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.