Coakley tests the limits: How many gaffes will it take to lose in liberal Mass.? 

In the last few weeks, the Senate campaign of former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, D, appears to be testing the limits in Massachusetts: Just how many unforced errors can they make, and still win just because Massachusetts is such a liberal state? Among other things:

  1. Coakley has minimized her campaign appearances, even pooh-poohing the notion of standing out "in the cold" and shaking hands with voters at Fenway.
  2. Instead of pressing flesh with the voters in the last few critical days, she held a Washington fundraiser populated by health care and drug lobbyists.
  3. At said fundraiser, one of her handlers pushed an inquisitive reporter to the ground as she looked on.
  4. Although photos show her looking directly at the pusher and the reporter on the ground, she later said: “I know something occurred, but I’m not privy to the facts. I’m sure it will come out, but I’m not aware of that.”.
  5. When asked about her foreign policy experience, she said -- on television -- that her sister lives overseas.
  6. She said in the debate that there are no more terrorists in Afghanistan.
  7. She said on the radio yesterday that freedom from coercion against one's religion does not extend to the workplace if you're Catholic and you happen to be a doctor or nurse.
  8. Her campaign misspelled "Massachusetts" in a recent ad.

So here's another one for you, contributed not by Coakley or Massachusetts Democrats by by Democrats in Washington. Ben Smith writes for Politico:

A new ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee uses an unlikely symbol of Wall Street greed: The World Trade Center.

The ad has since been pulled, both from YouTube and from television, and once they get it fixed up with a new image, it will run. Meanwhile, valuable time is being lost.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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