• David

    It’s frustrating that more often than not, the democratic process is reduced to a popularity contest on par with Prom King and Queen elections. The qualifications, experience, and background of a candidate are no where near as important to “Joe 6-pack” as how cool he or she appears to be. I applaud Jim McKenna for pursuing public service, but if voters were to listen to him debate Coakley or to any of his talking points, this election won’t be close.

  • Publius

    Come on, don’t blame it on the fact that she’s a woman. You’re no better than that godawful women for Coakley site. There were a variety of factors. One was that her campaign was disorganized; another was that she didn’t campaign, taking time off from the campaign (she didn’t leave MA, but that doesn’t mean she did anything); her campaign was practically bankrupt; OFA coordinated poorly; the infighting was tremendous. Don’t blame it on people not voting for women; blame it on Coakley and her campaign. The other candidates would have run a better campaign and won

  • Mahtha

    You say that she would have done just as well as any of the other candidates against Brown, then you blame her loss on Massachusetts’ unwillingness to vote for women? Get your stories straight. You’re completely contradicting yourself

  • Mahtha

    You say that she would have done just as well as any of the other candidates against Brown, then you blame her loss on Massachusetts’ unwillingness to vote for women? Get your stories straight. You’re completely contradicting yourself

  • Jennifer

    ‘Instead, the venomous attacks on Coakley transformed an accomplished public figure into a punch line. But the mistakes she made — from the television ads (too late, too negative) to the gaffes (Schilling, Afghanistan) — can’t explain the anger directed at her in defeat. What can? The disdain for women politicians that’s ingrained in Massachusetts’ cultural DNA.’

    It doesn’t specifically blame her loss on the fact that she is a woman.

  • Bobby

    It’s bad enough that the politicians keep telling us not to believe our eyes and ears, now it’s a political pundit telling us we can’t believe ourselves. I’m sorry, but Coakley WAS arrogant, a div