October 30, 2014

THAT BAD:

The real lesson of the looming Martha Coakley disaster  (W. James Antle III, 10/30/14, The Week)

Yes, Martha Coakley is that bad.

The Massachusetts attorney general is most famous for blowing a huge lead in 2010 to lose the commonwealth's special Senate election for the late Ted Kennedy's seat to Scott Brown -- then a no-name Tea Partier best known for driving a truck. And while next Tuesday's gubernatorial contest is much closer, she seems poised to follow up her 2010 debacle with a loss to Republican Charlie Baker in this year's governor's race.

While only one major survey has Baker ahead by anything like a comfortable margin, Coakley has trailed in six of the last eight polls. A seventh had the race tied. Even the down-the-line liberal Boston Globe endorsed Baker over Coakley, concluding the Republican would provide the "best counterpoint to the instincts of an overwhelmingly Democratic legislature."

Coakley doesn't inspire anyone, not even her fellow Democrats. She seems oddly detached from Boston culture, as if a UFO dropped her in the middle of Yawkey Way from an alien planet. [...]

Overall, the Massachusetts political climate has a feel similar to 1990, when Bill Weld -- Baker's former boss -- kicked off 16 straight years of Republicans in the governor's mansion.

Posted by at October 30, 2014 6:03 PM
  

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