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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:34 AM

Senator Scott Brown’s final speech hints at return to Senate

Senator Scott Brown used his farewell floor speech this morning to foreshadow his potential return to Congress and to oppose changes to the filibuster process that several Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren, have been pushing.

“As I’ve said many times before, victory and defeat is temporary,” he told colleagues. “Depending on what happens, and where we go, all of us, we may obviously meet again.”

Brown, a Republican, has been talking about a possible return to the Senate since his concession speech on election night last month, when Warren defeated him. Warren will replace Brown on Jan. 3.

With President Obama contemplating a potential Cabinet position for the state’s senior senator, Democrat John Kerry, speculation has been rampant that Brown will compete in another special election.

http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/12/12/senator-scott-brown-final-speech-hints-return-and-opposes-changes-senate-filibuster-rules/4hKZZWe2NRNvUPucKkpfPM/story.html

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Reply Senator Scott Brown’s final speech hints at return to Senate (Original post)
WI_DEM Dec 2012 OP
Mass Dec 2012 #1
NPolitics1979 Dec 2012 #2
budkin Dec 2012 #3
LiberalFighter Dec 2012 #4
Cha Dec 2012 #5
freshwest Dec 2012 #6
NHDEMFORLIFE Dec 2012 #7

Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 11:40 AM

1. He can hint at what he wants, he is not coming back.

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Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:05 PM

2. Scott Brown's return to the US Senate- depends on Kerry's getting appointed to a cabinet post.

If Kerry's is appointed and confirmed to the State or Defense department within one or two months. A Special Election for the US Senate will take place March 2013. Governor Deval Patrick will either appoint a caretaker ie Paul Kirk or Barney Frank-so he can run for the seat himself in the 2013 Special Election or in 2014 Regular Election. Governor Deval Patrick appoints a person who is likely run and have a greater than 50-50 chance of winning in the 2013 Special Election or 2014 Regular Election ie Mike Capuano,Setti Warren, or Sonia Chang Diaz. Martha Coakley and or Tim Murray are likely to run for Governor in 2014.
In order for Brown-R to return to the US Senate- he must win the 2013 Special Election against a lackluster Democratic nominee. However in 2014-when he has to run for a full 6 year team. Brown-R will face a top tier Democratic challenger like Deval Patrick or Mike Capuano-D. In 2020-assuming Brown-R wins in 2014- will face Joe Kennedy the 3rd.
If Kerry's does not get selected to a Cabinet position. Brown-R needs to hope Kerry decides not to seek re-election in 2014 but Democrats will end up nominating a top tier candidate. Brown-R can challenge Warren-D in a 2018 rematch in which he loses by a double digit margin.

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Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:09 PM

3. Good Luck with that.

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Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:59 PM

4. The Senate should dispense with farewell speeches when

they have not served at least 2 full terms.

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Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 05:28 PM

5. Yes, we're sure Brown would love to get back in the Senate so

he could bow to Kochs.

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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:10 PM

6. +1

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Response to WI_DEM (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 08:00 PM

7. History will record him as a fluke

He won his seat against, arguably, one of the worst run campaigns in the history of the Commonwealth. Add to that a low turnout and, presto, instant senator!
After spending two years touting his "bipartisanship", going do far as to use a photo of him and President Obama in one of his ads against Elizabeth Warren, he took a solid, if not overwhelming, thumping.
Whoever runs against him (if Kerry goes) will not sleepwalk through the campaign. And the party will proved to have learned its lesson.

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