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Quickie: Scott Brown will not run for Senate


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Today's Quickie:


Massachusetts Republican senator Scott Brown will not run in the special election for outgoing Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s seat, according to a Republican source familiar with his plans. Brown’s decision means Kerry’s seat is very likely to remain in Democratic hands.

He may run for governor, though.  More info at the link.

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Michael Bloomberg: "You can joke about [Biden] all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls."


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Michael Bloomberg in a POLITICO interview:

“You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes,” Bloomberg said. “And he forced the focus [on gay marriage].”

But before you start patting Bloomberg on the back (even though he was spot on, and Biden deserves that pat and more) and tweeting me your new-found support, as inexplicably happened with Chris Christie, consider this:

He stuck to one endorsement — former Sen. Scott Brown, who is weighing another campaign, and who Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for last year and supported over newly minted Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

nuff said

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Poll-itics: MA Gov. Deval Patrick (D) leads Sen. Scott Brown (R) in likely U.S. Senate special election


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An Emerson College Polling Society poll shows that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick would have a strong chance to win John Kerry's Senate seat if Kerry becomes the next Secretary of State.

Per the Emerson site:

Patrick, a Democrat, would lead both Republican U.S. Senator Scott Brown (48% to 43%) and former Governor William Weld, a Republican (50% to 32%), according to the poll. [...]

However, according to the poll, if Brown runs for Kerry’s seat, he would beat Victoria Kennedy, widow of Democratic U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy, by 46 percent to 40 percent.

How would Ted Kennedy Jr. do? U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy says his brother may throw his hat into the ring.


VIDEO-- Is Kerry's Senate seat real target of GOP Benghazi suicide squad? And GOP, about those embassy cuts...


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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

To put it quite simply, if Obama backs down from appointing Rice due to the Republican Benghazi brigade, conventional wisdom has it that he is likely to appoint John Kerry to become Secretary of State.  If that were to be the case, Kerry's seat would become vacant.  [...]

Enter Republican Scott Brown [...]

As BuzzFlash at Truthout reader Emiliano de la Fuente e-mailed us today: "If the GOP is successful in squashing the idea of Susan Rice for Secretary of State and the President nominates John Kerry, it will immediately eliminate a Democratic senator and will give Scott Brown a chance to wiggle into position... Since he just ran in 2012, his name will be fresh in many voters’ minds."

In modern campaigns, political brand names are significant and Brown is one of those guys who even Democratic pundits and politicians in DC like to call in their village way "a very likeable person."   

It may be Massachusetts, and this theory may be a stretch, but remember that Brown was elected to the Senate once already – and remember that not too long ago Massachusetts elected Mitt Romney as governor.

And remember that the Republicans are indicating that they would be prone to give Kerry a relatively easy confirmation hearing in the Senate.  That's a scenario that will test Obama's mettle and how many chits he wants to call in for Rice at a time he is trying to proceed with budget negotiations.

Please read the whole post here.  And Mark has added this post: Colin Powell's Fabricated UN Iraq War Speech Was Fine With "Bomb, Bomb" McCain and Graham

And just for good measure, this L.A. Times letter from the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Senators unswayed by talks with Rice," Nov. 28

Isn't there just one donkey willing to call out the elephant in the room when Republicans insist on ranting on and on about Benghazi? Simply put: Which party was responsible for the hundreds of millions of dollars withheld for embassy security improvements over the last few years, adversely affecting the work and safety of our diplomats abroad?

Perhaps the questions about U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice's statements after the Benghazi attack should be aimed at Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his Republican colleagues in Congress who refused to properly fund embassy construction and security.

Dean James Loomos



Video- Elizabeth Warren V. Scott Brown: Bad Votes For Women


Wow. Transcript via.

I have no doubt Sen Brown is a good husband and a good father to his daughters, but this is an issue that affects ALL of our daughters and our granddaughters. And what matters here is how Sen. Brown votes.

So he's gone to Washington and he's had some good votes. But he's had exactly one chance to vote for equal pay for equal work, and he voted no. He had exactly one chance to vote for insurance coverage for birth control and other preventive services for women. He voted no. And he had exactly one chance to vote for a pro-choice woman -- from Massachusetts -- to the United States Supreme Court, and he voted no.

Those are BAD votes for women.

The women of Massachusetts need a Senator they can count on not SOME of the time, but ALL of the time. I want to go to Washington to BE THERE for ALL of our daughters and ALL of our granddaughters.

This one really matters. There is a LOT at stake here...

... And I want to be blunt. We should not be fighting about equal pay for equal work and access to birth control in 2012. These issues were resolved years ago until the Republicans brought them back.

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Poll-itics: Elizabeth Warren still leading Scott Brown in Massachusetts


Western New England University Polling Institute: Elizabeth Warren leads Scott Brown in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, 50-45%.

Via The Hill:

The findings show Warren ahead by roughly the same margin as in the same poll taken in early September, but this latest survey shows voters largely making up their mind with just a short while before the campaign season ends — only three percent of those polled said they were still undecided.

Fingers crossed. We need Elizabeth in the U.S. Senate.




As regular readers know, I produce an online video series called "BLUNT" in which anyone can concisely and civilly speak their minds for 30 seconds and be heard, as in my latest one on the 47 percent.

I get hundreds of tweets every day that are astute, funny, insightful, and worth more exposure, so today I put out the word that I'd post some of them here at TPC. Sort of a Twitter version of my videos, BLUNTweets.

Some came by Direct Meessage (private emails from Twitter), so I can't link to them. Others came in tweets that are linkable. Here's a sample, and many thanks to those who contributed:

Via @KingDavidLane: If voter ID protects election integrity why aren't we fingerprinting all voters instead. You can get a fake ID.

@gottalaff OK. thanks. here it is: "The GOP hates AMTRAK but loves to give highways money. what's up with that?"

— Jon Hartmann(@jonhartmannjazz) September 25, 2012


@wwwRepAmINFO said, in an extended tweet:

@GottaLaff #TPC Romney on the uninsured -The emergency room: 41 med srvcs you CAN'T get at the ER. Romney said, "...they don't sit in their apartment and die." Well, they do:

You CAN get treatment at the ER. But don't get cancer... you can't get chemo there.

You can't get radiation therapy; home health care or durable medical equipment; a prescription refill; primary care; follow-up care; treatment for anything that doesn't present serious impairment to your bodily functions; treatment for anything that doesn't present serious jeopardy to your health; treatment for anything that doesn't threaten serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part; preventive care; a cancer screening; an appointment for routine care, kidney dialysis (unless you're dying); treatment for osteoporosis; a liver transplant; treatment for muscular dystrophy; treatment for HIV/AIDS; treatment for Alzheimer's disease; treatment for Parkinson's disease; cataract surgery; treatment for hyper- hypothyroidism; hormone replacement therapy; treatment for Addison's disease or Cushing's disease; treatment for anorexia nervosa or bulimia; genetic testing to confirm cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs disease, or Huntington disease; treatment for age-related macular degeneration; treatment for alopecia, treatment for arteriosclerosis; a bone marrow transplant; reconstructive breast surgery; treatment for chemical dependency; treatment for colorectal polyps; hip or knee replacement surgery; lumbar spinal fusion; prenatal care; cardiac pacemaker surgery; treatment for multiple sclerosis; radical prostatectomy, smoking cessation services; spinal cord rehabilitation; treatment for an undescended testicle; physical therapy; respiratory therapy; or occupational therapy