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Politics_Guy25 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:20 AM
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Looks like Mike Dukaksis will be appointed as Teddy's replacement in Senate
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 01:24 AM by Politics_Guy25
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles... /

There are narrow majorities in both chambers. YAY! The political advantages outweight the downsides here nationally. I do commend the Mass dems for taking one for the team though. We desperately need 60 with all GOP senators out to destroy us.

Mike is a great choice btw and a chance to get back into poltics and be the deciding vote on health care after all the garbage he went through in 1988.

The MSNBC article about needing at least one GOP vote freaked me way out so I did some digging and found out that the MA temporary replacement idea is not dead after all.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:25 AM
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1. HA! I just asked about the status of this a minute ago on another thread!
I don't care WHO temp. replaces Teddy as long as it's a Dem who will be that 60th vote!
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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 01:27 AM
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2. That would be great on more levels than my brain can handle
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keopeli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:35 AM
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3. Progressives need to consider helping challenged MA Dems in 2010 for taking one for the team. n/t
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majority Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:37 AM
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4. wow
cenk called it
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sayso7 Donating Member (18 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 04:19 AM
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5. He's the PERFECT pick
A reliable liberal vote and since he's not running for re-election he can laugh in the face of corporate lobbyists.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:04 AM
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6. Dukakis is the logical choice
I did a thread on this weeks ago, hoping he would be the one picked as the interim Senator.

Not that I'm the last word in common sense, but it sure seems like a common sense pick to me.
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lillypaddle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:11 AM
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7. Mike's a great choice
good on him.
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genna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:53 AM
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8. MASS state legislative Democrats should be worried about health care
instead of fretting over their seats.

If Dukaksis gets in, I look forward to seeing how sedate he is for the rest of this term.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:07 AM
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19. Hmm... When I see Mike's name spelled that way, I seem to be reminded of Gollum and "hobbitses"...
... and wonder if there's something tricksey going on behind scenes here... :)
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argonaut Donating Member (246 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:02 AM
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9. It's a really nice cap to the Duke's career.
If only he'd been President. *sigh*
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:53 PM
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28. He would have been a good one. nt
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Vinca Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:02 AM
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10. That would be the perfect choice.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:06 AM
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11. It is sad there are only narrow majorities.
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 07:07 AM by Mass
This should be huge majorities if some Democrats were not playing power games with the Governor. But it seems it should pass as early as today.

Hopefully, it will be Dukakis and not some of the other names I've seen mentioned.
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zippy890 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:41 AM
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13. 'Democrats playing power games with the Governor' like Senate president Theresa Murray?
what is with her? I can't figure her out, her thing with Governor Patrick what the hell she has against him except like you say the power politics thing.



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Freddie Stubbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:44 AM
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14. Some of it may have to do with the fact that many of these legislators vote to strip the Governor of
this power just a few years ago.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:33 AM
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12. The NYT did the same in their story - I was going to check out the MA papers and blogs
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 07:35 AM by karynnj
but thanks to you, that won't be necessary.

I agree with you that many MA Democrats came through - especially Kennedy in writing that letter essentially on his death bed. That letter gave Kerry and other Democrats some cover in changing a law they just changed about 5 years ago. Kerry's strong involvement in making the case was great - especially as he is incredibly busy being the only MA Senator, chairing Afghanistan hearings (one today at 10 (for live video - http://foreign.senate.gov/Flashtest.html ) and an excellent hearing yesterday (http://yglesias.thinkprogress.org/archives/2009/09/john... ) and working on the Rockefeller side of the Finance committee.

I think Dukakis would be a wonderful interim choice. I remember a few years ago hearing him speak - mostly on Amtrak issues. He is a good guy, who really was treated pretty badly after 1988.
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Thrill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:25 AM
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15. LOL Dukakis in Washington on the Hill. Priceless
Can't wait to see that. He is also very passionate about Healthcare!!
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:42 AM
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16. Here's to hoping we can FINALLY welcome Mr. Dukakis to Washington!!! NT
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JNelson6563 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:50 AM
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17. Cool.
I like it. :toast:
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polmaven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:56 AM
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18. It may not happen until next week, though.
One of the North Shore Republicans has said he will block the vote from happening today. The question is not on today's "docket", and in Massachusetts it take unanimous consent to vote on any matter which is not on the docket. There is no session scheduled for Friday, so it will likely not be voted on until next week.
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:45 AM
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20. That's some sweet justice
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grantcart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:48 AM
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21. good OP
but in this case "taking one for the team" actually means correcting an earlier screw up of their own making.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:38 AM
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22. He's a good choice.
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SpartanDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:49 AM
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23. Why aren't MA Dems more behind this?
Yeah I know it's cynical, partisan move after what they did to Romney, but as blue as that state is you'd there'd be more support.
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:43 AM
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37. Because it is blatantly partisan. Both my husband and I loved
Ted and vote D but neither of us are happy with this at all.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:01 PM
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24. It sounds good from all the input
I'm reading about Michael Dukakis. He looks good too :)

<snip>>From your article>>

"Democrats are deeply divided over the issue and are worried that Republicans will use the issue against them in the next election.

It would have been great if this didnt come up, said Representative Stephen Smith, Democrat of Everett. I feel very, very badly by anyone who is going to be challenged by a Republican in the next election.

Buck up Mass Dems..the repukes have nothing expcept a record of more nothingness.

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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:20 PM
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34. Nothingness--because there's like 5 of them in the Senate and House combined.
They have no power and no organization here. They're completely impotent as a party.

This state adored Ted Kennedy, and we're following his wishes and putting an interim appointment in his place. They assault that at their own risk.
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noiretextatique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:57 PM
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25. karmically delicious
senator dukakis :woohoo:
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:07 PM
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26. Michael Dukakis, Michael Dukakis, he's the only candidate whose name
is fun to say!

Sung to a nonsense tune. I don't know the tune
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Captain Hilts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 09:52 PM
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27. PERFECT choice! The Poster Candidate for Over-Estimating the Intelligence of the Voting Public.
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 09:54 PM by Captain Hilts
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krawhitham Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:41 PM
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29. That sucks
I wanted him to run for the job. The fill in appointment has to agree he/she/it will not run for the seat
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seaglass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 09:47 AM
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38. As of now there is no such requirement.
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Mass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 10:11 AM
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39. We need somebody younger than he is. He is already 75.
But he will be a wonderful interim senator.
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Milk Donating Member (55 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:57 PM
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30. That's been the rumor for weeks and I'm ecstatic
And I bet he takes the train to D.C. :D

James Carrol mentioned the other day that Deval should run for his seat as it would suit him better and I agree. I don't think he'd stand a chance of winning (well, some chance) but I'd love him as Senator. He's totally neutered as governor and he doesn't deserve that.
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blueclown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 10:59 PM
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31. Alas, Lee Atwater is not alive to see it. n/t
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:05 PM
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32. I'd love to see him enter the chamber driving a tank
and wearing a helmet. A nice "up yours" salvo to the Republican party.
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andym Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 11:07 PM
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33. He could follow that up by handing out a copy of his ACLU membership card to the Republicans. nt.
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 12:45 PM
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40. With "Coming to America" blaring in the background! nt
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 03:35 AM
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35. GREAT choice
:thumbsup: would love for him though to get a full 6yr term
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MBS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-18-09 04:23 AM
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36. ditto!
he's a great guy. Perhaps he also could slip in a few speeches and votes for amtrak and public transportation in those 3 months.
Oh, I really hope this happens.
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