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Opinion

TOM KEANE

A Senate campaign that never caught fire

IF POLITICS is supposed to be the Bay State’s blood sport, today’s election suggests water now runs in our veins. Or perhaps our blood sport is now just sports — as in the Bruins finals, Red Sox travails, or discussions about who next coaches the Celtics. Either way, Markey versus Gomez has proved a tepid contest.

There are a host of theories why. The Marathon bombings distracted us. Special elections are confusing. The weather has been weird. Politics itself has lost its luster. But most of the blame should go to the candidates themselves. Ed Markey never wanted the race to catch fire. And Gomez didn’t seem to have the wherewithal to light the match anyway.

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