In Martha Coakley’s World

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Update: In Martha’s world, socially connected Massachusetts fathers who kidnap their daughters during a custody dispute, flee the state, and hide them from their mothers for nineteen years get plea deals and sentences of just $100,000 fine and 2,000 hours of community service.

Really.

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This is getting more and more comical as the days go by.

In Martha Coakley’s world, Curt Schilling is a Yankees fan. Take a listen:

Jim Hoft quips:

She must be going for the sympathy vote…
Because Martha Coakley’s campaigning is truly pathetic.

Update: Curt responds.

In Martha’s world she’s been all over the state campaigning. Boston Globe columnist Brian McGrory calls her out:

Martha Coakley made a jaw-dropping declaration earlier this week at the only live televised debate in Boston that she has deigned to do. She said, and I quote, “I’ve traveled the state and met tremendous people.”

If she did, it was under the cover of darkness, with an assumed name.

Because if she had really traveled the state, if she had taken the time to meet voters, Coakley wouldn’t be in the position she finds herself in now, heading into the final weekend of this special election campaign in a perilously close race against a GOP state legislator nobody had heard of a mere six months ago.

In Martha’s world, there are no more terrorists in Afghanistan:

In Martha’s world, Catholics have religious freedom, but they shouldn’t work in an emergency room:

Coakley is choosing to press forward on the importance of abortion and contraception rights. It can be effective political argument to focus on rape victims. (Remember “Rape Gurney Joe”?) I imagine Coakley believed at this point that she was making a powerful argument that would win political support and make Scott Brown look like an unsympathetic lout and/or a right-wing extremist. But that was to be blind to the appeal of religious freedom.

Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. You don’t want to do that.

Coakley: No, but we have a separation of church and state here, Ken, let’s be clear.

In American constitutional law, we have a proscription of federal laws “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” It is difficult to coordinate the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause, and anyone who serves in the United States Senate will need to have some idea of the meaning of both clauses. Coakley invokes the “separation of church and state” as if it has obvious meaning and a simple reminder should end the debate. But the meaning of religious freedom in America has been the subject of endless debate, a Senator will be an important participant in that debate, and the issue right now is whether Coakley should be a Senator.
Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

Coakley: Uh, well, uck, u, uk, the, the law says that people are allowed to have that. And so then you.. you can have religious freedom. You probably shouldn’t work in an emergency room.

Pittman: Wow.

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