Skip to comments.GOP ready to pounce on vulnerable pol [Kerry D-MA]
Posted on 01/25/2007 7:03:42 AM PST by cloud8
Bay State Republicans are circling like vultures around a politically weakened John Kerry, vowing to field a strong challenger that may be able to capitalize on his fractured image and snatch his coveted U.S. Senate seat.
One potential GOP challenger, state Sen. Scott Brown, said last night that he "would consider" a run against Kerry in 2008 and that the senator is ripe for the picking.
"I think he'll get a challenge this time. I don't think he'll get a free ride," Brown (R-Wrentham) said. "His handling of himself during this Iraq situation has been outrageous. He needs to be held accountable. Whether Im the guy to do it or someone else, I think people are tired of his poor representation."
Wounded by bad press over his "botched" Iraq joke and rock-bottom poll numbers, Kerry opted not to make a run for the Oval Office in 2008, telling his colleagues on the Senate floor yesterday, "This isn't the time for me to mount a presidential campaign."
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Taxsachuttus elect a Republican senator? It'd have to be a RINO or hell freezing over or something. But, with their beloved global warming, I guess anything is possible.
mass will never elect a gop senator.
Oh please, please, please, let this be so...
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
I hope he can retain his seat in the legislature when he runs. He's as close as we get to a good conservative base for a Republican revival in this sorry state, and his chances against Kerry aren't good. He'd be an excellent candidate nonetheless and might leverage this into a run for governor in 2010.
But if we lose him as a senator, we could be down to 4 Republican senators out of 40.
Romney would kick his tail!
Maybe Scott can borrow Kerry's "complete and unabridged" USN discharge files from Hillary.
Any chance for past Governors to challenge sKerry like Weld or Paul Celucci?
Howsabout we go after some RINOS!
They do a lot more harm than a has-been like Kerry!
Ummmmmm, the smell of burnt rat in the morning.
Putting up a strong challenger with good support is worthwhile, but it's not a good plan to focus too much attention on Kerry; he's out of the '08 presidential race and is yesterday's news. It would be like Da Bears preparing for the Super Bowl by ignoring the Colts and continuing to talk smack about the Saints.
Kerry will win in a landslide.
Now, Kerry has to "defend" his Senate seat against whatever unfortunate sad sack the tattered remnants of the Mass. Republican Party throws up against the wall. For that dubious "honor", they should at least supply a blindfold and a cigarette. So "Liveshot" will likely be yet another Senator-for-life, just like his corpulent Hyannisport mentor. Teresa must be proud, but if she ever bails on him, well, there are plenty of rich widows out there looking for love with all the wrong faces...
I doubt that any GOP candidate can win a Senate seat in Mass, but I find it interesting that this time around stronger candidates seem to be lining up to run for congress than last cycle.
You live here?
Cellucci isn't interest in being a senator and couldn't beat Kerry. If he had any interest in running for office again, it would state, not federal.
Weld lost to Kerry in 1996 and has moved on to New York. I don't think he'd run and I don't think that's a loss to Massachusetts.
Our best bet here is for someone like Scott Brown to make a good show in this race and use it to raise his profile for statewide office. Our bench is pathetic and he's just the guy to build it up again.
He's right. This state isn't ready to consider a Republican for Senate until something changes nationally to make us ready. We'd need an unpopular Democratic president and something to make New Englanders feel that it was ok to vote for Republicans again. Is that happening soon? I doubt it.
And that would make a difference?
> Kerry will win in a landslide.
In 02 Kerry had no Republican opposition and polled 80% against a Libertarian whom the press refused to cover. It's a little optimistic to say that Kerry is "ripe for the picking," but he is in a weakened position, and likely will face a Republican in 08.
And that is what is important. The Republican party will come back here only if Republicans offer voters a choice by running against the Dems. Otherwise, it's one party rule as usual.
Not necessarily. Outside of Boston and a few pockets of moonbatism (i.e., the Pioneer Valley), I think the right conservative candidate could carry a state-wide federal election, as the suburbs and the rural parts of the Commonwealth tend to be much more non-liberal. Now, the "right conservative candidate" for Massachusetts is probably not the same type of person who'd clean up in the deeply-religious south, for example, but rather, a good, ol' fashioned, frugal Yankee whose conservatism was more libertarian than statist.
Sure, here's another fairy "tail"---that someone who doesn't even live in Massachusetts can tell me, or another native, all about it. Your opinion plus two bucks will buy me a medium, cream only, at Dunkin's, and give me back $0.22 in change.
Dracula could be elected in Mass. as long as he ran RAT.
"If it was any place but Massachusetts Kerry would be gone. But like Uncle Ted, my bet is as good as any one on here he keeps his seat til he dies".
...I disagree. "Uncle Ted" is a Kennedy. Kerry is no Kennedy. (whatever the hell that means. i never did get it) Teddy gets the luxury of having generation after generation of voters because of the previous generations ability to brain-wash. "Mom, Dad, Grandma & Grandpa voted for a Kennedy...what choice do I have"?
Oh Man I feel sorry for that poor baby John F'in Kerry. He is so fragile right now and the big bad GOP is out to get his job.
Its about friggin time the GOP put up a fight to get rid of this buffet of feces.
More slashes, more small cuts, more blood..... he will not withstand the onslought.
Like I said liberal, I ain't buying it. So save your .22 and eat at McKerry's. Your there, your apparently stuck there in a losing situation. So, live with it or move. But there ain't NO conservative getting elected in that state. You can dream all you want to friend, but it is a fairy tail. Pure and simple. End of conversation.
Whatever you say, Doggie. Turn tail and cut -n- run if it appeals to your cowardly nature.
If he gets his daughter out on the stump for him ,he might garner the votes of the idiots who watch American Idol.
She was in the final group. In addition, his wife, Gail Huff, is a reporter with one of the Boston TV stations. At least he would come into the race with a slightly elevated profile.
> Bull crap! There aren't enough viable brain cells in the Taxachussetts electorate to not vote Socialist.
Excuse me? Perhaps you have never heard of Mitt Romney, who is no socialist, and was elected governor by a 5% margin over his Dem opponent.
"Ohhhhhhh, I think I will go eat some ketchup."
Weld tried it against Kerry and Romney tried it against Kennedy. Both lost.
Mass. just elected Deval Patrick Governor. A person who champions rapists,gay marriage and illegal aliens.
All this was known about Deval Patrick before the election and not hidden from the voters. They knew what they were voting for.
Deval's oponent was a woman who was Romney's incumbent republican LT. Gov. Kerry Healy. she got trounced. - Tom
Mass. elects republican Govs regularly, but not senators.
Romney tried to unseat kennedy in 94 when the Repubs did well.
Kennedy won the election with 58 percent of the vote to Romney's 41 percent.
I'd lay 5 to 1 that if he loses, Theresa dumps him for some other loser senator. Is Ted the swimmer still married?
The gigolo has $14 million left from his presidential run. That buys a lot of votes.
37% of us voted for Bush in '04, Scott Brown is a great guy.
Kerry has become an embarassment even here.
Never say never!
That's a capital idea, MI.
Yup: likewise, I find it amusing when people who know nothing about my state, or have no connection to it, post like they're experts on it.
Carla A. Howell (b. 1955) is President of the Center for Small Government. In 2002, she sponsored a ballot measure to end the income tax in Massachusetts. It was the boldest tax cut proposal ever placed on the ballot in United States history, yet it almost won with 45.3% of the vote in a state which has historically been in favor of governmental solutions. She was the Massachusetts Libertarian Party candidate in the race for U.S. Senate in 2000 won by Ted Kennedy and for Governor in 2002 in the race won by Mitt Romney. She received 11.9% of the vote (a total of 308,860 votes) in the U.S. Senate race, only 1% behind the Republican, making Howell's the most successful third party Senate race in America in 2000, according to Campaigns and Elections magazine. In 2004, Howell declined to run for President of the United States. In 2001, she released her spoof tax song which she composed and sang called How Could I Live Without Filing Taxes
ROFL - Kerry, Kennedy, Franks yea a Republican has a real chance in a Presidential election year.
Right... he has the principles, the profile, the family, the right geography, and the appearance to be a solid candidate. So many of our candidates have seem like desperation plays lately. It would be nice to have a candidate who people take seriously because of who he is and what he can do, not just because they have to pretend that this is a two-party state.
How about Barbara Anderson?
I wish Romney would abandon the presidential run and take out Kerry instead.