All eyes on Mass
The other day we saw a post by the jolly green giant at the Hoboken Journal on some remarks by Pat Robertson on an old generational tale about a pact made with the devil to free Haiti from French rule. Considering most Americans probably didn’t know the guy was still alive, the attention the old guy received is pretty amazing. It got Da Horsey to wondering about more timely comments by relevant cultural and publicly elected officials. And we came across this gem by the current Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley who is running for US Senate or as CNN analyst David Gergen put it, for “Ted Kennedy’s seat.” We have to wonder if this type of religious intolerance will generate similar consternation among the political and journalistic elite. We’re going to take a wild stab here that between Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, and the Boston Globe among others, it won’t.
Then there’s this video that has gone viral generating hundreds of thousands of hits in just a couple of days. A Coakley campaign aide is seen knocking down a reporter who was following up on a question asked (and ignored) not minutes earlier. You can see the reporter holding up a recorder as he is approached from behind and knocked over. After he is “helped up” by the campaign person, he struggles to get away from his “helper” and escapes by running behind some oncoming pedestrians. We understand this campaign aide, Michael Meehan is also an Obama nominee for the Broadcasting Board of Governors. It’s doubtful that many in the media will be getting wee weed up over this either.
Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley pictured left as her campaign aide Michael Meehan stands over the knocked down reporter. She later claimed to know nothing about it. The special election for the open people’s seat for US Senate is on Tuesday. President Clinton has already gone to Boston and the AP reported President Obama arrives tomorrow to campaign on her behalf. Although there is less than 15% registered Republicans in the state, challenger Scott Brown is posing a surprising strong run. We’d sooner believe Bill Maher would make a public attack on muslims than see a Scott Brown victory in Massachusetts. But status quo machine politics just don’t seem up to The Chicago Way standards of late. Tuesday night should prove interesting.
Update 6:01 – The race just got even more interesting. Scott Brown has filed an ethics complaint that the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) used state resources to urge workers to volunteer for Martha Coakley’s campaign via state computers and email. The Coakley campaign declined to comment and referred the matter to the Attorney General’s office. Martha Coakley is the Attorney General. The Wall St. Journal did a piece just yesterday on her avoidance to pursue three major corruption cases and another story detailed a very questionable case on prosecuting a family.