Lawrence O’Donnell rewrites potential Brown Senate bid into a gubernatorial campaign.

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Lawrence O’Donnell laid on the Boston accent and dialect pretty thick with this Rewrite segment suggesting that a run for Governor would be more to Scott Brown’s liking and advantage that trying again for Senate.  I’ve thought he has a better chance of getting out from under the national party that way, though I’m not completely confident he can resist going the route of many GOP Governors who were elected in 2010.  Watch the clip; I found it wicked amusing.  One caveat though – for all his confidence almost to the point of smugness O’Donnell often gets it spectacularly wrong.  He was sure Tim Pawlenty was going to be the GOP presidential nominee last year, then just as sure he would get the VP nod.

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  1. follow the money

    One thing to keep in mind – as far as I know, he can’t transfer cash from his federal kitty into a state campaign. He also would have to deal with the much smaller per-donor limitations in a gubernatorial race.

  2. I just can't picture him as governor

    My armchair analysis of Scott Brown is that he’s the type of guy who likes to be important but doesn’t like to do any actual work. This is consistent with everything I’ve heard about him in the legislature and his time in the US Senate. He wanted us to know about the kings and queens he consulted with, how many times he got a call from the President, etc etc. He was so anxious to tell the world that he saw the Bin Laden photographs or that a fiscal cliff deal was happening that he got out in front and fell on his face. At the same time, as a member of the minority in the Senate, all he has to do is stand athwart history, yelling Stop.

    As Governor, he’d actually have to do things and would be held accountable for things that happen. Plus, he’d have to deal with a legislature that knows the book on him.

    • Really?

      My armchair analysis of Scott Brown is that he’s the type of guy who likes to be important but doesn’t like to do any actual work…As Governor, he’d actually have to do things and would be held accountable for things that happen. Plus, he’d have to deal with a legislature that knows the book on him.

      While correct, nothing you say here kept Mitt Romney for going for governor when he couldn’t be senator.

      sabutai   @   Tue 15 Jan 8:22 PM
      • I disagree

        Mitt is a CEO type; even a micromanager, from what I’ve read about his campaign anyway.

      • I go back and forth on this

        It makes more political sense for Brown to run for governor — the national Republican party is way less of a handicap, and the argument for political party balance is a lot more compelling at the state level than telling Mass voters we should send another Republican to Washington to strengthen Mitch McConnell.

        But the office itself just seems like a bad fit for Brown. It’s hard to imagine him wanting to BE governor. I realize that didn’t stop either Romney (or arguably Bill Weld). But the difference here is that Brown already got a taste of national fame and influence when he won the special election to replace Ted Kennedy. Like Sarah Palin, it’s hard to imagine him wanting to head to a Statehouse after that.

  3. Brown's not going to run against Markey, and he won't run for Governor.

    He would lose against Markey, and that would end his political career.
    Governor is wicked hard. It’s really a lot of work. Brown just isn’t up to it.
    He’ll run for Senate next time around.

    • This might be true

      A lot more time to raise cash and he could benefit if Baker is at the top
      of the ticket against a weak Dem. Plus if Markey waltzes in unopposed he could be caught asleep at the wheel when a real campaign rolls around.

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