Ah, the Massachusetts Senate Race, to see who will fill the (voluminous and high-octane) seat vacated by Ted Kennedy. Could one ask for a better snapshot into the massively corrupt Democratic machine that owns the Bay State?
The Democratic nominee is Martha Coakley, career prosecutor. She’s the favorite to win the seat, almost entirely because of the (D) after her name. It’s certainly not based on her performance as a law-enforcement professional.
The Boston Globe, who has endorsed her and cheerfully carried her water, found that even they couldn’t whitewash all she’s done (or hasn’t done). Last week, they discussed the case of a police officer who raped his 23-month-old niece with a curling iron — a case where Coakley did pretty much everything she could to make go away.
There have also been a string of political corruption scandals in Massachusetts. Two consecutive House Speakers have been convicted of corruption, and the third has just been indicted — all by federal officials, not by Coakley’s office.
Numerous other state and local officials (including two Boston City Councilors) have also run afoul of the law in recent years — but not Martha’s law. It’s been other agencies that have been trying to clean up the Augean stables that is Massachusetts politics. Hell, when it was revealed that aides to Boston’s mayor had deleted e-mails in violation of the law, she refused to investigate.
On the other hand, she has been resolute in keeping one convicted sex offender from seeking his freedom. The case in the Fells Acres Day Care sex abuse scandal has utterly collapsed, but Coakley refused to let one of the women convicted be released until she had signed an extensive agreement — including a pledge to never give interviews on the subject. And another convict — Gerald Amirault — remains still behind bars, largely on the basis of Coakley’s obstinancy.
There is exactly one compelling reason to elect Coakley to the Senate: it would get her the hell out of the AG’s office. The only question is whether or not she could cause less harm in the United States Senate than she’s currently causing.
On the other hand, in her current job, she’s pretty much limited to causing problems for her fellow Bay Staters…