The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

02 May 2007

John Kerry, Massachusetts Senate Race, Talk Radio


Elusive Kerry Suddenly Eager For Talk Radio Visits

When a formerly unavailable US Senator is suddenly eager to appear on local talk radio programs, he must be worried about his political future.

And with John Kerry making the rounds of Boston- area talk shows this week, it's probably no coincidence, coming after poll results found shaky 2008 re- election prospects for the sullen senator.

Were he to run for president again, this wouldn't be an issue, but Kerry appears to see the writing on the wall within a crowded Democrat Party field. As a fallback, he must settle for another six years as a US Senator from Massachusetts.

In the past, "Liveshot", as he's known in the Bay State, usually couldn't be bothered to expend precious moments dealing with the lowly local media, especially talk radio. With national ambitions comes a need for nationwide publicity. On that level, he loved to appear with his friend Don Imus on that now- defunct morning show.

Now, however, booking Kerry locally is as easy as having one's producer make a phone call. This week alone, he's had time to visit with two morning shows, including Mike Barnicle's WTKK-FM program today. Sure, he does have a book to promote, but could ominous Bay State favorability ratings have him running scared?

From the Boston Globe's Joan Vennochi earlier this week:

Like it or not, Kerry could end up a US senator for life, even though his popularity is down since his glory days as a presidential nominee.

A December 2006 Survey USA poll put Kerry's approval rating in Massachusetts at 43 percent, with 53 percent disapproving. A more recent poll conducted by Suffolk University and 7News suggests that Bay State voters are, fittingly, for and against their junior senator. When 400 registered voters were asked whether Kerry should run for another six-year term, 56 percent of them said that it is time to give someone else a chance. However, in the same survey, Kerry easily beats two Democrats -- Secretary of State William F. Galvin and unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate Christopher Gabrieli -- in hypothetical head-to-head matchups.

The political reality: It's hard to imagine a credible, well-funded challenger who is ready, willing, and able to challenge Kerry in a Democratic primary. "You never say never, but we'd certainly be surprised," Morris said.

Every significant Democrat is backing Kerry's Senate bid, said Philip Johnston, the former Democratic state party chairman and co-chairman of the May 21 event. "He will have the unanimous support," Johnston said, "of all the Democratic Party office holders, the entire congressional delegation, organized labor, women, and the gay community. There isn't one constituency where he won't have strong support. And he is very well financed."

It's even harder to imagine a Republican challenger strong enough to defeat Kerry in a Massachusetts general election, especially during a presidential election year. The name of Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling was bandied about for awhile; but even Schilling's enormous popularity within Red Sox Nation would run up against the immense unpopularity of the current Republican regime in Washington.

By state law, Kerry couldn't be a candidate for both the presidency and the US Senate on the November 2008 ballot. That put pressure on the senator -- even though a second Democratic presidential nomination would be a long shot -- to announce his intentions about 2008 earlier than he might have preferred. If Kerry chose the presidential run, an open Senate seat could have lured a slew of Democrats, including US Representatives Martin Meehan and Stephen Lynch, into a primary race. Once Kerry said he was running for re election, Meehan decided to leave Congress to take on the chancellorship of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Sure enough, she's right: the Bay State's Democrat Party machine will protect Kerry no matter how unpopular he might be. However, a well- financed challenger from either party could give him the scare of a lifetime, as Mitt Romney did against Ted Kennedy in 1994.

Despite his tremendous personal baggage, Kennedy remains fairly popular in Massachusetts because he spends a good chunk of his time dealing with local issues. By contrast, Kerry is an invisible man, a senator who simply doesn't have time to deal with his home state.

Given the Democrat Party's historic hostility toward talk radio, isn't it ironic to see one of their kingpins turning to the medium during a time of particular unpopularity with local voters?

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  • Is Kerry going on the radio any worse that that filthy little felon Tom Delay appearing on T.V calling Reid and Pelosi "treasonous" for saying the things about the Iraq war, generals are saying, it can not be won militarilary? Delay is a fucking disgrace, when he calls Reid and Pelosi "treasonous" he is calling everyone in the Iraq Study Group and all of the generals "treasonous" as well, for supporting the same concepts.
    and your worried asbout Kerry?

    you filthy, little murderous scumbag

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 09:50  

  • MoPoop,

    You are going beyond the pale. DeLay IS NOT convicted of any felony. Oh, I forgot, when a Liberal Elitist makes an unfounded accusation, it is a conviction.

    Unless you can provide proof and a conviction in a court of law that Malony committed murder, you owe him an apology.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 May, 2007 10:20  

  • Delay is damm lucky no to be in jail, he was convicted of numberous corruption charges, when your a connected filthy Republican, you can indeed support child sex rings and get away with it
    as far as Maloney, as far as Im concerned anyone who sits there and attacks Democrats withoutr attacking this degenerate administration is guilthy of murder. Just my opinion, guilt by support. If you support the GOP, you support the mafia, as far as Im concerned

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 10:43  

  • MoPoop,

    You are deranged. Now, show proof of the convictions. Fatwas from Media Matters do not count.

    Also, you owe our host an apology. You ane not being a civilized guest.

    The only crime syndicate I see are Liberal Posters like yourself and Democrats Elected to Congress.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 May, 2007 10:51  

  • he was indicted retard. Only one under a rock would not know this already!

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 12:27  

  • MoPoop,

    Once again you show stupidity and closemindedness. You lied when you said DeLay was convicted. All you can show is an indictment from a hyperpartisan DA who may not be able to hold on to his job after DeLay is aquitted and DeLay's legal team goes after Ronnie Earle.

    That makes you the retard and also everything I said is true.

    By Blogger PCD, at 02 May, 2007 13:53  

  • he was indicted, he is a scumbag who supported the child sex trade among other things, but of corse he has an "R" next to his name, if someone with an "R" next to his name slaughtered your family, you would probally blame "clinton" or "lib media" and beg the judge to spare his life because he is an "R".

    this is just how cons are, they take party over country

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 15:19  

  • PCD

    The only crime syndicate I see are Liberal Posters

    i guess the war profiteering is simply fine in your warped world. War profiteering is immoral and anti-american and if you don't see the profit being reaped in by this war, your are hopeless. Thewy are war racketeering scum. Only difference between them and the old mob, is what they deal in, the mob profited from drugs, gambling , prostitution and pornography (the mob started porno) the GOP deals in guns, bombs and military contracts. It was illegal in WW2 to profit from the war, why is it not illegal now? Simple, the executive branch are war racketeering criminals. The Bush crime family is drenched in blood.
    Truman would have hung Bush

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 02 May, 2007 16:42  

  • "Fatwas from Media Matters do not count."

    really, fudgie?

    who says?

    looks like i better not put my riding crop away.....

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 May, 2007 22:07  

  • keep it simple

    $564 BILLION of our mone

    for a complete and total

    military DEFEAT

    thanks, neocons

    we want a refund

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 02 May, 2007 22:08  

  • Hash, you libs owe us for the failed war on poverty, and a myriad of other Democrat pork programs. WE WANT OUR MONEY BACK. Should we start with a public beating of you and MoPoop at Ground Zero? Moron!

    By Blogger PCD, at 03 May, 2007 10:30  

  • we'll get you

    we'll pull it out of your skin, after we scrub you down first

    By Blogger hashfanatic, at 03 May, 2007 17:09  

  • Will get you and your little dog too.

    What idiots.

    By Blogger pf1, at 04 May, 2007 00:44  

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