Brian McGrory is the former metro news editor of the Boston Globe who has returned to his post as metro columnist. Today McGrory takes a look at the campaign of Democrat Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial contest.
The Globe has been in the tank for Coakley. It not only endorsed her, it also covered for her when Coakley media consultant Michael Meehan roughed up the Weekly Standard’s John McCormack following Coakley’s closed-door Washington fund-raising trip this week. The Globe ran the AP story on McCormack’s close encounter with Meehan under the heading “Reporter takes stumble chasing Mass. candidate.”
McGrory’s column today is “Race is in a spinout.” It is written from the perspective of a liberal Democrat who is distraught over Coakley’s campaign. From Scott Brown’s perspective, of course, the race is not in a spinout. The race is on track. Brown, however, is upsetting the Globe’s natural order.
McGrory opens the column with a quotation from Chairman Martha: “Martha Coakley made a jaw-dropping declaration earlier this week at the only live televised debate in Boston that she has deigned to do. She said, and I quote, ‘I’ve traveled the state and met tremendous people.”’
“If she did,” McGrory comments, “it was under the cover of darkness, with an assumed name.”
In the column McGrory performs the obligatory distancing of himself from GOP candidate Scott Brown. He takes a wholly unmerited shot at Brown’s intelligence.
Yet anyone looking for additional clues about how this race is playing out among the party faithful may find this column of interest. McGrory reports that “[p]rominent Democrats in Boston are privately seething at the candidate and her campaign,” and it sounds like he might be among their number.
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