Are You Ready for Senator Mike Dukakis?

Filling a Senate seat vacated by one presidential race loser with another presidential race loser seems odd, but Massachusetts seems to have a surplus of them. Between Dukakis, Kerry and Romney, Massachusetts seems to have more governors and senators who tried to run for president and failed… than it has revolving door prisons.

Michael Dukakis, the former Democratic presidential nominee, could be appointed to fill John Kerry’s Senate seat as a “placeholder,” reports indicate. Kerry is expected to be named secretary of state by President Barack Obama.

With Kerry then moving out of the Senate, Governor Deval Patrick will have to appoint someone to replace Kerry. That person could be Dukakis, if Patrick is looking only for a “placeholder,” someone who would not run in the special election for that Senate seat.

“He’ll most likely appoint a placeholder. A lot of people speculating that’s Mike Dukakis,” Boston political consultant Jim Spencer tells the Hill newspaper. “That’s the most obvious choice. Everybody thinks it’s Dukakis.”

Sure. Who doesn’t have a soft spot for Dukakis. Just imagine a world where Dukakis beat Bush in ’88 and then lost to Donald Rumsfeld in ’92.

  • IsraelFirster

    Well, that's sickening but totally expected of the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

  • john

    Being an "Israel-firster" makes you an "America-seconder" which makes you a traitorous POS

    • Mary Sue

      Um, NO.

    • Ar'nun

      Being someone who would label someone else an "Israel-Firster" makes you a bigotted fool and unqualified to comment on other people's patriotism.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Being an "Israel-firster" makes you an "America-seconder" which makes you a traitorous POS"

      Being "ignorant" makes your comments worthless.

  • κατεργάζομαι

    BWA-HA-HA-HA! ~ Mr. Daniel Greenfield – Dang! Your photo beat me to the punch.

    The Weekly Standard's Noemie Emery once argued persuasively that Obama should be compared to Dukakis, not James Earl (Jimmy) Carter.

    Obama is Dukakis, not Carter –

    • Mary Sue

      I would argue he's probably a mix of both, because he does share the traits of both (inasmuch as Dukakis and Carter shared some characteristics).

  • PAthena

    Mike Dukakis would be an excellent senator. He is intelligent, knowledgable and honest, and he was a good governor of Massachusetts. He is far superior to John Kerry.

    • κατεργάζομαι

      Horsefeathers! Dukakis, who is 79, campaigned for Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren FAUX-Cahontas.

    • Mary Sue

      Well, that's subjective.

    • Ar'nun

      As someone who lived under the reign of Dukaka, are you high???? Dukaka makes John Forbes "Liveshot" Kerry look like a moderate patriot.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "He is far superior to John Kerry"

      Um, well OK…but what will that do for you?

  • Ar'nun

    The talk here in Boston is that it's going to be Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Ted Kennedy.

    Not sure which of these two is causing the nausea, but they both stink.