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Ben Affleck on Kerry’s Senate Seat: “One Never Knows”

RIGHT NOW Scott Brown is leading Democrats by a mile in Massachusetts, as a recent WBUR poll showed, also revealing holding Kerry’s seat after a placeholder is appointed against Brown will require a smart campaign by a good candidate.

The closest Democrat to Brown in popularity is Martha Coakley, who ran a horrible race last time around, with Rep. Ed Markey 30-points behind her. But what if Ted Kennedy, Jr., who would throw the Kennedy machine into gear again, or Ben Affleck, decided to run?

Brown’s approval rating is 58%, even after his scurrilous personal attack campaign against Elizabeth Warren. It’s also likely that helping buoy his popularity is that compared to the crazies in the Republican Party, Scott Brown stands out as a model of moderation and sanity. He even came out for an assault weapons ban after the Sandy Hook slaughter.

But Kerry’s Senate seat is anything but gone to Brown, though progressives started wringing their hands even before Kerry was nominated for Secretary of State. There’s close to flop sweat already developing among activists over Kerry’s seat.

Enter Ben Affleck

On “Face the Nation” Sunday, Ben Affleck didn’t say no. He also knows how to tease the possibility.

GQ interviews Affleck and asks the question, too.

As for his movie career, especially as a director, if you haven’t see Argo you should. It’s a spectacular story and his direction is as good or better than in The Town.

When progressive activists hear Affleck talk about Iran, however, I’m wondering if they’ll be less enthused. Then again, sometimes it’s just about winning and keeping a Senate majority.

One thing’s certain, Mr. Affleck certainly knows how to handle the camera and public interaction, with his family a perfect picture that includes his wife Jennifer Garner, who sacrificed her movie career to raise their children.

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4 Responses to Ben Affleck on Kerry’s Senate Seat: “One Never Knows”

  1. fangio December 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    So typical of Obama; appoint a dud like Kerry and risk losing a Senate seat to Republicans. Is there no one else in the country worthy of being Secretary of State. Would it be so hard for Solo’s ” young president ” to pick someone new and visionary instead of constantly scrapping the bottom of the barrel for crumbs. Then again, it’s a little harder to find lap dogs.

  2. secularhumanizinevoluter December 22, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Kerry is outstanding for the job…but there has to be someone else out there. Why GIVE the repugnantKLAN/teabagger/UBERChristofascist mob a free Senate seat?!

    • Cujo359 December 23, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

      Unfortunately, our government being what it is, SoS is a political job. If it were for career diplomats, there would probably be many candidates. If it requires a politician, and preferably a prominent one, the choices are pretty limited. I bet you, I, and Taylor could come up with most of them between the three of us.

  3. DaGoat December 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    I like what Elizabeth Warren brings to the Senate with her unique knowledge and willingness to ride herd on Wall Street. I also like what Scott Brown brings, namely a willingness to say no to his party once in a while, something rare on both sides. As I said in a previous post I see Warren and Brown as a win/win.

    At this point I don’t see anything that Ted Kennedy Jr or Ben Affleck would bring other than their names.

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