Q: What does Martha Coakley have in common with the character Booster from the Christmas comedy Jingle All the Way?

Today in my travels with Stacy McCain I made it a point to ask people about the Senate Race, were they talking about it? Was it a topic of conversation?

As a rule the answer was people knew little about the race, but people did know who Martha Coakley was and NOBODY likes her. In fact not only did people not like her, teenagers who weren’t following the race only knew their parents didn’t like her.

I guess this might account for the lack of Democratic passion about the race in general, but lack of passion hasn’t been a problem among the pundits:

How much is Coakley disliked? Lets check Blue Mass Group a Democratic site:

Let’s get this out of the way. You might not want to vote for Martha Coakley. You might think she deserves what’s she’s getting after an absentee, self-satisfied campaign (why should I bail her out?). You likely want to send a message to everyone from the attorney general all the way to every Democratic official in Washington, DC. Odds are you didn’t vote for her in the primary. And, you might be wondering if it’ll make a difference who wins this Tuesday.

You got every reason to be pissed, but it needs to be clear: not voting for Coakley is the same as voting for Brown. And voting for Brown is a very, very bad thing.
sabutai :: Yes it sucks. Yes you have to vote Coakley.

and remember this is a site making the argument FOR voting for Martha.

Meanwhile at the other end Red Mass Group discovers that Martha Coakley seems to believe in a religious profiling for certain employment.

As Ed Driscoll note that profiling applies to Believing Catholics in Emergency Rooms.

The SEIU et/al have gone heavily with cash and negative ads

The SEIU, a major backer of Coakley and health care overhaul, launched a $685,000 ad campaign featuring a negative spot that attempts to link Brown to the GOP’s former vice presidential nominee, Sarah Palin.

Because nothing hurts a candidates’ popularity like being linked to a person whose autobiography has been on the NYT best seller list for months.

Meanwhile on the radio today ad after ad made the case that Brown is: wait for it: a Republican!

The negative ad were so pathetic that Michael Graham made a parody superior to the actual ads running:

Brown has actually finally retaliated with an ad highlighting Coakley’s trip to Washington to pick up lobbyist cash.

The most amazing thing about the ad? It doesn’t even mention the A & B that took place in front of the AG’s face.

Update: Why do people dislike Coakley? Big Journalism has two reasons up and counting

meanwhile SISU notes that those democrates seem to have found a candidate with a post titled:

“I know more Democrats who are voting for this guy than Republicans”

That doesn’t of course include my mother who has changed her registration.

Meanwhile Matt Margolis and Dan Riehl link Sissy Willis and Curt Schilling’s Red Sox posting.

But I wouldn’t worry if I was Coakley. After all why would people in Boston love Curt Schilling, or Doug Flutie for that matter.

Update 2: Apparently there are a million reasons a day why Brown should be encouraged.

One additional reason for him to be encouraged is this video in support of Coakley from the president. It contains all the passion and conviction of his promises to c-span. Can the president explain to me how voting a liberal democrat into a seat held by a liberal democrat since 1962 represents “change”?

With all the good news maybe the Lonely conservative will have to change his name?

Meanwhile back in November I tweaked Violet over this post:

Do I actually think Coakley could be a presidential candidate in 2012? Doesn’t matter. This is about capturing the mood of resistance to the Democratic anti-woman donkey-shit deal. Coakley is publicly denouncing the Stupak amendment. Send the message that she’s right.

I know she has been in pain (hope you are feeling better) but she never blogged about Martha’s flip flop on the subject. I’m still waiting to see what she has to say.

And if the news concerning the Brown/Coakley race doesn’t depress liberals these posts from Camp of the saints and Gormogons will. Money quotes:

What does this mean for Haiti? It means that America, on its own dime, while fighting two wars and in the middle of the Great Recession, is going to once again bail out Haiti. Our soldiers and Marines will risk their lives in abhorrent conditions to protect Haitian civilians. Our ships will provide free first-world medical care, clean water, electricity and food to thousands and ask nothing in return. And how can America do this?

America can do this, because despite the protest of dirty, nasty hippies, and the continued efforts of liberal Congrehttp://datechguy.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=9937&message=1sspeople to defund the military, we have the biggest, baddest military on the planet.

Oh and what a coincidence, Scott Brown is a member of that same Military, although he will be remaining in Massachusetts, but not to worry so will the UN envoy to Haiti:

Update 3:
Speaking of Haiti the Anchoress continues her blogging of the disaster but still finds time to give voice to her thoughts on the Coakley campaign. They are much less charitable than her thoughts concerning Haiti.

So, there you have Martha Coakley: As nasty as Barbara Boxer; as stupid as Patty Murray. She’ll fit right in with the senate, if what we are looking for is “more of the same.”

That’s gotta leave a mark.

But not as much as this poll linked by instapundit:

The poll shows Brown, a state senator from Wrentham, besting Coakley, the state’s attorney general, by 50 percent to 46 percent, the first major survey to show Brown in the lead. Unenrolled long-shot Joseph L. Kennedy, an information technology executive with no relation to the famous family, gets 3 percent of the vote. Only 1 percent of voters were undecided.

I haven’t had this feeling in my stomach since after game 5 of the 2004 playoffs vs the Yankees, come to think of it Schilling made a big difference that year too.

Update 4:
You know it’s really handy having an extra set of eyes around the house when you inadvertently leave strings in your post.

…but our Pursuit of Mr. Brown’s vehicle today was the first car chase I’ve been involved in.

I went to South station to pick up Robert Stacy for 11:15 this morning. Boston being Boston there was no place to park for less than $25 bucks so I simply circled south station until Robert Stacy came out and we were off to the Brown headquarters in Needham.

As I make it a rule never to take the pike if it can be avoided so it took a few extra minutes to get there, as we exited we talked to a nice lady who just finished at the phone banks and who walk out but the candidate himself with his guys.

He said Hello and RSM got a shot of him with somebody but he had to leave for his press conference…

…so not knowing the location we jumped into my car and thus began a semi-high speed chase which included at least one disrespected red lights, several cars to dodge and weave around and finished with a three point turn in the middle of a two way Boston street next to the state house at just after 1 p.m.

Bottom line is Stacy made it to the conference and his report will be up shortly is now up, I meanwhile still unwilling to spring for the 20+ bucks for park spent the conference listening to Rush and circling the surrounding blocks passing and re-passing the graves of James Otis, Sam Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock the Gould monument and the statue of Joseph Hooker (why Joe Hooker rates a statue is beyond me).

From there it was back to the overcrowded Brown campaign headquarters and then Mighty Subs for a late breakfast/lunch (The REAL reason why Robert Stacy came, must be a fan of this blog) and off to my house were he is sitting across from me typing up a storm.

For the next several days I will be Kato to his Green Hornet or much more accurately Rochester to his Jack Benny. It should be an interesting week.

Update: I didn’t even mention briefly meeting the American Glob briefly after the press conference. he reports on it here.

…well not quite a stranger. Robert Stacy McCain is on his way up here and by the time this scheduled post goes up he should be just arriving in Boston via AmTrak. We will be bopping (does anyone say “bopping” anymore?) around the state a bit to see what we can see concerning the Brown campaign and he will likely be posting both from the road and from my house, likely with a Wachusett Country Ale in his hand as he does.

As my laptop battery is dead and I’m not inclined to buy a new one for a machine that is old and falling over my remote blogging might be limited but Robert Stacy will have the story so keep an eye over there for some first rate reporting.

Maybe the first story he can cover is the absolutely shattering surprise Boston Globe endorsement of Coakley.

Who woulda thunk it? I couldn’t be more shocked if I found enmity between RedSox and Yankee fans.

Linked by Camp of the saints, Thanks Bob.

This is a really cynical post:

Politically this is going to be played up, international disaster relief is one of those truly bi-partisan things that the US does best and we are going to do it. The president and the Sec of State are going to get a lot of positive airtime concerning this crisis. That is not a bad thing, particularly if the relief is delivered promptly and effectively. We should be very pleased and proud that it happens. but in terms of cynicism, this is a political windfall for them both. Today on Morning Joe they are touching on this.

This will also give the media a chance to ignore some stories they don’t want to deal with, the health care back door deals, Harry Reid and Bill Clinton’s remarks, the foibles of Martha Coakley. The sec of state is unlikely going to be taking questions about her husband’s remarks and if anyone is as foolish to ask she will be able to turn it right around for dealing with something like this during a disaster.

Watch the Coakley campaign try to tie Pat Robinson to Scott Brown or press him to comment on it in the mistaken hope that any criticism of Robinson will hurt him among the right.

This also gives the president a perfect excuse not to intervene in Massachusetts, he is much too busy in the crisis.

Watch the banks and a lot of the companies who gave large unpopular bonuses throw money at the disaster relief and make sure it is publicized well.

One thing that will not get the press that it should will be how Americans will open up their wallets, slim as they are these days, to help out in Haiti. I wonder what Mr. Penn & Mr. Glover will have to say about that?

Ok that’s enough cynicism, go the the Anchoress for a good roundup and an excellent suggestion for your relief dollars.

…but you would think a minister would be more familiar with his scripture:

At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” Luke 13:1-5

Ironically his thoughts about the cause of Haiti’s problems hasn’t stopped him from encouraging his people to contribute money for relief and help for the victims of the quake.

He is rightly going to take some hits for his foolish words, but he has a long history of such idiocy, but I’ll wager the Haitians are going to be a whole lot more interested and thankful for the aid money he will raise than the idiocy that he speaks while doing so.  Mary Katherine Ham’s joke has more than a grain of truth to it.

He is correct about one thing, for a country that has been independent for over two centuries it has been one of the least successful states in history. Considering how well Haitians do when they come to the US it certainly isn’t the people.