Tuesday, October 09, 2012
"I like politics. It's the most difficult thing you can do without hitting each other."
— U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano
Last evening on Hyde Park's Fairmount Hill, Capuano introduced himself to his new constituents. Under redistricting, he now has the whole of Boston's HP as well as down to Randolph. Starting January, he's the guy in D.C. for a lot of folk in new places.
While much of his homey, candid chat to about 40 of us was about his background and politics, he did not shy way from questions about the pending elections. Below are two clips about the U.S. Senate and POTUS races. Click on the players to hear.
The short of it is that he figures both Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama will win. Warren will have to get out of her comfort zone and speak more to voters who don't agree with her. Capuano said, from experience, that it's easy talking to friends, neighbors and others who share your views. "It gets tough when you talk to people who want to poke their finger in your chest ad say you're wrong about these ten things."
He also noted that Sen. Scott Brown has the advantages of being handsome and a nice guy. But Capuano said that "everybody has to decide what he wants. I want someone who's going to fight for values that we share. I'm not looking for a friend. I'm looking for a Senator."
He thinks Obama is also in for a battle, but that "A year ago, I didn't think Barack Obama could win reelection. Now I don't think he can lose." He admits that Obama did not do well in the first debate but "he'll do fine" in the next one.
On the other hand, "I want the Barack Obama I voted for the first time." That would include one not afraid to push for the right goals.