The plan that Reince and the rest of his team came up with was, allow John Kerry to be confirmed as Secretary of State and then have Scott Brown win the special election to fill his seat and gain an important seat for the next 5 years in the Senate!
We all know what they say about the best laid plans......
First off President Obama wanted to nominated the very distinguished Ambassador Susan Rice for the position. This would have kept the Senate seat in Kerry's hands so that was unacceptable. The republicans like they always do, ratcheted the rhetoric up to an 11, and personally attacked Susan Rice as often and as loudly as they could. John McCain and Lindsey Graham led the outright racist and sexist attacks, forcing Ambassador Rice to eventually withdraw her name from consideration.
That obstacle out of the way, they were then faced with a new one that they did not know how to overcome: Scott Brown does not want to run again!
“Over these past few weeks I have given serious thought about the possibility of running again, as events have created another vacancy requiring another special election. I have received a lot of encouragement from friends and supporters to become a candidate, and my competitive instincts were leading in the same direction,” Brown wrote.“Even so, I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time. And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me,” he added.“That is why I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for the United States Senate in the upcoming special election,” his statement ends.The primary is April 30 and the special election June 25.
Let me interpret for you - it is very taxing for a moderate republican to try and keep the "tea party" base happy. So thanks but no thanks, someone else can have that headache!
Now for the punchline.
The republican are so flummoxed that Brown does not want to run, they are at a loss to find someone else.
Things are so bad under Reince's reign that they are considering asking people in the Romney Family to run.
Massachusetts Republicans are desperately scrambling to find a strong Senate candidate to replace Scott Brown, with some even trying to persuade Mitt Romney’s wife or son to jump into the race to avert another electoral disaster.As a progressive, I am ecstatic that the republicans have decided to keep Reince in charge!
The former GOP senator’s decision to stay out of the June 25 special election surprised and angered some Republican leaders, who said it will make it much harder to beat a Democratic opponent without Brown on the ballot.
“I’ve had several people call me and ask about Ann Romney,” Ron Kaufman, a longtime friend and aide to the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate nominee, told the Herald.
Other GOP leaders also raised the prospect of Mitt’s eldest son, Tagg, launching a surprise Senate campaign. Tagg Romney was a close campaign adviser and surrogate for his father and is a successful businessman living in Belmont.