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Panic! at the Coakley campaign

Posted on 2010.01.17 at 14:27

A palpable panic has set in over Martha Coakley’s campaign for the Senate here in Massachusetts. We have gotten four or five robo-calls since Thursday about the election on Tuesday, mostly the one recorded by Bill Clinton; we have also gotten three calls from live people at phone banks wanting to know if we were going to vote for Coakley, and if we knew our polling place, needed a ride, etc. There were probably more calls than that, but we didn’t pick up the ones yesterday. This level of calling and activism is really unprecedented in Massachusetts, which is a safely blue state, and in which primary candidates are largely anointed by party bigwigs. There have also been nastier-than-normal mailings, one that came yesterday with Scott Brown’s face photoshopped on a guy in a UPS uniform, with the headline “What can Brown do to you?” Last week’s had a picture of a dead shrub next to a picture of Scott Brown with W. Bush with the captions “This bush is brown. This Brown is Bush” and a list of Bush positions that Scott Brown supported.

This is not to say that Brown’s campaign has been wonderful. He steadfastly refuses, in his commercials or campaign signs to identify himself as a Republican; he is sort of stealth GOP. He even begins one of his commercials with film of JFK giving a speech, which slowly fades to Brown’s face. Of course, he has another one which shows him in military uniform, and charges that Coakley thinks that the Constitution only guarantees rights to terrorists rather than ‘ordinary Americans.’ Which party are you in again, Scott?

I will vote for Martha Coakley on Tuesday, but I wish that I didn’t have to. If the GOP were being less evil, or if the polls weren’t as close, I would just stay home. Coakley is not an inspiring choice, and the Democrats in the Senate have behaved in a bafflingly useless manner this year. I would like to see them get a real wakeup call, but I don’t think that losing this election is the one I want to give them. I hope that the closeness of it and the panic that has set in will be sufficient to jar them into some kind of action and responsibility greater than that they have shown recently.


jonnymoon at 2010-01-21 18:01 (UTC) (Link)
Wow. Three days and not a word from the rest of the people who read your blog.

Nobody wants to admit that this is a message to Obama? Nobody wants to see this as a referendum on the Democrats attempt to take over 1/6 of the economy?

So I understand that Ted Kennedy was FREEZING the other night. He had to be, because only a week ago one of my liberal progressive co-workers told me it'd be a cold day in hell before Mass would elect a republican.
theservant at 2010-01-21 20:51 (UTC) (Link)
It should be mentioned that before our current governor, Massachusetts did have 16 years of GOP governors. So a Massachusetts GOP is not unprecedented. I hope that Obama and especially Harry Reid take this as a message to stop pussyfooting around and be the liberals that people elected them to be.
jonnymoon at 2010-01-21 21:06 (UTC) (Link)
So, you're saying that they haven't been socialist/communist enough for you?

You do realize that their proposed healthcare takeover has less than 36% approval now, don't you?
theservant at 2010-01-21 21:09 (UTC) (Link)
Some of that is from people like me who don't think it does anything. No public option, no expansion of medicare, no drug reimportation? No thanks.
jonnymoon at 2010-01-21 22:10 (UTC) (Link)
Well at least we agree on one thing:

No, thanks.
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