So John Kerry got re-elected overwhelmingly. And while he is in line for the chairmanship of the big-deal Foreign Relations Committee (Biden's current chair), he is reported to be lobbying for Secretary of State. So the DC promotion that everyone was talking about — Gov. Patrick — is still not happening, but we may have a barnburner of a Senate race … at least among the Dems.
So what about …
- Martha Coakley? Well-liked in the state, smart, female, was a big Hillary supporter in a big Hillary state. I don't have a good grasp of what issue portfolio she brings to the table vis-a-vis the Senate, though. DA and AG are, like, jobs; pretty nuts-and-bolts, and often if they're good, they're not particularly political.
- Marty Meehan? Well, he's got money, and a record on (ironically) campaign finance. He wants the gig. Popular.
- Ed Markey? Might be my choice, at first glance. Wants the gig. Big on energy/environment and tech issues, and has a fairly big bully pulpit for those things now. Has national profile. Basically fits the description.
- Barney Frank? Chairs the powerful Banking and Finance committee, so he's got a full plate as it stands. Barney's got a certain, uh, charm, but he doesn't really exude that Senatorial kind of comity. Can you imagine him doing business with Orrin Hatch?
- Joe Kennedy? Where's he been? Right, on an oil tanker. Public service aside, I fear he may have hit his sell-by date for this run. Sort of feels like the retro-lib pick.
- Steven Lynch? Too conservative. Not seeing it.
- Tim Murray? Well-liked, smart, but young and somewhat buried as LG (part of the job, unfortunately).
- Tim Cahill? Like AG, the danger of professionalism lurks. As Treasurer, if you're really good at looking after the pot of money (as Cahill apparently is), you tend to neglect other concerns. I haven't seen Cahill evince that much curiosity about things beyond his present bailiwick — although he did go to India.
- Deval Patrick? Gov has said endlessly he's not jumping to an Obama adminstration, so I'd have to imagine that he's not up for a Senate run. Besides, he seems to want to be an executive, not join the Great Debating Society. And after all, there are 100 senators … only 50 governors.
And just to mention the obvious without too much denial … we hope Ted Kennedy is able to stick around as long as possible. One way or another, we're likely to have this race within the next few years.
A potentially even funner thing would be the resulting House race if one of the US Reps gets the job.
Who am I missing? Who do you like?