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  •  So did The Machine help or not? (1+ / 0-)
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    Perhaps it's not really as big of an issue as it seems, since OFA/DNC did step in and provide assistance. Still, from all the tea leaves I was reading last year, I found it hard to believe the Boston Machine folks lifted any fingers for Coakley (except for perhaps the middle one).

    •  I know Coakley had an adaquate GOTV opperation (0+ / 0-)

      it's certainly possible that some cogs of the boston "machine" that had supported Capuono weren't the most enthusiastic participants in said GOTV operation, but the conspiracy theories that Mayor Menio decided to torpedo Coakley's campaign because he didn't think he could control her are bullshit.

      •  My understanding was that they (0+ / 0-)

        Sat on their hands believing it would be easy to defeat Brown with one of their own at a later date.

        •  And I don't think that's true (1+ / 0-)
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          I think there's some merit to the idea that people who back Capuono weren't the most enthusiastic in their support for Coackly, but they did get out there and support her. They may not have been huge Coakley fans, but they were democrats who I truly believe actually cared about seeing HCR passed, and did not want to send the message that democrats were weak in Massachusetts.. The "machine killed Coakley" meme made for a sexy story, but it just doesn't make any sense. It wouldn't be in the self interests of the players involved.

    •  The "machine" is a non-issue (1+ / 0-)
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      There's no "machine" in 21st century America that can move numbers like that against a candidate of the favored party in a virtual one-party state like Massachusetts.

      Coakley lost because she ran a bad campaign.  Specifically, she was lazy and took victory for granted until it was too late.  It's really as simple as that.  In Massachusetts in most elections in most years, a Democrat can get away with that and win, usually comfortably.  But not a Democrat in 2010.

      43, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and a boy, Democrat, VA-10

      by DCCyclone on Thu Jun 02, 2011 at 06:42:01 PM PDT

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