Yes, yes I know. The opinion I hold is a rather rare and controversial one among many Democrats, especially those who attend the caucuses. Four years after a stunning loss to Scott Brown, many in the party seemingly still hold the loss against her. Martha however, is not lacking in intelligence or political know-how. She’d be the first one to tell you that she didn’t run the campaign she wanted to, or should’ve run. The story of the 2010 Special Senate Election is the story of a “perfect storm” of sorts- a culmination of dissatisfaction, even in liberal Massachusetts, with Washington, with the powers that be. Coakley doesn’t shy away from her past mistakes, but it’s unfair to place blame for the loss solely on her.
In recent years, it’s been commonplace for any mention of the Attorney General to mention her failed Senate bid. But Martha Coakley, unlike many of the voters in Massachusetts, hasn’t let that election define her. She’s tough. She’s resilient. Getting back on her feet, Martha Coakley buckled down, re-won the AG’s office and got to work. She continued to fight for LGBT rights, protected thousands who were at risk of losing their homes, and continued to pressure the big-banks that ruined our economy. Coakley enjoys the highest approval ratings of any Democrat in the state, but her Senate loss still seems to plague her.
But yes, it is time to forgive Martha. She knows what it’s like to lose a race. She knows what it’s like to have people mad at you. But more than anything, Martha Coakley has been a tireless advocate for all Bay State residents, especially the poor, marginalized and disenfranchised. Martha embodies progressive values. For a state that stands ready to build on the accomplishments that Deval Patrick has brought to fruition, Coakley is the clear choice to bring Massachusetts into a new-era of greatness. Martha is resolute, she’s caring, she’s the right choice for Governor, and yes, it’s time to forgive her.