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Martha Coakley Wins Democratic Nomination for Senator from Massachusetts!

It’s over already. So far, Martha Coakley has won nearly twice as many votes as her closest opponent, Michael Capuano, who had the full support of the Obama contingent of the Democratic Party. Tonight the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party has won in Massachusetts.

The story isn’t on-line yet, but on the New England Cable News Network, there is a check by Coakley’s name! We are one step closer to having a woman Senator from Massachusetts for the first time in the state’s history.

To make the victory even more more sweet, Coakley was an early supporter of Hillary Clinton, and stuck with her right up to the Convention. She fought to have Florida and Michigan’s votes counted. She was the only candidate who ran on her own without invoking Ted Kennedy every five minutes, and she was the only candidate who refused to support the health care “reform” bill if that meant limitations on women’s right to choose when to have a child.

From Politico: Coakley Wins

With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Coakley holds a commanding 47 to 27 percent lead over Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.). Community service activist Alan Khazei lags well behind in third place with 13 percent of the vote and Boston Celtics co-owner Steven Pagliuca is in fourth place with 12 percent.

Coakley won nearly every municipality across the state, though narrowly trails Capuano in the city of Boston. Capuano also carried the academic hub of Cambridge and his home base of Somerville.

And John Kerry had the nerve to steal Hillary’s line:

Added Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.): “Tonight the glass ceiling in Massachusetts politics was smashed into a thousand pieces.”

This announcement was just posted on Coakley’s website:

The polls have closed, the voters have spoken, and I am so delighted to tell you that tonight, with great honor and humility, I will accept the Democratic Party nomination to the United States Senate.

I am so grateful for your support in this campaign. With focus, grit, hard work, optimism, enthusiasm, commitment, and a sense of humor, you made tonight possible.

Last week at a 1208 Countdown stop in South Hadley, I spoke with a young man in a wheelchair. He asked me why many buildings in Massachusetts didn’t have full access for those with disabilities. My response was, frankly, we haven’t done as well as we should. I told him that it was just one of the reasons I admired Senator Ted Kennedy: because he worked tirelessly to make life as fair as possible for everyone. That young man gave me a mug with some text from Lewis Carroll’s “Through the Looking Glass”:

“There is no use trying,” said Alice, “one can’t believe impossible things.”

“I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”

From the bottom of my heart, I want to offer a sincere thank you to you, your families, and all those across this great Commonwealth, from the Berkshires to Boston, from Peabody to Provincetown, who worked so hard for these past months to make this victory possible!

You helped me convince the voters to send a different kind of leader to Washington, one who can see all the possibilities and who will get to work on those problems that have seemed impossible to change.

(More at link)

186 Responses

  1. Congratulations Martha Coakley!

  2. Hurray for Martha!! I’m soooo excited! The entire Dem establishment tried to undercut her–but she won! Just like Hillary did last year in MA. I’m so proud.

  3. Let’s make it 18, shall we?

  4. !!!! Yay!!!

  5. Great news!!! Hooray!

    Now if we could just help CT get rid of Lieberman…….

    • And help CT get rid of Dodd, and Nevada get rid of Reid…

      • I think Harry’s going down. He’s running campaign ads NOW, if you can believe it. Problem is, he’ll be replaced by a whackaloon Republican. The Dems don’t have a deep bench in NV.

    • Lieberman was actually helpful today. I’d prefer we get rid of Bayh or Dorgan.

    • run a smart gutsy Female Clinton loyalist against him. Are there any of those in CT?

  6. Congrats to Martha and Massachusetts!

  7. You go, girl!!!

  8. Great news, especially for MA! Congratulations.

  9. The Clintons remain very unpopular with almost everybody in the Democratic party except the voters.

  10. Ugh, Kerry just released a statement saying the MA glass cealing has been shattered into 1000 pieces!

  11. Coakley takes the nomination by 20 points over the establishment choice Mike Capuano!
    Interesting. Better yet, she won on her own record and as you said she did not have to invoke Ted Kennedy every 5 minutes either.
    The DemocratUnderground and Kosacks are crying over this one, which is great!

    • happy happy!!! joy joy!!!

    • Capuano is crying too, he actually said his union supporters were brave to stand up, taking a risk they could lose something–like what? Lol The Coakley machine! He was behind, couldn’t catch up, ran a grassroots campaign–it’s hard being the Establishment candidate. 😉

    • Makes the news even better.

      • DemocratUnderground sees Coakley as a DLC “DINO”
        when her record is moderately liberal.
        They just cannot stand that Clinton allies are still holding influence within the party nor can they stand that one will take Ted Kennedy’s senate seat.

        • Yea, but they defend the ultimate DINO–Obama!

        • Funny how they label “DLC” as something they don’t like when the DLC is all Obama. I mean, last time I checked, the DLC was in Chicago now.

          • No, the dNc is Obama. It’s the one that Donkey Brassiere and her BFF
            KKRove ran amuck to overthrow Democracy so the loser could continue his
            cheating streak (read Obama).

            It was the dNc v. the DLC, which is the Clinton wing of the party.

          • no, the DLC is the Obama wing. Clinton’s belonged and nothing wrong with that, Gore did too. It is the management of the DLC now that makes the org so obnoxious. Individual members are still some good some bad.
            Obama lied about belonging in 2004 and I have never forgotten how my BS meter screamed at that one.

          • In May Obama proclaimed himself a New Democrat to a group of New Democrats (DLC).

          • Yes, Obama espoused all the policies of the DLC that everyone hates, but because he never officially joined, no harm, no foul. It was around this time that I began to suspect the Anybody But Hillary faction wasn’t very consistent and might be motivated by something beyond ideology, because that made zero sense. I hate Al From as much as the next guy, but…..

          • Obama officially joined. He was on their list. Then when it became an issue with Deaniacs who were his main support early on in 2004, he said his name was there by accident.
            He probably went to the DLC folk (Emanuel) and asked that his name be taken off, “but don’t worry, you know it is just so I can get the liberal vote” (you know, just like he did with Canada and NAFTA.

        • Some guy, Brian I think his name was, owes me money. He said Coakley is superprogressive and Obots would love her! I said Obots would support Steve Lynch first.

          Who was right, Brian or whatever your name was?

        • DINO? Coakley is a liberal, are they nuts?

  12. Fantastic!!! Some great news which has been sorely needed over the last couple of weeks.

  13. The public option appears to be gone:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091209/ap_on_bi_ge/us_health_care_overhaul

    In place of a government-run plan, originally designed as a way of forcing competition on private industry, officials said the Democrats had tentatively settled on a private insurance arrangement to be supervised by the federal agency that oversees the system through which lawmakers purchase coverage. Additionally, the tentative deal calls for Medicare to be opened to uninsured Americans beginning at age 55, a significant expansion of the large government health care program that currently serves the 65-and-over population.

    The officials who described the details did so on condition of anonymity, saying they were not authorized to discuss them publicly. Despite their reluctance, some senators had talked openly earlier in the day about the progress of the negotiations.

    • You knew it would be. It wasn’t really a public option anymore either.

    • Only for the uninsured? That sounds like a backdoor way to turn Medicare into welfare-type program. Not good.

      • yeah its a two fer because the way Jane is explaining it the PO is going to cover all those pesky sick people with pre existing that the insurance company wouldn’t cover and was the supposed reason we had to have a mandated plan to begin with.

        Is it passed because I am hearing conflicting things?

    • Like we didn’t all see that one coming. It was a McGuffin from the start. And sadly even though the anti woman bill went down in the senate today, what will be negotiated between the house and senate will be way too close to Supakistan.

      Can’t wait for that arrogant speech in front of styrofoam pillars about the historic bill when if finally gets baked enough and made crappy enough to make the insurance companies and “The Family” and “The Church” all happy.

    • Any bets on the final bill?

    • How could or why would there be anonymity if they voted on it?

    • Did they ever vote on Sanders amendment?

      • Good question. And what’s the general state of things. I’m hearing some say it won’t get resolved, even in the Senate, this year. Others saying they’ll get something out of the Senate this year.

      • The Sanders amendment would benefit the people.

        • I really really want the names of the folks opposing it.

          I’ve already got 7 names on my dartboard of people who would classify me as incapable of making my own reproductive decisions. I want the names of the people in health insurance industries back pocket.

      • So far no vote on anything named Sanders

  14. The bad news is we’re getting more snow tonight….

    • eeps! We had rain that was unbelievable this morning. I drove for 40 miles and couldn’t see more than about 5 feet in front of me … it was pouring probably 2-3 inches an hour for at least 45 minutes and 40 miles before I got some kind of break. The river parishes are really flooded.

      • Wow. That’s scary. We’re only going to get about an inch. At least I don’t have my 8:00 class tomorrow.

        • You guys are freakin’ me out. I have a job interview at a law school on the East Coast next week…

          • Don’t be freaked, it’s been ridiculously warm up till now, we’ve had like one cold day so far. I’ve been wearing shorts and sitting outside every day.

          • It’s not so much the actual weather itself (I grew up in the U.P. and can take the cold), it’s the flight in possibly-bad weather that is scary.

  15. Oh gag–STFU Kerry! How dare he.

    • He’s Mr. Foot-in-mouth. At least it sounds like he supported Coakley. He used to be a prosecutor too.

      • After he assisted in stonewalling the ultimate breakthrough in the glass ceiling last year, he has no right to use/steal that line.

  16. OT, but interesting development today in Copenhagen. Big kids on the block are trying to bully the developing nations behind closed doors, and someone leaked:

    Copenhagen climate summit in disarray after ‘Danish text’ leak
    Developing countries react furiously to leaked draft agreement that would hand more power to rich nations, sideline the UN’s negotiating role and abandon the Kyoto protocol

    A confidential analysis of the text by developing countries also seen by the Guardian shows deep unease over details of the text. In particular, it is understood to:

    • Force developing countries to agree to specific emission cuts and measures that were not part of the original UN agreement;

    • Divide poor countries further by creating a new category of developing countries called “the most vulnerable”;

    • Weaken the UN’s role in handling climate finance;

    • Not allow poor countries to emit more than 1.44 tonnes of carbon per person by 2050, while allowing rich countries to emit 2.67 tonnes.

    Developing countries that have seen the text are understood to be furious that it is being promoted by rich countries without their knowledge and without discussion in the negotiations.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/dec/08/copenhagen-climate-summit-disarray-danish-text

    • Wow, if all true, that’s pretty bad.

      • It seems to be true — wonder who the leaker was?

        There’s a photo with the representative of Haiti with her head in her hands. The Caribbean nations are extremely hard hit by climate change. As is the Southern coast of the US — hurricane alley — storms are predicted to be stronger in the years ahead.

    • Yikes!

  17. Gee… That Pelosi endorsement really made a difference…

  18. Congratulations Massachusetts! Big hugs to my Boston peeps!

  19. Glenn Greenwald’s latest is excellent–a takedown of Andrew Sullivan and all the other Koolaid Kids.

    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2009/12/08/obama/

    • I liked this piece until it took a weird turn into “…and that’s why Palin’s supporters are stupid!” It felt so tacked-on, I felt like I was reading two different articles. His basic point, which I took to be a critique of the increasingly cultish behavior of B0’s (remaining) supporters, was interesting though.

      • Oh, I didn’t get that far before I posted the link.

        • I think including the word “Palin” in Salon’s stories is how they boost their page count and comments. : )

          • Sadly, Greenwald didn’t seem to notice that these people were acting the same way during the primaries.

          • Yes, I was wondering about that myself.

          • I think including the word “Palin” in Salon’s stories is how they boost their page count and comments. : )

            LOL! I think you’ve got that absolutely correct.

          • They should be paying her royalties. Ha ha.

          • To be fair, he’s saying Obots are exactly the same as Palin or Bush Repubs who can’t actually articulate why they support the person except they just like them.

          • One difference, IMHO — Palin supporters (I assume — I live in Oregon and there aren’t really any here) are not going around proclaiming that B0 and his supporters are idiots. (Other unpleasant/slanderous qualities, sure, but the meme there is not “stupid.”) Then again, I live in Obamaland (where HRC supporters are also decried as bitter old morons) so I might be *completely* wrong about this.

          • It’s also how he keeps his job at Salin. 😉 He can’t go too far without establishing his cred.

          • No doubt — the PDS is part of the kool-aid effect.

            THe dumb 0boties (female 0bots) really get unhinged at any positive remarks about Palin.

      • yeah, if you never liked Obama, it’s because you are really a Bush lover and a Palin addict. Only people like Glenn, who is trailing the rest of us here by a year, is able to not like Obama legitimately.
        I mean, we disliked him because we were able to extrapolate into the future what the effect of his policies were going to be on us not-very-well-connected people and saw that it was not good. We did this based on his performance and that of the DNC’s during the primary and general election cycles. And we were almost 100% correct about him.
        But we don’t get any points for accurate predictions based on past performance. No, instead, we just get lumped in with the Palin supporters and George Bush nutcases.
        Fuck you very much, Glenn.

        • You always *do* say it best. : )

        • Jake Tapper had that same Glenn link on Facebook. I kinda went medieval in my comment on Sully’s pyshotic bipolar obsession with Obama and Palin. Think I may have freaked out Jake’s friends. Though you never know. I challenged Howie Kurtz on Sunday about how the role of the fourth estate is not to cheerlead for the White House. He apparently played my tweet on CNN and discussed with Joan Walsh. It’s unraveling for BO, and firing reality checks to the media is like water pistols at the carnival. It’s been fun. Oh, the third wavers are coming unhinged too.

        • I guess I have to read it again, i didn’t catch the part where he lumps us in with them. I’ve got to say something about the video that I did like. There was no mention really or character assassination of SP _ don’t agree with just about any thing she says, but she HAS been treated unfairly at times. too close to home from the primaries of 08. she needs to watch out what fires she plays with, she IS the defacto president of at least 30 % of this country. that’s scary.

          peace

  20. Great news, and I guess what remains of KOS and DU are mostly sexists males now, or women who disdain their sex. What cesspools! Having a women win must really frost their cockles (or whatever the term is).

  21. This is just wonderful news no doubt about it. I guess I can go to bed happy now!

    • Yes, and you know who will be the next Senator, because Republicans don’t win in Massachusetts (except for Governor, for some crazy reason). Once you know the winner of the Democratic primary, you know the winner.

      • Jim Braude advised Brown to attack Coakley, because Mr. Hopenchange attacked Hill and that worked great. He says Brown has a great chance.

        We have the best pundits, don’t we? Ugh!

        • (He’s a progressive)

        • Yeah, the teapartier Scott Brown has a real great chance of taking Edward Kennedy’s seat! What analysis!

        • He must not have looked real hard at those primary numbers. What does he think that all the devoted Republicans stayed home and that they are going to find another 150,000 Republicans sometime before the election? Jeez even if you gave Brown all the votes from the primary he still loses to second place Capaono. Methinks someone is engaging in wishful thinking.

          • No, they keep talking about Independents. But, it’s MA, things are a little different here. Most Independents are Democrats who Just don’t want to call themselves Democrats for whatever reason.

          • Um, also Clinton WON Mass by 10 points. In spite of endorsements from Ted, Kerry and Deval Patrick (who at the time had much higher popularity ratings than he does now) for Obama.

            I don’t think that attacking thing worked out so well for Obama here.

            In fact, all the CDS-misogyny among Progressive Dude Nation leading up to the senatorial primary here was whining about how unfair it was that all the boyz in the race were estopped from attacking Coakley because she’s a silly girrrrrrrrrrl and it might tick off the women of Massachusetts if they ganged up on her. While their whining was predictable and stupid, it’s quite likely true that the voting female population of Mass. would not take well to a gang-up attack on Martha from the PDN wolfpack (those women! go figure!).

          • true it didn’t work out well for Obama–except that the superdelegates still voted for Obama anyway.

          • Yeah, Capuano went so far as to complain about the “Rick lazio effect.” As if Lazio had a chance anyway, and as if attacking Coakley would have helped him. Coakley is tough, she can take it, and it’s no one else’s fault that Capuano came off as an angry jerk. I’m still scratching my head over the whole, “you think you’re going to DC to change things, that’s not how it works” business.

          • (And um, of course Lazio was a REPUBLICAN as well, in a primary it turns voters off to cross that line of negativity too much. Everybody seems to understand that except when there’s one of those freaky alien creatures, a girl, involved).

          • Actually, Clinton won MA by 15 points! Yeah!!!!

    • It was a decent day to be a woman today..

      Stupak part two was tabled and Martha Coakley won her primary.

      Nite all.

  22. CNN has been discussing the Medicare Buy-in as if it’s for anyone over 55.

    • They’re just buffing the turd for Obama. It still should be killed outright if FDL is remotely correct.

      • I had it playing in the background and was doing something else, so I can’t be positive, but I didn’t even hear them say that the buy-in is for the uninsured… they just keep saying under 55, and then Anderson Cooper goes, “but what about the liberals” and Dana Bash gives a spiel that doesn’t really answer the question.

      • (what about the liberals, re: public option)

      • whoops. over 55 (not under)

        • They will find a way to fuck up Medicare while doing this, I have no doubt.

          • probably already in progress. All the liberal ideas on healthcare have been co-opted and turned into in-name-only talking points. First the public option bait and switch. Then Pelosi and the House muddied the waters on singlepayer Medicare for All by pushing Medicare for Everyone/Medicare Part E. Now the Senate is calling this compromise an expansion of Medicare when really it’s the same old problem–it doesn’t apply to everybody they’re saying it apply to, only a fraction of that, and may not even be Medicare, and the timeline is sketchy at best.

  23. Bloomberg poll — page 3 — Hillary has the highest favorables of the Obama administration and of anybody or anything, Democrat or Repub, on the list

    • But she has incredibly high negatives among Democratic superdelegates, and they have so much in common with the average voter. As Kerry goes, so goes the nation.

  24. If Harry Reid gets his butt kicked in Nevade it could be extra sweet. The leading contender to face him is former Nevada Republican Party Chair Sue Lowden who holds a 10-point lead over Reid at present.

    I think it would be great if a woman took him out 😉

  25. I shall post that quote from that yummy article on Hillary

    If Clinton supporter and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley wins that will make the ninth score that Clinton has settled. And it will have happened in the state that the Kennedy family once ruled.

    • I posted this in the other thread, but Coakley took Barnstable (where the Kennedy compound is located). Suck it, old boys’ network!

      • (And okay, granted, he won only 13 towns anyway, one by one vote out of 5 total votes cast, but still! 😉

  26. Karry got it right up the rear! He looked like he was going to cry when Charlie Rose asked him if he was disappointed in not getting the SOS slot.

    I think I read some where that if you support Obama, you get a hand shake and a nod, but if you support Clinton, you get a political ally and a job!

    Those back stabbers are dropping like flies! Pelosi, Reid, Clyburn-race baiter-and a few others will soon fall too.

    So far:

    Karry – No SOS job

    Richardson – crook – No SOC position

    Dean -Gone -no HHS slot -No real JOB-now whoring for big pharma

    Kennedy – Dead

    Princess Caroline Kennedy -No Senator Seat

    Dodd – soon to be gone due to being the bankers number one whore after Obama

    Tim Russart – sexist pig – Dead

    Chris Mathews – sexist pig – So senate run in sight

    Corzine -turn coat -gave NJ primary votes away – Gone

    John Edwards-piece of shit-Gone for good

    President Carter – Just learned yesterday at 80 something that the worlds major religions are sexist and oppress women – is completely irrelevant

    Daschle – tax cheat – No SHH slot

    Greg Craig-fired by Obama administration – gone

    And the list goes on………..

    Hill and Bill, popular as ever!!!

    I think she is done with the pawns and is now going after the Knights and bishops!

  27. Why am I in moderation?

  28. No, Sorry! I didn’t mean that she offed anyone. Just that they have fallen from grace. Karma, not murder!

    • I think where things stand politically last year to this year is very much a case of what’s past is prologue. I don’t think the deaths are about the primaries, though. I miss Stephanie Tubbs Jones– we lost her too.

    • I know, it looked funny but I know what you meant.

    • Yeah, I got what you were saying as well.

      Karma worked very quickly!!

  29. Whoo-hoo! Congrats Martha. And may this be the first victory of many more for Martha Coakley and democratic people.

  30. Go Martha GO!

    Night all…no worries the Klown is on duty. 😉

  31. President Clinton personally called Coakley to congratulate her, and amazingly, all of these idiot pundits are giving him credit for being a factor. HA! 🙂

    On another note, when MC mentioned in her acceptance speech mentioned that women don’t have much luck in Massachusetts politics, Lurch, who was standing behind her, reached out and patted her on the back. I hate him quite a bit.

  32. Martha Coakley Victory Speech Part 1

  33. wonderful news

  34. Congrats to the Senator-elect! Terrific news. And I took advantage of early voting here in Houston to elect Ms. Parker for Mayor. C’mon Annise! 🙂

  35. Fantastic!

  36. hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  37. This is a beautiful event!!

    With just a bit more house-cleaning, I might join the party again.

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