Scott Brown, demonstrating that he didn’t learn much from his last defeat, is still getting his talking points from Howie Carr. This time, he’s questioning whether Markey has residency in Massachusetts.
First, it’s old news that Markey spends most of his time in D.C. and has held on to his parents’ Malden house as a voting address. It’s never hurt Markey before, and it should be an easy play for Markey to counter.
Brown tried to prove his case saying he’s never seen Markey on the airplane headed home. As it happens, our editor here at the MWDN, Richard Lodge, ran into Markey last time he was visiting DC — at BWI (Baltimore Washington International Airport). BWI is closer to Chevy Chase, MD, where Markey and his wife live. Could it be that Scott flies in and out of town through Reagan or Dulles, which is why he hasn’t run into Ed on the flight to Boston? Might he have thought of that?
Meanwhile, everyone from our own Tom Driscoll to the Globe’s Joan Venocchi are jumping all over the Democrats for supporting Markey instead of encouraging a good primary fight. All are free to wring their hands, of course. But the Democratic Party bosses aren’t the masters of the universe. True, they earned a reputation over many years for supporting whichever Irish guy was next in line. But Tom Reilly isn’t governor because a little-known and not especially connected Deval Patrick built a grassroots campaign that generated more support for him than Reilly, both at the convention and in the primary. Like Patrick, Elizabeth Warren was an outsider. Venocchi complained about Warren, too. But nobody forced Warren on Massachusetts Democrats. The convention was open, and so was the primary. She was just the best candidate.
(If you want to see abuse of power by party insiders, revisit one of 2012′s most under-reported political stories, in which Romney’s henchmen ousted from the Massachusetts RNC delegation the Ron Paul supporters who were legitimately elected at last spring’s party caucuses. And will Venocchi complain that Scott Brown and state GOP honchos are freezing other Republican hopefuls out of a GOP primary race?)
In any event, while I have a lot of respect for Markey, he’s clearly not as formidable as Warren was. He’s not a fresh face, he’s short of charisma, he doesn’t have a statewide base and has some other liabilities. But the only other names mentioned – Mike Capuano, Steve Lynch and Sen. what’s-his-name from western Mass. – aren’t formidable either.
But you know who might make for an interesting campaign? Jim Braude. He’s articulate, well-known, happy to mix it up and, now that his radio show has disappeared, he’s under-employed.
C’mon, Jim, bring the fun back to Bay State politics.