Tonight’s post is late and short for a variety of reasons, but at the top of that list is the fact that I honestly have no idea what to make of this. In the short space of three months, almost every Republican who’s been closely connected to or directly experienced an electoral loss in Massachusetts has been floated as a potential runner for the opening Senate seat in that state. Why? We just don’t know.
This all began with speculation that Scott Brown, still smarting from Elizabeth Warren’s win in November, might return to the Senate in the other Massachusetts’ seat, which seemed increasingly likely to become available after John Kerry would be tapped to serve as Secretary of State. With his candidacy having been fairly effectively ruled out, however, idle thoughts have now turned towards both Ann Romney and Taggart Romney, the wife and son of Mitt Romney, who was decisively walloped in the presidential election in Massachusetts, in spite of it being one of his “home” states. I’m not exactly clear on what makes them desirable candidates other than being Republicans. They don’t really have political track records, which Brown at least did when he was elected to the Senate.
(Remember when we thought his loss in the election would mean he’d no longer be the center of attention? Ah how foolish we were. From here.)
So, I suppose this could be said to be an example of falling upwards, but it’s oddly fixated on this one Senate seat and on particularly electorally disastrous candidates. The desperate need for Scott Brown to be elected Senator was originally the byproduct of a variety of issues – namely that he was the only feasible candidate for that seat, that the Republicans desperately needed a filibuster-proof 40 Senators to ostensibly prevent the passage of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), and that as it was a special election in the middle of a Senatorial term that was their only chance for a long time. Now, neither he nor many of these other candidates are actually feasible, the ACA is a judicially-reviewed part of the political landscape, and Republicans have more than 40 seats in the Senate.
Have Republicans lost track of why they even cared about that seat so much and are just desperately fighting to get it back?