In re Brown

With Senator Kerry’s confirmation as Secretary of State, speculation is on about who will succeed him. Boston (and Massachusetts in general) has gone back to elections central, as we prepare for our second Special Senate election in three years. Governor Patrick has appointed Mo Cowan, his former Chief of Staff, as a placeholder until the June election.

Now, Massachusetts is something like 25% college student, and, unlike the college students in Texas, they actually vote. A June election is awful for such a state, as all the young people who vote Democratic, are in another state. I remember people claiming that Scott Walker would have been recalled, except it was a June election, so the kids at UW-Madison weren’t voting. Anyways, who would benefit in deeply-blue Massachusetts from an election where nobody votes?

Enter the Republican former Senator: Scott Brown. Brown won by a lot in his 2010 special election, in which 2.3 Million people voted. He also lost by a lot in 2012, in which 3.2 Million people voted. Coincidence? No. Simply put, there are too many Democrats in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a Republican to win in a general election. Fortunately for Brown and the Republicans, this June is a special election. Unfortunately for the Republicans, Brown is not running.

The announcement leaves the state GOP scrambling to find a candidate, and almost assures that Democrats will hang onto the seat. Catastrophe averted for my geographic contemporaries!

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