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September 3, 2009

As I have stated, while it’s an incredible honor to have people think I should, and would, be worthy, the hurdles to running for the vacated Senate seat are immense. Then I read something like this, and I pause.

Please read this article

When did health and the well-being of United States citizens become a “Strategic Decision”? How the hell did we let people into office who look at us in that way? Aren’t they SUPPOSED to work for us?

This line really just hammers home what the people we have elected think of us…

“When you have (lawmakers) go back (home) and listen and see what the reactions are and also have an election coming up…I think they get a little cold feet.”

What? Really? You mean when lawmakers face their constituents — you, me, us, the people — and we voice a dissenting opinion or outrage at legislation we do not want they get cold feet? So the answer is you should “ram it home” BEFORE you face the people, that way there’s nothing that can be done about it? Nice.

I mean that really does work right? If you live in the Ukraine or somewhere in the Middle East….

117 Comments leave one →
  1. Joe Ranft permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:04 am

    Curt, good to see that you’re criticizing Dennis Hastert, the former Republican House Speaker.

    His strategy of ramming votes through is what got us in the Iraq War.

    So I’ll assume that you’re now on the record supporting Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and President Obama, for allowing time for the people to speak.

  2. Bryan permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:11 am

    From the website http://www.johnsterling.blogspot.com on the 10 Campaign Slogans for Curt Schilling. Number 8:

    I’M A BLEEDING HEART FOR CURT!
    He’s a bleeding ankle for me!

  3. tdmtown permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:17 am

    Wow, do you even realize that you are criticizing a Republican?
    Maybe there is hope for you.
    In that article it was Hastert saying that the Dems should have rammed the billed through. He obviously speaks from experience……….

  4. Sue permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:18 am

    2 votes for you here if you run.

  5. Bryan permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:40 am

    You officially cannot take a joke.

  6. michael hahn permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:44 am

    Curt should run, however, he will be attacked by the liberal press in a way that will make what happened to Sarah Palin look like patty cake. Why? Because he has a good chance of winning and the liberal press could not tolerate a conservative winning Ted Kennedy’s seat. However, Curt can do a great jog–anyone with common sense and a conservative bent could a better job than Ted Kennedy. Curt just needs to realize that for however long the campaign is he can’t be thin skinned. Sports reporters will be like gnats compared to the liberal political reporter hounds. Don’t make the mistake Sarah Palin did. Don’t give interviews to the liberal press. Don’t speak to the liberal press. Everyone in Massachusetts knows who you are. You don’t need name recognition. Just run. Give speeches. Tour the state. And do NOT talk or give interviews to the liberal press. The election is so short it will be all about name recognition and seeming reasonable and not making any mistakes. Curt can win.

  7. Nate permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:45 am

    Hey Curt, get out of Massachusetts. I wouldn’t want a pompous jackass like you representing this State. Thanks for the two World Series but get out and shut the **** up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. michael hahn permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:46 am

    Curt should run, however, he will be attacked by the liberal press in a way that will make what happened to Sarah Palin look like patty cake. Why? Because he has a good chance of winning and the liberal press could not tolerate a conservative winning Ted Kennedy’s seat. However, Curt can do a great job–anyone with common sense and a conservative bent could a better job than Ted Kennedy. Curt just needs to realize that for however long the campaign is he can’t be thin skinned. Sports reporters will be like gnats compared to the liberal political reporter hounds. Don’t make the mistake Sarah Palin did. Don’t give interviews to the liberal press. Don’t speak to the liberal press. Everyone in Massachusetts knows who you are. You don’t need name recognition. Just run. Give speeches. Tour the state. And do NOT talk or give interviews to the liberal press. The election is so short it will be all about name recognition and seeming reasonable and not making any mistakes. Curt can win.

  9. September 3, 2009 10:53 am

    Curt:

    The link is broken.

    But come the hell on:

    You mean when lawmakers face their constituents — you, me, us, the people — and we voice a dissenting opinion or outrage at legislation we do not want they get cold feet?

    You mean George W. Bush should’ve gotten cold feet after all the angry demonstrations against the Iraq War?

    And the Represenative you quote DID face the people–last November when we had an election in which that Rep promised to do what he’s doing now and WON THE FREAKING ELECTION.

    So what you want? A Rep who gets cold feet and breaks the promises they ran on? Or one who does what they said they would do even in the face of the mob?

  10. HiCurt permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:59 am

    I think Hastert was giving analysis of the speaker’s performance, and not actually stating what he wished was done.

    Politics is tough. Maybe you should start locally?

  11. Cullen Seltzer permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:15 am

    Mr. Schilling —

    The article link you posted didn’t work for me, so I can’t speak to its contents directly. What I can say is that health care reform, and health insurance reform, have enormous strategic implications for the direction of our country. We spend twice what our industrialized world competitors spend on health care, and get substantially identical, and in some instances substantially worse, health care outcomes. Thousands of people die in this country every year for want of access to good health care (not emergent care, ER’s don’t turn people away, typically). The billions of dollars spent wastefully on health care, and in lost productivity of our citizens, are huge strategic concerns for our country’s ability to compete in a very competitive world economy.

    Of course, there are also serious moral imperatives to make sure that all Americans enjoy their right to transparent, affordable, quality health insurance. I wouldn’t discount those moral concerns one iota, but I’m comfortable considering the moral imperative and the strategic and economic issues simultaneously. If our elected representatives are doing that, then I think that’s precisely the sort of work they’re doing on our behalf.

    That some people are opposed to health insurance and health care reform is certainly true. I don’t think it’s true that, when posed with accurate and fair descriptions of the proposed reform, most people are opposed, although there have certainly been some evocative images from some, but not all, town hall meetings.

    I hope you, and people like you, who obviously care about our country and our future will seriously consider public service. I hope, though, that if you determine to run and serve, you will support health care and health insurance reform and not be so quick to characterize supporters as somehow less than diligent or service-minded.

    Cullen Seltzer

    (Of course, no matter what you decide about politics, nothing can take away the glorious summers and autumns of your years in a Red Sox uniform. I’ll always be grateful for those happy memories.)

  12. Scott permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:41 am

    Curt,

    I don’t live in Mass, but I would fully support your run for the Senate. I have so many friends who live in that state. I’ll be praying for you.

  13. Robert Stanfield permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:49 am

    I am thrilled to see you interested in the senate seat for Mass. You got it right, these politicians are so out of touch with the people as Americans and as a freedom and liberty loving nation. I think you could really make an impact with your no nonsense approach to gov. because like you said, THEY WORK FOR US. You know what it takes to work hard and achieve success which is pretty rare amoung everyone in office today. I know you can be a great leader so please know that we are ALL behind you, independent, conservatives, anyone who just wants the government to be in it’s place. More athletes should become politically active because we know the value of hard work and honesty, these punks in Washington are living in a sunshine and lollipop land and they think they can do whatever is on their radical agenda, even though it far exceeds their rights givin to them by us through the constitution. God Bless you Curt. You were meant for this!

  14. Carol Freeman permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:55 am

    Curt,

    Please, please run for the senate seat. You would be a breath of fresh air which is sorely needed at this point in time.

  15. September 3, 2009 11:57 am

    Curt,

    You’ve got an entire state of baseball fanatics behind you…you have the people behind you 100% what you don’t have is the political machine of Massa behind you.

    It would be a great thing to have you up there in DC…This country doesn’t need conservatives or liberals it needs men and women who will REPRESENT the people they were elected to represent…And someone who will put the interest of his constituents first and his party second…Someone who will promote liberty and freedom and not look down their damn nose when people disagree…Watching Pelosi call protestors goons and unAmerican made my head almost explode from the hypocrisy.

    They are not supposed to toe the line for their party, they are supposed to represent the interest of thier constituents…and protect the principles of this country…and defend the constitution.

    You’d be a good thing for the Senate Curt. We need more do’ers and less talker up there. We need some people that get the roles have been reversed…that the government is supposed to work for the people not visa versa…the public isn’t just a group to tax and generate revenue off of.

    That seat has been locked down for thirty some odd years…it is a rare occasion that it is open for the taking….If I were you….I’d at least take a shot at it.

  16. Mark permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:04 pm

    Could his ego be any larger???? I mean, come on…..where are the qualifications other than a love of the camera and microphone????? The bloody sock is all the people of MA require? We may have a governor who hit up call girls, but this is ridiculous.

  17. Matt permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:06 pm

    Curt, as a lifelong Red Sox fan and someone that considers you a hero for my team, I urge you: don’t do this. I assure you that you have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. You’re considering a run for a seat vacated by one of the most heralded legislators in this nation’s history, and it seems likely that you’ll do so in a manner that involves far-right rhetoric and a denigration of the principles that Ted Kennedy worked so hard to defend. Not only will you lose (badly), but you’re going to look comical doing it. If that’s the legacy that YOU want to leave behind…so be it.

  18. Peter permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:09 pm

    RUN CURT RUN!!!!!!!!

  19. Bill permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:16 pm

    Curt,
    Unlike most of the people that could enter this race, you can actually win it. You’ve got name recognition, a reputation for being honest, and the contacts and ability to pay for it. If you don’t decide to do it, that’s fine, just don’t complain about whoever ends up in the spot that you should be holding. If you do decide, please do it soon. You can be a great leader if you so choose to be.

  20. tinisoli permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:43 pm

    So, you’re not a fan of Denny Hastert. Great. We can agree that he sucks.

    Did you know he’s a Republican?

  21. September 3, 2009 12:47 pm

    Curt,

    This is every reason why you should run! We need a strong conservative such as yourself to get in there and show them how things need to be done. You are a leader, not only in Baseball, but in life, you do what is best for your family and now your country needs you!

    Just think, if it were not for our amazing Health Care system, you may never have gotten the chance to pitch in the playoffs against the Yanks! You may never have gotten that opportunity to put smiles on millions of Sox fans faces! To think that all these years of medical advances will be lost because of a government controlled system.

    As you stated on the radio show this morning, taxes in this state are bad and getting worse each year, nationally we have an even larger problem, the alleged Obama regime, has spent more money than every former president in history, and we need the spending to stop. We need the money back in the pockets of we the people so that we can revive the economy and put more people back to work.

    I will leave you with three words and please feel free to contact me and I will do anything I can to help you win the seat…

    RUN, CURT, RUN!!!!!!

  22. FINFAN55 permalink
    September 3, 2009 12:48 pm

    Curt run. I have never worked in politics In my life and would be happy to help you (shocker for free) tell the others with there ACORn mone. The REAL Grassroots are starting to wake up

  23. September 3, 2009 1:07 pm

    If you CAN, please run! Just hearing about it on FOX NEWS this afternoon…I’m a 58 yr old Grandmother in Waco, Texas. I Use to call myself a Republican…now it’s just plain old, American. I believe in the Constitution and All that it speaks of…Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all, is my new mantra…I work in a family owned plumbing business and I see most of what we earn being flushed down the toilet by Congress. I see officials, that are Suppose to be working for “We the People”, dodging taxes and deciding what MY children and grandchildren will be listening to in schools…I see the people that Obama has surrounded himself with…extreme socialist…Van Jones (Green Jobs Czar) thinks I’m an A**Hole because I and others like me, don’t think like he does…The government continues to grow by leaps and bounds while the “people” are loosing their homes and jobs…
    I’m, simply put, a nobody in the political world Mr. Schilling…but I do have a voice and I use it as much as I can.
    May God bless and keep you and your family should you decide to run for the office. I’m in Texas and wouldn’t be able to cast a vote but I know about prayer…and That I can do.
    Sorry to have been so long winded…Good luck and God bless.

  24. HGMMA permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:07 pm

    Really Curt? Rathter than trying to placate the mob mentality that has been organized by Health Care Corporations and proessional political operatives I would assume that you being a good Christian you would support social policy that would provide citizens suffing the indignity of lack of adequate health care some compassion. Also done in such a manner that proivdes equitable treatment for those most vulnerable among us, but instead it seems you decided to take a more reactionary “your-on-your-own” position. Good luck running with that sentiment in Massachusetts!

    P.S. Uh, Ukrain is a thriving democracy after the Orange Revolution in 2004!

  25. Ron permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:11 pm

    Beyond Baseball: Dear Mr. Schilling, As a lifelong Yankees Fan, I should hate you, but I don’t. You are on a very short list of Red Sox players that I must respect and cannot hate. Though I live in PA, I would whole-heartedly and financially support your run for US Senate. Back in 2000, I thought if God would only answer one of my prayers, the Yankees winning the World Series or G W Bush becoming our next President, in my heart of hearts, I could not pray for my beloved Yankees. God and our country are just too important. They go “beyond baseball.” Please run Mr. Schilling. “For such a time as this…”

    Go Yankees!
    –ron.

  26. September 3, 2009 1:18 pm

    Mr. Schilling:

    I’d be honored to do your marketing, public relations, communications, publicity, social media. I term it Marketing Sociology, 21st Century answer to outstanding profits and results in marketing, public relations and management.

    I’m a nationally recognized PR expert, having ranked #1 on LinkedIn’s public relations experts in 2008 and 2009. My claim to fame is spear-headed the nation’s four largest health organizations’ campaign for eradicating the Smokeless Cigarette; a harmful tobacco product introduced by the nation’s second largest company. This product was chronicled in the New York Times, and HBO movie starring James Garner, “Barbarians at the Gate.”

    Listed in Who’s Who in America, The West and a host of other honorary publications. Live down the street from Shadow Mountain HS.

    Let’s put you in office.

    Richard Kelleher, M.B.A.
    Marketing Sociologist
    MediaRelationsExpert.com
    Twitter and Friendfeed: PhoenixRichard
    Google Voice Mail: 818-714-1854

  27. Faith Snitzer permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:38 pm

    Hi Curt,
    Maybe you should step up to the plate again. The news lately is very grim, and our country needs our patriots, not the politicians in DC. You’ve proven to this country that you are a team player, you work your butt off for the good of the team, you have a winning spirit, and you love this country. Oh and by the way, I trusted you to give my king snake a wonderful home in your back yard when you were a kid, and know I can trust you in the Senate.
    Your 5th Grade teacher

  28. Allan R. Trombley permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:43 pm

    It is nice to hear from Hassert though. To bad the idiot never spoke up when he was “Speaker”. Go Curt, Run!

  29. Randy Reynolds permalink
    September 3, 2009 1:46 pm

    That’s good stuff! I guess it’s (past time) time for the people to have a voice and for that voice to be heard. You’re on the right track!

  30. September 3, 2009 1:49 pm

    PLEASE run, Curt. I dont agree with a lot of what you have to say BUT it’s a breath of friggen fresh air to hear someone with the guts to stand up to these blowhards and give real American’s a voice. You, Ahnold, Ventura… real Americans, all! DO IT MAN!!

  31. September 3, 2009 2:02 pm

    Here’s another reason Curt…You’re an apparent moron who thinks Ann Coulter is smart….You can never keep your mouth shut, you supported a man who ran this country for the benfit of corporations and churches and you put ketchup on your sock. Don’t Run!

  32. Bruce Adams permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:03 pm

    Ray Allen for Senate!

  33. mark permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:07 pm

    I can only say one thing. We need a non career potitician in office. RUN FOR OFFICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. mark permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:09 pm

    Run for office!!!!!!!

  35. whateez permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:12 pm

    “…what the people we have elected think of us”

    Perhaps even more scary, what the people who elected those people think of us.

    Just the idea of your prospective candidacy is driving them NUTS! Take a look at what your purported “cousin-in-law” is cooking up on Democratic Underground…a little Wikipedia treatment, leftist style.

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389×6452274

    Run Curt…RUN!

  36. Fred Allyn III permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:16 pm

    I say make a run for it Curt! Not as a baseball player, not as a “celebrity” but as someone that sees the problems we have with our entrenched lifelong politicians. When we have OUR elected officials “ruling” us as they seem to these days, it’s not change we need, it’s simply a return to the core principles and values that guided our country for the first couple hundred years.

    It angers me hear Ken Rosenthal comment today on Dale & Holley. Does he know Curt Schilling is unqualified to run for Senate? Does Ken think our politicians currently in Washington are BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE? Ken needs to stick to baseball commentary because he is WAY OFF BASE!!

  37. joe permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:19 pm

    You know Curt, you where a great ball palyer, then you ran your mouth, you need to know that be a republican is the worst thing in the world

  38. Kathy Mackel permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:20 pm

    I’ve been hoping you’ll run for two years. Sign me up to volunteer, like…yesterday.

  39. September 3, 2009 2:21 pm

    Kurt,

    Been a big fan of yours since you were on the Astros, Its time to step up the game and throw some heat in the senate for the American Public,

    You have our support down here in Texas

    Give em Hell and God Bless

    Jeff duke

  40. Bill Dalton permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:22 pm

    Go for it, Curt. And keep pitching hard. Don’t back off.

  41. September 3, 2009 2:25 pm

    Do you have any idea who creates the dissenting opinions and organizes the disruption of the town hall meetings? Could it be the amoral greedheads who have the most money to lose if affordable heathcare becomes law?
    If you can’t see that John McCain was once a man of honor who sold out to the Republican establishment then you should not run.
    Get up in a town hall meeting and shout: “I don’t care if 20,000 American lives are lost every year because we don’t have affordable health care in this country. I value greed above all! I don’t care if we pay the highest costs and get the worst results compared to the other industrialized countries.
    If you can’t afford health insurance then you can die for all I care.

    Just what we need in the Senate another mouthpiece for the Neoconservatives who have taken over the Republican party.

  42. Rick Greenlaw permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:25 pm

    Curt,

    This is the best time in recent history for a republican to win a statewide office in Mass. As a Maine resident I watch bay state politics closely on Boston media outlets. The public outrage against the give-away incumbent party, coupled with your status makes you the first serious republican candidate in decades, for a Mass senate seat and Mitt Romney has proven Mass voters will cross over. In your case, at this time, this is not a token candidacy. It would be a national wake up call and previw of 2010 elections for anyone other than a democrat to win the seat or even threaten. Hope you have the support and money to do it.

  43. TomS permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:34 pm

    Totally agree, these comments tell you where Dennis Hastert’s head is at. The Republicans are completely in strategic mode, even in their criticism of Democratic representatives’ strategy or lack thereof. It’d be great to see them engage in something that looks less like obstructionism and fearmongering.

  44. No More Indifference permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:39 pm

    I am certain that the hurdles you’ve overcome in your professional life and your personal life were more immense than the anticipated hurdles to run for the vacated Senate seat. This country needs someone like you elected to a national office. This country needs more individuals who understand and appreciate (and have the personal integrity) what public “service” means. Too many of our current elected officials (Democrat, Republican, and Independent alike) have forgotten that they are there to serve the public….not the other way around. You present us (folks who believe it the founding principles of this country) with an opportunity to change the current direction this wonderful country appears to be heading. You have a respectful “voice”, you have a thoughtful “voice”, you have a prudent “voice”, and most importantly, I believe you have a loud “voice” with the capacity to reach the masses. Despite the immense hurdles, please don’t underestimate yourself and please don’t underestimate the commitment, the will, and the fortitude of the many citizens who will support your candidacy. I for one, would love the opportunity to be part the political campaign you would be championing by accepting the call to run for the recently vacated Senate seat.

    Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men! You have the unique ability to inspire other good men and women to cease their indifference to the regrettable acts and omissions currently being committed by some of our elected officials.

  45. derekp permalink
    September 3, 2009 2:41 pm

    This should motivate you to run and do things the right way.

    Can you think of anything else in the world to get your competitive juices flowing again?

  46. Healthcare Now permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:01 pm

    You do realize that that quote is spin from a Republican, right? Nobody’s actually saying, “I went home and heard the reactions and got cold feet.” The GOP feeds you the spin, and you gobbled it right up.

    As for “legislation we do not want” – I went to the Kerry town hall last night, and I would say that 95%+ of the people where DO WANT it. A few nutjobs screaming about “death panels” and “socialism” doesn’t reflect the feeling of the state or country.

    In terms of the health of the US citizens being a “strategic decision,” that is the reason Republicans are standing up against the reform. Jim DeMint summed up the GOP plan perfectly when he said, “If we’re able to stop Obama on this it will be his Waterloo. It will break him.” If you want to talk about healthcare being a strategic decision, that’s the quote you should have pointed to.

    Politically, stalling healthcare reform is the best thing possible for the GOP. They can continue spreading lies and half-truths about it, get people afraid, and then come election time, say, “Elect me, or the Dems’ will take away all your healthcare choices and leave you to die.” Plus, Democrats who run would have failed on a major piece of their agenda.

    However, if reform passed, Democrats can campaign on the fact that they finally passed healthcare reform, reduced costs, covered the uninsured, made it so insurance companies can’t drop people from their coverage once they’re sick, etc. Republicans won’t be able to counter it, because people will be able to see that reform had been passed for a year, and they can still see their doctor, choose their care, and that nothing worse happened to them.

    So, you’re right, it is sickening that the health of our country is being used as a strategic decision. That’s why I get furious at the GOP when they block reform of a system that is seriously flawed (if you can’t even acknowledge the flaws, well then there’s really no point in even having this discussion), leaves millions of people uninsured, and lets costs continue to skyrocket, just so that they can strike a blow to the administration, and “break” Obama.

  47. September 3, 2009 3:10 pm

    Hey Curt, I say go for it! The state of MA is a mess (Everyone knows it). I’ve always said that more government offials need to be normal human beings and speak their minds about what they beleieve, not just what people are willing to pay them for. You don’t need the money and as we all know, you do speak your mind. Look at it this way before you decide not to do it, there just may be people out there counting on you. I’m willing to bet there are.

  48. Jake permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:11 pm

    Curt – I am Dbacks fan! I supported you in AZ and was happy for you in Boston, and now I’ll support you in Washington. Please give back the government to the PEOPLE. I don’t live in MA, but would be more than happy to help you campaign! There are many young people, like myself (25 yrs old), that are looking for a strong independently conversative role model. Call on your fans Curt, you have a very strong base.

  49. Patrick Mulvey-Welsh permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:14 pm

    Mr. Shilling the polls clearly show that the American public want something done about health care and it isn’t what the Republicans and the healthcare industry are offering. Futhermore, the town hall events that we have been seeing blasted all over TV do not reflect the publics views on this issue. Those people are plants from organized groups that are trying to distort the issues and “ram” their views and opinions on others. I know that you were a big supporter of the last administration and that you lean heavily right. But, if your are being as honest as you always claim to be you would admit that “ram it home” was exactly what we got over the past 8 years.

    I think that the real course that this nation should demand is that we scrap all plans right now and really take the time work through this issue. Socialized health care is not a bad thing and people throughout Europe and Canada really have no problem with it. And to top it all off the people of both Europe and Canada are generally much healthier than Americans and live a better quality of life.

  50. September 3, 2009 3:24 pm

    Go for it! Show the media that this is NOT a one-party state! We need dissenting views, not the lock-step of a controlling force. With Deval facing defeat, your candidacy could turn the tide for a true multi-party government in Taxachusetts. Give the Democrats a bloody sock!!

  51. Yankee Joe permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:48 pm

    Curt, I’m a Yankee’s fan and I never rooted for you during your baseball career but I always respected you. I’m rooting for you now because this country needs you to run for the senate. We need to rid our system of these career politicians, we need people in public office who are not beholden to special interest, you would be that rare breed of candidate. Please run!

  52. Carolina Larry permalink
    September 3, 2009 3:58 pm

    Curt:
    Run for Senate! You’ve got way more cred than Al Franken. But, if you do…I suggest you read a few books so that you are well armed. Try these:

    The 5000 Year Leap – Principles of Freedom.

    This is an amazing primer on the vision of our Founding Fathers. Every high school student in America should study this one. It emphasizes that the Constitution only works for a “virtuous population” who adhere to “Natural Law”. You can check the bibliography at the end for a ton of other good reading.

    John Adams by David McCullough

    Mr. McCullough paints an intimate and detailed picture of the original New England politician. Adams wasn’t afraid to be disliked as long as he was on the side of right – kind of sounds like you! He was well studied in Greek and Roman classics by the likes of Cicero and Aristotle. Adams would puke in his own mouth about the state of Massachusetts today. This work describes the prinicples that made men like Adams great.

    Good luck. Let me know when you form a committee and I’ll send you a campaign donation.

    CL

  53. Margaret permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:01 pm

    Curt – your’re kidding, right? Come on, Get a life – and not one in polictics, Please! Especially not Sentor Ted Kennedy’s seat!

  54. Earache702 permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:12 pm

    Curt,

    I have been predicting this since 2004! Some are called to greatness! Massachusetts needs you! Then, we can talk about the presidency, in 2012!

  55. Mack permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:14 pm

    Curt! You have to do this!!! We need someone with your stature and your hard-nosed, practical approach to politics. We need to get back to basics in this country. We need people who are from outside the beltway, but most of all we need people with integrity.

    I’m one of your former neighbors. I grew up in the Kennett Square, Pa. area. I was there when you were with the Phils. I know you’re a good family man, and active in your community. We need someone like you. THIS COUNTRY NEEDS SOME NEW BLOOD IN WASHINGTON!!!! (And a Republican in Mass. would be a nice bonus)

    I know it is an uphill climb, but Please really seriously consider this before you decide not to. PLEASE!!!

  56. Ned Williams permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:45 pm

    Curt:

    If you elect to run, you will need a well thought out program to get elected in such a heavily Democratic state. Such a program will also get you beyond the “just a ball player” label that political hacks and the liberal media will want to stick on you.

    I would like to help.

    I’m almost finished with a book — Fixing Everything: Out of Control Spending, Entitlements, Taxes, Healthcare, Immigration, Etc; that can be used as your blue-print.

    I’m not asking for a job, since I own and run a small business. With you as a spokesman, I hope to start a “FIX IT!” revolution among voters, to not only bring our country back to the political center, but to make it much better.

    Ned Williams
    Marblehead

  57. J and J permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:46 pm

    Curt,
    Trust the same divine guidance with which you and your family have been blessed in life to guide you to your decision. If you wish to serve your State and our Country as U.S. Senator then have faith that you, your wife and children will be guided and blessed every step of the way. Accept the support of those of us who endorse your position on the issues and have faith that you will know how to respond firmly but impersonally to objectors. Your faith will guide you all the way!
    Best wishes . .
    J and J
    CA

  58. Mack permalink
    September 3, 2009 4:47 pm

    Sorry for being presumptuous about your party affiliation. I’d be just as happy with an Independent in Massachusetts!! We need to start rooting out the deeply-entrenched career politicians. Just as long as we get rid of the dead wood….. from BOTH parties!!!

  59. Charlie Flores permalink
    September 3, 2009 5:04 pm

    The story Curt read and has shared with us is exactly why the US Senate needs more people who have had careers outside of government and politics to run for elected office.

    Public service is a noble calling. It is great to see the above sentinement expressed by a potential candidate.

  60. Steve permalink
    September 3, 2009 5:10 pm

    Um, Curt, that’s a Republican that offered up the money quote you’re criticizing: Dennis Hastert (R-IL), former Speaker of the House.

  61. blue dog permalink
    September 3, 2009 5:15 pm

    Curt, you were a great pitcher. I give you credit for that. But honestly dude, you are as dumb as a box of rocks. You evidently possess no reading comprehension skills, or otherwise you are a crafty right-wing spinner or at least coached by one.

    First off, you are quoting and expressing outrage at the opinions and observations of that fat blowbag Denny Hastert, one of your GOP homeboys who by the way is no longer an elected official, thus invalidating your argument. What you are criticizing is the observation of this repub hack Hastert that Pelosi SHOULD have rammed the health bill through before the obstructionists in the GOP had their chance at regrouping. But she DID’NT Curt, the House measure went up for formulation in committee and further honest debate. So what you’re lamenting is simply the senile musings of an out of office GOP fool trying to keep his name in the news and appear relevant.

    As far as your reflection on said blowhard’s observation that lawmakers are going home and getting cold feet upon hearing the reactions and opinions of their constituents, uh yeah Curt…that’s how it works. It’s called elected representatives listening to and considering the voice of their constituency. So what are you for or against, or upset about here Curt? That Pelosi didn’t follow the REPUBLICAN playbook as voiced by Hastert? That she didn’t ram through a hastily drawn bill like the REPUBLICANS would have done in her shoes, as explained by the former GOP Speaker of the House? Why don’t you read the article over again more slowly Curt, and see if you get the gist of it this time. Or call up Ann Coulter. I’m sure she can put it into proper perspective for you, being so intelligent and all.

  62. NHBill permalink
    September 3, 2009 5:57 pm

    Do not run Curt. You do not have the verbal and intellectual chops for the US Senate. You will be thrown in with Sarah Palin and made to look foolish. It is very flattering to be seriously mentioned as a possibility. Let it go at that.

  63. September 3, 2009 6:09 pm

    Curt,

    You are such a tool man. You know nothing about politics and for that fact nothing about baseball. Now that it’s out thanks to Lou Merloni, Bronson Arroyo, and others, that the 2004*, 2007* Red Sox, were actually Roid Sox you’re about as believable as Denice Richards playing a nuclear physicist. Just like Ortiz you’re a phony, just how much juice did you do? You won nothing and I and the rest of us TRUE Red Sox fans no where you stand and I for one still consider 1918 our last real victory. Remember this: you are no better than anyone else and someday you will become dirt just like the rest of us and believe you me St. Peter doesn’t give a hoot about bloody laundry. Prepare for the trip my friend and by all means run for Senate, lord knows that the Roid Sox need another deceptive liar on their side now that Mitchell is gone… I wait with bated breath for the “Schilling Report” LOL, what a tool!

    Barry

  64. bill permalink
    September 3, 2009 6:13 pm

    Curt maybe you should run, the senate has a state of the art gym and you did look kind of fat in that giants jersey

  65. Jonathan permalink
    September 3, 2009 6:40 pm

    I read the article you quote this morning and had a very similar reaction. How far we have strayed from what the founding fathers wanted for us!

  66. September 3, 2009 6:50 pm

    Curt, We NEED your voice in this messed up Senate. PLEASE do this for your country, and for yourself. You’ll have more support than you realize.

  67. Rick permalink
    September 3, 2009 7:42 pm

    Please just go away!

  68. Harry from Hanover permalink
    September 3, 2009 7:53 pm

    Run, Curt, Run!!!

    You absolutely can win.

    You broke the curse of the Bambino. You are a philanthropist. You know how to run a business. You have a fantastic family. In short, you are a GREAT candidate.

    There has never been a stronger, “throw the bums out” sentiment in the country and even this state.

    There are more people who agree with you on the issues than you might imagine. We just haven’t had a candidate to get fired up about.

    When you get to Washington, people will listen to you and you will make a difference.

    Go for it!!!!

  69. Anonymous 13 year old permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:01 pm

    C’mon Curt!

    It’s about time we had someone with some brains in our state’s government!

    You can do it!

    Don’t let any sort of liberal or yankees fan stand in your way!

  70. Josh permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:19 pm

    Run baby run!

  71. September 3, 2009 8:20 pm

    Mr. Schilling,

    The timing may be right for you to run. Don’t sell yourself short, or second guess what your gut is prompting you to do. Are you up for the challenge?

  72. September 3, 2009 8:24 pm

    who is this us you are talking about Curt?

    you are a freaking multi-millionaire that can throw a ball 90mph (or used too). You are in the top 1% of people in this country. What do you know about me, us, and the people in my tax bracket? How are you handling this recession buddy? Pretty tough out there when you are on Unemployment and got no health care for your infant son huh?

    Give me a break Curt, you haven’t been US since 1990…

    You couldn’t get any run support in philly, hopefully no one will support you sorry butt now. You are so out of touch man, go invest in real estate like Glanville. Better yet, go be an announcer like Kruk.

  73. Meadows permalink
    September 3, 2009 8:46 pm

    Dear Curt,

    You’re an idiot. You have always been an idiot.

    Please run.

  74. September 3, 2009 9:19 pm

    They’re fakers…..that’s why. They pretend to serve others, when in fact all they’re interested in is serving themselves. I hope you’d be different.

  75. BCC permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:22 pm

    Curt,

    A couple things.

    1. Getting anything done in any organization for which there is not 100% consensus generally requires some strategy. Just like you didn’t just throw fastball after fastball to a fastball hitter (that’s more tactics than strategy, but same idea). You had to have a plan, a *strategy*, to beat that guy some other way.

    Passing legislation that’s anywhere close to a 50-50 vote requires some strategy to get 51% of the vote. There’s nothing wrong with thinking about strategy when trying to get something done. Army generals have strategies. CEOs have strategies, etc. So- move along, nothing to see.

    2. We live in a representative democracy. A lot, *a lot* of Democrat representatives (Reps, Senators, and POTUS) got elected last November for various reasons, one of which was for promising health care reform. Over the summer break, lawmakers attended these town halls that were swarmed with angry people. There are those of us that think a lot of these events were ginned up, and hardly representative of the overall voter population. And frankly, shame on progressives for not organizing better. But here’s the thing- nobody voted for anybody this summer. That die was cast last November.

    Conservatives seem to be confusing tyranny (see your comments re: the Ukraine or the Middle East) with *losing*. Conservatives lost big last November- in a democratic vote. They are using *strategy* to knock the wheels off the Obama freight train, and are doing it more effectively than expected.

    We live in a democracy. Democrats are using strategy to follow through on a lot of things they promised to do. Republicans are using strategy to try to block those things, despite having minorities in both houses because they got their clock cleaned last November (thanks to your man GWB). This isn’t about socialism or fascism etc., this is about groups who disagree on some fundamental stuff going at it hammer and tongs.

    Though I do think it’s valuable that you have ‘no baggage’, this post is further confirmation that I am not interested in having you represent MA in the U.S. Senate.

  76. Mark permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:38 pm

    Love you as a ballplayer, not as a politician. I respect you immensely in that you speak your mind and damn the consequences, but I (and most people in Massachusetts) do not agree with your political point of view, as you will soon discover.

  77. Rob from Ipswich permalink
    September 3, 2009 9:53 pm

    Dear Curt,
    You are stupid. Stick to video games and snacks.

  78. blue dog permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:00 pm

    And Curt,
    what is it you have against Ukrainians? They are a proud folk with a Presidential-Parliamentary form of government, with at least as many if not more checks and balances on their political system as we had here in the U.S. during the Cheney/Bush era.

    http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3211.htm

  79. Marc Goldman permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:10 pm

    Curt, that is Denny Hassert and that is how he ran the House. It is a commentary on his leadership and those that followed and or supported the efforts of the Neocons efforts as opposed to being a point of current political discourse. The fact that you posted this and two weeks called Coulter smart suggest when it comes to politics you are in tall weeds with taller dogs!

    Hassert was a hack installed after two hypocritical pols in a row went down playing the morals card while playing around. Denny is not a terribly smart or articulate guy who was put into the Speakers role because he knew how to take a legislative majority and ram it down the throats of the body without debate. It was handy when it came to many of the unconstitutional bills like the Patriot Act needed to move through the House, or when the destructive deregulation that encouraged the financial players to over play sub-prime mortgages into the greatest global economic melt dowm since the Great Depression.

    He was a handy guy for the Neo-Cons to have in place while they ran the table with a series of policy designed to create an American empire dedicated to enriching a handful of elite capitalists engaged in defense, health care and energy.

    It is no surprise that he thinks his female successor was an idiot for letting public debate to take place on whether every US citizen should have access to the same quality health care regardless of their economic station. He never would have.

    I have posted before that I believe that your personal life actions and what you embrace in terms of partisan public policy are in conflict. If you run every NYY fan will be very pleased because the Schill will get shelled.

    You and your family deserve better, make games, make comments but stay away from actually having to debate policy.

  80. jim permalink
    September 3, 2009 10:53 pm

    curt
    you shouldn’t run.
    you were a great baseball player.
    you have no skill as a politician.
    we’d be better served if you remain
    a blog commentator.

  81. Dave Bourque permalink
    September 3, 2009 11:33 pm

    Curt,
    It is time to lay out your fleece. If the answer is “yes” then “Go in the strength that you have”. He has a plan and you need to trust him with it.

  82. Roxy Hagerman permalink
    September 4, 2009 6:54 am

    Curt – when I heard the news yesterday that you may hurl your energies into this new venture, my first reaction was: OMG!!! Curt is the one person that could win!! You’d put the fear of God back into the dems with a run for the U.S. Senate.

    It’s all So Good….So Good….So Good

    Respectfully,
    Roxy from Maine

  83. Rob D yelling from FL permalink
    September 4, 2009 8:06 am

    Curt – Run! Run now! Run hard! Don’t let all this liberal static and chatter distract or discourage you as Barry White and NH Bill are trying to do with their pithy comments above. They are feeling a threat and their first response is to slash and slander. Draw from your experience as a MLB pitcher. Block out the yelling and focus on the glove. The rest of the nation is watching and hoping that there is real change in MA. A wave of anti-liberal sentiment is growing all over.

    After living in Boston for 36 years, I was transferred to Florida. I, like many others are just amazed at what we read, see and hear from MA liberals. Believe me, there are a lot of people everywhere that hoping that you take this opportunity to run and make a difference in helping to get our country back. This Boston transplant says “NOPE! Keep the change”.

    Go Sox!

  84. Displaced Cambridge permalink
    September 4, 2009 8:53 am

    Curt, everything that the left does is strategic. The death grip that they have on the education system is a clear example of that. If they get government run health care, the right will give up its last chance to retain legetimacy. I hope you do run because you seem to me to be willing to stand up for what you believe in and are not afraid to say what you think. Anyone trying to discount you as “just a ballplayer” is probably forgetting that many great americans were not entrenched politicians.

  85. Lugh permalink
    September 4, 2009 9:06 am

    I for one support Schilling’s potential candidacy and am amused at the people who think that he can’t be a senator simply because he was a baseball player. Take a look at Jesse Ventura– he was a WWF wrestler of all things and became the very popular governor of Minnesota. Reagan? He was an actor before he came president. Oh, and of course you all remember Arnold Schwarzenegger, the roid freak and action star who is now the governor of California.

    Schilling has done an enormous amount of charity work and has donated millions to help end the scourge of ALS and melanoma. He’s now starting to become more involved in autism research as well, something that affects millions of Americans. Take away his often unfiltered speech and look at the man behind it and you’ll see a man of principle, a religious man, a moral man, a philanthropist, and an overall good human being. What else would you want in a senator?

    Let’s also remember that the man he would seek to replace was:
    1) a lifelong alcoholic
    2) a pervasive adulterer and philanderer
    3) a murderer and coward for what he did to that poor girl

    So let’s compare the two side-by-side. Schill isn’t a boozehound, he doesn’t sleep around, and he didn’t leave any dead girls in his car in seven feet of water after a heavy night of drinking.

    Besides, this state is so damned corrupt. I want someone with some integrity and backbone. I want an outsider who has never been part of the political machine. I want someone that shows compassion for people who suffer with diseases and someone who values our troops and all they do for this country. I don’t want another privileged, spoiled Kennedy brat making a mockery of Massachusetts simply because they have a particular last name.

    Run Curt, run!!!

    -Lugh

  86. Bill I Am permalink
    September 4, 2009 9:44 am

    I find something astonishingly funny regarding Mr. blood-sock Schilling. He was always the first to knock the Yankees ownership, the Steinbrenner’s and there open wallets. Wasn’t it him who stated that it is ruining baseball. Well than he favors the more socialistic salary cap where the owners keep a cap on the players and to that end the owners make more of a profit. The owners would represent big government placing a cap on it’s citizens, aka the players. Very similar to the socialistic values that our current President is pushing for where money is redistributed to the masses, enough money to keep the people quiet but the ends would be more control by the government and more taxation and more pet projects and more money overall to the government. Strikingly similar to the proposed salary cap. Now being a conservative as Schilling is, I wonder where he now stands on this issue.

  87. Connor permalink
    September 4, 2009 10:45 am

    Curt,
    Let us know how we can help you in western Mass. You have them running scared already and you haven’t even announced yet. Remember Ted had no experience before he was given the seat (sure he was in the DA’s office without ever trying a case).

    We don’t need another career politician, that wasn’t what our founding fathers envisioned. Can you imagine Sam Adams reaction to the mess we have today. (I know most have no idea who he was and are only familiar with the beer named after him, not the outspoken founding father that he was!) He would have made you look like an introvert.

    I hope you continue to speak out against these career politicians whether you call out Reps (like Hassert) or Dems (like Pelosi) it doesn’t change the fact they’re out of touch with the citizens.

    An independent voice that isn’t tied to special interests like ALL the other potential candidates is just what we need.

    You are the only candidate that will vote his conscience as the rest will only do what is politically beneficial for them. Anyone that tells you differently is lying and they know it.

    There are many problems with this great country and they didn’t happen over night and both parties share the blame.

    The latest issue, health care is a real issue. But a complete overhaul that’s politically motivated is not the answer, nor is ignoring it and doing nothing. There has to be an independent voice to counter all the rhetoric. We see all the hand made signs of concerned citizens now being countered by professionally made signs purchased by groups such as pharmaceutical companies that want their cut and lawyers that don’t want to see Tort Reform. We need to counter the needs of our citizens while at the same time not throwing out the parts of the system that work. It’s like going to the garage for a flat tire and having the mechanic take apart your engine, throwing away parts and telling you that you have to buy a whole new car! Fix the problems period.

    Curt – the bottom line is we won’t accept you not running for U.S. Senate unless you promise us that you will run for Governor!!

  88. David permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:00 am

    Curt,

    Leaving a link below and hope you see it. I think hurdles aside the senate needs a voice like yours. One that will listen to it’s constituents and do what’s right. This guy so far is the only elected one I’ve seen that get’s it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=G44NCvNDLfc

    -DC

  89. david permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:13 am

    Curt,

    Did you see the town hall meeting in New Jersey where the right wingers heckled a woman in a wheelchair describing her troubles and asking a question?? Do you support hatred like that??? Those are your followers, the angry mob that pokes fun of handicap people.

    Curt for Dog Catcher 2010

  90. John permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:20 am

    Check out this awesome article on why New England Needs Schilling!

    http://www.parcbench.com/2009/09/04/new-england-needs-schilling/

  91. Nancy Taber permalink
    September 4, 2009 11:23 am

    Curt,
    As a former 3o year resident of the Commenwealth of Mass., I enjoy now looking in from the outside. It is not as frustrating , just amusing.
    All I can say is that when Mitt ran against Teddy for the U.S. Senate he gave him a run for his money. Enough so that they had to bus in their uniom goons to smear him. You can certainly take on any of the clowns who now want to fill his shoes.
    Nanseadee

  92. Tom Field permalink
    September 4, 2009 12:45 pm

    Curt:

    To paraphrase a saying you once made famous …

    Why not you?

    best,

    Tom

  93. Darkesmoke permalink
    September 4, 2009 12:54 pm

    Folks, it is about time that we had a breath of fresh air like Curt Schilling in Congress. This man approaches life as he did baseball: thoughtful, deliberative, respectful — and never giving in. For Independents and Conservatives, Schilling is the real deal. And, I suspect there is a growing proportion of Democrats who might be open to the idea of a Curt Schilling in the Senate. Lets not have the Commonwealth go down the same path as California (easily the most ungovernable, myopic government in the U.S.) Thanks, Curt! Go get ’em. I’d imagine you would get hundreds, if not thousands of volunteers.

  94. September 4, 2009 1:09 pm

    I definitely want you to run! You can be 2010’s “Joe the pitcher”. His name isn’t Joe either and you both have a lot more in common. I cannot wait to see you debate people with 30, 40 or in some cases 50 point higher IQ scores. It should be great comedy! Idiots will fawn over you like they did Palin but this isn’t Alaska. In the end all three of you will be looked at as fools in the history books.

  95. September 4, 2009 2:18 pm

    You have to be kidding, right? The Red Sox wouldn’t sign John Kerry to pitch in 2010, so why the hell would you get involved in politics? What do you have to offer the people, besides popularity? What a joke.

  96. Otis in R I permalink
    September 4, 2009 3:51 pm

    You know,you are by far the biggest blowhard that ever lived.Please just drop out of circulation “cause you make most people sick to there stomachs!!

  97. Otis in R I permalink
    September 4, 2009 3:53 pm

    Also you are the biggest idiot ever!!!

  98. Nate Francis permalink
    September 4, 2009 5:10 pm

    I’d vote for you, if I lived in Massachusetts. Unfortunately, I do not. Also unfortunately, the reanimated corpse of Thomas Jefferson himself running for a senate seat there wouldn’t be worth relocating to such a socialist, run-down, corrupt excuse for a state. You folks are beyond hope, I think. Like Illinois, except with cooler accents.

  99. Ken permalink
    September 4, 2009 5:17 pm

    Curt – I have been voting absentee for the state of VA since moving back to NE a year ago. I would change official residency to MA if you ran, just so I could vote for you. I think your biggest strength is that (to me it seems as though) you are not doing this because you NEED another career and will stop at nothing to strategically posture yourself, but something you would do in order to give honest representation. You seem like the kind of guy that would genuinely try to REPRESENT your constituents as was historically aspired to for a member of Congress, versus trying to posture yourself for the next election. I like a guy that can say “if I didn’t do a good job, then don’t elect me again” and mean it.

    Plus youre a solid Christian, so I’m down with that. Go get em.

    PS – To everyone that wants to put the man down: can you just respectfully say you disagree with him and his opinions, versus trying to cut the man down? This is a guy that just 5 years ago we so loved for bringing a series win back to Boston. Let’s just have a little class for the man that didn’t HAVE to stick around Boston after he retired, but chose to. He’s trying to do good just like everyone else. Just like Bush tried to do in the way that he thought was best, and just like Obama is trying to do in the way he thinks is best (however you feel about it).

  100. Ken permalink
    September 4, 2009 5:28 pm

    One other thing: we’ve had a lot of successful people in office who hadn’t previously held public office or spent years in public life. Quit knocking the guy for saying he doesn’t know anything, and be glad we live somewhere where a guy who genuinely wants to represent peoples’ interests has the ability to toss his name in the ring for an election. Geez…if y’all are so much more qualified, grow a pair, get off the sidelines, and YOU do it. Maybe we should stop looking for the guy that’s spent 2-30 years in politics and just TRY someone new. We’re talking two years here – didn’t we patiently wait 80+ years for another championship? I’d easily give you a chance, Schill. Whatever I can do to help, let me know.

  101. LDC permalink
    September 4, 2009 6:56 pm

    Please just fade away

  102. Keith permalink
    September 4, 2009 7:41 pm

    Curt,

    Big republican and yankee fan. Respect your faith and political beliefs. Run. I look at the guys calling you “dumb, ignorant, etc” and think that they write those comments b/c their arguments lack logic.

    Good luck and hopefully you can win! The Democrats lack a vision or mandate. They will figure this out in 2010. People panicked and many centre rigth people voted Dem. They will not do this next year and the democrats will be blaming bush/cheney for stuffing ballot boxes as well as other idiotic comments.

  103. brent permalink
    September 4, 2009 8:03 pm

    It is interesting to me that people are making comments like, “you have no political experience”! Exactly, that is what we need to get rid of in Washington. Funny thing is neither did our founding fathers but they seemed to to pretty well with our constitution. Other comments about roids here. Obviously they are new to 38 pitches and your story or they would know your position on the roid situation. People dripping at the mouth like a leaky faucet simply need to SHUT THEIR PIE HOLE and get up off the couch and actually try to make the country they live in better! Or move to the country to which they are trying to make the US become.

    I say, run Curt run! You would be a welcome breath of fresh air! And I say wear neither banner, Democrat or Republican. Come up with your own party affiliation, “bring America back” party.

  104. September 4, 2009 10:59 pm

    Perhaps you aren’t looking in the wrong places. Just because a fringe element is screaming in some town halls does not mean everyone agrees with them. Most polls are flawed by not accurately explaining the public option but the Quinnipiac poll which asked:

    “Do you support or oppose giving people the option of being covered by a government health insurance plan that would compete with private plans?”

    62 percent approved and 32 percent opposed. Isn’t it the repubs who are crying about the government bending to a screaming minority. You have become the screaming minority.

  105. Jeff permalink
    September 5, 2009 7:38 am

    Curt,

    Without knowing all of your opinions on the issues that face our nation, I cannot comfortably say, “run and you will win”. However, I am confident that you can provide another approach to doing the political work needed. I am also confident that Martha Coakley cannot.

    Many people in this state, while leaning left, are fed up with the way the left does business. From the gay marriage fiasco, to the potential hypocritical senate appointment laws, the people feel as though the politicians are doing everything in order to further their wealth and power. Times have changed, and the people want something more. I do believe that you have the potential to bring that “more” to this state.

    If you do decide to run, I would be honored to work for you and your campaign. If there is even a remote chance of you running, I would suggest putting together an exploratory campaign. That way you can get some foot soldiers together, and form a basic structure to your campaign.

    Overall, I think the timing is right, the candidate is right, and the people are ready. Go for it!

  106. September 5, 2009 8:53 am

    I will be folowing your views very closely cause you have to earn my vote!You have already shown me your heart and determination,I believe you will have the same on the politalcal field!have a great day Jamie

  107. Bill M. permalink
    September 5, 2009 8:56 am

    Hey Curt, Why don’t you do us New Englanders a favor and just go away! Be like the rest of the other over the hill jocks and just ride off into the sunset!

  108. Johnny permalink
    September 5, 2009 11:35 am

    Curt,

    I read here that you and your wife have donated more than $15,000 to Republicans.

    http://www.opensecrets.org/news/2009/09/curt-schilling-and-wife-pitch.html

    Why are you a registered independent? I hope you become a Republican.

    Thank you very much.

    Johnny.

  109. blue dog permalink
    September 5, 2009 4:41 pm

    For all the people here so willing to throw their support behind a Curt Schilling Senate candidacy, try being honest with yourselves. Is it because he opens his mouth around every mike available and and gargles and regurgitates up the same conservative pap you all murmur and mutter like a mantra and that makes you feel validated and secure in the world of vanilla, white bread GOP sameness that you feel the threat of slipping away? Or is that plus a big dose of hero worship you feel because the guy was instrumental in delivering you a couple of World Series titles? Is having had a nasty splitter and bulldog determination on the mound the best or a proper qualification or reason for supporting a candidate for high level political office? I think that’s some fairly hypocritically heavy luggage there Mr. Schilling, for someone claiming “no baggage” as a virtue. Hell, why not HHH or the Undertaker running for the Senate…they’ve got as many or more fans than you, and they’re on pay-per-view.

  110. cheng permalink
    September 5, 2009 10:52 pm

    curt- last time you went before congress you turtled and didn’t stand by previous statements you made regarding steroid use in baseball. Why should we believe you would be a man of his word on capitol hill. I believe you have an opinion on everything but not the courage to stand by it.

  111. September 6, 2009 8:28 am

    Curt,what are your views on the dissabled?I am perminitly dissabled cause 4/14/02 I had a motorcycle accidnt,I got a tramatic brain injury,3.5 month coma.Now the state is cutting my benefits.I need someone who will work to make sure it goes no further!have GREAT day Jamie

  112. Dick permalink
    September 6, 2009 3:22 pm

    Curt:

    I don’t hold your support of George Bush against you, however your support of John McCain doesn’t win you any fans in my circle. McCain ran the most pathetic campaign I’ve ever seen. No mention of Obama’s voting record, lack of a resume, still missing birth certificate, wife who was ashamed to be an American, friendship with Bill Ayers, Louis Farrakhan, and Jerimiah Wright. He capped every thing off by selecting Sarah Palin as a running mate. It’s almost like he threw the election.

    The American people are starting to realize their mistake, as evidenced by the lateat approval ratings, but it’s too late. We’re stuck with Obama for at least three more years.

    I’d vote for you, but you have no shot in this misereble state. I think you should return to Arizona and oust McCain. He’s done a lot of damage to America.

  113. Colt permalink
    September 6, 2009 9:16 pm

    Hey BCC, we live in a Republic, not a Democracy. If you ever paid attention when you said the Pledge of Allegiance then you would realize that you say “I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

  114. September 7, 2009 8:46 pm

    Hey Curt,

    I agree with some of what you say…but keep in mind that the boisterous few who are showing up at townhalls angry about proposed health insurance reforms are often doing so based on some disinformation they heard on Fox News, the internet, or some radio show. Also, keep in mind that they are a MINORITY of constituents. The squeaky wheel gets the grease…most people are not active in politics and lack the information necessary to be so. Only those who care most passionately, one way or the other, show up for these meetings. Should policy really be made based on the input of a fraction of a percent of constituents? I don’t think so.

    You call yourself an independent but your views are very revanchist conservative. Read some Edmund Burke, Benjamin Disraeli, Buckley, or other classic conservatives and see what they would think of what passes for conservative today. I, and they, would be ashamed.

  115. Steve H. permalink
    September 8, 2009 9:40 pm

    I’m hearing a lot of buzz about you running, sir. When you do, feel free to add me to your e-mail list. I’d love to volunteer to help you win your campaign. We need a change of representation in Washington, D.C. and I’m pretty confident you could take the seat.

  116. Leo D permalink
    September 11, 2009 8:44 am

    Curt,

    Your consideration to run for Senate is exciting. Please…please don’t hesitate for lack of “legislative experience”. As an America-loving citizen, simply apply logic and intuition. That is what is sorely needed in DC. Be willing to do hard things..and be fiscally responsible, all the while doing the will of the people, not the party. America needs real people to turn this train wreck around. Thank you for considering this service, and I pray that you, and others like you will run for office, and truly play a part in saving this nation. God bless you and your family.

  117. September 23, 2009 11:06 am

    Curt,

    I for one respect your decision. I am a working class Republican from Indiana, have lived in 6 states over the past 30 years and being an avid Phillies and Yankees fan, have followed your career. For the most part I have been a huge fan of your! (LOL except in 2004, and yet I had great respect for you even that year!) I believe you to be a great competitor and you have made sense in just about everything you have said. We definitely need more leaders like you…I say leaders because that is what “politicians” used to be…but not many are anymore!! JC Watts was one, he stayed home in OK during leadership tour of duty, and he actually listened to his constituents. Imagine that? Anyway, I understand why you are not running now..but maybe sometime in the future, you might reconsider, America really does need men like you to lead!

    Steve Jeffers
    Indianapolis, Indiana

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