So tweeted the WaPo’s Rachel Weiner. With the fulsome endorsement-in-all-but-name by John Kerry; Another by Vicki Kennedy; and a strong statement of support from the DSCC, It looks like the establishment is trying to clear the field for Ed Markey:
“While I began last week to formally step out of politics, and it’s very important that I respect the apolitical nature of the post I hope to soon occupy, as Massachusetts’ senior senator today and as a colleague of Ed Markey’s for 28 years, I’m excited to learn of and support his decision to run for the United States Senate,” Kerry said in a statement. ”Ed’s one of the most experienced and capable legislators in the entire Congress and it would be an almost unprecedented occasion for such an accomplished legislator to join the Senate able to hit the ground running on every issue of importance to Massachusetts.”
Now, on one hand, I’m not sure how I feel about this. A rush to coalesce behind a single candidate creates heavy expectations for that person; whereas a primary battle can help them sharpen their message and endure the inevitable slings and arrows of a tough general campaign. I’m not sure a coronation is a good thing.
On the other hand, I’m pleased that the establishment seems to agree with my sense that Markey is the best person for the job. Let’s just hope he stays sharp, and stays hungry.