Coakley’s death-penalty flip-flop … flip

posted at 3:35 pm on January 13, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Call it the John Kerry two-step, with an extra 180-degree turn.  Recalling the infamous “I was for the $87 billion before I was against it” flip-flop, the Boston Globe’s Scot Lehigh calls out Martha Coakley for not one but two flip-flops on the death penalty:

LAST OCTOBER, I sat down with Martha Coakley to talk about the issues. … When the topic turned to the death penalty, Coakley, who had once favored capital punishment for cop killers and murderers who slay again while in prison, said she was now against it in any circumstance. She contrasted her stand with that of [primary opponent Michael] Capuano, who in 2001 had voted for federal anti-terrorism legislation that included capital punishment for terrorists who bomb public areas or government buildings.

“So if you are Mike Capuano, don’t say you are against the death penalty. You have carved out an exception,’’ she said. “He has now voted in favor of the death penalty for terrorism. It is also an example of, if you are principled, you are against the death penalty.’’

Well, that’s a big if, as Lehigh discovered during the debate on Monday evening.  Coakley got asked whether she would support a death-penalty sentence for Osama bin Laden or Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and suddenly Coakley began parsing:

“He will get the death penalty if he is found guilty,’’ she said. Brown then asked whether she agreed that he should get the death penalty. “Yes, because that is what the federal law says right now,’’ Coakley replied.

When Brown noted that she had come out strongly against the death penalty, Coakley said she didn’t support it personally and wouldn’t vote for it. Still, she said, US Attorney General Eric Holder had decided to try Khalid Shaikh Mohammed in federal court and “it’s their decision to make.’’ If found guilty, “he will face the death penalty,’’ she concluded. “That’s what the law of the land is and I would support the law of the land, even though I disagree with it personally.’’

So: When trying to fend off a liberal primary rival, Coakley said she was against the death penalty for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and criticized Capuano for supporting legislation that included capital punishment for terrorists. But now, running a general election race against the more conservative Brown, she’s finessing what she once cited as a principled position.

Like Lehigh, I generally oppose the death penalty for criminal trials.  However, I make a big distinction between people tried for criminal acts and foreign terrorists committing acts of war.  The latter don’t belong in criminal courts for a number of reasons, and if found determined to have conducted such attacks as unlawful combatants, should suffer the penalty of that class under the rules of war — execution.  In fact, there shouldn’t be any other option.  They chose to be terrorists, attack civilians for their political/ideological/theocratic motivations, and the US should stick to the well-established practices of war in dealing with them.

Actually, Coakley could easily have answered the question in that manner, which would have gotten her off the hook on the death-penalty issue, at least somewhat.  But she couldn’t do that without criticizing Barack Obama and Eric Holder, who have decided to use the criminal courts instead — for the first time ever with terrorists captured abroad by military or intelligence personnel.  Instead, she did a double Kerry, only while attempting (as Kerry also did) to parse her words so carefully that everyone understood her to be less than honest about them.

Meanwhile, EJ Dionne thinks that the national GOP involvement will be an albatross for Scott Brown:

Here’s the paradox of the Massachusetts Senate race that everyone is now watching: Republican Scott Brown was doing an excellent job without the national attention. The fact that the race has been nationalized may be the best thing that happened to Democrat Martha Coakley — even if all the news has suggested that she is weaker than expected.

Brown was running well as an insurgent who was somewhat disconnected from the national Republican Party. Conservatives, Republicans and tea-party types were already mobilized to vote next Tuesday. Democrats were asleep. All the national attention to the race now gives Democrats a reason to vote. Brown does better as an independent-minded outsider than as someone who is now recast as part of Washington’s partisan battles. He is trying gamely to preserve his independent image, but that has become harder, and the Democrats’ advertising is aimed at tying him into the Washington Republican Establishment.

I’d say that the risk was there for that kind of reaction.  But has it actually arisen?  The polls tell a different story, at least thus far.  In fact, it’s worth noting that Brown’s sudden gains in polling — and Coakley’s abrupt decline — came after the national effort to support Brown, not before it.  That’s not to say that there won’t be a backlash as we get closer to the election, but it certainly hasn’t materialized yet.

Democrats in Massachusetts appear demoralized, independents are fleeing, and it’s the GOP that has the energy at the moment.  The fact that the DSCC, the state Democratic Party, and the unions have to dump an aggregate of over a million dollars into the campaign in the final week — money they won’t easily recoup — speaks to the notion that Democrats “have a reason to vote.”

The DSCC is buying ads in Boston, a town the Democrats own.  Would they be spending that money if they already thought Democrats have been given a reason to vote?


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Brown by 4.5

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Does every Democrat from Massachusetts do this?

And Republicans … remember Romney?

…sigh…there must be something in the water.

Ace ODale on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Delicious. Please keep bringing these threads on.

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

She flopped like a reporter near one of her henchmen.

LibTired on January 13, 2010 at 3:38 PM

And Oceania has never been at war with Eastasia, Winston.

Seven Percent Solution on January 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

What Can Brown do for U … S … A?

Save it from socialism.

fogw on January 13, 2010 at 3:39 PM

When Brown noted that she had come out strongly against the death penalty, Coakley said she didn’t support it personally and wouldn’t vote for it.

So essentially Coakley believes in her heart that KSM shouldn’t be executed for what he’s done. Yeah, that’s exactly the kind of person I want making national security decisions in the Senate.

Doughboy on January 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

I just opened a box of Flutie Flakes…

mjbrooks3 on January 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

She didn’t exactly flip-flop – she was against it and still is.

Phoenician on January 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Erick Erickson says the DCCC is launching an ad buy for Coakley. Yes, you read that right: the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. You know, the organization that spend money on HOUSE races.

This is pure panic time for the Democrats. They know that a Brown win means the end of health care reform and an enormous black eye for the Obama legacy. They will pull out all the stop between now and Tuesday … and beyond if required. They are so close to the pinnacle of socialist utopia … and they will NOT let an upstart Republican in the bluest of blue states stand in their way.

BardMan on January 13, 2010 at 3:40 PM

“That’s what the law of the land is and I would support the law of the land,

Of course, as a SENATOR you will be helping MAKE the Law of the Land…

And… isn’t assault ALSO the against the Law of the Land? The same type of assault you sat by and watched as your flunky pushed down a Reporter?

Romeo13 on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Give ‘em a fair trial followed by a first-class hangin’, I say.

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

This is Martha Coakley.

This is a box of rocks.

Can anyone tell me which is dumber? Seriously? Bueller?

ElectricPhase on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Please send Scott Brown money. Let’s take MassachusettEs & our country back.

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Are we sure Martha isn’t really a carp?

capejasmine on January 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Brown by 4.5

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

I hate to say it but I must disagree. I think this dunce is going to eke out a victory.

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:42 PM

It is also an example of, if you are principled, you are against the death penalty.

Well, are you, Ms. Coakley, against the death penalty for unborn babies? If not, you are not principled.

unclesmrgol on January 13, 2010 at 3:43 PM

Does every Democrat from Massachusetts do this?

‘How to run as a (D) in Massachusetts’

cmsinaz on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Brown by 4.5

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Which means he losses once the Dems “fix” the recount…

Romeo13 on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Every politician in Massachussetts is corrupt, both republican and democrat. BTW, there is no way they are going to seat a republican for the senate in Ma. even if he wins, they will produc enough votes for the other contestant to be victorious. There is nothing that can be done about it short of putting all of their heads on stakes. Accept it.

paulsur on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

This is Martha Coakley.

ElectricPhase on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Not too bad. I’d hit it, if she wasn’t a Democrat.

Lorien, what do you think?

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Would they be spending that money if they already thought Democrats have been given a reason to vote?

getting a little wee-wee’d up in bean town

cmsinaz on January 13, 2010 at 3:45 PM

What is the “GOP” actually doing? Is the RSCC giving him money? I haven’t heard Steele, McConnel or others showing up at campaign stops (thankfully.) The worst thing they can do is show up on the MSM talk shows and “help” him.

Otherwise, just write him a check and shut up. He is doing just fine.

BTW, I am pro death penalty. I am even for bringing back dueling. Sure would reduce the lying in Congress when your opponent could call you a liar and challenge you to a duel. You must either retract your statment or face death. Might change the AGW debate too.

barnone on January 13, 2010 at 3:46 PM

And Republicans … remember Romney?

…sigh…there must be something in the water.

Ace ODale on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I think it is in the air. As we all know it isn’t just that State… seems the whole east coast is effected.

upinak on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Lorien, what do you think?

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Democrat or not. I’d pull my lever for that!

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

The national conservative support surrounding Brown is different than the three ring circus that surrounded Hoffman. Unlike Hoffman, Brown is an experienced politician who won’t let Glenn Beck and other conservative grandees make him their puppet.

Speedwagon82 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Here’s the paradox of the Massachusetts Senate race that everyone is now watching: Republican Scott Brown was doing an excellent job without the national attention.

EJ Dionne…good lord, dude. If this were true, he wouldn’t be gaining in the polls.

SouthernGent on January 13, 2010 at 3:49 PM

Democrat or not. I’d pull my lever for that!

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Except that she has a bad case of hat hair in that picture.

Or else, maybe her head is just shaped like that.

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM

When a sitting state attorney general stands by while a member of her paid staff physically assaults a reporter for asking questions — and then demands that reporter’s identification “papers” — and the attorney general does not IMMEDIATELY have that staffer arrested, well, Massachusetts has all the information it needs about this democrat candidate. As CNN’s Jack Cafferty would say, She’s a horrible woman!

Rational Thought on January 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Dudes… old pic…

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/2010/senate_race/

Romeo13 on January 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM

I didn’t see nutting until the AP photo came out, then I saw more clearly.

The woman is turning into a liar right before our eyes.

tarpon on January 13, 2010 at 3:51 PM

I doubt you can find much that she has said in this campaign that is coherent or consistent. Coakley is in waaay over her head. She is a prosecutor (with a horrible record at that) but is clueless about economics and issues outside of her realm in the A.G. office in Massachusettes.

The latest farce?: Coakley cites GOP “stalkers”, feigns ignorance of Shovegate events she witnessed.

Buy Danish on January 13, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Like Lehigh, I generally oppose the death penalty for criminal trials

Ed, once you agree that ANY death penalty is justified, then it is like the ‘hooker’ argument — we are now just haggling over the price.

I set the price quite a bit lower than you do though. Coakley wants it both ways it seems.

GnuBreed on January 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I’ve suddenly gone all George Costanza in the pool.

LibTired on January 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Is there any Democrats that aren’t flip-flopping liars? I mean, there has to be some decent ones…right????

search4truth on January 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:50 PM

She has everything you need. Boobies. An Innie. Pulse.

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Brown by 4.5

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM

… then Dems find 4.6 worth of votes in cars, closets, attics, drainpipes, Coakley’s nether regions, etc.

Midas on January 13, 2010 at 3:54 PM

I’ve suddenly gone all George Costanza in the pool.

LibTired on January 13, 2010 at 3:53 PM

lol

Midas on January 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Conservatives, Republicans and tea-party types were already mobilized to vote next Tuesday. Democrats were asleep. All the national attention to the race now gives Democrats a reason to vote for the lousy candidate who is spending her time in DC with lobbyists, instead of the people of the state she can’t spell.

They left out a bit.

Vashta.Nerada on January 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Instead, she did a double Kerry.

I like this turn of phrase. It sounds like an ice skater’s move. We could make a parlor game out of this, e.g. –

Full Nelson (extracting an extortion payment and then complaining that it makes you look bad)

Shambling Sharpton (complicated jump that looks dazzling to one side of the arena while you moon the other)

Double Trouble Dodd (missing a jump, attempting to recover with a still more complex jump and then landing on your butt while sliding off the ice into the restrooms)

Puzzling Pelosi (claiming to be executing very intricate jumps and spins while actually standing still, leaning so far left you almost touch the ground)

Any more takers?

jwolf on January 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Not too bad. I’d hit it, if she wasn’t a Democrat.

Lorien, what do you think?

UltimateBob on January 13, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Democrat or not. I’d pull my lever for that!

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Utterly speechless.

ElectricPhase on January 13, 2010 at 3:57 PM

The debate was after the latest polling…Brown Won
Brown has gone from down by 30 to near parity = Momentum
The assault & battery was after the latest polling…
Brown pulls in 1.3M in 24 hours…including my $100
The Dems are toxic…
Coakley is flailing…

There is blood in the water…the people are very angry…

Brown by 4.5

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I’d hit it. I’d hit it so hard she gets a face lift and a tummy tuck from it. Then I’d give her to Tiger.

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Ooops, forgot the Andrew Dice Clay tag.

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM

jwolf on January 13, 2010 at 3:56 PM

Double Geithner with a Twist? Its when you cheat on your taxes twice, then get to run the Tax agency?

Obama Pivot? Does absolutly nothing, but you look Fahbulous doing it?

Romeo13 on January 13, 2010 at 4:00 PM

Coakley blames Brown camp for negative tone

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Maybe I’m being ignorant, but when did the national GOP get involved in this race? Because by my observation, they still haven’t shown up.

uknowmorethanme on January 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

This is what november is going to look like. The Democrats can not afford to lose this seat and they are frantic. Scary stuff, actually because the Democrat is going to win and people are going to get hurt.

ORconservative on January 13, 2010 at 4:05 PM

ARE THEY ALL FREAKIN’ LIARS?!?!?

Ltlgeneral64 on January 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Maybe I’m being ignorant, but when did the national GOP get involved in this race? Because by my observation, they still haven’t shown up.

uknowmorethanme on January 13, 2010 at 4:04 PM

The longer the GOP stays away from this race the greater the chance of Brown winning…

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 4:06 PM

Coakley, facing the final leg of a tight race, shook hands with seniors this morning and pledged to fight to continue Medicare.

She brushed off recent poll results showing Brown steadily gaining on her.

“We ignore the polls,” Coakley said. “I don’t know what his level of support is. That’s why the polls, I think, are all over the place because no one knows what that support is. The only way were going to know is when we count the votes on Jan. 19.”

OmahaConservative on January 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

+100

BROWN GOT SOME OF MY MONEY AS WELL…*FINGERS CROSSED/PRAYING*

Ltlgeneral64 on January 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

Next week, we find out the answer to the only poll question that matters:

“How many absentee ballots will fit in Pookie’s trunk?”

LibTired on January 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM
+100

BROWN GOT SOME OF MY MONEY AS WELL…*FINGERS CROSSED/PRAYING*

Ltlgeneral64 on January 13, 2010 at 4:08 PM

I’d much rather give my money to someone like Brown than have the criminals and thieves in Springfield, IL take it away..

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM

In fact, it’s worth noting that Brown’s sudden gains in polling — and Coakley’s abrupt decline — came after the national effort to support Brown, not before it.

Not to mention over a million $$$ for Brown once his campaign went viral.

Screw Dionne. Desperation has a bitter taste.

BacaDog on January 13, 2010 at 4:12 PM

“We ignore the polls,” Coakley said. “I don’t know what his level of support is Just like I ignore the ignorant voters who don’t know what’s good for them. That’s why the polls, I think, are all over the place because no one knows what that support is Rahm has not yet shared with me my margin of victory, but it will be substantial. The only way were going to know is when we count the votes on Jan. 19 missing votes which will be found on either my magic coffee table or in the trunk of one of my goon’s car.”

FIFY

Roy Rogers on January 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM

I’m in Massachusetts and we’ve not seen a glimmer of interest in this race from the national GOP.

So, EJ Dionne, I would not worry too much about any bad feelings about the national GOP rubbing off on Scott Brown.

The election is less than a week away – if they haven’t shown up by now, they aren’t coming.

Brown by 5.5.

sultanp on January 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

I’d hit it. I’d hit it so hard she gets a face lift and a tummy tuck from it. Then I’d give her to Tiger.

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

You got the two pictures confused. I was afraid that might happen.

ElectricPhase on January 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM

I think Coakley did NOT flip-flop-flip on the death penalty issue. It appears that once she was against the death penalty, she remained against it. On the other hand, the law is the law and (generally) should be enforced. Thus, district attorneys and US attorneys across the country have prosecuted such offenses such as drug violations even though they may think that the drugs should be legal.

Ira on January 13, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Ed:

Like Lehigh, I generally oppose the death penalty for criminal trials.

On the contrary, I think there are some crimes so heinous that letting the perpetrator live is a gross injustice. Just review the cases of some of those on death row here in California* and I think you’ll see what I mean. That said, it should only be applied in certain limited cases, for example murder-for-hire or murder involving rape or torture, and then only when there are eyewitnesses or incontrovertible proof.

*(And yes, the 600+ inmates we have awaiting execution is also an injustice.)

irishspy on January 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Scott Brown is on Cavuto. Cavuto said Croakley was invited but did not accept. She’s probably afraid of conservative stalkers voters.

Philly on January 13, 2010 at 4:28 PM

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 3:58 PM

I’d hit it so hard, any nearby media member would fall over -unaided-.

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I think Brown’s going to win. The blood is in the water and it seems like Massachusetts people are having fun with it (esp. in that video of the union worker paid to hold a Coakley sign and saying he’s going to vote for Brown). I don’t believe they’ve become conservatives all of a sudden, but I think they’re in full “stick it to the man” mode and ready to punish the Democrats for their arrogance.

joe_doufu on January 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

John Mc in the hizzy on Cavuto. Red meat.

Philly on January 13, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Brown by 5.5.

sultanp on January 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM

Do. Not. Jinx it!

This is simply too good to be true- the stars are aligned, the Coakley camp is spinning out of control, and Brown has received the Royal Flush hand up in the Bay State.

I am not superstitious but who knows what will blow this opportunity out to sea…

theoneandonlyfinn on January 13, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Democrat or not. I’d pull my lever for that!

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Definitely hittable, but no damn talking before or afterwards.

TXUS on January 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I’d hit it so hard Tweety gets a tingle up his leg.

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Unbelieveable…just confirmed…Meehan, the guy who did the assault is an OBAMA appointee to the BBG (Broadcast Board of Governors)…still to be confirmed. You know; the people who run Voice of America and Free Europe…

I guess you have to be able to shove the press around to be in charge of them and the message…LOL

The confirmation hearings should be great theater…

PatriotRider on January 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

…sigh…there must be something in the water.

Ace ODale on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Ever heard the song, “Dirty Water”?

TC@LeatherPenguin on January 13, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Wait until the election. Then they will find ballots all over the place. Just like here in MN. There were more votes found in a precinct than there were registered voters.

Mirimichi on January 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Does anyone know what the voting rules are like there in Mass? Will Acorn be able to bus in voters at the last minute and stuff the absentee ballots?

stoutj734 on January 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

UltimateBob & lorien1973, are you talking about physically hitting her, like with a brick or tree branch?

;)

roy_batty on January 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Like Lehigh, I generally oppose the death penalty for criminal trials.

Sorry Ed, but as a Texan-American, I’m proud that we don’t just put murderers on the road to the needle. We give ‘em a super-highway.

TXUS on January 13, 2010 at 4:42 PM

And what are they going to say with all of that ad money?
The HUGH secret that he is pro-life, and does not believe climate change is setteled science!

Wow, no one would have known that a republican that calls himself a conservative would have that platform if the dems and the unions did not buy an ad to tell them that!

Oh, and he posed necked too! But since their guy hung out with known communist, pervert child porno mentors drinking and smoking pot and doing cocaine! So what else do you want to tell us?

Hillbuzz has been running the picture every since they started talking about him for the very reason so that it would not be a surprise when the left brought it out as a game changer.

patriotparty1 on January 13, 2010 at 4:47 PM

esp. in that video of the union worker paid to hold a Coakley sign and saying he’s going to vote for Brown).

That guy is now in charge of polishing the bathroom floor at his job.

patriotparty1 on January 13, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Do. Not. Jinx it!

theoneandonlyfinn on January 13, 2010 at 4:34 PM

“Can’t kill no Tiger tanks with no negative waves Moriarity…”

Romeo13 on January 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Wait until the election. Then they will find ballots all over the place. Just like here in MN. There were more votes found in a precinct than there were registered voters.
Mirimichi on January 13, 2010 at 4:40 PM

Understand and commiserate with your cynicism.
Maybe in this case, tho, those dem “ballot finders” won’t have enough lead time to do their dastardly ballot deed.

This election was pretty much considered a cake walk for Coakley until just very recently. Maybe they were lulled into a false sense of security. You think they can mobilize that fast?

marybel on January 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM

roy_batty on January 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I’ve heard it called a tree branch before. :P

lorien1973 on January 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM

McCormack is discussing the Coakley goon incident. He called Meehan “a gentleman”. Snort. Mc said he was knocked down by Meehan; Meehan hit Mc in the leg and knocked Mc down.

Mc is being classy about it, thank God. He says he’s not sure if Meehan meant to knock him down or just push him out of the way. Mc’s suit was torn. He says he will not sue over a torn hand-me-down suit.

Philly on January 13, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I guess it was Ms Coakley’s skin color and her speaking in liberal dialect that commended her as a nominee for Senator in Massachussettes (sic).

eaglewingz08 on January 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Does anyone know what the voting rules are like there in Mass? Will Acorn be able to bus in voters at the last minute and stuff the absentee ballots?
stoutj734 on January 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

I read somewhere online that Mass, because so many of their elections are democrat landslides, aren’t really set up in advance for the Acorn avalanche.

Who knows for sure?

Hope springs eternal that the voter crooks can’t mess with this election.

marybel on January 13, 2010 at 5:04 PM

stoutj734 on January 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM

From a comment on Hillbuzz which I think was seen on Pajamas Media, Voter Fraud is not an issue.

In MA you have to register at a minimum two weeks before the election in order to vote in that election. Scott started to surge within two weeks of the election. No new voters can be created to push the election for Coakley.

As this is a solid Dem state I’d wager they haven’t padded the rolls recently. And they were expecting an easy win so they probably didn’t pad the voter rolls for this election.

Holger on January 13, 2010 at 5:18 PM

…. if you are principled, you are against the death penalty.’’

If you are principled, you won’t vote for that Democratic whore.

GarandFan on January 13, 2010 at 5:20 PM

Rumor has it that Michael Meehan, who works for Martha Coakley, is a Yankee fan. Coakley’s assistant Meehan considers Bucky Dent a personal hero (as is Mookie Wilson). Martha Coakley’s assistant Meehan thought Wade Boggs’ career really came alive when he played for New York. Meehan, who works for Martha Coakley and the Democrats, openly mocks Tom Brady and roots for the Balitmore Ravens.

And that Martha Coakley does not have a problem with any of this and Michael Meehan’s love of New York and Maryland sport franchises. She is too busy cowtowing to national union representatives and big pharm to worry about the Rex Sox or the Patriots.

Mr. Joe on January 13, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I’ve been reading comments at Boston.com and the Globe today. About 90% of the comments support Brown and a good portion of them express deep contempt for Coakley. She says that her campaign is not watching the numbers, but I find that hard to believe. She should be worried.

azkenreid on January 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Hey at least she didn’t leave anyone to drown.

More money coming to Scott B……in…..5…..4…..3…

And this Coakley gal? Just another Planned Parenthood buy.

PappyD61 on January 13, 2010 at 6:24 PM

If Coakley was on a plane with KSM and he had a bomb, would KSM favor the death penalty for her? Ask the nearly 3,000 victims of 9/11, most of whom live in NYC where the KSM trial will be held, whether they favor the death penalty for KSM. Unfortunately, they don\’t vote in Massachusetts, which is where the planes that hit the WTC took off.

Steve Z on January 13, 2010 at 6:45 PM

And Republicans … remember Romney?

…sigh…there must be something in the water.

Ace ODale on January 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Ya beat me to it.

29Victor on January 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Call it the John Kerry two-step

OT: Pure comedy gold!

MACHIAS, Maine (AP) — Ralph Nader didn’t have any luck in Washington, D.C., with a lawsuit alleging a conspiracy to keep him off the 2004 presidential ballot. So he’s taking his case to Washington County, a sparsely populated locale at the nation’s easternmost tip.

The lawsuit five years after President George W. Bush beat Democrat John Kerry contends the Kerry campaign and Democratic leaders conspired to keep Nader off the ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states.

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2010 at 7:11 PM

I’ve been reading comments at Boston.com and the Globe today. About 90% of the comments support Brown and a good portion of them express deep contempt for Coakley. She says that her campaign is not watching the numbers, but I find that hard to believe. She should be worried.

azkenreid on January 13, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Wow, I can see comments like that from Herald readers, but the Glob?

Del Dolemonte on January 13, 2010 at 7:13 PM

Can anyone tell me which is dumber? Seriously? Bueller?

ElectricPhase on January 13, 2010 at 3:41 PM

The big rocks are smarter.

She is smarter than a box of small rocks.

Now if you had a bag of hammers, then you would have a real problem deciding…

ajacksonian on January 13, 2010 at 9:28 PM

I guess I am a conservative in the wilderness on this one. Giving Bin Laden or anyone else the death penalty makes them martyrs for their “jihad.” Put these guys in Supermax or a new Guantanamo where they will never be heard from again and can rot away like the scum they are. May they live lives of silence, knowing they failed in their attempt at spreading radical hatred and death.

bakediggity on January 14, 2010 at 7:59 AM

I generally oppose the death penalty for criminal trials. However, I make a big distinction between people tried for criminal acts and foreign terrorists committing acts of war. The latter don’t belong in criminal courts for a number of reasons, and if found determined to have conducted such attacks as unlawful combatants, should suffer the penalty of that class under the rules of war — execution.

Clearly you have rationalized this double standard to your own satisfaction, Ed. I guess, for you, there are different levels of premeditated murder. The sun must shine especially bright in your world.
I prefer to stay consistent with my belief that the death penalty works, is constitutional and needs to be employed both domestically and for acts of terrorism.

SKYFOX on January 14, 2010 at 10:24 AM