Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Curt Schilling, Martha Coakley, and the Massachusetts election

I wrote a piece for The Faster Times about Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley's calling Curt Schilling a Yankee fan. Check it out here.

If Scott Brown wins the race, will Curt Schilling throw out the first pitch at the swearing-in? Just wondering!


Anonymous said...

Loved the article. I think you were prophetic in your analysis of this election. If you can't keep track of simple things like who played for the Sox, how can you be trusted with the complex issues of the day required of a Senator?

Uncle Mike said...

Let the record show: Ted Kennedy once called Bill Clinton and Al Gore "the Mike McGwire and Sammy Suser of American politics." And when John Kerry was running for President, he was asked who his favorite Red Sock was, and he said, "Manny Ortez."

Now, considering modern Massachusetts politics was built by Irishmen, it's entirely possible that Ted might have known a Mike McGuire. But "Sammy Suser"? Where did that come from? I could understand "Soser" if Ted was from New York: As Barry Manilow once pointed out, he was 21 years old before he found out there was no R at the end of "pizza." And was Ted suggesting that the President and Vice President of the United States were using steroids?

As for Kerry, well, that election was so close, this might have cost him -- even if he did take every State in New England, which I guess made him President of Red Sox Nation. (Jerry Remy may want a recount.)

As a hard-core Democrat, I think it's disgraceful that they let the Kennedy seat (Jack 1953-61, Ted 1962-2009) fall into the hands of someone who didn't get the memo that conservatism doesn't work. (Or didn't watch any TV news in 2008.) But Martha Coakley ran a hideously bad campaign. Seriously, who was her campaign manager, Grady Little? Time will tell if Massachusetts voters got it right with Scott Brown, but even a liberal like me knows that Coakley deserved to lose.

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