Keller @ Large: Skeptical About Curt Schilling’s Chances

BOSTON (CBS) – In politics, you never say never. If nothing else, Donald Trump has taught us that much. Still, color me skeptical about Curt Schilling’s chances of beating Elizabeth Warren in a potential 2018 U.S. Senate race.

It’s not that Warren isn’t vulnerable, at least in theory. In the recent WBZ-UMass Amherst poll, her favorable rating was under 50-percent.

And it’s not inconceivable that Schilling could win the nomination here.

Massachusetts was one of Trump’s best states during the primaries, and from his aggressive use of social media to get publicity to his use of insults to excite voters fed up with political correctness, Schilling is closely following the Trump political blueprint.

But beating Warren? I doubt it, and here’s why:

Massachusetts voters have made it pretty clear over the years that on those rare occasions when they do elect a Republican statewide, they prefer socially-moderate Republicans. Think Bill Weld, Paul Cellucci, Charlie Baker.

Curt Schilling is anti-gay-marriage, believes in creationism, and is anything but moderate stylistically. He got himself fired from ESPN for retweeting a vulgar anti-transgender-rights internet meme, and insulted Muslims by comparing them to Germans in the 1930s.

And Schilling’s biggest weakness – the disastrous mismanagement of his video game company that left Rhode Island taxpayers on the hook for millions – matches

Warren’s biggest strength, her role as a critic of private-sector excess.

But by all means, go for it Curt.

Just don’t be surprised if you wind up limping away with more than just a bloody sock.

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One Comment

  1. Donald J Trump says:

    Warren would grab that whiny Puss y Curt.

  2. mstarvin says:

    I hope the Republicans do better…. The lefties here love old Fauxchontis so unseating her will require a Republican that does not have a questionable business past…… I was no Scott Brown fan but he was so much better than Liarwatha that I was shocked he got ousted… Oh look the little Democrat troll is posting from Mommy’s basement again…I guess your punishment is over and she is letting you use her computer again??

    1. paul dowd says:

      Your first sentence made good sense but then you descended into childish name-calling. You cannot be taken seriously.

  3. mikey says:

    Hmm. “A snowball’s chance in hell” comes to mind.

  4. sceesic says:

    Schilling- the guy with little business sense and less brains.

  5. The Owl says:

    As you well know, Jon Keller, the trajectory of our economic and political world over the next few years will play a big part in how Curt Schilling will play to the Massachusetts voter.

    You appear to be somewhat discounting the underlying reasons why Trump has become a “populist candidate”, no matter how thoroughly you despise him…as has been clear in your writings for the past year.

    Postulate, if you will, a Clinton presidency. There will likely be little change in the culture in our political discourse, and both Congress and The Exeuctive will struggle to get things done. Should Clinton, as President, us the regulatory process. signing statements, and executive orders to accomplish what cannot be passed through the normal political process, she will stoke the very real resentment that many of The People feel towards our governing elites.

    Warren, up for re-election, will have to accept that she is part of the “system” that has left its constituents insulted and ignored.

    How SHE approaches that resentment may well have more influence on her chances of re-election then Schilling’s conservative approach.

    And, isn’t it nice for Jon to give us fair warning, that he will, for the next year or so, be shilling for anyone but Kurt.

  6. Steve Stein says:

    I know he lives here now, but he hasn’t always been here. If he really wants the Senate, why is Schilling running from here instead of Arizona or even Pennsylvania, where his politics are more acceptable? (I’d really like some journalist to ask him that, hint hint)

    1. Concerned American says:

      Now that is funny, because I bet two years ago you were on the bandwagon calling Scott Brown a “carpetbagger” for doing just that.

      And as for the question, maybe it’s the same reason Elizabeth Warren ran for office here instead of, say, Oklahoma.

    2. mstarvin says:

      First there are no more journalists…I can hear Schilling talking to Mr. Stein…”Whos’ going to win that World Series??? You Stein??” (With contempt in his voice because you are a whiny little effeminate.)

    3. The Owl says:

      As I recall, Steve, both Hillary Clinton and Bobby Kennedy carpet-bagged their way into New York to run for office.

      And, you have a problem with people choosing a different place from which to run?

      Being a touch hypocritical, eh?

      1. BH says:

        But. That’s different and you know why ,they are democrats .

  7. Alan B Flood says:

    Good old Jon, always up for bashing anyone that goes against his political grain – I wonder if he could get a real job somewhere in industry without using his political connections – I guess he could always go back to reviewing new movies as they come out. But as long as he is at BZ another MSM bastion of opinionated and biased news, then he will have a roof to keep him dry.

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