Anybody surprised by this?
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., will launch an exploratory committee to run for Senate against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in neighboring New Hampshire, CBS News’ John Dickerson and Nancy Cordes have learned, giving the Republican Party hope for a pickup as they push for a Senate majority in November.
Scott Brown’s website has been parked in full Watch This Space mode since between last December and this February: and the carpetbagging issue is not actually as much of an issue as people might think…
The carpetbagging thing is a problem, but you’d be hard pressed to find a state where it matters less. Something like 60 percent (and growing) of the state’s residents are from somewhere else. The last four governors were from another state — the last two from Massachusetts. With carpetbagging Bob Smith in the race also, Brown wouldn’t bear the burden alone. There is something of a fun twist to this question in this race. Senator Jeanne Shaheen was born in Missouri and raised in Pennsylvania and now sits at the Daniel Webster desk on the Senate floor. Webster was a New Hampshire native, who represented Massachusetts in the Senate.
…so don’t be surprised when the man announces that he’s running tomorrow, OK?
PS: Can Scott Brown win? I don’t know: how much money does the Democratic party feel like spending to keep Jeanne Shaheen in that seat? – Because they’re going to have to spend some money now, ya, you betcha. Seriously, this opens up yet another front for the GOP in November, and the Democrats are already scrambling to protect what they consider too many seats as it is. At this point, ‘reasonably safe’ for Democrats has been pushed back so far into their own territory that people like me are now idly assessing seats like Hawaii.