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Coakley For Senate

I've given it a great deal of thought, and I've come to a conclusion: the best thing for the nation is to have Martha Coakley elected to the United States Senate, not Scott Brown.

Coakley has been a career prosecutor in Massachusettes, culminating in her election to the Attorney General's office in 2006. And in that 2-plus decades in law enforcement, she's had some impressive milestones:

In 1995, she brought charges of child sexual assault against Father John Geoghan. She then went along with a plea bargain that let the pedophile priest go on "secret probation" and remain free to continue his predations -- until he finally found the wrong victim and was arrested and convicted again in 2002. The case against Geoghan triggered the exposure of the decades of "pedophile priest" abuses that had been repeatedly concealed. Coakley helped keep the lid on that mess for a good seven years.

In 2003, a police officer was accused of raping a 23-month-old baby with a hot implement (probably a hair curler). Coakley did nothing about the initial complaint. In fact, she did nothing until the baby's mother filed a private complaint against the cop (who was eventually convicted and is serving two life sentences) did Coakley finally start acting. Even then, she recommended that the cop/baby rapist be released on his own recognizance.

Massachusetts is a notoriously corrupt state. There's practically an express lane between the State House and the State Pen, as lawmakers keep running afoul of the law. Just in recent years, three Massachusetts House Speakers have been indicted for corruption (two convicted, one pending), and two big names in Boston politics (former State Senator Barbara Wilkerson and City Councilor Chuck Turner have been caught on videotape taking bribes.

Wilkerson's involvement, as career prosecutor (AG since 2007)?

Well, the feds who brought all these cases sent her press releases, I'm sure.

That's right. Every single major corruption case brought in Massachusetts since Coakley became Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the Bay State has been brought by federal prosecutors -- not the state. The only time Coakley has been involved in cases involving malfeasance by public officials has been to try to sweep them under the carpet.

And that is why Coakley needs to be elected to the United States Senate.

It's the "Dilbert Principle."

As Attorney General of Massachusetts, Coakley has caused tremendous harm to a great number of people. She needs to be removed from office. And the simplest way to do so is to promote her to a position where she can cause far, far less harm.

As a United States Senator, she'd be one of a hundred, and the bottom of the seniority list. And let's face it -- she's replacing Ted Kennedy (well, his hand-picked seat-warmer), so it's really no net loss to the nation.

Yeah, having Scott Brown in the Senate would be a great thing. But the price for his election is leaving Coakley as the chief law enforcement officer of the Bay State. And while I tend to believe that "people get the government they deserve," some of those who have suffered from Coakley's neglect (especially Father Geoghan's victims and the 23-month-old cited above) weren't old enough to cast a ballot for or against her.

So on Tuesday, let's hope that the people of Massachusetts hold their noses and cast their vote to remove Martha Coakley from office and send her out of the state.

They should do it for the children.


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Comments (15)

Doesn't sound like you'll g... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Doesn't sound like you'll get your wish. Brown now leads Coakley in the nmost recent Boston Herald poll. He leads by 4% just within the margin for error, but Coakley has killed her chances by first disappearing for most of the campaign, making the election about national issues that the dems trail on even in 'Massachusettes', and most recently by becoming a non-stop gaffe machine (Misspelling the state's name, no terrorists in Afghanistan, paid thugs beating up reporters, etc).

The biggest clue that she is going to lose is that Barry finally decided to get involved at the last minute. I expect that like many of his last minute interventions (The Chicago Olympics bid, Copenhagen Global Warming Summit) he will again be embarrassed.He seems to have a finely tuned understanding for knowing exactly when a cause is lost and then getting in to spend what little political capital he has left.

Guess Jay'll just have to l... (Below threshold)
Jlawson:

Guess Jay'll just have to learn to live with the disappointment...

Perhaps when NAMBLA announc... (Below threshold)
David Marcoe:

Perhaps when NAMBLA announces their endorsement of Coakley, that'll put her over the top...

There's a flaw in your logi... (Below threshold)
wolfwalker:

There's a flaw in your logic. Coakley's current term as AG is up this fall. She has to stand for re-election. Do you think she'll have a ghost of a chance if she runs as "the one who lost Ted's Senate seat to a [shock! horror!] Republican"?

Jay Swift's "A Modest Propo... (Below threshold)
jim2:

Jay Swift's "A Modest Proposal" - - very nice!

I hope you are kidding... (Below threshold)
JAT:

I hope you are kidding

I'd really like to have my ... (Below threshold)
Clancy:

I'd really like to have my 'Kos moment' here and say something about the people of MA - the people who have elected democrats consistently (over 85%) - but I won't. Perhaps they can find some salvation with Brown.

Coakley biggest failing is her last name. Had it been Kennedy, she'd be a shoo it. Despite all her failings, she hasn't killed anyone (yet)...

Nice Snark!!!!... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Nice Snark!!!!

Jay, your post needs to be ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Jay, your post needs to be on page 1 of the GLOBE.

Talk about putting voters b... (Below threshold)
Picric:

Talk about putting voters between a rock and a hard place. Although I have to lean with wolfwalker. Why elect her to a 6 year position and hope to get rid of her then, than wait 9 months to get rid of her. That being said, Why has she been reelected? The Republicans could not find a better person for the AG? The Democrats could not find a better person for AG? It is time for all of us to hold our elected officials to higher standards.

Taxachusetts can keep her!!... (Below threshold)
Mikey60:

Taxachusetts can keep her!! She gets in, us folks in Texas have no recourse to get her out after she does the damage to us. And neither do the other states, the remaining 56 according to Barry. They don't want her in Massive-tax-achusetts? Deal with her there, not DC.

Let her stay and rot in the... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Let her stay and rot in the pigsty she helped create.
We certainly don't need her where she can at best be just a reliable vote for policies that enable her Democrat leaders.

Hopefully, voters will tell her to go pound sand.

While I snicker at the humo... (Below threshold)
kevino:

While I snicker at the humor in this piece, Mikey60 is right: demons belong in Hell, and Coakley belongs in the People's Republic of Massachusetts. They fed her ego, they brought her along, they covered up for her mistakes, they elected her to Attorney General, and they can keep her. She's a product of their culture of corruption, and they deserve each other.

The old saying used to be: "You made you bed, now lie in it."

Coakely and the DSCC has no... (Below threshold)
Stan25:

Coakely and the DSCC has now stepped into the slime pit big time. Seems they released an ad that makes Brown out to be a Wall Street fat cat. That is SOP for the Rats, but they photoshopped a photo of Brown onto a photo of the World Trade Center from 911. That was so outrageous that the DSCC and Coakely campaign pulled it off Youtube, but the damage had already been done. Coakely and her cronies are so inept, that they can't even get an ad right, they don't deserve to win.

Wolfwalker is correct.... (Below threshold)

Wolfwalker is correct.

Martha is going down and to quote Michael Buble....I'm feeling good!"




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