Coakley misspells name of state she wants to represent

posted at 11:30 am on January 12, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This is just too good to add as an update to my earlier Coakley post.  Via Jammie Wearing Fool, MassLive pays attention to that disclaimer message at the end of a Martha Coakley ad, and notices a Dan Quayle moment:

On the heels of last night’s final debate between Martha Coakley, Scott Brown and Joseph L. Kennedy, Coakley released a new ad attacking Scott Brown — an aggressive turn that many observers have thought was long overdue.

However the ad’s message might get lost by a spelling gaffe that appears in the ad’s closing seconds. In the fine print appearing at the bottom of the screen, the ad reads:

Paid for by Massachusettes Democratic Party and Authorized by Martha Coakley for Senate. Approved by Martha Coakley.

Close observers will notice that there is an extra ‘E’ tacked onto the end of ‘Massachusetts. It’s a trivial oversight, for sure, but you can bet that the jokes and jabs the typo will inspire will blunt at least some of the impact of the ad.

Here’s the screenshot:

And just to make clear, this came from Coakley’s own YouTube channel — see upper right of this screencap:

Maybe Coakley ought to know how to spell her state’s name before asking voters there to send her to Washington to represent them.  At the very least, it’s an answer to Democratic zingers about Dan Quayle, who managed to spell Indiana correctly even if misspelling potato on an infamous occasion.

Update: Coakley has pulled the video — which makes the screen-cap all that more valuable.

Update II: Ha!  Fixed my own misspelling.  Well, I guess I can abandon my bid for the Senate seat from the state of Very.


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Hopefully she accidentally tells her supporters to get out and vote next Wednesday.

Doughboy on January 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

It’s not a potatoe moment because there, the Government School Teacher provided the spelling, which the Vice President dutifully read. Here we are seeing stupidity in its native form.

jeff_from_mpls on January 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Steve Schmidt’s super-bad campaign skills strike again!

Holger on January 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I’ve always figured it was massive-two-shitz anyway…

E L Frederick (Sniper One) on January 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM

A liberal edumacation on display. Outcome based spelling, maybe?

AubieJon on January 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Spelling is hard.

fourdeucer on January 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Hehehehe. Can she add and subtract better than a 5th grader?

ladyingray on January 12, 2010 at 11:34 AM

Preserved in digital amber forever….

First rule for politicians – hire several of the most detail-oriented, anal-retentive people you can get to cross-check *every* *single* *thing* to be released by the campaign for accuracy.

Mew

acat on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I pray that MA shocks the world! Elect Scott Brown!

VegasRick on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I thought it was spelled Massatoosets? I mean that’s how Dear Leader says it.

TXUS on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

Massachusettes – Must be one of the other 57 states. I wonder what the post office abbreviation will be for this state?

CBP on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

At the vert least, it’s an answer to Democratic zingers about Dan Quayle, who managed to spell Indiana correctly even if misspelling potato on an infamous occasion.

Speaking of spelling errors, I do not belive that “vert” is how you spell “very”. Just sayin….

glennbo on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I believe we have another GRIM MILESTONE in this race.

jeff_from_mpls on January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

We might not be able to afford a Republican, but we sure can buy an extra vowel!

unclesmrgol on January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Could be an attempt to get free media air time for the ad. But if so, I think it will backfire. I’d say the two minimum qualification for a U.S. Senator should be:

1) Spell the name of your state correctly
2) Read legislation before voting on it

hawksruleva on January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

My Pet Coakley.

Stupid.

jeff_from_mpls on January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

Down the memory hole…PSYCH.

PWN3D.

Good Lt on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Bron needs to re run the last seconds of the ad 24/7 between now an 1/19 and then have some off the street voters spell it properly for her.

PatriotRider on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Under educatated voters understand

steviedfromnc on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

If this had happened on a Brown commercial the libs would be blaming Palin.

farright on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Well, hey, if “Cow-lee-foo-nee-yah” can elect a guy who can’t pronounce the name of the state as Governor, why should “Massachusettes” have a problem with this?

VanPalin on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Hiiiii!My name is Martha Cokely errCooky! *damn* Croaky! umm…

theTarCzar on January 12, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Perhaps it’s a lounge act of do-wop drag queens for Coakley: the Massachussettes!

RedRedRice on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Delete the screen cap from here and put it on eBay and give the proceeds to the Brown campaign.

jeff_from_mpls on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Steve Schmidt’s super-bad campaign skills strike again!

Holger on January 12, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Ohh… It’s nice to see that someone gave Steve Schmidt another chance, but since he’s screwing up Coakley’s campaign, perhaps he should consider a career change. I heard there’s some opening at McDonalds for burger flippers

Illinidiva on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

so what did I do, mis-spell Brown….DOH!!

PatriotRider on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I thought it was spelled Massatoosets? I mean that’s how Dear Leader says it.

TXUS on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I think the proper spelling is Massataxits.

Oldnuke on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

It’s back up again, corrected.

paul1149 on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

and…all the terrorists have left Afghanistan.

She’s as Kennedy as the Kennedys themselves.

Hening on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

At the vert least, it’s an answer to Democratic zingers about Dan Quayle, who managed to spell Indiana correctly even if misspelling potato on an infamous occasion.

Ed, maybe you can buy a vowel from Coakley. It might be the wrong vowel, but it gets you partway there….

unclesmrgol on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Massachusettes – Must be one of the other 57 states. I wonder what the post office abbreviation will be for this state?
CBP on January 12, 2010 at 11:35 AM

I don’t know. But it’s probably getting Stimulus money.
Perfekt.

kingsjester on January 12, 2010 at 11:38 AM

We Massachusettesians can afford Coakley???

Rovin on January 12, 2010 at 11:39 AM

At the vert least

Et tu Brutte

MarkTheGreat on January 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

the word “Massachusetts” was removed from the dictionary and “Massachusettes” replaced it. The video has been removed and all instances of “Massachusetts” in all available literature shall be seized, thrown in the memory hole and, summarily rewritten with the new correct spelling “Massachusettes” approved by the Ministry of Truth

ted c on January 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

I guess it was cheaper the buy a vowel then the buy an apostrophe

Electrongod on January 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Next: “I am against all nucular weapons, but only for our country”

jeff_from_mpls on January 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

hukd on foniks wurkd fer mi.

lorien1973 on January 12, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Nah. It’s just a 17th-century spelling. She’s showing how traditional she is … Yeah, that’s the ticket: “traditional.”

irishspy on January 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

“-ettes”: it’s the feministne form.

Barnestormer on January 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

can she talk any better than that other Kennedyian named Caroline with lotsa ummms uhhhs and other incorrect word spellings?

ted c on January 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Hopefully she accidentally tells her supporters to get out and vote next Wednesday.

Doughboy on January 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

Leading off the top of the first inning with a home run.

Touch them all and wave to the fans, DB

Jerome Horwitz on January 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Coakley Loves Amerycuh.

portlandon on January 12, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Of course spelling is one of the least of the problems with Coakley, but in this atmosphere of sound bite city, it will count as weight on an already burdened campaign.

Who knows, ironically, it could be the nail in her political coffin. We can hope!

donh525 on January 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Over the past week I have seen more and more Coakley ads. She’s definitely an empty suit. Absolutely no “stage presence” as a politician, which isn’t surprising as she was a longtime DA.

Del Dolemonte on January 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Oops, that should read longtime AG.

Del Dolemonte on January 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

At the vert least, it’s an answer to Democratic zingers about Dan Quayle, who managed to spell Indiana correctly even if misspelling potato on an infamous occasion.

At the “very” least Ed.

D’oh!

russcote on January 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Man!
This race is just getting more and more entertaining!
*grabs a mug of Earl Grey , some oreos, and kicksback to watch the show*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 12, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Poor spelling is nothing I would ever hold against anyone. I misspell words all the time (just read some of my old posts). It’s her math and every other liberals math that bothers me. Their numbers only add up in some liberal perpendicular universe.

Tommy_G on January 12, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I always thought it was spelled TAXachusetts

brandozilla on January 12, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Years ago we were on holiday with the cousins in Northern Ireland, and some of the American branch of the family were there too. A whole bunch of us were in a car one night and got stopped by the police. They asked us all our names and where we were from. The Irish cousins said they were from down the road, my brother and I said we were from England, then my uncle, who’s from Attleboro, Mass, said he was from Massachusetts. The policeman said “Where?” and he repeated it. The officer asked him to spell it, and he spelled out Massachusetts faster than I ever heard anyone spell anything. Obviously the officer couldn’t understand and asked him to spell it again. My uncle spelled it out a couple more times equally fast, just to wind up the officer up. After the officer asked him to spell it for the third or fourth time my uncle replied “Boston.”

You had to be there…

EnglishMike on January 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

With only seven days to go, think of the wasted resources that this mistake has caused. Somebody had to be pulled from their current tasks to pull this ad, fix it, and get it back up. If it was only on youtube, maybe not a lot of effort. But be sure that extra time is now spent on checking other ads, plus the a##-chewing that somebody got is sure to make the workers a little jumpy.

CBP on January 12, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Scott BrownMartha Coakley just Mary Jo’d Teddy’s Legacy.

Holger on January 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I can’t remember if she said this at the end or not but
Did she approve this message if not it’s ok they spelled Massachusettes wrong? because she didn’t appove it.

Brat4life on January 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Huked on Fonicks werked fer mee!

NavyspyII on January 12, 2010 at 11:48 AM

appove

approve

Brat4life on January 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM

she’s a Dem, that means a lifetime pass on being a doofus butt.

kirkill on January 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM

more SMART Power!!!11!!!eleventy

jukin on January 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Maybe she should change her goal completely, and offer to run GE, or LG, or 3M.

RBMN on January 12, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Dan Quayle and Gerald Ford all in 12 Hours…that’s bi-partisanship!!

PatriotRider on January 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM


Hopefully she accidentally tells her Scott Brown’s supporters to get out and vote next Wednesday.

Doughboy on January 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

fify!!!

Sweet_Thang on January 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Even if Coakley does win this seat, she will have to watch her every step, word and action. Whatever happens, she’ll be compared to what might have happened if Brown were in her place. She will be, to put it mildly, on the hot seat every moment of every day she holds office. Not an enviable position.

jeanie on January 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Coakly….a victim of her own liberal agenda education system, or just another, in a long slew of liberal loons, not caring about the state, or it’s people, but just wanting the position of power?

God help us all, if this type of person keeps getting elected into high offices. UGH!!!

capejasmine on January 12, 2010 at 11:51 AM

She thinks terrorists no longer reside in Afghanistan, and she can’t spell her own state. She qualifies for a Czar position in Obama’s administration.

jediwebdude on January 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Hopefully she accidentally tells her Scott Brown’s supporters to get out and vote next Wednesday Tuesday.

Doughboy on January 12, 2010 at 11:32 AM

sorry Doughboy, a rush to judgment!

Sweet_Thang on January 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

You can’t spell “Kennedy’s seat” without some E’s!

SouthernGent on January 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

It’s the young female version of the state.

Daggett on January 12, 2010 at 11:53 AM

She qualifies for a Czar position in Obama’s administration.

jediwebdude on January 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Depends if she didn’t pay her taxes or did.

Holger on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

That’s freaking hilarious.

Saw Brown’s response – very well done

gophergirl on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Earlier today, the headline to this story was that Scott Brown went negative with his advertising:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/brown_releases.html

Now they’ve changed the headline. Change?

Vincenzo on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Kennedy drowned a lady; so paint me skeptical as to whether a misspelled word will cause someone to lose an election in Massachusetts.

Dire Straits on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

It’s funny how candidates start fumbling on little things just before they lose a race.

John the Libertarian on January 12, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Spelling is are hard.

fourdeucer on January 12, 2010

Crusader Rabbit on January 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Paid for by Massachusettes Democratic Party and Authorized by Martha Coakley for Senate. Approved by Martha Coakley.

It truly is less the extra “e” that makes this killer but the fact that her name appears twice after authorizing and approving the ad!

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Why isn’t this on Drudge?

tetriskid on January 12, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Martha Croakley wants one of the Senate settes from Massachusettes.

If she loses the election, her consolation prize will be Webster’s Dickshunary.

Steve Z on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Join me in encouraging everyone you know to vote for Martha Coakley to be the next Senator from ‘Massachusettes’.

Once certified by the ‘Massachusettes’ Secretary of State, Coakley can then travel to ‘Washingten’, DC to take her seat.

I’ll be happy to give her ‘mapquist’ directions.

OT: My fifth grade English teacher was a fanatic about spelling. If you misspelt a single word on anything you passed in she would give you detention (at which she would waterboard you, then put you on the rack, used thumbscrews and put bamboo shoots under your fingernails until you could spell “vacuum” correctly). She told us that people judge you by your mastery of the English language.

She was exactly correct.

turfmann on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Kennedy drowned a lady; so paint me skeptical as to whether a misspelled word will cause someone to lose an election in Massachusetts.

Dire Straits on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM

Coakley isn’t a Kennedy.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

At the vert least

LOL. What an horrible time to make a spelling error Ed.

crr6 on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Brown’s supporters should show up at each and every Coakley event waving giant “E”s in the crowd.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Maybe we’re supposed to pronounce the last E,

Massachusetteez, like Mephistopheles.

Steve Z on January 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

But the deliciousness continues!

Coakley uses a comment from The Lowell Sun to criticise Brown in the ad.

Today, the Lowell Sun just endorsed Senator Brown. Wonder what that does to her little attack piece? :)

Roxeanne de Luca on January 12, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Mah-tha ain’t related to JFK. No magic mojo for her. Plus she reminds everyone of your 6th grade teacher who hated kids.

Little Boomer on January 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

How can anyone expect Coakley to know how to spell her own state? Her servants have always filled out her forms and mail for her.

pearson on January 12, 2010 at 12:02 PM

Brown = Tea Party;
Coakley = “e” party!.

ChrisB on January 12, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Maybe Coakley ought to know how to spell her state’s name before asking voters there to send her to Washington to represent them.

Cute, but does anyone actually think that’s her spelling mistake? It’s not quite a Dan Quayle moment.

YYZ on January 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

She doesn’t need to read or learn to spell, its not like she’ll be reading the bills she’s voting on anyway. If Obama says to vote for it, she will. So why does she need to bother with such pithy skills?

Defector01 on January 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

God that woman is dumb hey at least proofread the ad before sending it out loser.

bessex on January 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM

We might not be able to afford a Republican, but we sure can buy an extra vowel!

unclesmrgol on January 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM

THREADWINNER!

alliebobbitt on January 12, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Kennedy drowned a lady; so paint me skeptical as to whether a misspelled word will cause someone to lose an election in Massachusetts.

Dire Straits on January 12, 2010 at 11:54 AM
Coakley isn’t a Kennedy.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

By the way the Media is caring on you could have fooled me.

Dire Straits on January 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Barry: “Massachusetts Democratic Party, spelling stupidly.”

ChrisB on January 12, 2010 at 12:06 PM

Update: The video is back up with correct spelling.
http://www.youtube.com/user/MarthaCoakley#p/u/0/TR7KnfS1Iic

GW_SS-Delta on January 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Bunch of morans.

BobMbx on January 12, 2010 at 12:07 PM

Coakley isn’t a Kennedy.

highhopes on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

But it’s their seat…..

BobMbx on January 12, 2010 at 12:08 PM

turfmann on January 12, 2010 at 11:59 AM

`
I’ll have to use that line on my kids. I’m always telling them “When I was your age….” stories. This is just a story right? I mean, it reminds me an awful lot of my 7th grade English teacher.

CBP on January 12, 2010 at 12:09 PM

During 1988 DNC convention, the NEdA offered bus rides. On the side of the bus read “Free Rides to the Capital.”

davidk on January 12, 2010 at 12:13 PM

B+

Track-A-'Crat on January 12, 2010 at 12:15 PM

At the vert least, it’s an answer to Democratic zingers about Dan Quayle, who managed to spell Indiana correctly even if misspelling potato on an infamous occasion.

Except, Potatoe is an acceptable derivative of potato. The press was too stupid to know that.

Tim Burton on January 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I find it interesting that the word Republican is red like it’s an evil word or something. I guess in Massachusetts that usually is an evil word.

MobileVideoEngineer on January 12, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Cute, but does anyone actually think that’s her spelling mistake? It’s not quite a Dan Quayle moment.

YYZ on January 12, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Quayle’s “mistake” was from a flash card the judges (of a spelling bee) gave him.

The child spelled “potato” without the “e.” Quayle said it was wrong because the card had the (acceptable) alternate spelling “potatoe.”

davidk on January 12, 2010 at 12:18 PM

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