The name of the game

By AL DIAMON  |  October 24, 2013

Former state Senate president Kevin Raye of Perry twice ran for this seat and twice lost to Michaud. In the minds of many members of the GOP, his name would have become synonymous with failure if Poliquin hadn’t trademarked that moniker. Raye is moderate, smart, and savvy — a sort of anti-Paul LePage — but that won’t play well with Tea Party voters, who are happier with numbskulls intent on oversimplifying every issue.

Funny how that last phrase brought Blaine Richardson’s name to mind. And Joe Baldacci’s. But GOP voters can’t vote for the latter because he’s a Democrat. And most of them won’t support Richardson of Belfast because he shares a first name with the governor’s mansion in Augusta, which shows he’s an establishment elitist.

Former state Senator Richard Rosen of Bucksport has the same smartness problem as Raye and even less name recognition than Richardson. He’s electable in much the same sense as candidates with goofy names like Libby Mitchell, Cynthia Dill, and Pancreatic Cancer (“Call me Pan”).

As you can see, the right name means everything in politics, so if you want your kid to grow up to wield power in Maine’s 2nd District, carefully consider his or her handle. I’d recommend either Margaret Chase Princess Diana Superman or Edmund Muskie Carl Yastrzemski Mother Teresa. 

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