Even if Martha Coakley manages to win Tuesday’s Massachusetts special election, she’ll come out of the race a loser. Not since Grady Little gave away the American League pennant to the Yankees in 2003 has New England witnessed this level of ineptitude. Actually, that Red Sox reference would probably sail right over Coakley’s head, when you consider that just the other day she told a gobsmacked radio host that Curt Schilling — who’s endorsed her GOP opponent, Scott Brown — was a “Yankee fan.” It was just the latest in a series of blunders that have helped Coakley blow a 30-point lead over Brown and now have her on the verge of losing what Massachusetts Democrats consider their birthright: the U.S. Senate seat Ted Kennedy held for 46 years.
But Coakley’s sorry performance reveals a dirty little secret about Bay State politics: Yes, Massachusetts may be “one of the most enthusiastically Democratic states in the country,” as Adam Nagourney recently described it in the Times, but Massachusetts also boasts one of the most hackish state Democratic parties in America — in other words, just the sort of party that would produce a Martha Coakley. And, in a way, the person to blame for the party’s pathetic condition is Teddy himself.
Martha is also the product of a Democratic nominating process that is dominated by the far-left of the Democratic Party, where identity politics trumps common sense.