No, not the shoving or the funding from the healthcare industry lobbists or the loss of the union's endorsement (or Curt Schilling's) to her opponent. She crossed the line when she dissed Boston sports fans by mocking the idea of standing around in the cold to greet them outside Fenway Park, as her Scott Brown did a couple of weeks ago. There's something she's not getting here.
It's hard to understand a candidate this tone-deaf:
Dan Karipides wonders whether this may be strike three for Coakley:
Despite that, there is a subdued, almost dispassionate quality to her public appearances, which are surprisingly few. Her voice is not hoarse from late-night rallies. Even yesterday, the day after a hard-hitting debate, she had no public campaign appearances in the state.“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that. “This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet.’’
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
What amazes me here is the lack of awareness by Coakley and her staff. Baseball holds a special level of importance in Boston and in Massachusetts. Fenway Park isn't just some place that some silly local team plays. It is Fenway. Home of the beloved Red Sox. If you spend any time out and among the people of Boston you will hear and be invited to join conversations about the the Red Sox. It is part of the fabric of the city. To dismiss Fenway and the cold (and the people that it represents) as being beneath you is a staggeringly dumb thing to say in Boston. As expected, it is not playing well. . . .
I still don't hold out much hope that Brown can win this election. By all rights he should, but when the playing field is so far away from level it is almost vertical there is only so much you can do. But Coakley as continues to panic and continues to blunder, the chance of a walk-off home run for Brown increases, however small it may be.
(Forget for the moment what came after that particular home run.)
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*Update: Michelle Malkin calls the Fenway remark Martha Coakley's Marie Antoinette/JonCorzine moment.
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