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  •  That's not what happened. (1+ / 0-)
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    stagemom

    Sorry, I don't usually jump all over people, but this does not at all explain what happened in 2010.  None of the factors you mention were relevant.

    Martha Coakley was simply a terrible candidate who ran a terrible campaign, barely actually campaigning at all.  It was a special off-year election with nothing else on the ballot to spur voter turnout.   So Democratic turnout was terrible.

    Brown didn't win  - we lost by nominating Coakley, who should be banned by the Demcoratic Party from ever running for any office ever again.

    •  Fair point (0+ / 0-)

      The horrible campaign run by Coakley was by the far biggest factor in Brown's win. But I think the others did contribute.

      •  Not just Coakley (1+ / 0-)
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        Yes, she ran a terrible campaign, but she has been a great AG for Massachusetts.  She should keep running for that seat as long as she wants it.

        Coakley never really got the full support of the state party - most of them wanted Mike Capuano and sat on their hands.  It still boggles my mind that with a 60 vote supermajority on the line, the DNC and DSCC didn't pay attention to the race until 2 weeks before the election.  They figured MA would never put a republican in Ted Kennedy's seat.  They learned the hard way not to take MA for granted.

        One thing that also worked in Brown's favor - weather.  Kennedy died in late August, after the Tea Party spent all summer shouting down Obama's healthcare plan.  The special election was held in January, it was gawd-awful cold, and the teahadists were approaching their zenith.  The timing of this special election is much better, with the primary April 30 and the election in June.  

        Don't be humble. You're not that great. - Golda Meir

        by MKDanaher on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 02:39:48 PM PST

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      •  The factors you cite (0+ / 0-)

        may explain why wealthy Repbulicans nationwide supported Brown, if that's what you're saying.  But this is an overwhelmingly Democratiic state.  All we had to do was run a decent candiate who would inspire the masses to turn out and vote for a worthy successor to Ted Kennedy.

        I'm fairly sure the Coakley campaign didn't even print bumper stickers.  I certainly never saw one.

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