Morning Massachusetts Senate Race Briefing – Wednesday January 6th Edition

“Some see Coakley as lax on ’05 rape case” is the lead story in today’s Boston Globe.  In 2005 a 23 month old infant was raped with a hot curling iron and a Martha Coakley led grand jury did not return an indictment despite having the evidence.  It was not until the toddler’s mother brought criminal charges that the man was prosecuted.

Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.

Expect to see stories about Coakley’s ineffectiveness every day between now and the election. There are lots of them. As she is a ladder climber not necessarily a rising star.

The Boston Hreald follows the Globe’s lead with a story about how the Attorney General Enabler of Corruption is not shocked by Governor Patrick’s quid pro quo with National Grid.

Outraged Bay Staters are calling on Massachusetts’ attorney general to probe links between a utility’s big rate-hike approval and subsequent donations by company executives to Gov. Deval Patrick’s re-election campaign.

“These National Grid political donations may very well turn into higher electric prices on the backs of homeowners throughout Massachusetts,” said Audra Parker of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. The group is the chief critic of Cape Wind, the controversial offshore wind energy project that Patrick supports…….

……..Attorney General Martha Coakley’s position requires her to ensure that residents get reliable energy at the lowest possible cost. Through a spokesman, Coakley declined comment yesterday.

More of the same from the Massachusetts version of Sergeant Shutlz, she “see’s nothing”.

Jessica Van Sack in the Boston Herald sums up reaction to the closing poll gap.  The short of it is that liberals still don’t see Brown winning at the end of the day and Rasmussen thinks its not so much about Brown but about the anti-incumbent sentiment out there, and Coakley is more of an incumbent type candidate than Brown is.

The Boston Globe has a WTKK debate recap.  You can listen to the debate yourself via podcast at WTKK.

Speaking of WTKK Michael Graham gives Martha Coakley a little help. For instance Martha didn’t know where Scott got the $2Trillion dollar price tag for “Cap-and-trade” legislation from.  Michael was very helpful in pointing out that it came from the White House.

President Obama’s climate plan could cost industry close to $2 trillion, nearly three times the White House’s initial estimate of the so-called “cap-and-trade” legislation, according to Senate staffers who were briefed by the White House. … At the meeting, Jason Furman, a top Obama staffer, estimated that the president’s cap-and-trade program could cost up to three times as much as the administration’s early estimate of $646 billion over eight years.

I’m sure Michael was very happy to help, Martha.

One of the most effective television ads in Massachusetts is certainly getting under the Globe’s Dan Payne. Who prior to rapping Brown has a very amusing take on his “Perfect Republican”.  This one is worth the read just for the yucks.

Brown’s candidacy rests on one plain notion: lower taxes. His rap is all about the Benjamins. For a man who absurdly televises himself as President John F. Kennedy incarnate, he offers no idealism, no great challenge, no call to sacrifice. He believes cutting taxes can perform miracles – create jobs, reduce pollution, improve health care, cure baldness.

The moonbats really don’t get it do they?

Dan Flynn has a great blog post on Scott Brown’s chance at an upset.  The meat of the post is:

For the first time in a quarter century, a Democrat incumbent is not on the ballot. The economy is horrible, and Massachusetts voters can only take their frustrations out upon Democrats, who control not only the White House but the state’s entire congressional delegation and every statewide office. In this special election, the Republicans enjoy all the trappings of a mid-term election: with the Republican base energized over the explosion of federal spending and Brown potentially becoming the 41st vote to stop ObamaCare.

More so than these variables is the reality that Brown is a far more attractive candidate than the wooden Coakley, who–in a Martha Stewart accent foreign to Bay Staters (at least those who live in the eastern half)–mouths Democratic talking points in a robotic manner. Brown is a 25-year veteran of the Massachusetts National Guard. His local-TV-news star wife and two daughters (one performed well on American Idol) compare favorably to Coakley’s husband and two dogs. A quarter-century ago, Brown’s good looks landed him a spread in Cosmo as “America’s Sexiest Man.” This is Massachusetts, and a semi-nude spread is no impediment to elected office. Brown, though at times appearing in need of a line of coke or a few Red Bulls to boost his energy level, is charismatic, intelligent, and likeable. His favorable/unfavorable rating in Massachusetts is 25-5. Coakley’s? Her unfavorables eclipse her favorables.

What are the Ron Paulites to do, one of their own voted for Brown over Kennedy. What a blasphemer.

Updated as more morning papers are available on-line.  

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