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Bakst skeptical on Reed staying in the Senate

As we know, Jack Reed has repeatedly stated his intent to remain in the US Senate. Today, Charlie Bakst shares some reasonable skepticism about what might happen if a Democrat wins the White House in November.

I can understand that Democrat Reed, looking at it as an abstract idea, indeed would prefer to steer clear of the Pentagon and stay in the Senate, where he has what is likely a lifetime lock on a seat and has emerged as a top voice on military issues.

But G. Wayne Miller’s recent in-depth Sunday Journal profile of Reed reinforced my belief that the former paratrooper would not balk — could not balk — if actually asked to take this powerful and important Cabinet post.

Miller’s report was bolstered by scenes of Reed visiting West Point, the academy that transformed this son of a Cranston school janitor and became the metaphor of a life of public service. It is where Reed is an alumnus and where he taught and where, eventually, he was wed.

Anyone challenging Reed this year would have an exceedingly tough time of it, particularly considering the senator's traditionally high approval rating and his ample war chest. In a reflection of the former, Reed, by far, got the most enthusiastic reception on Saturday, at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet, during the latest induction ceremony for the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame.

So far, there are no formally announced GOP candidates, although Donna Perry, executive director of the Rhode Island Republican Party, said last week on A Lively Experiment that Jonathan Scott, who challenged Patrick Kennedy in 2006, has an exploratory committee.

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