While Congressman Markey was not my first choice for the Democratic nominee for the special election, he has certainly positioned himself as an early front runner. That being the case I am curious as to the BMG universe’s thoughts on these strategy questions:
Congressman Markey’s announcement for US Senate came during the Holidays while most voters were preoccupied with the season, with shopping, with family and not the least bit interested in politics. While his timing might have been a gambit to clear the field it sacrificed a higher visibilty announcement tat could have increased name recognition for Markey. If he was successful in clearing the field was it worth getting overshadowed by the Holidays?
Second, this morning WBZ carried interviews with Congressmen Steve Lynch and Barney Frank as well as the story that Scott Brown voted for the Senate bill. So where was Congressman Markey’s visibility during a high profile media coverage frenzy? There is a case to be made that the middle class taxcuts were saved by Democrats. Should our potential nominee have been more visable both in calling on the Republicans to allow an up or down vote and in the news cycle this morning?
Please note: I’m not going negative on Markey here. I am concerned that in a short special election window any opportunity missed will be significant down the road.
On another issue: do the remaining Republican Congressmen from New York, NJ and CT, having seen the Republicans in the Senate attack emergency spending for Hurricane Sandy relief and then watched the Republican House Leadership deep six the funding bill for their states, get the concept that they don’t matter to a Republican Party based in the slave states??