I keep hearing how the Massachusetts seat up for grabs is a "Kennedy" seat. Forget that it belongs to the people, but if it is truly a Kennedy seat, I'm hoping for a win for the only 'Kennedy' in the race, Joseph L. Kennedy, an independent candidate. That is one of those hope, beyond hope things.
What is really startling is that this is a race at all. Massachusetts is a pretty liberal state. But today, President Obama is leaving the White House, the tragedy in Haiti and concerns over terrorists to go there an campaign for the Democrat who was at one time 31 points ahead.
She hasn't helped herself with Palinesque gaffes like "there are no Taliban/terrorists left in Afghanistan."
Not to mention offending Roman Catholics in a State full of them.
But the really big gaffe had nothing to do with national or foreign policy, it has to do with the Boston Red Sox. During a radio interview Ms. Martha Coakley referred to legendary Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling as a "Yankee fan."
I can assure you, knowing Boston like I do, that this will not go down well. It was Schilling who courageously pitched the Red Sox to a key World Series game win over the St. Louis Cardinals with blood oozing out of his sock. It is a moment trapped in Boston lore and that frankly anyone in Massachusetts should know instictively.
Schilling who is backing the Republican candidate, Scott Brown, had this to say on his blog:
“I’ve been called a lot of things...But never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could….”
I still think it's an uphill battle for anyone but a Democrat to win such a major seat in Massachusetts, but the fact that it is even this close should give some pause to the Democrats.