I'm not happy about this, but here it is. Mass. Attorney General and former state prosecutor Martha Coakley won today's Democratic primary election to replace Sen. Edward Kennedy.
Make a new
I'm waiting for the day when the men just cower in the corner vs trying to trade our rights away. Don't think I'll live to see it, but I'll take every strong pro-choice/pro-woman female I can get in the meantime.
Far left liberals who don't understand the concerns and fears of most Americans no doubt don't like
Coakley, but she'll be welcomed in the Senate as a fair and balanced voice of moderation
I'm with Jeralyn on this...Coakley has shown herself to be ruthless in getting convictions no matter how obviously innocent the high profile defendent was.
She may be pro-choice, but where does she stand on the death penalty?
Capuano, what I've seen of him, appears too often to be a very noisy, arm-waving, pound-thr-table, red-in-the-face blowhard. Coakley will be far more effective in the Senate, I think.
It's possible to be forceful and impassioned without coming off like a used car salesman on steroids. Try, say, John Lewis for example.
(I really, really dislike Capuano, obviously)
Capuano definitely got heat for voting for the House bill containing the Stupac amendment.
I agree with the comments that imply Capuano is too much of a "crazy local" to be a senator.
Coakley just has a lot more gravitas.
Although I still love this. My favorite line "some of my constituents have robbed some of your banks". Hilarious.
A showboater but not a total fool. At least he got to the heart of the matter...
More telling is that Big Dog came out for her.
I don't think it resembled the '08 primary at all. Capuano is hardly an Obama - kind of the opposite in personality actually - and Coakley doesn't really resemble Hillary much either other than the fact that she is female. In a way, it was the opposite, since Capuano has a bigger background in policy and Coakley was more of a personality vote - since she hasn't really held a legislative office. Although you can't really compare them that way either.
In endorsements, it was a primaries repeat as well, with The Big Dog coming in for Coakley and Capuano backed by Pelosi (curiously right after his vote to pass the Stupak-laden hc bill out of the House). And Capuano, like Obama, has done a lot of voting, but not much else. He differed from Obama in that he almost always votes liberal. His persona is of a big 'street fighter' but his legislative efforts are not. Martha, on the other hand, is a doer.
I don't understand where all this Coakley is a 'personality' talk is coming from, unless it's some weird meme being generated out of opposition camps. Coakley is, if anything, sort of boring. Note, I don't think she's boring, but she is an even-voiced policy wonk; boring if that sort of thing doesn't do it for you. Capuano's the personality -- known for being loud and bombastic. Martha's IS well-known, as she was in public service first in Middlesex County and then statewide for 25+ years. But even when handling controversies, she's been nothing but calm and sober-voiced publicly.
Personality wise, Obama and Capuano couldn't be more different.
Endorsements in the presidential primary were much louder than in this race. Here, even if someone was endorsed, you barely heard a peep. Granted, that could've just been the low-key nature of the race in general. Of course Pelosi backed Capuano, he's her guy, and let's not forget, she spearheaded that healthcare vote. In both cases, I think endorsements made little to know difference.
My point about Coakley is she was never in a legislature to accrue a legislative record - unlike Capuano, so it was, to a degree I think, about the fact that her personality is more even-handed.
I just personally don't see many parallels between the votes. It's a completely different race with completely different people on a completely different scale.
Anywho, I guess I was part of that +10%.
They were both very close on the issues -- the only really big disagreement was Coakley saying she wouldn't vote for health care as long as it had Stupak, with Capuano initially mocking her position then flipping. But Martha really emphasized the economic issues, which is foremost on the minds of most folks outside the Boston area, whereas Capuano had a greater emphasis on social issues. I live right near Somerville and work in Cambridge, but grew up in Central Mass., and I promise you, the demographics are very different.
Yes there are non-wealty communities inside 128, but the bulk of wealth communities are inside 128. The rest of the state is much more working class, esp. Worcester and Springfield.
The people who were likely to vote Capuano in Somerville are not the "latte liberals" who are mostly newcomers, but the old-school entrenched Somerville residents from it's Slummerville days. Just from my personal experience with the people I know in the area. Most of the "latte liberals" I know in Somerville didn't bother to vote this time. And I know a whole lot of them. But the ones who have lived there forever sure did.
Boston may not care what Somerville thinks, but the old-school Boston is still more likely to go for someone of Capuano's personality, although again, these are not necessarily the same people who came out en masse for Obama. I doubt the younger voters and minority voters really gave a cr@p about Capuano, and most of them probably didn't come out at all. But there is still the entrenched political Irish who would be more likely to support Capuano.
Again, I realize they are the same areas, but there are a number of different demographic groups within these areas and they don't break down the same way.
Obama won a LOT more of the state than Capuano did, although yes, some of those areas did overlap. Coakley cleaned Capuano's clock in the westernmost part of the state that Obama won, and Capuano didn't win any areas inside 128 outside of Boston, Somerville, Cambridge and Chelsea. While these neighborhoods may contain some of the upper-middle class vote, they are also more urban areas and contain a lot of lower income folk as well. They are hardly Newton's or Weston's or Lincoln's that Obama won and Capuano lost.
And yes, I know the state demographics well.
but now even HRC supporters must admit
that the Big O was the better choice
BTW - is that Big 0 a zero?