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Boston Globe Questions Coakley's Treatment of Rape, Molestation Cases

10:01 AM, Jan 6, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Fortunately for Coakley, this is Massachusetts, and she’s up against someone with a lot less name-recognition and the full strength of the Mass GOP behind him … snort … excuse me. Meanwhile, she’s got heavy union vote insurance in this special mid-winter election. There is no reason to think she really has anything to worry about.

As for the Globe, while the due diligence is impressive, I sense a nose-holding, “She’s timid and inept, coddled diddlers, but we need her to carry on Ted’s legacy” final endorsement coming on.

Still the close scrutiny of Coakley is good for voters (though not something they're always afforded when it comes to Democratic candidates) and the blue-on-blue fire can't hurt Brown's chances.

Below the fold, another WEEKLY STANDARD reader weighs in on Brown's chances, and why Massachusetts gubernatorial races make him think the GOP has a shot:

I've read, on more than one occasion, that State Senator Brown needs "almost a perfect storm" to overcome the traditional 30% deficit a Republican faces in MA. Clearly, the Republican party in MA is weak, extremely weak. Despite this, they elected four straight Republican governors from 1990 through 2002. During this same time, this same electorate voted overwhelmingly for Democrats for President and the downstream congressional seats. My question is: Why is a victory in a senate race considerably less plausible than a victory in a governor's race? If Mitt Romney can receive 50% of the vote in 2002 against an uninspiring, statewide office-holding female Democrat, why is it considerably less plausible for Scott Brown to receive 50% of the vote against a very similar candidate? Romney's voter ID and money can be offset, at least partially, by a sense of "Obama fatigue" that is gathering steam everywhere.

The GOP, as usual, is making a strategic and tactical blunder by not supporting this man. My anecdotal observations place the electorate's mood as similar to 1994. Not so coincidentally, 1994 was the last year MA elected Republicans to Congress and multiple statewide officials (Governor Weld in a landslide, no less).