Coakley associate to Weekly Standard: Hey, sorry about that shove

posted at 5:21 pm on January 13, 2010 by Allahpundit

Anatomy of a spin job gone bad. First, McCormack gets shoved — on video, with a photo showing Coakley standing right there. The Democrats’ Senate campaign arm then issues a statement calling it, surreally, some sort of Republican “dirty trick.” The AP duly answers the call of the home team by putting out a whitewashed account of what happened, insisting that McCormack merely stumbled before being helped to his feet by the kindly Democrat looming over him. Then it’s Coakley’s turn to insist that she’s “not privy to the facts” of what happened despite the photo showing her looking right at McCormack as he hit the ground.

Finally, inevitably, with all spin angles crushed by the documentary evidence, the obligatory apology is issued.

Last evening I was a little too aggressive in the confusion of trying to help the Attorney General get to her car and catch a flight.

I clearly did not intend to cause John McCormack to trip and fall over that low fence. As the video shows and he confirms in his blog, I stopped to help him up and make sure he was OK.

I talked with Mr. McCormack this afternoon and apologized for my part.

Here’s McCormack’s brief account of their chat. Good enough to save Meehan’s job with the Obama administration, presumably. If you’re starved for an exit question, Time’s got you covered. I’ll just leave you with this.

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Option 1 – Drag him into an alley and beat the crap out of him

Option 2 – Arrest him; convict him; imprison him

If neither of the above is done, we get more like 1932 Germany or 1917 Russia

Janos Hunyadi on January 13, 2010 at 9:55 PM

An army of Davids tripping this POS on the sidewalk in the weeks to come, followed by the obligatory “can I help you up?” would sink in after a while I should think. (Not that I’m condoning it…) The guy would also never know when the next ‘re-enactment’ was going to happen.

Of course he could always retreat to the safety of a limo and his favorite bodyguard(s), but he could also end the stalemate by turning himself in for assault.

RD on January 14, 2010 at 2:13 AM

Of course he could always retreat to the safety of a limo and his favorite bodyguard(s), but he could also end the stalemate by turning himself in for assault…

And issue a full mea culpa admitting to his role in trying to mislead the public initially.

RD on January 14, 2010 at 2:15 AM

Michael Meehan currently serves as President of Blue Line Strategic Communications and as Senior Vice President at Virilion, Inc, a digital media company.

Remember these two companys in case you ever find yourself in a position to Not Do Work with them.

ronnyraygun on January 14, 2010 at 10:04 AM

Martha Coakley must have really caught hell for this. At least they eventually offered an apology, but I “strongly disapprove” of this thuggery from the Dems.

alliebobbitt on January 14, 2010 at 10:12 AM

When you’re a Democrat, any lie will do.

SKYFOX on January 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

And when did a weak apology become a defense for assault?

SKYFOX on January 14, 2010 at 11:00 AM


rjoco1 on January 14, 2010 at 2:31 PM