First today’s Boston Herald tells us this:
Seriously, is this the best the Democrats can come up with? Ed Markey?
This is a guy who has been in Congress for 36 years — the ultimate Washington insider.
A guy who didn’t even own a home in his own district for the first 20 years of his career.
This is a career politician who has never had a serious re-election challenge in decades.
Then the feisty local tabloid tells us this:
U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey became the first Bay State congressman to jump into the U.S. Senate special election yesterday, with an announcement that gleeful Republicans called a late Christmas gift for Republican Scott Brown.
“This is a huge positive for Scott Brown,” said GOP consultant Rob Gray, noting that Markey, in Congress for 36 years, is seen as a consummate insider. “This looks like the first in a series of non-bigfoot candidates that Democrats are putting forward.”
Or the last. To all appearances the Democratic establishment is trying to pull the ladder up behind Markey.
Here’s the Herald web piece:
U.S. Sen. John Kerry and Victoria Reggie Kennedy are giving their hearty backing to Congressman Ed Markey, who yesterday became the first Democrat to throw his hat in the ring in the race for Kerry’s seat — an indication of the eagerness of Bay State Dems to anoint a candidate swiftly and painlessly before what is expected to be a bruising battle with likely GOP nominee Scott Brow [sic].
Which still leaves this question for the Herald: Endorsements aside, is Markey drawing yawns or cheers?
Not that it really matters.