It’s Time For Obama and Democrats to Stay Strong, Take Stands, and Represent the Needs and Desires of the People
Posted By: Michael Sweeney
Jan. 21, 2010
First of all, let me say that – as a longtime, wonkish political observer – I am fairly convinced that the tipping point that meant doom for Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts special election to fill Teddy Kennedy’s US Senate seat was…her IDIOTIC multiple anti-Red Sox (or, at best, obviously non-Red Sox-connected) comments. She accused former Sawk Curt Schilling (a rabid, active right-winger, yes…but also still bloody-sock, first-World-Series-championship-in-86-years beloved in MA) of being a Yankees fan ("a joke," she later claimed, although clearly one without a punchline or point) AND THEN she complained about having to hang out in front of the Temple of Sox Nation, Fenway Park, to meet potential voters in the cold…well – those two things showed how distant she was from retail politics in MA. That, plus her autocratic, cold-fishiness, kind of acting as an incumbent of sorts (although, with none of an elected officeholder’s built-up store of respect, admiration, and even love) allowed the good-looking, national-GOP-backed Scott Brown to pull a Mitt Romney / William Weld and be the reasonable MA Republican counterweight to the last 75-plus collective years of Dems Teddy-and-Kerry-and-Tsongas in the Senate.