be the only former ironworker, hardcore blue-collar worker in the Senate. And that's what he's defining "work" as.

        So this misleading FP story attempts to paint Lynch as bashing Warren, then goes on to provide proof that after making an overly broad statement (directed at nobody in particular), Lynch clearly states that Warren worked for a living.
        Read Joe Battenfeld, or the Herald generally, and you'll see they have a LONG tradition of mocking anything to do with Harvard. It's a tabloid that appeals to those who hate Harvard. That's why Scott Brown thought he could win by mocking "Professor" Warren. He'd spent too much time around the Herald crowd and thought everyone viewed the world that way.

        If you want to find someone oppressed to champion, I'd suggest looking for a better one than Steve Lynch.

        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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:17:51 AM PDT

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      •  Elizabeth Warren never worked for a living? (2+ / 0-)
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        Gygaxian, Laurel in CA

        As a teenager, she worked as a waitress to help her family make ends meet. She also taught special-needs children, which is one of the hardest jobs I can personally think of. Lynch has certainly worked hard to, but he should be ashamed of himself.

        By the way, while reading Warren's Wikipedia page, I was very proud to discover that she, like several other members of Congress, is an alumna of GWU, where I will be starting my freshman year this fall. Go Colonials!

        "No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters." --Elizabeth Warren

        by foreverblue on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 07:58:46 AM PDT

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      •  What's your problem? (0+ / 0-)

        Lynch is way too conservative for Massachusetts and don't believe the BS that he "fits his district". He doesn't. He sneaked in in a crowded field and, of course, gets re-elected.

        There's no jihad, just the fairly obvious realization that he's bad enough as a Congressman and would be a disaster as a senator and is completely out of touch with his constituents on issue after issue.

        More to the point: what is your motive in repeatedly suggesting there is something odd about pointing this out?  What would be weird would be people on DK suggesting that either Markey or Lynch would be an acceptable choice.

  •  I call BS. Lynch said that Harvard Prof is work (0+ / 0-)

    so where is the slam against Warren? He made a general statement about the spoiled little trust fund babies in the Senate (which is generally true, by the way), and then made an exception for Warren when asked specifically about her.  I don't see any slur in his comment at all. Is there any video or audio that has him making this comment in a sneering or sarcastic manner? Because taking his printed comment at face value, he is stating that being a Harvard professor is legit work.

    Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

    by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:07:34 AM PDT

    •  It is implicit and you are concern trolling (5+ / 0-)

      It's basically a dog whistle to those Herald reading Brown supporters who thought calling Warren "professor" during the debates was actually a good idea.  Then again, these were the same schmucks that thought doing the tomahawk chop thing was clever too.

    •  By the way (7+ / 0-)

      Read the post again. The "dig at Warren" language is in the blockquote. That is direct from the reporter who interviewed Lynch. Who is as big a right-wing hack as we have here. The very fact that Lynch went running in that direction for a sympathetic voice is telling.

      So far, no disclaimer from the Lynch campaign that he was taken out of context and really, really respects Harvard professors like Liz Warren and the hard work he knows they do.

      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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:28:38 AM PDT

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  •  Lynch didn't bash Warren (3+ / 0-)
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    bigtimecynic, JOEL1954, lungfish

    I would have to see if he said it in a sarcastic tone but as written it sounds fine. Lynch is a bad fit statewide. He is a good fit for his district but a lousy candidate statewide.

     

    •  Exactly! I made that point in a few comments here. (0+ / 0-)

      The DK Front Pagers are going full out against Lynch and are now being very misleading to further their agenda. They should just keep it honest and say what you did. Lynch is a socially conservative Dem who is a perfect fit for old Irish Boston, but doesn't fit the needs to the state of MA as a whole. Period. Instead, they are being as nasty and divisive as they claim Lynch is being. I don't get it.

      Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

      by bigtimecynic on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:16:43 AM PDT

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      •  "Old Irish"South Boston Dems. opposed busing (1+ / 0-)
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        You do remember the riots in Southie in 1974? You know the one where the white guy lunged at a black man with an American flag? This is who you are defending? Racist PoSs who have a long tradition of bigotry going back to the days where they supported slavery because the Catholic Church did.

      •  I'm Irish Boston (3+ / 0-)
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        Aquarius40, brook, ChurchofBruce

        and he sure as hell does not fit me. If you think that comment was anything other than an anti-Harvard message to the Southie crowd, you're flat wrong. But I think you're being disingenuous deliberately.

        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 Apr 05, 2013 at 07:22:07 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  Sure it was a(n attempted) bash (7+ / 0-)

      Of course it was a snide comment.  Dog whistle territory.

      Lynch was saying that he comes from a blue-collar perspective. That blue-collar folks work; the rest of 'em pointy-headed intellectual types don't know the real meanin' of work, don't 'cha know.

      That's his angle -- see the first ad he put out, with all sorts of "real people" staring into the camera and saying "I'm Steve Lynch".  It's not intended to mean, "If I work real hard, I can someday teach law at Harvard."  It's supposed to mean, "If you work real hard, only Steve Lynch understands and gives a flying f--- about you."

  •  I'm from PA-08, (0+ / 0-)

    don't live there now.  Democrats always do well in national races but get creamed down ticket, so we have a weak bench.  I think Strouse is a little too similar to Patrick Murphy (who had the JAG lawyer thing to add to his military service and make him credible as a lawmaker).  Still, Doylestown gets an FP mention.  W00t! C.B. West Football Rules!

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:12:11 AM PDT

  •  Manchin will never support SSM (0+ / 0-)

    He sounds like he should be marching with Westboro baptist church. I think Landreiu and Heitkamp would support it if it wasn't politically untenable.
    The others sound like they will never become supporters. I expect Collins will support it as soon as she gets nominated and eventually Ayotte may have to support marriage equity since it's legal in NH. Possible Murkowski will come out in support but I think that's about it.

  •  GOP candidate who hates yacht clubs is also board (2+ / 0-)
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    member of his own yacht club. Poor poor working Rep. Lynch. He has fucking law school degree. Blue collar he ain't. That would be like my wife's cousin, an Ivy League educated dentist who works for a union claiming she is blue collar.

  •  If I'm a money person, and I most (0+ / 0-)

    definitely don't have anywhere near enough to be, I'd still give to Markey over Lynch because IMO, Lynch is kind of a off-kilter hack.

    Markey's closer left, and, I hope, closer attuned to Massachusetts Democrats' notion of representation.  

    Lynch's polling must be telling him he is not looking good in this race and that Markey's support is significant.  So, his numbers are tanking, cue the "It's unfair" chorus.  

  •  Is Stephen Lynch related to David Lynch? (1+ / 0-)
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    Remediator

    Because his campaign has been weird and bizarre.

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:44:31 AM PDT

  •  here's my candidate: (0+ / 0-)

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 06:50:09 AM PDT

  •  On behalf of Massachusetts professors (0+ / 0-)

    I say pfffffffft!!

    "Life and death, dispensed on a dollar basis. How ridiculous and fatally stupid, in what is still the richest country on earth?" Exmearden

    by burana on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 09:41:32 AM PDT

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