Monday, January 18, 2010

Is Coakley about to Croak?

Martha CRCoakley

Heat of the race shows Martha’s true character

By Joe Fitzgerald
Monday, January 18, 2010 -

If the old saw is true, that a clear conscience is the softest pillow, Scott Brown ought to sleep well tonight, content he took the high road in his bid to succeed Ted Kennedy.

He proved you don’t have to go to every fight you’re invited to, no matter how much you’re provoked by a desperate opponent willing to win by any means necessary.

If Martha Coakley was accurately portrayed by her campaign, shame on her; if the portrayal that emerged was the handiwork of her handlers, shame on them.

And what the heat of this campaign revealed was that Coakley, who started out presenting herself as a woman of grace and dignity, is, in fact, the personification of the old boys’ network.

She almost had us fooled, but then she began to feel the heat.

She ignored a reporter’s uncomfortable question, then looked the other way while one of her toadies knocked him to the ground. And she’s our top law enforcement officer? Please.

She asked us to believe that Brown, who has two daughters, is totally callous to the trauma of rape. How scurrilous.


The national implications of this campaign are obvious; the returns will be seen by many as a referendum on the president, for a Brown victory would suggest Americans are not happy with the way the country’s going.

But the local implications are enormous, too, because in Massachusetts we’re not used to having our opinions matter.

Referenda? We told the Beacon Hill crowd how we felt about term limits, capital punishment and legislative pay raises. No one listened. And then that same crowd made very sure no one knew how we felt about gay marriage.

So what’s beautiful about tomorrow is that they are finally going to have to listen to us as one of their own asks for our support.

And that makes this a certainty: When the totals are announced, we will have gotten exactly what we deserved.

© Janet Crain

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