New Coakley gaffe: Curt Schilling’s a Yankee fan or something

posted at 9:43 pm on January 15, 2010 by Allahpundit

A tiny mistake in the grand scheme of things, but combine it with her dig at Brown for standing outside Fenway to shake hands and the general perception that he’s more in touch with voters than she is and it’s a big deal. No wonder Ben Smith is pushing it late on a Friday night.

This, of course, is why The One feels okay about going up there. Even if she gets blown out, he can turn around and claim that she only lost because she was a walking disaster whom no one could save. And everyone will believe him. Because he’ll be right. Red-Sox-themed exit question: Is Coakley the Democrats’ Bill Buckner?


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Meanwhile in “The Onion” offices another writer tears at his hair and runs screaming down the halls. “How in the HELL am I supposed to compete with THIS!!!!! ARRRRGGGGGG!

Lily on January 16, 2010 at 12:02 AM

+++100

lovingmyUSA on January 16, 2010 at 2:41 AM

Has anyone thought of volunteering to make phone calls for Martha Coakley? You know…helpful phone calls that might go something like this:

“Hi, I’m calling for the Coakley for Senate Campaign and Martha Coakley wants you to know that Curt Schilling was a pretty lame pitcher. She thinks the Celtics are over-rated, too. Oh, yeah…and she would appreciate you coming out and voting this Tuesday.”

Sounds like a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

trapeze on January 16, 2010 at 2:51 AM

The analogy doesn’t work because Buckner had established himself as a very, very good player before his fateful gaffe.

If Coakley was a baseball player she would be more of a Steve Sax type. Lots of potential but unable to make the routine throw to first base from second. If Coakley blows this, will they start talking about “Martha Coakley Disease”?

Mallard T. Drake on January 16, 2010 at 1:04 AM

Nah, even Sax was a solid player for a while. I would evaluate her like this:

The bat of Mario Mendoza, the glove of Dick Stuart, the integrity of Barry Bonds, the media-savvy of Dave Kingman, the motivation of J.D. Drew and the durability of Mark Prior.

Good Solid B-Plus on January 16, 2010 at 2:52 AM

trapeze on January 16, 2010 at 2:51 AM

Nahh. I will say:

“Hello. I’m Coakley’s supporter. Coakley promises you that NO CATHOLIC DOCTOR WILL GET NEAR THE EMERGENCY ROOMS OF ALL MA HOSPITALS! Your full support to this godly policy will surely make wonders!”

and end the conversation with:

“Thank you! Catholics! Thank you for your support!”

TheAlamos on January 16, 2010 at 4:11 AM

The more she talks the stupider she gets.

Stepan on January 16, 2010 at 5:07 AM

Boxer must be very upset with these turn of events. She was probably looking forward to someone actually stupider than herself in the senate to draw some of the flak.

ray on January 16, 2010 at 5:15 AM

Meanwhile in “The Onion” offices another writer tears at his hair and runs screaming down the halls. “How in the HELL am I supposed to compete with THIS!!!!! ARRRRGGGGGG!

Lily on January 16, 2010 at 12:02 AM

By now, I think they’ve all thrown in the towel.

They simply can’t write more insane dialogue than what really comes out of this woman’s mouth.

It’s like she’s having a slow-motion meltdown and we’ve all been invited to watch!

Know who’s glad there’s a Martha Coakley out there right now?

Harrold Ford.

He’s riding the Epic Fail Rails every bit as badly, but nobody’s going to notice because, in comparative terms, he’s a mere Three Mile Island to Coakley’s Chernobyl.

SuperCool on January 16, 2010 at 5:59 AM

Guess the blog:

But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could…

http://38pitches.com/

Hongqi on January 16, 2010 at 6:03 AM

Newsflash:

In a last-ditch effort to win the election, the clueless Dem candidate changes her name so her initials will be JFK:

Joan Fitzgerald Koacley

And in a related story, another JFK (of the swift boat variety) is trying desperately to locate his favorite Red Sox player, Manny Ortiz, to endorse Koacley.

Sweet_Thang on January 16, 2010 at 7:15 AM

This, of course, is why The One feels okay about going up there. Even if she gets blown out, he can turn around and claim that she only lost because she was a walking disaster whom no one could save. And everyone will believe him.
That is dead on.

Spirit of 1776 on January 15, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Furthermore, if she loses and Obamacare loses, I think many of the DEMS will be relieved. You know there are many of them looking for an out. If Brown wins, it’s the ONLY way they DEMS can get out of this (Obamacare) and save face and perhaps save their jobs.

Oink on January 16, 2010 at 8:08 AM

To add to this circus, the Democrats need to airlift in Joe Biden to travel from city to city setting off “foot-in-the-mouth” gaff bombs.

albill on January 16, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Is Coakley the Democrats’ Bill Buckner?

Don’t know about that comparison; just hoping the Massachusettes Mooke never reaches first base.

Barnestormer on January 16, 2010 at 8:14 AM

“Hi, I’m calling for the Coakley for Senate Campaign and Martha Coakley wants you to know that Curt Schilling was a pretty lame pitcher. She thinks the Celtics are over-rated, too. Oh, yeah…and she would appreciate you coming out and voting this Tuesday.”

You forgot “The Bruins play river hockey!”

N. O'Brain on January 16, 2010 at 8:23 AM

Hah! Can you imagine being a fly on the wall in the WH. “Uh, yes sir, we are relying on this woman to save your entire legislative record.”

Alden Pyle on January 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

Hah! Can you imagine being a fly on the wall in the WH. “Uh, yes sir, we are relying on this woman to save your entire legislative record.”

Alden Pyle on January 16, 2010 at 8:42 AM

It’s better than that. The fate of Obama’s entire legislative record, and his presidency, lie in the hands of a white woman. More like “Dreams of my Mother.” LOL. The only thing sweeter than that is the fact that the only channel that comes in decently where Ted K is now, is FOX.

JiangxiDad on January 16, 2010 at 9:23 AM

And in a related story, another JFK (of the swift boat variety) is trying desperately to locate his favorite Red Sox player, Manny Ortiz, to endorse Koacley.

Sweet_Thang on January 16, 2010 at 7:15 AM

The interweb shall never forget!

roy_batty on January 16, 2010 at 9:41 AM

Yup, this Coakley is dumber than a pile of sand. And yup, her record suggests she was a truly horrible attorney general in her state. And yup, she’s probably gonna win this special election.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, democrats vote for democrats, no matter how disgraceful they are. As bad as she is, she doesn’t even come close to the national disgrace that is Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, Barney Frank, John Kerry, Al Franken, and so many others, yet millions of democrats have actually gotten up, gone to a polling place, and voted for those people. They’ll do the same for Coakley.

The candidate who is disgraceful and repugnant and corrupt enough not to have the support of your average democrat voter hasn’t been found yet. As bad as these people are, in the world of democrats we haven’t yet hit the bottom of the scum pond. I don’t know if we ever will.

Rational Thought on January 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Rational Thought on January 16, 2010 at 9:43 AM

I really hope that a distortion of time-space is taking hold RT. I do believe that MANY more people are at least paying attention now, and that can only benefit Brown in this case.

JusDreamin on January 16, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Maybe she’ll pull out of the election and endorse Kennedy.

Oh wait,isn’t he a Tea Partier? Never mind.

Sapwolf on January 16, 2010 at 1:00 AM

A Long Island Ice Tea Partier.

soundingboard on January 16, 2010 at 10:18 AM

Hey Martha, next time you’re down in DC filling your pockets with lobbyist money ask for some Sox tickets too.

TheBigOldDog on January 15, 2010 at 9:51 PM

I’m sure ODoofus can get her some White Sox tickets. Would she know the difference?

SKYFOX on January 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM

JiangxiDad on January 16, 2010 at 9:23 AM

Good to see you, my friend. As a typical white person, I would say Coakley has acted stupidly and Tuesday is still 3 days off.

kingsjester on January 16, 2010 at 10:38 AM

It’s not a small gaffe. I lived half of my life in Boston, that’s the kind of mistake that people talk about. Immediately after they talk about it, they’ll assign the label of elitist to her. How could she say Schilling was a Yankee unless she’s a elitist high falootin out of touch, pilates, soy latte drinking reprobate. Boston, North Shore Worcester and Springfield areas are VERY class conscious area.

Then again, Kerry wins and he’s all of those things.

AYNBLAND on January 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM

Sometimes it is hard to keep all the talking points in order.

ctmom on January 16, 2010 at 10:52 AM

RT: concern troll

51 percent of Mass. voters are registered independent. Even Coakleys polls show Brown beating her 2-1 or more with them.
Brown is getting over 15% of Democrats too. Coakleys only chance now is to cut that. Lying about Curt Schilling and telling Catholics they shouldnt work in the ER isn’t going to help her do that.

rockmom on January 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM

RT: concern troll

51 percent of Mass. voters are registered independent. Even Coakleys polls show Brown beating her 2-1 or more with them.
Brown is getting over 15% of Democrats too. Coakleys only chance now is to cut that. Lying about Curt Schilling and telling Catholics they shouldnt work in the ER isn’t going to help her do that.

rockmom on January 16, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Oh good grief. I am not a troll. I have posted on here for years. I’m just saying that the same voters who were unconcerned that Teddy Kennedy murdered a woman and covered up for his nephew when the nephew raped a woman during a drunken weekend with Uncle Teddy probably aren’t going to be too upset by a Curt Schilling gaffe. I would love to see Brown win, and maybe he will, but come on, doubt is called for here. This is the same state that sends Barney Frank back to the house term after term, because having your young gay prostitute-boyfriend run a gay whorehouse out of your DC apartment is just no reason not to vote for a democrat. See my point?

As conservatives, we always make the mistake of imagining that our values are their values. We always say, “Well, that’s got to be enough reason for democrats not to vote for her!” Well, it isn’t. The necessary level of incompetence or depravity or corruption to sway your average democrat voter from a democrat candidate has not been learned yet. The bottom just keeps getting deeper, election after election.

Rational Thought on January 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Been at games in Fenway a few times. Love that place, full of history. Not just Boston or Massachussets history, but American history.

And, she disses one of the best modern players who ever set (bloody) foot in that cathedral?

Unlike the scene in Harry Met Sally, I do NOT want what she is having.

TXUS on January 15, 2010 at 10:02 PM

+1000

AP, I agree with the others who posted this is a very big deal.

There are elitist snobs in Mass that look down their noses at sports and sports fans as being dirty, scruffy, uneducated louts. Coakley is one of those snobs.

If you think what happened to Nelson was bad, I think Martha is in for worse. Buckner had to move away. He got heckled everywhere. Yes, they brought him back to throw out the opening day pitch, but as far as I know he hasn’t moved back.

dogsoldier on January 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Remember, this is the state that elected a fat, drunk murderer over and over again for 40 years. It may seem like they’re displaying glimmers of sanity this week, but the odds are still stacked heavily in Coakley’s favor.

joe_doufu on January 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Breaking….Martha Coakley switches from drinking Tea to coffee.

PatriotRider on January 16, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Martha Coakley: A mouth like THIS, under the direction of a brain like THAT.

franksalterego on January 16, 2010 at 11:44 AM

the odds are still stacked heavily in Coakley’s favor.

joe_doufu on January 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

They are if Acorn and the SEIU get their criminal claws any where near it.

ronnyraygun on January 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM

This is more important than the other gaffes, by a considerable margin.

95% of Massachusetts knows who Curt Shilling is. He is a hero and will continue as one for 100 years.

To not know who he is and the story of the bloody sock is a crystal clear indication that this woman does not understand or relate to the people in her state.

It isn’t some arcane, fuzzy, multi-facetted political issue that can be glossed over and disguised by words words words. It’s something that every citizen of Massachusetts knows and understands.

notagool on January 16, 2010 at 12:24 PM

Brown should make this comment his #1 ad for the last few days of the campaign.

“Martha Coakley. Out of touch with the people of Massachusetts”

notagool on January 16, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I predict that Coakley will strangle a puppy on TV sometime between now and Tuesday’s election.

It’s the only way she can deflect attention from all the gaffes she’s made so far this week.

cruadin on January 16, 2010 at 12:28 PM

Ya’… I can remember all those nights in New York, kicking back in the House that Yastrzemski built, watching Shilling and the Bronx Bombers sweep the series against the Sox. Good Times… Good Times.

ronnyraygun on January 16, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Check out the picture: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2010/01/senate-democratic-candidate-calls-famed.html

Mervis Winter on January 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Maybe Coakley should get Eli Manning’s endorsement. Didn’t he play with the Patriots in the Super Bowel or something? He could sell autographed copies of the book about their perfect season. I think he authored the final chapter in the book.

CBP on January 16, 2010 at 1:31 PM

this woman is a blatherin idiot!!

Willie on January 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Rational Thought on January 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Coakley is not Kennedy. JFK has been a rotting corpse for 46 years and Camelot has cobwebs on it. The idiots who deified JFK and kept the swimmer in office so long may not be so inclined to brave the cold to vote for a non-Kennedy. Might as well stay bundled up inside with a hot cup of cocoa and a fresh Depends.

SKYFOX on January 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM

How can she have made it to the Attorney Generals position? She’s not even smart enough to get a job as a spell checker in an M&M factory! And the Democrats want to diss Sarah Palin’s intelligence? Sigh.

Conservalicious on January 16, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Oops, I meant to sat District Attorneys position. ;)

Conservalicious on January 16, 2010 at 2:55 PM

Hey…We just got a call from Curt Shilling lambasting M.Coakley for her Yankee comment.

DJ from MA on January 16, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Guys, I have had a horrible migraine I woke up an hour ago…Red Sox fans are fuming, and one of them posted this on YouTube:

http://www.thenoseonyourface.com/conservative-satire/new-coakley-ad-scott-brown-is-a-yankee-fan/

Get ready and please, no food or drinks allowed near your PC’s.

ProudPalinFan on January 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM

that clip made me feel sorry for her.

toenail on January 16, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Martha Coakley awarded coveted Darwin Award for Most Ignorant Campaign Gaffe (to date).

Roy Rogers on January 16, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Dunno of this has been mentioned, haven’t read the whole thread, but there are robo calls going out from the Brown campaign with Curt Schilling talking about this gaffe saying how clueless Coakley is. I got one of those about 20 minutes ago.

Hope it registers with folks

Duncan Khuver on January 16, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Comments from Crazy Land:

A Sullivan reader writes:

I’m trying to remain hopeful Martha Coakley will win the election next Tuesday, but that is difficult to do when listening to radio talk shows. I’m not talking about the right wing talk shows, I’m talking about the respected middle-of-the-road shows on WBZ-AM radio in Boston. My god, there is so much anger out there.

Hmmm, could it be Barack Obama and the Democrats are generating that anger? No, that is too easy, lets blame Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh instead.

This Sullivan reader however is no fan of Coakley:

Let me suggest that if you view torture as an unacceptable human rights violation, you should be mortified by Coakley. The blurb you excerpt from Radley Balko’s piece didn’t address the most troubling case from Coakley’s career—the Amirault case. Any prosecutor that would continue to press the Amirault case in light of what was known when Coakley took it over is a bigger threat to human rights than Scott Brown. And I would seriously question the commitment to human rights of anyone who didn’t feel the same way.

If you’re wondering how Coakley truly feels about the rights of terror suspects from across the globe, you might want to look at how she felt about the rights of the accused when it came to people living in her own county.

I agree with that. Coakley is a scary scary person willing to crush anyone to get ahead. Will Sullivan acknowledge it? Of course not, he has not even acknoweledged that Obama has for the most part followed most of George Bush’s foriegn policies.

Andrew Sullivan sums up his views as such:

The Republican party right now is largely bonkers. The Democratic party is a lily-livered hackfest of mediocrity. I remain of the view that Obama is the best thing going for this country. But between the insanity on the right and incoherence on the left, he is marooned in a lonely center. Maybe in the long run, this is a better place to be. Right now it is making governance close to impossible, at a moment when we need all hands on deck.

That comment induced me to protectile vomit on the cat.

There is of course a solution for Andrew.

Mr. Joe on January 16, 2010 at 4:43 PM

PLEASE SEND SCOTT $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

OmahaConservative on January 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM

Curt Schilling is a YANKEE KILLER! BELIEVE ME I KNOW!

2001–he and Randy Johnson named co-MVPs as the Diamondbacks upset the Yankees in 7.

2004–I DARE NOT EVEN MENTION THAT YEAR AT ALL!

But it all came into balance in 09–WITH WORLD TITLE NUMBER 27!

BobAnthony on January 16, 2010 at 7:26 PM

Never mind everybody, Coakley said it was just a joke.

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

Brown’s campaign also sought to make hay out of Coakley’s comments on a radio show Friday night, in which she mistakenly referred to former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, a supporter of Brown’s campaign, as a New York Yankees fan. Coakley said it was a poor attempt at humor, saying, “I’ve never pretended I’m the best joke-teller.”

pedestrian on January 16, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Has anyone thought of volunteering to make phone calls for Martha Coakley? You know…helpful phone calls that might go something like this:

“Hi, I’m calling for the Coakley for Senate Campaign and Martha Coakley wants you to know that Curt Schilling was a pretty lame pitcher. She thinks the Celtics are over-rated, too. Oh, yeah…and she would appreciate you coming out and voting this Tuesday Wednesday.”

Sounds like a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

trapeze on January 16, 2010 at 2:51 AM

FIFY

dthorny on January 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Never mind everybody, Coakley said it was just a joke.
http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/01/obama_may_speak.html

Brown’s campaign also sought to make hay out of Coakley’s comments on a radio show Friday night, in which she mistakenly referred to former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling, a supporter of Brown’s campaign, as a New York Yankees fan. Coakley said it was a poor attempt at humor, saying, “I’ve never pretended I’m the best joke-teller.”
pedestrian on January 16, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Rahm Emmanuel in motion to quell her loss in the polls? She meant what she said as fact, the fact she is an idiot and that Obowma promised to leave the teleprompters for her.

dthorny on January 17, 2010 at 9:01 AM

NEWSFLASH:

Curt Schilling will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow!

ProudPalinFan on January 17, 2010 at 10:44 AM

You know, what pisses me off even more than the stupid incident to begin with, is when politicians do lame cover ups. Look, Coakley, we all know you weren’t joking. Just just didn’t have a freaking clue who Curt Shilling was and decided to role with the Yankees theme anyway.

It’s like freaking Obama saying he wasn’t bowing, he was just picking something up off the floor. We’re not idiots.

Vera on January 17, 2010 at 10:52 AM

Which is why my vote is for Joe Kennedy. A TRUE LIBERTY CANDIDATE! Someone who WILL JOIN IN THE AUDIT OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE! And yes, Mr. Kennedy has gotten some endorsements, just not from those who will get the attention of the global press.

And some of Mr. Brown’s cronies ain’t taking kindly to Joe K…

By the way, here is a music video that will get some of you neocon’s pink thong panties in a bind!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QovNjO5JoNk

PAUL IN 2012 OR LIBERTY DIES! And to those who want Liberty to die, ENJOY YOUR FEMA CAMP LOSERS!

BobAnthony on January 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM

The bottom just keeps getting deeper, election after election.

Rational Thought on January 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Tuesday will show whether they’ve reached bottom.

unclesmrgol on January 18, 2010 at 12:19 AM

PAUL IN 2012 OR LIBERTY DIES! And to those who want Liberty to die, ENJOY YOUR FEMA CAMP LOSERS!

BobAnthony on January 17, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I get a free FEMA CAMP LOSER? Where do I sign up?

unclesmrgol on January 18, 2010 at 12:20 AM

“Boxer must be very upset with these turn of events. She was probably looking forward to someone actually stupider than herself in the senate to draw some of the flak.”

ray on January 16, 2010 at 5:15 AM
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Wow! She will probably now become frantic! That is an almost impossible task.

shorebird on January 18, 2010 at 3:18 AM

Coakley is really an impressively bad candidate. Hopefully this will get the good people of MA to start examining their other office-holders.

hawksruleva on January 18, 2010 at 10:03 AM

Coakley said it was a poor attempt at humor, saying, “I’ve never pretended I’m the best joke-teller.”
pedestrian on January 16, 2010 at 11:32 PM

Typical liberals. Tell a bold-faced lie, because 80% of the time the media never calls you on it. Then when someone does notice the lie, say you were joking.

Maybe Coakley could land a spot in Obama’s Cabinet after this. Is she a fan of Chairman Mao?

hawksruleva on January 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

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