Dems ponder how to take down Scott Brown

By DAVID CATANESE

Democrats ponder how to take down Scott Brown

Democrats ponder how to take down Sen.Brown

(Politico)  While the dust has barely settled from Scott Brown’s miracle win in Massachusetts,  shell shocked Bay State Democrats have begun pondering how to upend the newly minted GOP star when he stands for reelection in 2012.

Defending the congressional delegation’s seats during the supercharged 2010 cycle is certainly priority No. 1 — but ignoring the proverbial elephant in the room until after the November elections would be political malpractice, according to some Democrats.

The list of potential challengers to Brown when he seeks his first full term will be long, but the nature of his populist-fueled upset arguably widens the pool of candidates and heightens the early scrutiny each will face.

“I think they’re going to have to think about it now and then get serious about it the day after the elections in November,” said Robert Whitney, a Boston Democratic committee chairman. “I think there will be a lot of people willing to take a shot, and they’ve got to start looking at it early because of the fundraising involved,” he added.

The initial list of potential contenders is fairly obvious.

Rep. Michael Capuano, who placed second to Martha Coakley in the Democratic special election primary, is known as a fiery, sharp-tongued liberal with a working-class touch and will quite likely eye a second try. During the post-election autopsies, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) speculated that Capuano would have beaten Brown “by 15 points.”  More…

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