Tag Archives: Martha Coakley

Most Gendered Headline of Campaign Season: “Is Coakley Using Women’s Issues as a Campaign Crutch?”

 Yes, you read that headline right. And if you did not blink, or better yet recoil in disgust, then you are a part of the problem. Last week, GoLocalWorcester published Nicholas Handy’s more measured piece on the role of women’s issues could play in differentiating the three Democrats hoping to win the gubanatorial primary. But headlines matter and this one is a doosey: “Is Coakley Using Women’s Issues as a Campaign Crutch?” Hard to imagine Massachusetts has one of the worst records in electing women, eh?

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Grossman’s free media miscalculation

Steve Grossman had a plan. The plan was to spend the pre-convention period building the best campaign infrastructure and volunteer army. The post-convention summer period was supposed to be when the political media’s horse race coverage of the treasurer’s post-convention bump and the backs and forths between the Coakley and Grossman camps would provide the one-on-one media narrative necessary to move the poll numbers and soften the ground for Grossman’s late summer “air campaign.” By primary Election Day, with Grossman’s viability having been established by free and paid media exposure, the superiority of the treasurer’s ground operation would get him over the finish line ahead of the AG. Unfortunately for Grossman, the media has not fulfilled its part of the plan.

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Martha Coakley Wins the Day

The Democratic insider narrative on Martha Coakley has been great AG, awful campaigner, way ahead in the primary due to name recognition, but “she could unravel at any moment in a tough general election race.’’

Perhaps we’ll see about the general election but Democrats, give Coakley some credit: she can be a pretty sharp campaigner as she proved yesterday in response to misogynistic statements by a sports talk radio host.

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Can Don Berwick Capture the Warren Wing?

The Atlantic’s Molly Ball wrote an interesting piece last week titled The Left’s Quiet Advance in Democratic Primaries. She was careful not to claim too much for the evidence she collected but still, progressives are cheering in several congressional districts across the country. The Warren Wave began right here in Massachusetts. Will Don Berwick seize the mantle?

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Convention Speeches: Words Spoken and Missing

As I sat in the DCU Center Saturday listening to Democratic candidates’ speeches it occurred to me that some words and phrases were being repeated over and over again by candidates- “progressive” for instance. More slowly it dawned that some other words were barely being mentioned. Words used and avoided will tell us a bit about the candidates, the forum, and especially the audience.

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Stop or stomp? That’s not the story.

Did Congressman Tierney really call on his supporters to stomp a tracker? Pretty clear he didn’t and it’s also pretty clear he handled himself with calm in the face of being pursued by an opposition operative.

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ProfessorU discusses the Democratic Convention on Greater Boston

Professor Ubertaccio discusses the outcome of the Democratic Convention and the race for Massachusetts Governor with Adam Reilly of WGBH’s Greater Boston.

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Should Coakley Cancel Her Globe Subscription?

This could be the week that Martha Coakley cancels her subscription to the Boston Globe.

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The Democrats Excellent Adventure

The Democrats had a revealing week and I offer a few observations on the convention. For a game strictly limited to insiders, how to explain the quick rise of Maura Healey and Don Berwick? Will Berwick ignite the progressive fire, or will one of the traditional interest group liberals (sorry, I meant progressives), Steve Grossman or Martha Coakley face off against Charlie Baker in November? Is it really such a shame that two of the five Democratic gubernatorial candidates were shown the door on Saturday? Who were those delegates anyway?

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Five post-convention takeaways

The Democrats have gone home.  Before the primary election begins in earnest, I’ve a few post-Convention thoughts to consider.

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