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Martha Coakley’s “Godless Atheist” Moment?

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 10:30 am - January 18, 2010.
Filed under: 2008 Elections,2010 Elections,Carolina News

In the fall of 2008, as polls showed her chances for reelection diminishing with each passing day, then-Senator Elizabeth Dole (R-Inside the Beltway) decided to jump the shark, er, pull the “Godless Atheist” card. She started running ads across the Tarheel State (which she supposedly represented, but rarely visited) pointing out (quite accurately) that a leader of the Godless Americans held a “secret” fundraiser for her opponent Kay Hagan. That Democrat attended said fundraiser.

Now, while Mrs. Dole’s ads had more basis in fact than some of the stuff put out by the Coakley campaign in recent days, they betrayed a whiff of desperation. With those ads, she destroyed whatever chance the native North Carolinian had of reviving her candidacy.

Now, if the Massachusetts media were as harsh on Coakley’s negative ads as the Carolina media were on Dole’s, then the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s mailer alleging “that Scott Brown wants rape victims turned away from hospitals” could have a similar effect on Coakley’s candidacy.  A Brown spokeswoman called the ad “patently false“.  When a candidate is down (or declining in the polls) in the last lap of an electoral contest, such negative ads rarely have the intended effect.  Instead of scaring people away from the savaged candidate, they make them disgusted with the candidate firing the broadsides.

Of course, it would be the Bay State Democrats sponsoring the attack.  They want to deflect as much blame as they can away from the Coakley campaign itself

Whether or not this ad alone will prevent a Democrat from winning in this Democratic state is still far from clear.  It is just one of many areas were the Coakley campaign (and it allies) have blundered in recent days.  (I mean, heck, the late Senator Kennedy’s son kept calling the woman vying for the seat once held by his father, Daniel Webster and Charles Sumner Marcia.*)

*Jan was unavailable for comment:

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  1. the late Senator Kennedy’s son kept calling the woman vying for the seat once held by his father, Daniel Webster and Charles Sumner Marcia.

    It’s not a mistake, it’s a reverse lisp. We should all start pronouncing it that way, to make the little prince feel better because a Kennedy is always right, right? 😉

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 18, 2010 @ 11:14 am - January 18, 2010

  2. Obama’s speech for Coakley. Scott Brown is for The Fat Cats.

    This is a memorable FBN, Imus In The Morning commentator Dagen McDowell Quote, about what the present Government is seeking to do to US.

    You don’t want to think if you get in bed with Uncle Sam, he is going to strip you naked, chain you to the bed, leave you there…………

    http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/2010/01/imus-in-mornings-dagen-mcdowell-us-govt.html

    Comment by keyboard jockey — January 18, 2010 @ 12:41 pm - January 18, 2010

  3. Obama’s speech for Coakley: Scott Brown is for The Fat Cats.

    You could view this election as an intelligence test. Obama has bailed out the fat cats for trillions (counting Fed actions). Are MA voters smart enough to understand that He works for the fat cats? and is a giant liar?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 18, 2010 @ 12:46 pm - January 18, 2010

  4. Sure Obama “bailed out” the fat cats (at least any fat cats that are among his devotees) but as he threw baskets of cash at them, he verbally flogged them to within an inch of their lives. Good enough.

    “Words? Just words?” Yeah maybe, but that’s all The O’s ever been about.

    Comment by Polly — January 18, 2010 @ 3:41 pm - January 18, 2010

  5. Polly, are you suggesting Obama likes to spank the fat cats while he’s doing them?

    Comment by Man — January 18, 2010 @ 4:00 pm - January 18, 2010

  6. Heh 🙂 But I think it would be most exact to say that the fat cats like a whore who spanks them.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — January 18, 2010 @ 4:30 pm - January 18, 2010

  7. But note that Barack and the Dems are treating the fat cats at Freddie and Fannie with kid gloves; they’ve been given a blank check and instructed to continue with business as usual. Freddie and Fannie are where old Democrat hacks go to make their fortunes, and THEY are immune from criticism.

    Would those CEOs and their minions then be the beloved mistresses?

    Comment by Polly — January 18, 2010 @ 7:04 pm - January 18, 2010

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