Despite extreme pressure from a powerful, well connected authority figure, one whose style is autocratic and demanding to the point of being a true bully in my eyes, and risking much to protect those who looked to her for protection – Martha Coakley stood up to enormous pressure. I won’t go so far as to say those who have earned the enmity or stood up against the mistaken ideas of that particular public figure automatically get my vote – but it sure helps.
After choosing a presidential primary candidate based solely on his public positions and fine-sounding words [John Edwards – GROAN]…so-called “litmus tests” or “which candidate agrees with more of my positions” doesn’t matter to me much – if at all. Words are not the same as future actions. Talk is cheap. So I won’t bother to list the positions on which Martha Coakley and I agree – or disagree. There are some of each, I assure you.
In so far as possible, what I care about is what the candidate is like under pressure, and where their “disposable time” has gone. How I have seen that candidate treat ordinary people in their lives and communities before entering the senate race matters to me, too. It is impossible to see into a heart of another, but my impressions as to honesty, self-discipline, compassion, and moral courage matter a great deal, at least to me.
Also, I am a loyal type. When I pledge to a candidate in a primary, it takes a major, major disappointment in that candidate for me to change to another primary candidate. I I admit I will take my time as to the Auditor’s and Treasurer’s races. Because once I sign on, I am on.
Thanks for running, Martha, and giving me a candidate I can fully trust and believe in.