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GOP ready to pounce on vulnerable pol [Kerry D-MA]
bostonherald.com ^ | January 25, 2007 | Dave Wedge

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 I’m 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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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 110th; 2008; botched; fn; john; kerry; scottbrown
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No free ride for Kerry in 08. Go for it Scott!
1 posted on 01/25/2007 7:03:45 AM PST by cloud8
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To: cloud8

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.


2 posted on 01/25/2007 7:05:33 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Marxis-Dimocrats stand for everything I hate and wish to see destroyed, including them!)
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To: cloud8

mass will never elect a gop senator.


3 posted on 01/25/2007 7:07:21 AM PST by philsfan24
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To: RetiredArmy
I don't care if it is a chafee clone, just to be able to finally put the last nail in the S.O.B.'s coffin would be worth it.
4 posted on 01/25/2007 7:10:03 AM PST by spikeytx86 (Pray for Democrats for they have been brainwashed by their fruity little club.)
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To: cloud8

Oh please, please, please, let this be so...


5 posted on 01/25/2007 7:11:21 AM PST by gulfcoast6
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To: cloud8
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.

"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

6 posted on 01/25/2007 7:12:17 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: cloud8

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.


7 posted on 01/25/2007 7:12:46 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: cloud8

Romney would kick his tail!


8 posted on 01/25/2007 7:13:39 AM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: cloud8
Hmmm? Kerry will not run for Prez in 2008 against Her Royal Cankleness. (That's what the initials HRC stand for)

Maybe Scott can borrow Kerry's "complete and unabridged" USN discharge files from Hillary.

9 posted on 01/25/2007 7:14:23 AM PST by N. Theknow ((Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.))
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To: HostileTerritory

Any chance for past Governors to challenge sKerry like Weld or Paul Celucci?


10 posted on 01/25/2007 7:15:19 AM PST by Kuksool (I learned more about political science on FR than in college)
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To: cloud8

Ferget Kerry.
Howsabout we go after some RINOS!
They do a lot more harm than a has-been like Kerry!


11 posted on 01/25/2007 7:15:58 AM PST by Flintlock (Keep yer powder dry--yer gonna need it.)
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To: cloud8
"GOP ready to pounce on vulnerable pol"

Ummmmmm, the smell of burnt rat in the morning.

12 posted on 01/25/2007 7:16:04 AM PST by Enterprise (Drop pork bombs on the Islamofascist wankers. Praise the Lord and pass the hammunition.)
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To: cloud8

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.


13 posted on 01/25/2007 7:16:13 AM PST by ReignOfError
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To: cloud8

Kerry will win in a landslide.


14 posted on 01/25/2007 7:16:26 AM PST by SpringheelJack
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To: philsfan24; RetiredArmy
You two ever hear of Edward Brooke?
15 posted on 01/25/2007 7:16:42 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: philsfan24
The GOP in Massachusetts is down to about 11.5% of the voting population, and most Independents routinely vote Democrat, so it is pretty hard to imagine how any Republican beats Kerry (who was clearly running - before he wasn't running for President). Perhaps it finally occurred to him that his fellow Democrats no longer wanted him around during Primary season, like the crazy Uncle you no longer invite to Thanksgiving because he insists on assaulting the other guests with his unwanted loud opinions on everything.

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...

16 posted on 01/25/2007 7:20:25 AM PST by andy58-in-nh
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
LOL. That was 1979 dude. Get with this century. They are not going to elect a conservative in Taxsachuttus. Ain't gonna happen. This guy might have been elected back then, but not now. That with that leftist's state.
17 posted on 01/25/2007 7:20:54 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Marxis-Dimocrats stand for everything I hate and wish to see destroyed, including them!)
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To: cloud8

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.


18 posted on 01/25/2007 7:21:12 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: RetiredArmy
LOL. That was 1979 dude. Get with this century. They are not going to elect a conservative in Taxsachuttus. Ain't gonna happen. This guy might have been elected back then, but not now. That with that leftist's state.

You live here?

19 posted on 01/25/2007 7:22:22 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Kuksool

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.


20 posted on 01/25/2007 7:28:14 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

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.


21 posted on 01/25/2007 7:30:22 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: HostileTerritory
But if we lose him as a senator, we could be down to 4 Republican senators out of 40

And that would make a difference?

22 posted on 01/25/2007 7:32:56 AM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: SpringheelJack

> 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.


23 posted on 01/25/2007 7:34:37 AM PST by cloud8
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
LIVE THERE? Not if you paid me. Not if hell froze over. Not if the Muslims all went home. And save it. I ain't buying it. Read the post here where the one person posted that only 11.5% of that state say they are RINOcrats/Republicans. Right. Sure. Tell me another fairy tail.
24 posted on 01/25/2007 7:36:05 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Marxis-Dimocrats stand for everything I hate and wish to see destroyed, including them!)
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To: HostileTerritory
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.

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.

25 posted on 01/25/2007 7:39:05 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: RetiredArmy
LIVE THERE? Not if you paid me. Not if hell froze over. Not if the Muslims all went home. And save it. I ain't buying it. Read the post here where the one person posted that only 11.5% of that state say they are RINOcrats/Republicans. Right. Sure. Tell me another fairy tail.

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.

26 posted on 01/25/2007 7:41:51 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: cloud8
Bull crap! There aren't enough viable brain cells in the Taxachussetts electorate to not vote Socialist.

Dracula could be elected in Mass. as long as he ran RAT.

27 posted on 01/25/2007 7:41:53 AM PST by Redleg Duke (Heaven is home...I am just TDY here!)
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To: goldstategop

"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"?


28 posted on 01/25/2007 7:46:25 AM PST by albie
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To: cloud8

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.


29 posted on 01/25/2007 7:47:31 AM PST by sgtbono2002 (Peace through strength.)
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To: cloud8

More slashes, more small cuts, more blood..... he will not withstand the onslought.


30 posted on 01/25/2007 7:48:28 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. .... It's spit on a lefty day.)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost

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.


31 posted on 01/25/2007 7:50:38 AM PST by RetiredArmy (Marxis-Dimocrats stand for everything I hate and wish to see destroyed, including them!)
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To: RetiredArmy
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.

32 posted on 01/25/2007 7:53:36 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: HostileTerritory

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.


33 posted on 01/25/2007 7:54:13 AM PST by surrey
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To: Redleg Duke

> 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.


34 posted on 01/25/2007 7:57:20 AM PST by cloud8
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To: cloud8

"Ohhhhhhh, I think I will go eat some ketchup."


35 posted on 01/25/2007 8:02:32 AM PST by thirst4truth
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To: Kuksool
Any chance for past Governors to challenge sKerry like Weld or Paul Celucci?

NO!

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

36 posted on 01/25/2007 8:06:35 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: cloud8
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.

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.

37 posted on 01/25/2007 8:19:15 AM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: cloud8

I'd lay 5 to 1 that if he loses, Theresa dumps him for some other loser senator. Is Ted the swimmer still married?


38 posted on 01/25/2007 8:26:41 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: cloud8

The gigolo has $14 million left from his presidential run. That buys a lot of votes.


39 posted on 01/25/2007 8:28:26 AM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: RetiredArmy

37% of us voted for Bush in '04, Scott Brown is a great guy.
Kerry has become an embarassment even here.
Never say never!


40 posted on 01/25/2007 8:42:27 AM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
Don't you love these people who have never been to our states but feel free to trash them anyway? I get it all the time with Minnesota. Just because it's a "blue" state and in the North, that tells them all they need to know about it. After all, anyone who lives there must be crazy, right? Never mind that we might have good reasons for staying - family connections, high-paying jobs, an appreciation of winter (how am I supposed to go ice fishing in the South?), etc.

I'll Mr. Retired Army would be shocked to know that Massachusetts is actually a fairly low-tax state. How did that happen? 16 years of Republican governors, perhaps? But no Republican can be elected in Massachusetts, right? And if so, they'd be some RINO who would never cut taxes, right?

I understand completely where you're coming from. It's a pet peeve of mine, which is why I find myself defending your state despite having no connection to it.
41 posted on 01/25/2007 8:48:26 AM PST by MinnesotaLibertarian
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
One possibility is for Carla Howell to run again, and give her the Republican endorsement. As I recall, she's made Democrats uncomfortable in the past.

Regards, Ivan

42 posted on 01/25/2007 8:51:52 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
One possibility is for Carla Howell to run again, and give her the Republican endorsement. As I recall, she's made Democrats uncomfortable in the past.

That's a capital idea, MI.

43 posted on 01/25/2007 9:12:38 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: MinnesotaLibertarian

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.


44 posted on 01/25/2007 9:15:47 AM PST by Hemingway's Ghost (Spirit of '75)
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To: Hemingway's Ghost
If that happens, you must YouTube any Howell / Kerry debate. I'd like to see the Gigolo reduced to a jibbering wreck.

Regards, Ivan

45 posted on 01/25/2007 9:18:02 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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Carla Howell

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

Regards, Ivan

46 posted on 01/25/2007 9:19:53 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: 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.

ROFL - Kerry, Kennedy, Franks yea a Republican has a real chance in a Presidential election year.

47 posted on 01/25/2007 9:24:25 AM PST by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: surrey

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.


48 posted on 01/25/2007 9:49:35 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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To: MadIvan

How about Barbara Anderson?


49 posted on 01/25/2007 10:12:33 AM PST by surrey
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To: cloud8

I wish Romney would abandon the presidential run and take out Kerry instead.


50 posted on 01/25/2007 10:54:27 AM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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