Blog Focus On Why Coakley Lost
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Losing a Senate election is not the end of the world. Democratic candidate Martha Coakley still retains the office of attorney general, at least until the end of the year, when she's up for re-election. But she learned her lesson: campaign early and often.
Or were there forces outside her own complacent efforts that caused Republican Scott Brown to move into Ted Kennedy's chair? The blogs ponder:
• The Phlog | Boston Phoenix — The health care bill may suffer because of Brown's election, but Carly Carioli isn't convinced that was a prevailing factor: "According to Rasmussen, a clear majority — 56 percent — of Massachusetts voters said health care was the most important issue in the election. Here's the kicker: Martha Coakley won those voters by a margin of 53 to 46 percent. "
• The Atlantic Politics — Okay, so it's not health care. What about Obama's national security policies? Marc Ambinder doesn't believe that either: "Republicans will point to the latest NBC/News Wall Street Journal survey, in which 45% of voters said they approve of the way Obama is 'dealing with the war on terror.' ... When asked the question without the 'war' trigger, Obama's approval vaults up to 57%. That's not bad."
• Huffington Post — Like in any sporting event, did one team lose or did the other team win? Former Vermont governor Madeleine Kunin is going with the latter, pertaining to Scott Brown's support. "What all of us under estimated, myself included, is the broad popular appeal of the Tea Party message. I had thought and hoped that this was a fringe group."
• Politico — Leave it to Curt Schilling to analogously — and ironically — pair Coakley with the New York Yankees: "They were up three games to none, and there was no possible way they were going to lose four straight."
• Jay Hancock's Blog | Balimore Sun — Or maybe a true Bostonian example is more fitting:
Poor Bill Buckner. They never talk about all the times you did make the routine play.
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