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  •  Alot of Portuguese in MA (4+ / 0-)

    And of course Irish.  I can't speak for Irish but I can speak for Portuguese.  They tend to be male chauvinist.   A woman's place is in the kitchen and all that.   Portuguese people are progressive in many ways but in that respect we're still in the stone ages.

    This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

    by DisNoir36 on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 06:55:20 AM PDT

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    •  didn't stop (4+ / 0-)

      Martha Coakley and Suzanne Bump from being elected.

      Living in Kyoto-06 (Japan), voting in RI-01, went to college in IL-01.

      by sapelcovits on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:10:43 AM PDT

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      •  Yeah, I mean, I can understand (4+ / 0-)

        how it appears to be this way, but however much sexism or an antiquated mentality held women back, things like incumbency certainly played a big role. Let's consider that for decades, Ted Kennedy had one of the Senate seats. That's one person who just wasn't being challenged. Nor was Kerry, who had been in there since the 1980s.

        "The election of Mitt Romney and a supporting congress this November would be a...disaster for America. Think of the trainwreck that has been the Conservative government in Britain since 2010. And square it."--Brad DeLong

        by bjssp on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 07:23:19 AM PDT

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      •  Coakley is actually very polular: as AG, but (1+ / 0-)
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        somehow Senator was too much for some voters (it seems that Governor is too).  It is true that there were other factors:
        - Coakley ran a poor campaign (taking a vacation after the primaries in such a short race was a killer)
        - The Democrats (state and national) bungled the race until it was too late
        - There was a lot of anger at incumbents because of the economic crash and Coakley represented the incumbent (Democrat) while Brown cast himself as the outsider
        - Turnout: the scheduling in the winter ended up with a pretty decent turnout at 2.25 million, but the Democratic voters did not show up at the rates that Coakley needed

        Yet, I think if it had been AG Michael Coakley against Brown, Coakley might have still won.

        The good news is that Warren has run a great grassroots campaign (even if her ads have been weak), shown that she will work hard and deal with the issues, is an outsider as she never has been in elected office (who's the incumbent that people can be angry at now?), the gender gap (Coakley only won among women by 53-46%, whereas recent polls have Warren at 15-20% advantage among women - thanks to the War on Women - TM), and finally the turnout will be at least 3 million (perhaps as high as 3.3 million) which will help tremendously.

        Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

        by DefendOurConstitution on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 09:47:17 AM PDT

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