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Coakley casts herself as underdog, 'Rocky' theme and all

By Paul Kane
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - State Attorney General Martha Coakley embraced the ultimate underdog's theme song in the final hours of her campaign: "Gonna Fly Now," the recurring soundtrack from the the "Rocky" movies.

Coakley - whose political fate could determine the shape of President Obama's legislative agenda this year - finished a whirlwind tour of the state Monday and returned to the Boston metro region late in the day. She took to the stage of Fuller Middle School in this working-class town in the Metro West region pumping her arms to the "Rocky" soundtrack, then headed to a union hall in Dorchester, just south of Boston.

"We are going to bring this home tomorrow, thank you. Let's go get to work," Coakley said to cheers inside the half-filled gymnasium.

A Coakley loss to state Sen. Scott Brown (R) would give Republicans 41 votes, enough to sustain filibusters of Obama agenda items from health care to financial regulatory reforn if they stand united. As Coakley's campaign entered a downward spiral last week, Democrats responded by trying to energize what has been a lethargic base of voters in the liberal-leaning state, reminding them of the stakes of the contest.

"This is an election that, really, the whole world is watching," Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) told the middle-school crowd.

Democrats touted a poll by the firm Research 2000 which showed the race tied at 48 percent for each candidate. The same poll gave Coakley a lead of 8 percentage points a week ago, but party strategists said the campaign had stablized this weekend after the appearances of Obama and former president Bill Clinton.

Each side accused the other of misdeeds in the final day of active campaigning. Coakley's staff accused out-of-state Brown supporters of lying down in front of her car in the western town of Pitsfield. They ejected a father and his sons from a Sunday afternoon rally in Boston featuring Obama after they interrupted his speech with shouts of opposition to abortion.

"I'm no stranger to hard-fought campaigns, but what we've seen in the past few days is way over the line and reminiscent of the dangerous atmosphere of Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign rallies. This is not how democracy works in Massachusetts," Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said in a statement.

Brown's campaign brushed aside Kerry's allegations and accused Coakley of sending out mailers distorting his views on abortion.

The last-minute tussles were sideshows to a campaign that has centered on Brown's effort to tap into voter anger with soaring unemployment and multi-trillion-dollar deficit spending. That's helped Brown win a large majority of the independent voters, who make up about half the electorate in Massachusetts.

Coakley's strategists have put a strong effort into trying to win late support from independent women, much in the way Hillary Rodham Clinton won her come-from-behind victory over Obama in the key 2008 New Hampshire primary. The campaign convened a conference call Monday afternoon of female mayors from the Bay State touting Coakley.

Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), has been at Coakley's side for the past three days. "She worked her way through college. She worked her way through law school," Mrs Kennedy told crowd Monday evening.

And Coakley's niece, Liz Bonacci, has been a fixture on the campaign trail, introducing "my favorite aunt, Martha" at each stop with stories of her hard work growing up in North Adams in western Massachusetts.

"We're about to elect the first Massachusetts woman to the United States Senate. We should be proud of that," Bonacci said in Framingham.

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As we await the returns, I see the false right-left paradigm is alive and well on the blogs. The problem is not socialism, or primacy of equality. Truth has it that the United States is a representative democracy in form, not in practice. The corporations have merged with the state. According to Mussolini, this is the essence of fascism.

Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

"Remember they gave him zero votes on even the stimulus in his first weeks." - VTengineer

You know, I don't remember zero votes from Republicans on the stimulus... and neither does anyone else with a half-decent memory.


http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29179041/

"The Senate approved the measure 60-38 with three GOP moderates providing crucial support..."

Before quoting Andrew Sullivan, you might want to double-check his work. He doesn't bother to do research before making claims like this, so if you just quote him you've got a good chance of being provably wrong.

Posted by: gekkobear1 | January 19, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

I knew Martha Coakley from Williams College in the 70s. She was a funny, sensible, amiable intelligent woman who was fun hang out with. The woman characterized in this campaign is someone else. Is this a media stereotype or has she changed as she injested the drug of power? It is hard for me to believe she would say such stupid things as decrying the idea of standing out in the cold to meet voters at a Patriots game. If that is true she diserves to lose. If these type of allegations are distortions then shame on the media. As for Obamacare, why do the Democrats try to solve a few specific problems such as denials for preexisting conditions and lack of health insurance portability by making a system that will not control costs, will raise taxes and will not add to quality or innovation?


Posted by: 54esteve | January 19, 2010 10:11 AM
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I bet Coakley was cool in college. Politics changes people (viz. John Edwards). As for health care, the Democrats wanted to extend coverage to the uncovered, not make improvements at the margins. That necessarily raises taxes, as someone has to pay for that coverage (except that someone's already paying, because hospitals can't turn many cases away until they are stable). They figured they may not have this shot again (and they were probably right about that).

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 19, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I can't wait for the WaPo columns wringing their hands over how sexism kept Coakley from winning.

Posted by: gbooksdc | January 19, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Have the voters of Mass. gotten a bad case of amnesia? Hey, wake up. Remember what it was like under Bush and his congressional minions like Delay? I see complaints about big spending by Obama. What about the spending under Bush and his allowing the deficit to explode? At least Obama has a reason for this spending - to clean up an economic mess left behind by Bush. Hey, the guy's only been in office a year. Can we have some patience and allow him to try to finish the job that you all elected him to in 2008? Yeah, Coakley ran a less than perfect campaign, but is this any reason to give power back to the Republicans who we want to get rid of so badly in 2008? And the comments on fixing the election and Secretaries of State. Oh yeah, we remember what those Secretaries of State did for Bush in Ohio and Florida, don't we?

Posted by: rcairo | January 19, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It is an amazing thing. The GOP doesn’t care if reform never happens. They only talk about it because the Democrats consider it important enough to include in their platforms. Then we got the crocodilian “me to” from the GOP. The bigger question is, since 1993, when the GOP blocked reform, how many Americans have died, died sooner, went bankrupted, saw their families destroyed due to financial stresses brought on by medical bills, which they couldn’t pay? How many infants are in that group? Further, how expensive has it been, since 1993, to deliver health care via ERs and ICUs to one sixth of the population that’s uninsured, in the trillions of dollars? Yet, here we have people, running around, obviously on something that bends the mind, such as snake oil, talking about cost!!
After sixteen years of blocking reforms with the above cited dire consequences, eight years of horrendous leadership that put the country in the ditch that it’s in at present and now twelve months of stonewalling instead of helping the new administration, the GOP is asking to be rewarded for its repugnant behavior. Seemingly, many in Mass. are inclined to do just that. While you are at it, reward Rush Limbaugh, Pat Robinson and Joe Wilson by telling them, in effect, that your vote is an endorsement of their atrocious actions as well. Certainly, they are sure to take it as such, and prate about it for the next six years. Incidentally, why don’t you include opening up the prison doors. If you are about rewarding some bad behavior, then why not reward all of it.
Mass. is supposed to be about freedom. I don’t see any freedom with the GOP. Diverse opinions from their members are not tolerated. Senator Snow has been, in effect, silenced. A view of their gatherings, shows very little in the way of diversity, opinions or otherwise. Rather, they remind one of apartheid South Africa some forty years ago. Is this what the voters of Massachusetts are about to endorse?

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | January 19, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Beat me to it, but yeah LOL.

What hubris, what dishonesty. Underdog? Someone running on a 47+ year winning streak? Thought that it was over with the Democratic privmary?

Hey, regardless of how one thinks of health care, Ms Coakley deserves to lose. Even if she wins, she's a wounded duck. She is guilty of the worst thing a politician can do, take the voting public for granted. She deserves to lose and in a humilating fashion.

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Posted by: jhtlag1 | January 19, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

lol...

"Underdog", only an out of touch liberal would proclaim themself to be the "underdog" in one of the most progressive leaning states in the U.S

Classic

Posted by: Magox | January 19, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Its amazing to read the comments that see doom in Brown's election and all evil with Republicans. How quickly the devoted left forgets that the DEMOCRATS ran congress for the last FOUR years...yes, since 2007. They sat and watched our financial system crash while taking the campaign contributions from the same Wall St. fat cats they now deride. It was Barney Frank who assured us that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were sound. Now Pres. Obama promises an open legislative process which must mean he thinks we can all see through Harry Reid's closed Senate office door. He lets his minions make grotesque deals with big Pharma, Nebraska, Louisiana and calls it a new day in Washington.

The democrats are a wholly owned subsidiary of the lawyers - thus no Tort Reform in any democrat health plan.

Yet, they are the champions of the people?!?!?

I pray Scott Brown wins and I pray its just the beginning of the end for the lying, corrupt, Chicago style mess that is infesting Washington.

Posted by: lostein | January 19, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm....we have already seen birthers...now watching some marriagers.....

Posted by: PD11 | January 19, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

she casts herself as an underdog?

at least she's half right.

Posted by: sofedup | January 19, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

losthorizon10 ~ boy oh boy, talk about being OUT OF THE NEWS LOOP, no less an authority than Michelle Obama has claimed more than once that her husband's mother was "unmarried" ~ could she be wrong?

(NOTE: Technically speaking any marriage she might have made with Barry Obama Sr. was invalid under American law because, ta ta ta da, he was already married to someone else.)

Posted by: muawiyah | January 19, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

damiansix2 ~ not only did Rocky lose, they bronzed his body and sat him in front of the Philadelphia public library as a pigeon roost.

BTW, Obama is just as corrupt as Coakley and his Boston thugs.

Posted by: muawiyah | January 19, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Don't trust ACORN, SEIU, Obama, and DNC. If it's close they will steel the election.

The Soros Connection in the Minnesota Senate Race Vote Count
http://www.americanthinker.com/2008/11/the_soros_connection_in_the_mi.html
By Ed Lasky

We have written several times the rising influence of the Democracy Alliance, a network of wealthy Democratic activists who have formed a network designed to influence the course of American elections and policies.

One part of the political strategy of the group has been a project called the Secretary of States Project. The goal has been to help elect Secretaries of State in targeted states across the nation. The SoSP  was successful in, among other places, Ohio and Minnesota.
Secretaries of state are crucial in elections, since these officials are charged with ensuring the integrity of the voting and counting process.

Posted by: runmon | January 19, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I hope Brown has poll watchers to make sure the voting machines are sealed after the polls close.
I don't trust Coakley, Obama, ACORN, SEIU, and the DNC's political machine,
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Don’t worry, that’s a criminal ‘Bush’ League move – like in Florida. Democrats are not quite as evil yet.

Posted by: question-guy | January 19, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Coakley had a 30 point lead just 3 weeks ago. She went on vacation and didn't want to campaign and talk to the people. She said it was too cold to shake hands outside Fenway Park.

She and the DNC machine thought they had the election in their pocket because it's Kennedy's seat and not the people's seat.

A few days ago Coakley flies to D.C. and gets money from insurance and drug companies to run smear and false ads against Brown.

Coakley is just as corrupt as Obama and his Chicago thugs.

Posted by: runmon | January 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

So, Coakley is casting herself as Rocky?

Well, Ms Coakley. I'm guessing you've never watched a Rocky movie in your life. You may want to google it. (I hope you know what Google is) Rocky lost.

Posted by: damiansix2 | January 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I hope Brown has poll watchers to make sure the voting machines are sealed after the polls close.

I don't trust Coakley, Obama, ACORN, SEIU, and the DNC's political machine,
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Don’t worry, that’s a criminal ‘Bush’ League move – like in Florida. Democrats are not quite as evil yet.

Posted by: question-guy | January 19, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

I knew Martha Coakley from Williams College in the 70s. She was a funny, sensible, amiable intelligent woman who was fun hang out with. The woman characterized in this campaign is someone else. Is this a media stereotype or has she changed as she injested the drug of power? It is hard for me to believe she would say such stupid things as decrying the idea of standing out in the cold to meet voters at a Patriots game. If that is true she diserves to lose. If these type of allegations are distortions then shame on the media. As for Obamacare, why do the Democrats try to solve a few specific problems such as denials for preexisting conditions and lack of health insurance portability by making a system that will not control costs, will raise taxes and will not add to quality or innovation?

Posted by: 54esteve | January 19, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

an attorney general who cannot secure the support of police. even seiunionized cops. how pathetic is that. i'd say dog with mange (not fleas) fleas are much easier to get rid of and don;t stink. not that any of my dogs have ever had mange, but living at the shore, i know about fleas, regular and sand fleas as wellas ticks. but i digress how did i wander into pests and mange? oh that's right i was talking about the dog in the race. blowing a presumed to be overwhelming lead makes one an idiot, not an underdog. maybe she'll go home and use her curling iron

Posted by: shorething | January 19, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

"Coakley casts herself as underdog"?

You mean like all the innocent underdogs this incompetent fool either wrongly sent to prison or wrongly kept in prison as a DA? F her – she is unfit for office.

Posted by: question-guy | January 19, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

I hope Brown has poll watchers to make sure the voting machines are sealed after the polls close.

I don't trust Coakley, Obama, ACORN, SEIU, and the DNC's political machine, if the vote is close with Brown barely ahead, they will steel the election. Just like they did in the Minnesota senate race. All the votes found days later were for Al Franken.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. President Thomas Jefferson

http://www.breitbart.tv/massachusetts-miracle-video-sets-stakes-for-tuesdays-election/

Posted by: runmon | January 19, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I DO NOT SEE AN UNDERDOG HERE, IT IS MERELY AN OPINION BY THE PRESS.
I SEE HER A CONFIDENT, PRACTICAL PERSON WHO DOES NOT FEEL THAT IT IS NECESSARY TO FOOL AN EDUCATED PUBLIC BY STAYING OUT IN THE COLD TO GREET THEM.
IF SHE GETS ILL, HOW IN THE WORLD SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO DO HER JOB, AND WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO COME OUT TO GREET HER.
SHE DESERVES PRAISE FOR HER ACTIONS AND CANDID COMMENTS AND IS THE SORT OF PERSON WE WOULD WANT TO REPRESENT US.
THE USA NEEDS HER TO STRENGHTEN THE DEMOCRATS IN GOVERNMENT SO THAT THEY COULD AGGRESSIVELY DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS THEY INHERITED FROM THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. THE ELECTION OF A REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE WILL ONLY SET THE COUNTRY'S LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES BACKWARD AND MAKE CLEANING UP OF THE MESS INHERITED, MORE DIFFICULT.
THINK AGAIN AMERICA THINK AGAIN AND VOTE WISELY...VOTE FOR THE DEMOCRATS.

Posted by: bcvsam1234 | January 19, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Wrong theme song - should have used Puff the Magic Dragon

Posted by: CayC | January 19, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Obama and the Chicago thugs have tainted the political process with their systemic corruption and incompetence. I'm not sure if Coakely is a crook or not, but she has become guilty by association with Obama and the other sleazy Illinois Democrats who have recently infested our nation's capitol.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 19, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

Coakley casts herself as underdog, 'Rocky' theme and all
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Really? That's amazing considering that she once held a double digit lead in the polls not too long ago. Perhaps the People of Massachusetts is firing the second shot heard around the world, and not a moment too late!!!

Posted by: WildBill1 | January 19, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

She calls herself the underdog, while blowing a 30 point lead by being an elite, out of touch with working America. Cur is the more appropriate canine description, and one that's entitled like Leona Helmley's dogs.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 19, 2010 9:05 AM | Report abuse

As someone said, "how does a Democrat paint themselves as an underdog in Massachusetts?" Coakley is just another dishonest politician. Vote her down!

Vote for Brown.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 19, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

How, pray tell, does a Democrat paint themselves as the underdog in MASSACHUSETTS!?!?!?!?!? And how does the press allow her to get away with it?!?!?! Just unreal!!!! What a joke!!!!!

Posted by: RedGreen | January 19, 2010 8:51 AM | Report abuse

The fed can't manage. Look at the Center of Medicare and Medicaids on their record of 50 billion a year on fraud. Search for 60 minutes report! Now you want them to manage 1/6 of the economy? We'd rather just suicide.

Posted by: nam1 | January 19, 2010 8:28 AM | Report abuse

The public speaks. The healthcare "reform" robs Americans our health and our wealth. Obama and his party drain our country future down the toilet with their socialist agenda. Vote for socialist. Vote for no competition. Vote for no future. That's Obama's agenda.

Posted by: nam1 | January 19, 2010 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Martha Coakley had a 30 point lead, so great that she took six days off and didn't campaign. She made fun of her opponent for "standing out in the cold" shaking hands while she was driving by in her warm car. Last week she left Massachusetts to do a fundraiser with drug companies and other health care lobbyists in Washington, DC--proving to the electorate that she's the political crony many already knew she was.

Then in the debate, she proudly declared in her one televised debate with her opponent that we went in Afghanistan to drive out the Taliban and now says of the terrorists: "They're gone. They're not there anymore." That uninformed comment was matched by the clueless declaration that Red Sox pitching great, Curt Shilling, was a "Yankee fan." She not only doesn't know anything, she doesn't know enough to be quiet.

Democrats in Massachusetts, especially speakers of the house, have been indicted one after the other--the culture of machine-politics corruption even smells to loyal Democrats, and she has not only proven to the electorate that nothing new will be coming from her, but that she doesn't even see a problem.

Voters are right to reject her, and let's hope they do that today. In my Massachusetts town, voting is already heavy, unusual for an off-year election.

Posted by: SherlockHolmes | January 19, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I don't know if Martha Coakley is an underdog but she seems to me to be an under-performer and an under-schiever. Did she not understand what the stakes are? I picture someone who assumed all she had to do was sit around and wait for the formalities to be over, then assume Teddy's seat. Not good enough!

We need that 60th seat to defeat the Republicans. I hope she wins but then I hope someone ties a leash to her and leads her around adn tells her how to vote. I don't see much in the way of dynamic leadership coming from her. But who knows? Maybe she will surprise all of us. The best surprise will be if she wins.

Posted by: agrossman1 | January 19, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Why the double standard for Democrats? The Republicans had SIX YEARS of total control of all branches of Gov't and what did they do?

I'll tell you.

NOTHING!!!

To all the Mass. voters claiming they're voting for Brown because of proflicate spending by the Democrats: Where were you during the Bush-Cheney years when an 6 trillion was added the national debt?

Lastly, the spending under the Obama administration was primarily to rescue Wall St. (talk about socialism for the rich, huh!), to revive the econonmy with a stimulus package, and to avoid even worse unemployment by rescuing an ailing auto industry (we still do need an industrial base believe it or not).

So, Mass voters, put Brown in the Senate and you'll get more of the same when Bush-Cheney were in power.

Posted by: montana123 | January 19, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

At least Coakley got the dog part right.

As a candidate, she's a dog with fleas.

All the Democrats needed was an average candidate, and they didn't even get that.

You have to admit, it's pretty funny when Patrick Kennedy got up to show his support for his good friend, he didn't even know that it was Martha, not Marcia.

They seem to be taking this campaign a bit too lightly.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 19, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

At least Coakley got the dog part right.

As a candidate, she's a dog with fleas.

All the Democrats needed was an average candidate, and they didn't even get that.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 19, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

Eugene Robinson, in his column said:
"There is no way that a Democratic candidate for the Senate from Massachusetts, running to fill the seat that the late Ted Kennedy held for decades, should have anything but a cakewalk to victory."

This is a typical example of Democratic political arrogance. No election should be a cakewalk for any candidate, whatever party. If it is, then the electorate is behaving in a robotic way. The Kennedys have "owned" Massachusetts long enough. I was surprised that Caroline has not issued a "Kennedy" support statement. She helped hand us Obama. 60% of the people in Massachusetts in a poll said that we would be better off if McCain had been elected. How's that for a "blue" state?

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | January 19, 2010 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Here's to the Party establishment. Way to give us another inside pick who won't run as a progressive Democrat at a time when the safe choices don't work.

Tea Partiers aren't my favorite people, but I have a lot more respect for their willingness to call out the GOP for the same old political tricks than I do for an establishment that can't deliver an active liberal electorate.

My party is stuck in a conciliatory and stodgy political pose while active Conservatives eat our lunch.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | January 18, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse


"Democrats touted a poll by the firm Research 2000 which showed the race tied at 48 percent for each candidate."

And tomorrow night they'll claim a great victory when Coakley loses by only 4%,

Like the president, it's nuanced.

Posted by: WylieD | January 18, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

This puts every other congressional seat into play. Better think before you vote against the will of the people.

Posted by: maxpower99 | January 18, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

For crying out loud, the analogy doesn't work.

In the first movie, ROCKY LOST!!!

Posted by: grunk | January 18, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Underdog, that takes Chutzpah; she is qualified to be a senator.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 18, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Underdog, my rear! "Rocky" theme - so schmaltzy it's nauseating. What did she have going for her? Let's see:

Big Labor spending Big Money on her campaign.
SEIU buying a 685,000$ ad.
Health insurance lobbyists giving mega bucks toward her campaign.
Big Pharma spending $$$$$$$.
Clinton conducting a pep rally.
Long Jacka$$ face Kerry braying in her corner.
Obama flying to her aid on OUR AF jet.

What went against her?
Her past record.
Smear tactics.
Insurance companies, Big Pharma, Big Labor, SEIU, Clinton,Kerry and Obama backing her and HC bill.

Her biggest detriment was Obama. The people do not want this HC monstrosity, but The One will not hear us.When a leader promotes (forces) an agenda in the narcisstic attempt to promote a legacy for himself, and that vain wish overshadows the will of the people, he will fail.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 18, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

The fool Dem... she's the Creed to the other guys Rocky.. She is really stupid. What a bad candidate...Going through life arrogant and stupid is no way to get into the US Senate.. oh wait that is the US Senate..

Posted by: robinhood2 | January 18, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

"The Winfield case began Oct. 13, 2005, after a day when Winfield and his wife were baby sitting their niece, along with their own two children.

That afternoon, when the toddler’s grandmother stopped by to pick her up, she found the toddler crying, and the child refused to walk. After taking the toddler home, the grandmother changed her diaper and noticed what she could only conclude was a severe diaper rash, according to a narrative of the case detailed in court documents.

When the toddler’s mother returned from work, the girl was still crying and in obvious pain. And when the mother changed her diaper, she, too, noted that the area was very red.

By 11 p.m., when the toddler’s mother once again changed her diaper, the redness had become alarming. 'Her genital and anal area was bleeding, and her skin was peeling off,' according to prosecutors.

The next morning, after her condition had worsened, the toddler’s mother took her to a Somerville pediatrician who referred her to Children’s Hospital and notified the Department of Social Services (now the Department of Families and Children), along with Melrose police." Boston Globe

The one-year-old ended up spending a month in a hospital for Children in Boston recovering from burns.

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 18, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I can see no alternative scenario but a huge - staggeringly huge - victory for the FNC/RNC machine tomorrow. They crafted a strategy of total oppositionism to anything Obama proposed a year ago. Remember they gave him zero votes on even the stimulus in his first weeks. They saw health insurance reform as Obama's Waterloo, and, thanks in part to the dithering Democrats, they beat him on that hill. They have successfully channeled all the rage at the massive debt and recession the president inherited on Obama after just one year. If they can do that already, against the massive evidence against them, they have the power to wield populism to destroy any attempt by government to address any actual problems.

This is a nihilist moment, built from a nihilist strategy in order to regain power ... to do nothing but wage war against enemies at home and abroad.

What comes next will be a real test for Obama. I suspect serious health insurance reform is over for yet another generation.


Even if Coakley wins - and my guess is she'll lose by a double digit margin - the bill is dead. The most Obama can hope for is a minimalist alternative that simply mandates that insurance companies accept people with pre-existing conditions and are barred from ejecting patients when they feel like it. That's all he can get now - and even that will be a stretch. The uninsured will even probably vote Republican next time in protest at Obama's failure! That's how blind the rage is.

Ditto any attempt to grapple with climate change. In fact, any legislative moves with this Democratic party and this Republican party are close to hopeless. The Democrats are a clapped out, gut-free lobbyist machine. The Republicans are insane. The system is therefore paralyzed beyond repair.

Yes, I'm gloomy. Not because I was so wedded to this bill, although I think it's a decent enough start. But because if America cannot grapple with its deep and real problems after electing a new president with two majorities, then America's problems are too great for Americans to tackle.

And so one suspects that this is a profound moment in the now accelerating decline of this country. And one of the major parties is ecstatic about it.

Posted by: VTengineer | January 18, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

"Coakely casts self as underdog"

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

Posted by: oracle2world | January 18, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

The campaign against Scott Brown has effectively been ten days long. Ten days is not a long time, but in that time we've learned a lot about Brown.

Scott Brown suggested on television that President Obama was born out of wedlock, then tried to claim that Martha Coakley was making things up when her campaign called attention to it.

Scott Brown voted against aid to 9/11 recovery workers because it was too expensive, at the same time he was trying to fund a golf course in his district and give tax subsidies to corporations.

Scott Brown tried to deny emergency contraception to rape victims. When he was called on it, he tried to deny the truth, then hid behind his daughters.

Scott Brown claimed he didn't know anything about any Tea Parties, even though he'd appeared at their rallies and publicized fundraisers they threw for him.

Scott Brown opposes a fee to get back bailout money from the biggest banks.

Wall Street LOVES Brown. Coakley, not so much- they are scared of her.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | January 18, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Excuses, excuses...Let the electorate of the state decide who they want in Congress!

Posted by: SeniorVet | January 18, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Coakley is connected to the police union and THEY are voting for Scott Brown!

Coakley will bring the healthcare DISASTER to america and EVERYONE will lose their finances because of this POS white trash - VOTE Brown!

Posted by: Sparky15 | January 18, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Some people have not learned the lesson of New Jersey. People listened to Fox "News" types of buffoons and their parrots and went from bad to a million times worse. Now there's a Karl Rove-trained corrupt Bushie who is ready to decimate the state.

In Massachusettes, it is necessary to defeat an anti-health care and anti-choice Taliban-wannabee named Scott Brown. The Newt-types are going to get out the vote. That needs to be outdone. Rev. Bookburn - Radio Volta

Posted by: revbookburn | January 18, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

UNDERDOG? Are U kidding me?

Coakley will be akin to another Attorney General we have in DC, who will probably defend the rights of the terrorists.
She doesn't even know what's going on in Afghanistan! She said the Taliban is no longer there - wasn't Kabul just a target of terrorism? And you actually think Massachusetts American voters will elect her to Senate office???

Posted by: american17 | January 18, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse


Marsha Coakley is not very smart...We don't need any more dummies in office...we already have a few. The moron in the White House is one dummy to many....

Posted by: charko825 | January 18, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Polling Data
Poll Date Sample Brown (R) Coakley (D) Spread
Politico/InAdv 1/17 - 1/17 804 LV 52 43 Brown +9
PJM/CrossTarget (R) 1/17 - 1/17 574 LV 52 42 Brown +10
PPP (D) 1/16 - 1/17 1231 LV 51 46 Brown +5
ARG 1/15 - 1/17 600 LV 52 45 Brown +7
Daily Kos/R2000 1/15 - 1/17 500 LV 48 48 Tie
InsideMedford/MRG 1/15 - 1/15 565 LV 51 41 Brown +10
PJM/CrossTarget (R) 1/14 - 1/14 946 LV 54 39 Brown +15

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 18, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

As a red stater, Brown is hardly a Republican; posing nude would do you in my state

Posted by: houston123 | January 18, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

She is an under-biatch. HAHAHAHAHA.

Posted by: Atenora | January 18, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is pro-choice, but that isn't even good enough for Planned Parenthood

This is what Planned Parenthood wants to teach in their sex education, and this is why Planned Parenthood is supporting Martha Coakley.

"In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.

Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.

Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.

But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action.

It was only after the toddler’s mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery."

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 18, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

FiveThirtyEight is now calling for Brown to win - and sadly, it's probably deserved. Obama had a chance to do something. He could have pushed through Medicare for all but no, it is a heavy-handed, pro-corporate bill that certainly won't be helping me or my family.

He could have stopped mountain top removal, closed Guantanamo, investigated the bush administration and how much they personally profited from the Iraq invasion. He could have put in a stronger Glass Steagal bill and tightened banking regulations. He could have had some of those CEOs that bankrupted America put in jail. He could have put the stimulus money into building light rail or public transportation or take those DOD and DOE scientists and have them work on getting fusion power off the drawing board (no long lived radioisotopes like in fission) instead of their latest death rays or whatever.

Instead Obama has betrayed the activists and core Democrats who supported him and got him elected. No wonder the Dems are not motivated.

Posted by: UNLISTED | January 18, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

The calculus isn't difficult. Since 1952 [58 years] that seat had been in the hands of the Kennedy family. The American electorate, things being equal, prefer change. So in a time of great political unrest and discomfort with all things incumbent, the Mass. Democratic Party selects as its nominee Coakley who was anything but traditional or moderate. This created enough real estate on the political spectrum for the Republicans to market one of their Ken Doll candidates. [Brown is an empty suit-he and John Thune can compete for the Ken Doll Award] If the Demoncats had been astute they would have selected a candidate as far to center or right of center as possible to placate the electorate. But no; hubris, pride and stubborness prevented this intelligent choice. Instead we may be facing loss of health care. This is strictly on the head of Duval Patrick - Obama's chum. As governor and the chief democrat in the state leadership here would have helped. It amazes me that both parties when given the choice between an intelligent decison and the overly prideful one consistently opt for the latter.

Posted by: ALANROBINSON | January 18, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Why does this article not mention the size of the crowds at these events? Were they overflowing? Were they sparsely attended?

I would surmise the latter, because if it were the former we would certainly have been regaled with that fact.

Without this info, this is a poor article.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 18, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse


""This is not how democracy works in Massachusetts," Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said in a statement."

Correct. In Massachusetts, "democracy" works when the Kennedy family decides who holds a senate seat. At least that's the way it worked before 1/19/2010.


Posted by: WylieD | January 18, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I would like the media to investigate how King became a Democrat.
I heard he was in jail and it was brokered by his wife, before his release.
A Kennedy, no less.
This is worthy of HBO.

Posted by: RayOne | January 18, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Amazing that she did not learn anything from Hillary.

Posted by: lhao333 | January 18, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

What rock have the people of Mass been laying under the last eight years to miss the Republicans MESS they put us all in!

The people of Mass. Still don't get it! Don't get the disastrous Republican record of the last eight years belongs to Republicans! President Barack had a MESS dumped in his lap by the "Blew it Bush Administration who dumped a record MESS in his lap and yours! As a registered Voter/Vet USAF, I have to write to the people of Mass and ask them what rock have they been laying under the last eight years! Mass. Still don't get it! Mess we are in is a Republican MESS that took eight years to make can't be changed or cleaned up in one year! These are the facts the Republicans lost 8 Million jobs, left a record/debt/Deficit of $1.5 Trillion dollars, and left all Americans in a MESS, left office with the lowest job approval rating in the history of the United States Presidency 20% this is the Criminal record of Republicans these are the facts, and facts my fellow Americans is what this registered Voter/Vet USAF votes on!

In conclusion, I am asking all my fellow Americans Independents and Democrats to Vote for Martha Coakly who is on your side. Don't go backwards don't vote Republican and don't forget the past/MESS the Republicans put us all in! Go Vote, Democratic, remember we are on your side, President Barack was handed a MESS, remember who handed it to him and to you! Remember the record does matter and the facts do matter, and to this registered Voter, only a fool would ever vote for another Republican my friend especially after the Criminal MESS they have put all in, Vote for Martha, is a Vote to keep America on the right path.

The choice is yours my friends, "I Discovered I Always Have Choices, "And Sometimes Its Only A Choice Of Attitude."
---Abraham Lincoln, Sixteenth President of the United States.

Sincerely, Tommy Birchfield, Voter/Vet USAF,
Graduate Student, Master's Program, Professional Studies,
EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY/CLASS/2010.

Posted by: ztcb41 | January 18, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Everyone agrees that what Kennedy did with Mary Jo was terrible, including Ted. Spending the rest of his life fighting for oppressed workers, and other victims of the predator class, was much more beneficial to society than having us support him in prison. He certainly didn't kill as many innocent people as Bush did.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 18, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

One of the things that bother me about all this is how many people say that this is a bad bill but we can fix it later. Bull, these people are politicians and they won't fix anything. Once the get thier wallets padded they will forget us as always. For once I'd like to see them pass a good bill. If the bill is bad don't pass it and anyone who thinks they can trust a politician is an idiot. They will only do what we make them do. For the past 8 years they have been spoon fed by special interst groups and this admministration is every bit as bad or worse.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | January 18, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

One of the things that bother me about all this is how many people say that this is a bad bill but we can fix it later. Bull, these people are politicians and they won't fix anything. Once the get thier wallets padded they will forget us as always. For once I'd like to see them pass a good bill. If the bill is bad don't pass it and anyone who thinks they can trust a politician is an idiot. They will only do what we make them do. For the past 8 years they have been spoon fed by special interst groups and this admministration is every bit as bad or worse.

Posted by: Hopinghere2 | January 18, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Coakley should drown someone. Then she may get elected.

Posted by: txengr | January 18, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

The tea party movement is just a bunch of half baked loudmouths, who just want someone to reinforce their prejudices and easy "solutions" (Because deep inside they KNOW THEY'RE WRONG!). They're egomaniacs with inferiority complexes, who are playing right into the hands of the robber barons. If they win, we'll all continue the spiral downward that Reagan put us on 20 years ago.
"Where are the jobs?" Reagan talked you into sending to foreign sweat shops.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 18, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Underdog? Rocky? Give me a break. Up by 31 points two months ago, and with a massive political machine in largely a one-party state backing her, and Coakley is now behind. Some underdog. What next?


Here's my prediction: Coakley loses badly, but then declares that we're all actually living in the Matrix, which for its own nefarious purposes engineered a Brown win, and if everyone would just wake up and fight back, Brown would disappear and everyone could live freely again with her as their savior.

The nice thing about Hollywood is that it gives us a movie that's the "perfect" analogy for any situation. Sheesh!

Posted by: blert | January 18, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

underdog? she was up by 30 at one point. memo to ms. coakley: you're a dud, yes, but more importantly, people don't like obama. deal with it..

Posted by: wewintheylose | January 18, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

John Kerry looks like Lurch.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope Brown has poll watchers to make sure the voting machines are sealed after the polls close.
I don't trust Coakley, Obama, ACORN, SEIU, and the DNC's political machine, if the vote is close with Brown barely ahead, they will steel the election. Just like they did in the Minnesota senate race. All the votes found days later were for Al Franken.

When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty. President Thomas Jefferson

http://www.breitbart.tv/massachusetts-miracle-video-sets-stakes-for-tuesdays-election/

Posted by: runmon | January 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

She looks like a major biatch.

Posted by: Atenora | January 18, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

No, democracy in Mass is the same as in Chicago. Vote the cemetaries. Than the convicts!!!!

Posted by: jorho4453 | January 18, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

""I'm no stranger to hard-fought campaigns, but what we've seen in the past few days is way over the line and reminiscent of the dangerous atmosphere of Sarah Palin's 2008 campaign rallies. This is not how democracy works in Massachusetts," Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) said in a statement."

What a load of crap. There was nothing at any Sarah Palin rally that you did not see at an Obama rally.

John Kerry is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with liberal Democrats. He should do his party a service and shut his mouth. Personally, I hope that he keeps pounding more nails into that coffin.

Posted by: bobmoses | January 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm so glad November will be coming tomorrow...

Posted by: civilemik | January 18, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

So Kerry is all in a lather over and agitated electorate? Maybe he and Obama and the Dems need a reality check to understand just how infuriated most Americans are! They chose to disparage the tea party movement. I have news for them, that was a ground swell of grass roots opposition to to what Obama and the Dems are doing. The Dems have made an enormous tactical mistake by pushing ahead with a left wing agenda and they are beginning to pay the price. Tomorrow is the beginning of the end of the Obama presidency. A Republican Senator from Massachussetts...imagine that?!

Posted by: physicianexec | January 18, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Coakley just tried that say that Curt Schilling is a Yankees fan on national radio.

She's going to be torn apart in Boston - pretty sure most Bostonians are bigger Red Sox fans than they are Democrat fans.

Posted by: wickedpheonix | January 18, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Now this is funny! The candidate who has the entire political machine working for her considers herself an underdog?

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 18, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Wouldn't a latter day Mike Tyson be more like it?

Posted by: buckdharma | January 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Teddy is spinning in his crypt. What an incompetently run campaign, complete with unprepared, tone-deaf, take-it-for-granted candidate. At this point, she does not deserve to win.

Posted by: axolotl | January 18, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

heres a better theme for Croakley to croak by:

House Dems STILL voting for ObamaCare

AFTER the Massachusetts Massacre

here is your new anthem for November 2010

White Flag

I will go down with this ship
and I won’t put my hands up in surrender
there will be no white flag above my door...

I know I left too much mess and destruction
to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
and I understand if you can’t talk to me again

and if you live by the rules of “its over”
then I am sure that that makes sense

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_6B_QcDGGc&feature=related

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 18, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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