Martha Coakley: Progressive Bloggers Remind Us Why
FROM DIGBY on HULLABALOO: I think a lot depends upon this election in Massachusetts, frankly. If Martha Coakley loses, it will be very bad for progressives. Worse than we can imagine. After the so-called lessons of Virginia and New Jersey, there will be no fighting back the perception that the party is in big trouble, regardless of whether it’s true — and it’s hard to argue at that point that it isn’t. Sadly, the lesson that will be taken from losing Ted Kennedy’s seat to a right wing Republican is not that the Democrats have been too liberal, I guarantee it. What will follow will likely be a sharp turn to the right.
So, job one is to make sure that Senator Playmate is defeated. If you live in Massachusetts, and I know I have readers there, please do what you can to get out the vote. The consequences are quite dire if Coakley loses.
FROM JENNIFER A. NEDEAU on her blog JENNIFER:If she wins she will be the 18th female in the Senate, she will vote on progressive issues and help pave the way for more legislation to be passed that favors women’s rights.
This is why I need Martha Coakley to win. I can’t continue to watch misogynistic men win elections and roll back the rights to my body, to my freedom of choice, to my paycheck, to my personal dignity.
FROM JILL MILLER SIMON, WRITES LIKE SHE TALKS: Yes, I would vote for her if I was eligible to vote in Massachusetts. And yes, I do expect she will win. I could be wrong – wouldn’t be the first time (I wanted Joe Biden in the 2008 primary), but that’s my prediction.
Regular readers can guess why:
…. Scott Brown is an untenable option for me just on the basis of his positions on pretty much every single issue that matters to me:
He is anti-choice bordering on being anti-woman (see more here, where the Boston Globe compares the candidates’ positions on choice), hethinks Obama was born out of wedlock, he espouses a position that denies decency to rape victims, anti-immigration groups love him, gun rights advocates want him, he opposes same-sex marriage, disparaged and then apologized for disparaging lesbian adoption, supports the federal DOMA and is considered anti-science.
FROM NICK BAUMANN, MOTHER JONES …. I don’t understand how liberals—including many people who helped develop the liberal critique of the news media—could fail to see how Republicans, conservative Democrats, and the media will spin Democratic defeats in Massachusetts on Tuesday and/or in the November midterms. It’s as if people are ignoring their own beliefs about how the media operates….
If you’re just arguing that the Democrats might need a wake-up call reminding them that they have to energize their base, that’s perfectly reasonable. (I suggested as much on Friday.) The very fact that the race to replace Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts with health care and everything else on the line is coming down to the wire should be wakeup call aplenty. Democrats don’t need Coakley to lose in order to realize they have a base mobilization problem. If you’re a liberal who’s out there arguing that a Coakley loss will “help liberals,” please go read the rest of digby’s post right now. And remember what happened when too many liberals sat out the 2000 election (or voted for Nader).
FROM LEFT IN ALABAMA: Coakley’s opponent thought maybe Barack Obama was born out of wedlock, opposes health care legislation but doesn’t pay health insurance for his own workers, voted to deny financial assistance to 9/11 volunteers and sponsored and amendment allowing rape victims to be denied emergency contraception.
FROM PUNDITMOM: If this isn’t a huge lesson in taking voters for granted, I don’t know what is. Martha Coakley should have been on top of this, but the whole Democratic party should have, as well. Harry Reid knew we needed that one vote in the Senate. The DNC knew it. President Obama knew it.
Yes, we all knew it.
Yet here we are, three days out with the pick-up truck guy ready to buy his ticket for Washington, D.C.
If Coakley loses because the Democratic party was enjoying its blissful ignorance, I think it may be time to start a party of my own.
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