Really, I thought the Democrats had hit bottom with John Kerry in 2004, but that was until I’d discovered Martha Coakley, heir to Democratic nominee for Ted Kennedy’s throne the US Senate from Massachusetts. Let’s review, shall we?
- Act as if the seat is already yours? Check.
- Claim that the terrorists have all left Afghanistan days after a terrorist kills several CIA agents… in Afghanistan? Check.
- Refuse to meet the voters and insult a beloved state landmark? Check.
- Tell Catholics they shouldn’t work in emergency rooms because of their religion? In a heavily Catholic state? Check.
And, for the cherry on the sundae, trust your advertising to allies who think it’s a great idea to attack your opponent as a lackey of Wall Street in an ad using an image of the World Trade Center as the background.
I really thought Scott Brown had no chance, and Coakley may still win the election, but she may be accomplishing what was once thought to be impossible: handing a Senate seat –the one held by Ted Kennedy, no less– to a Republican in Deep Blue Massachusetts, which in turn would spell almost certain death for Kennedy’s beloved nationalized health care.
Is it possible she’s a deep-cover agent for Karl Rove? Or is she really this miserable a candidate?
ADDENDUM: Speaking of Kerry, the Democrats missed a chance in 2008 to surpass his ineptitude by failing to nominate his 2004 running-mate, John Edwards. I guarantee you, he would have been a total train wreck.
UPDATE: The hits keep coming: Rip off a corporate trademark and earn yourself a cease and desist letter? And you’re the state’s chief law-enforcement officer? Check.