After more than three decades of entertaining liberals and tormenting conservatives, US Representative Barney Frank is retiring, opening his long-held Fourth Congressional District seat to a successor. In a district that fielded a spirited challenger two years ago and opened its heart to Senator Scott Brown, one might sense an opening for a Republican — particularly because the district, which stretches from liberal Newton to working-class Fall River, has recently been reconfigured and includes more pockets of conservative voters.
But political analysts are not holding their breath for a Republican revolution. This is still Massachusetts, they note, where Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents far outnumber Republicans. The GOP nationally is not counting on claiming this seat in November.