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Coakley for Senate

She has the talent and gumption to tackle the future
By EDITORIAL  |  January 19, 2010

When Massachusetts voters go to the polls on Tuesday to elect a successor to the late Senator Edward Kennedy, they face a choice that is as clear as the difference between black and white.

The Democratic nominee, Attorney General Martha Coakley, is a well-tested public servant who has won office both locally as the district attorney for the state's most populous county, Middlesex, and statewide as the commonwealth's top law-enforcement and consumer-protection official.

The Republican candidate, Scott Brown, a state senator, represents a suburban district outside of Boston and is known not for any original legislative thinking but for his well-pressed public persona.

And then there is independent candidate Joseph Kennedy (no relation to the senator), who has waged a traction-less campaign that underscores his political insignificance.

Coakley is a common-sense progressive focused on the host of issues posed by the ongoing economic crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the challenges of the future.

Brown is a know-nothing reactionary, a cookie-cutter conservative with the political imagination of a George W. Bush. He is committed to an array of positions that would return the nation to the dismal days of the Bush-Cheney years. He's wedded to a failed past and hides from the perils of the future.

The choice is clear. The Phoenix urges citizens to vote for Coakley. She is the best choice for Massachusetts and the smartest choice for the nation.

In interviews, literature, speeches, and three televised debates, the two viable candidates have laid out their differences with clarity.

On health care, Coakley would vote for extending coverage to millions of Americans who currently live without that basic human need. Brown — who favored such reform when Massachusetts adopted it in 2006 — now would vote against it.

On the economy, Coakley would continue targeted federal investment to spur jobs. Brown would take the mindless right-wing approach of cutting taxes to the wealthy.

On regulation, Coakley would vote for policing the financial industry, and would fight — as she has as attorney general — to protect consumers from predatory institutions. Brown would oppose new regulations and seek to roll back those that exist. He is the candidate of Wall Street running amok.

On basic individual rights, Coakley would protect a woman's reproductive choice; fight for gay men and women to marry and serve openly in the armed forces; and oppose the death penalty. Brown waffles on choice and is a Neanderthal on the other issues.

On the environment, Coakley would aggressively combat climate change. Brown wants to ignore the problem. He prefers to wait and see.

On fighting terrorism, Coakley would acknowledge and respect national and international law, as well as human decency. Brown favors international arrogance and torture.

On the war in Afghanistan, Coakley — opposing President Barack Obama — would wind down the conflict and bring home our troops. Brown, himself a lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard, would continue sending more of our soldiers there needlessly, and would doubtless take a similarly hawkish approach to future conflicts.

On immigration, Coakley would reform our system to ensure illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Brown would deny services to immigrants and reject reform.

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 On Tuesday when Scott Brown wins the Senate seat that has been held by the Lion of the Senate for so long we are going to hear a new kind of roar across this country. It will be the Scott heard round the world!


Vote for Scott Brown. 

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:01 PM


 You guys most not be following the weather. Great Britton has had 3 years of record cold winters and unuasually cool summers. The US has had record low temp across the entire US. The climate Scientest have been lying about the numbers and hiding the fact that we actually have had a tempurature decline for the last 3 years. I think a little skepticisim of global warming is warranted. Brown seem to be level headed about being enviromental responsible versus being a Fanactic following the religion of Gorism.


Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:03 PM


 The author of this article, possibly a LITTLE partisan? Talk about know nothing, I suspect if the obama administration were to stop in the hallway too quickly, you'd be the snot coming out his nose.

 Too bad you can't just report but you have to inject your "nobody cares about opinion" thinking you have some great insight on what's in the best interest of the people. For you to think so is a blemish on democratic party's superiority complex. One which I'm sure they appreciate but don't need as they already have enough. Continued lies like "saved or created", televised on CSPAN, double standards and lack of transparency, believe me they don't need your spewing garbage to enhance their positions.

Coakely is a minion, follows whatever she is told and will do so in the Senate if given the chance. The people of MA deserve a change and don't want the same ol' same ol'. They see the lies perputrated on the American people by the obama administration, the increased taxes they will soon face, continued loss of jobs and a elitist democratic congress and White House that tells us to save while they spend like drunken sailors. We've had enough and it's time the OLD rule goes.

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:05 PM

Coakley is such a strong supporter of health care for the little guy that she goes to a fundraiser from the pharmaceutical companies. Give me a break.
Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:06 PM


On Tuesday when Martha Coakley wins the Senate seat that has been held by the Lion of the Senate for so long we are going to hear a new kind of roar across this country. It will be the Martha heard round the world! Vote for Martha Coakley.
Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:08 PM

Markster 54

Massachusetts needs to learn from the very present. Progessivism is ruining our once great nation. When you vote next Tuesday do so with the best interest of the people. Be as passionate as Paul Revere was about his nation. Things have not worked out so well with the choices of the past. Look to new and bold leadership that can renew Massachusetts as the leader in voicing freedom for it's people.

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:11 PM

henry reardon

 This election is an IQ test for the citizens of Taxachusetts and if they are stupid enough to elect Coakley. On Wednesday we'll find out whether they passed the test or not. 

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:14 PM

Brian Corbett

Lou Dobbs was asked to leave CNN for "Activist Journalism"?  WOW- is this a paper or a DNC funded newsletter?

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:15 PM

Double Cape

Give me a break.  Wake up, stop drinking the Coolaid and take a look around; the last thing this state needs is another Democract politician - let alone as a U.S. Senator.  It's time we started to balance things in this state and the country and represent all of our citizens. 

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:15 PM

henry reardon

 This election is an IQ test for the citizens of Taxachusetts.

Posted: January 13 2010 at 1:16 PM
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