PoliticsNation | February 01, 2013
>>> there will be a comeback in massachusetts for scott brown for now. he's announced he's not running for john kerry 's senate seat. no, mad scrambling. so he's not running. but you won't believe who is. remember this?
>> i'm not a witch. i'm nothing you've heard. i'm you.
>> no, she's definitely wasn't you christine "i'm not a witch" o continue. she's not running in massachusetts , either. her candidacy became a joke, an embarrassment for the republicans . but two years later, it seems republicans haven't learned a thing. in georgia, paul brown appears to be running for senate . he's a guy who thinks president obama only opposed the soviet constitution . over in iowa, steve king isn't ruling out a run. he's currently pushing a bill to stop what he calls anchor babies . but what can i say about this next possible candidate for new jersey?
>> there can be a new vitalization of the republican party concept where we extolled the vir which yous of the good business and fiscal policy.
>> i'll be here every friday until such time as it's no longer legal.
>> geraldo rivera leading the gop comeback? i don't think so. joining me now is e.j. e.j., thavnnks for coming on tonight.
>> good to be with you, reverend.
>> first, what do you make of scott brown 's decision?
>> i think it's a good decision for him. and i think democrats are very gleeful. if they dance jigs, i think harry reid is dancing one. he was the one candidate who could win that seat. he was running even or slightly ahead of markey. and while i think he was not as strong as he was going to be, he was when he first won. if the mood got a little bit bad on president obama , he could have won it again. he's smart to be running for governor. a, he would have had to run over and over again. and d, republicans do much better. the last republican win was senator ed brook way back in 1972 . so i think it's good for democrats and probably good for scott brown .
>> now the republicans felt they had a shot with brown. and i remember when they were killing susan rice unfairly in my opinion. the thought was they really were after susan rice because they wanted john kerry and so that kerry could -- the seat would go to scott brown or republican. now brown is out, they don't have a clear shot at the seat. this has to help president obama . scott brown not running is a big win for the president if the republicans can't come up with a comparable candidate.
>> no, i think that's right. i don't think they'll ever take a seat for granted in massachusetts again after 2009 and 20 10, rather. but i do think it's a win for democrats. i don't know whether he's announced anything is former governor bill weld who just moved back up there and can run as a kind of independent republican. he's pretty up predictable. if he doesn't run, i think it's going to be hard for them to come up with smnl to take that seat. but, you know, scott brown came out of nowhere, so be ware.
>> it was interesting. he released a statement that i think put the president in ra good light. scott brown said in his statement about his bipartisan tenure.
>> not bad for brown. not bad for the president.
>> i think that absolutely means he's running for governor. we know that the formula is if you want to run for governor of a very blue state , you say nice things about president obama . and the best example of that is chris christie , whose popularity has soared ever since he started working with president obama after hurricane sandy.
>> but notwithstanding that, they keep not running these far right extremist candidates. washington post reports the names are now famous, actually infamous, i should say.
>> caution is the word among the republicans smarts said twice bitten, thrice shy or something like that.
>> if you look around, they may be bitten a third time. you mentioned paul broun and steven king . i think the plob republicans have is you can't control your primary electorate from above. and because so many moderates have lecht the republican party , they have a hard time nominating more moderate kind of conserve tiffs who can actually win the election. and even though they've got a decent shot at taking the senate in 2014 , if they get another couple kand dats like they got this time and the time before, it's going to be very hard for them to turn a good chance into victories.
>> it's definitely going to be hard. thank you, e.j.dionne.
>> ahead, carl rove wrong again. and president obama is getting the lastz laugh. we'll explanl. push
>> and the president's charging ahead with a second term agenda and a super sales pitch