Electing Somebody Other than Ted Kennedy
Jeff Jacoby takes the unique tack of emphasizing policy differences between the candidates in Massachusetts’s special election:
Coakley supports ObamaCare, opposes the war in Afghanistan, and favors higher taxes on the wealthy. Brown is against the health care legislation, backs the president’s surge in Afghanistan, and wants across-the-board tax cuts a la JFK. Coakley is an EMILY’s List prochoice hard-liner; Brown condemns partial-birth abortion and is backed by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Coakley has no problem with civilian trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Brown thinks it reckless to treat enemy combatants like ordinary defendants.
Most commentary has been related to Republican Scott Brown’s affirmation that, you know, the senate seat is allocated to the people of the state, not to a political dynasty. Me, I find it interesting that Rhode Island Democrat Party Chairman Bill Lynch apparently can’t think of a reason to support Martha Coakley more enthusiastically than one would support a brainless blob with a “D” after its name:
The eyes of the nation are on Massachusetts.
In one week, Bay Staters will go to the polls to elect a new United States Senator to replace Ted Kennedy.
I knew Sen. Kennedy well, and was proud to call him a friend. Over the years I watched him fight to improve the lives of countless Americans and do everything he could to make Massachusetts a better place to live, work and raise a family.
By now you’ve probably heard that the race between Attorney General Martha Coakley and and her Tea Party-backed GOP opponent has tightened, as special interest groups are flooding the air with gutless attack ads. They’re trying to stop the change that you and I fought for last year, and they’re getting pretty desperate.
Sen. Kennedy was a true friend to Rhode Island, which is why I’m asking you to help elect a candidate who will honor his legacy and pick up the fight where he left off. I’m asking you to get involved today and help Martha Coakley.
We’re looking for energized volunteers from Rhode Island and southeastern New England to make phone calls, knock on doors and get every Democrat to the polls on Election Day.
There’s too much at stake next Tuesday to sit this one out, so please, do whatever you can and help send Martha to the Senate!
Message to Democrat voters from Democrat operatives: Keep your betters in office; we’ll select the heirs.