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This January Senator Kennedy's seat will be filled by way of a special election. I suppose there's a chance the interim replacement talk may bear fruit and we'll have a bridge; but I figure that's unlikely. The seat will remain empty until the voters fill it.
Romney choosing to run would signal the end of any Presidential aspirations he may have. Even if he figures Obama will be re-elected and he'd have several years of time in the Senate he already has everything that could give him without all the baggage that's made it tough over the years for a Senator to make the jump. I'd say his chances of running are less than 20% Winning? less than 5% Remember that he left the Governorship with an approval rating of about 30.
All the other Republicans together have about a 1% chance combined.
Now as for the Democratic side there's Delahunt, Lynch and Capuano. All have dough in the bank, plenty of name recognition and are locks at retaining their House seats if they fail in January. Martha Coakley's an interesting possibility but she's got no money.
Of those currently out of politics there's Meehan and uh ooh Joe Kennedy Yep, that name again. I figure Meehan's happy in academia; but Joe still has 2 million in his campaign account even though he left the house in '99 I wonder why?
I'd rank the above names thusly:
Capuano, Kennedy, Lynch, Coakley, Delahunt and Meehan.
As to my personal preference? Its got to be good 'ol Barney Frank; but mostly because nobody, and I mean nobody, has a chance at pissing off the Republicans the way Barn can.
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If Joe decides to run- and I doubt he will for the same reasons he quit politics in the first place- he would trounce any opponent. Not even close. Even considering the criticism from outside the Commonwealth and from the tiny Republican party here (which is unfortunate and inexplicable) regarding his work with Citizen's for Energy, he is a shoe-in. I'd bet the house on it.
The other names are unknown west of 495. Barney would be fun statewide.
Romney can't show his face in Massachusetts again. He's got his eyes on the WH in 2012, and he might get it, too.
Look for a celebrity darkhorse like Troy Brown or James Taylor
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The green grove is gone form the hill Maggie
Where first the daises sprung
The creaking old mill is still Maggie
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