I’m not going to rule out anything right now.Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott ”bqhatevwr” Brown • Suggesting that a senate run in New Hampshire was a real possibility for him. He made the statement in the Granite State homestead of Nashua—the first of four visits to the state in the next five weeks. Current Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is up for reelection in 2014. source
The Massachusetts Senate race is shaping up to be one of the closest races of 2012, with Brown and Warren consistently running within just a few points of one another. If you missed tonight’s debate, here are two recaps.
This non-endorsement pledge is unprecedented and is not being required of any other persons or entities. To us, such a pledge seems inappropriate when a non-media sponsor issues a debate invitation. We can assure both campaigns that the debate will be fair, just as the one we cosponsored between Senator Brown and Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2010 was fair.A statement by the Edward M. Kennedy Institute • Expressing anger over a main condition set by Sen. Scott Brown that he’ll only take part in senatorial debates to be held at the institute on the condition that Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow who plays a key role in the institute, not endorse anyone in the campaign. Brown’s campaign manager, upon word of this statement, said Brown would decline the offer to debate: “We respect Vicki Kennedy’s decision but we regret that we cannot accept a debate invitation from someone who plans to endorse Scott Brown’s opponent.” (ht sarahlee310)
ladyromanahasmoved asks: Just wondering if you guys have heard of the Enemy Expatriation Act, and if you've written anything about it? Scary stuff.
» SFB says: We haven’t, but as far as we can tell, the Enemy Expatriation Act (which would strip citizenship of those accused of terrorism) is a newer version of a bill introduced in both the House and Senate in 2010 (and notably co-sponsored by Joe Lieberman) called the Terrorist Expatriation Act. That bill didn’t go anywhere, though it got play in the media. Considering that the bill was resubmitted in October, in the wake of the recent death-by-bombing of Anwar Al-Awlaki (based on a YouTube comment by Rep. Charlie Dent) I get the impression that they were hoping to build new attention for the idea after it faded away the first time. Clearly, since the only news item on the new bill is a syndicated Activist Post story (which seems to suggest that the thrust of the bill got into the NDAA indirectly, “expatriation in practice but not in name,” though their reasoning sounds like a stretch to me), and it’s gone nowhere since October, according to GovTrack, it seems to me that it wasn’t very successful in that goal. However, we’ll keep an eye out. — Ernie @ SFB
» Hey, wha’ happen? Warren’s rise may be due in part to an “announcement boost;” she was long-rumored as a candidate, and her official entry in the race may have fired up a contingent of Democratic voters. Perhaps more significant of a factor, however, is Brown’s plummeting popularity. Back in December, he was the 16th most popular Senator in the country, out of 87 polled. Now, Brown is in 61st place, and his favorability has dropped by 25 points.