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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Second chances

As Tim "Crash" Murray sinks deeper into credibility gulch, Democrats are scratching their heads about the 2014 gubernatorial race. The alternative may be emerging right before our eyes.

The rehabilitation of Martha Coakley took another major step forward with a friendly profile in Globe, where the loser of the "Kennedy Seat" offers her most visible mea culpa over the perceptions surrounding her defeat at the hands of Scott Brown:
“The thing I feel worst about is people’s perception, and the media, that somehow I felt entitled to the seat, that I hadn’t worked hard enough, that I took it for granted. I knew if I was going to run for reelection I had to face it head-on among constituents.’’
Coakley worked hard to win reelection as attorney general and has compiled a solid record as a consumer advocate. But her name has never come up in electronic water cooler conversations about life in the post-Deval era.

Then came Murray's crash and the fall-out over everything from Michael McLaughlin to changing stories to his cell phone records.

Can Coakley trade her 20th floor office overlooking the city to a third floor corner office with a nice view of the Common?

Conventional wisdom has said no. The loss to Brown made her a national laughing stock. Then there was "The Curse": no attorney general since Ed Brooke has been able to move up to a higher office.

But let's face facts. The 2014 field is pretty weak -- in both parties. Murray may have had a semi-incumbent advantage but was hardly a shoo-in. Name one other prominent Democrat?

Because Coakley's predecessor, Tom Reilly, lost to an unknown named Deval Patrick, it's unwise to rule out another long shot emerging. But Coakley now looks much better when compared to the muck accumulating around Murray's tires.

Flattering profiles certainly add to that luster. And Coakley will know she's on the right road when the Herald moves on from their assaults on Elizabeth Warren and JoeK3 and starts dredging up the past and taking swipes again.

Martha II: The Sequel? Time will tell.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coakley might be a good governor, but past experience has shown that AGs have not made good, or successful, candidates for the corner office, witness Frank Bellotti, Scott Harshbarger, and Tom Reilly to mention three who tried. Also, Coakley has shown herself to be a poor candidate in the recent non-AG race against Scott Brown. I'm not sure a followup, successful race for reelection can correct that view.

February 21, 2012 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the search for a new Dem governor can be led by the same person I hope leads the choice for the new speaker of the house - Diogenes

February 22, 2012 4:44 AM  

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