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Scot lehigh

How about Bill Weld for US Senate?

Today, let’s mull a race that may never take place: The special election to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat if he becomes secretary of state. One school of thought is that, absent a Democratic candidate with the star power of a Deval Patrick or Elizabeth Warren, Republican Scott Brown would be the odds-on favorite.

So far, there’s no such Democrat on the horizon. Instead, the party is gamely talking about the same congressional faces: Ed Markey, who has now been discussed as a real or possible Senate candidate for almost 30 (!) years; Mike Capuano, a partisan scrapper and failed 2009 Senate candidate who is temperamentally better suited to the House; and Steve Lynch, an edgy loner whose would-be 2009 campaign crashed back on the launching pad.

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