The Starting Five 1. Boston Mayor Tom Menino -- an institution in New England Democratic politics -- offered praise for Republican Bay State Sen. Scott Brown. "There's nobody that can beat him," he told the Boston Herald. Remember that Mayor Mumbles -- as he is known -- was briefly mentioned as a potential Brown challenger earlier this year. 2. Tim Pawlenty (R) chats with ABC's Terry Moran about his new book and his political future. 3. 2010 Nevada Senate contender Sue Lowden (R) said she would consider the 2012 Senate race -- if Sen. John Ensign (R) retires and Rep. Dean Heller sits it out. It is unlikely both of those things happen. 4. Outgoing Alabama Gov. Bob Riley (R) ever so slightly left the door open to a 2012 presidential bid. 5. After a decades-long migration to the North, many middle-class African-Americans are returning South.
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