A Boston Globe article today described the enthusiasm that Scott Brown has inspired in the Republican Party. As a result, many of our Democratic members of Congress who didn't expect stiff competition may now find themselves running against formidable opponents. For example, Joe Malone, the former treasurer of the state, is seriously considering a run against Bill Delahunt.
Ed Markey is the member of congress from Massachusetts with the longest tenure. I would have assumed that this tenure came with some wisdom about politics. Unfortunately, a quote attributed him about potential Republican opponents gave me serious doubts:
But Representative Edward J. Markey, who has represented the Seventh District since 1977, said national Republicans will waste their money if they try to unseat Massachusetts Democrats.
“If that is their strategy,’’ he said, “who am I to stop them?’’
If the leaders of the Democratic Party in Massachusetts haven't learned that arrogance and hubris are not the road to victory, I fear that the voters will provide for them yet another lesson.