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Elitist billionaire Democrat Jon Corzine got his comeuppance last fall after driving New Jersey’s economy into the ground, driving businesses out of state, flaunting his wealth and power, and enabling systemic corruption. A moment late in the hotly-contested gubernatorial race served as the tipping point: Corzine’s fat jokes about Chris Christie. Corzine looked petty, petulant, and out-of-touch with Jersey voters. But he kept attacking his GOP opponent’s weight. Christie countered the condescension with a hilarious appearance on FBN/Don Imus’s radio simulcast — skewering Corzine’s economic failures and ad hominems while connecting with voters through infectious, self-deprecating humor:
Like Corzine, Democrat Mass. Senate candidate/state Attorney General Martha Coakley is a member of the left-wing elite who feels she has a certain unalienable right to “Ted Kennedy’s seat.” And like Corzine, Coakley and her political clique of Marie Antoinettes can no longer disguise their contempt for her challenger or his supporters.
The Boston Globe, questioning her listless campaigning and abbreviated schedule, spotlighted Coakley sneering at Brown’s non-stop meet-and-greets on the streets with ordinary voters (hat tip: William Jacobson):
Coakley enjoys statewide popularity because of her successes as attorney general and Middlesex district attorney. By at least one measure, her strategy is working: A Globe poll published Sunday showed her leading her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, by 15 percentage points.
For many Democrats, that is too close for comfort, in a race for the seat held for so long by a Kennedy in one of the bluest states in the land. Other polls have showed the race much tighter.
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.
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
“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.
Yes, you see, because jetting down to D.C. for a soiree in the warm glow of Big Pharma fatcats and lobbyists puts her so much more in touch with the folks in Massachusetts!
What’s French for: Let them watch baseball.
Update: A reader e-mails that Fenway Park was hosting an outoor ice hockey game when Brown was shaking hands in the cold.
So: What’s French for “Let them watch ice hockey.”
Baseball great Curt Schilling — citing Cassy Fiano’s blog post — gives Coakley’s contempt a thumbs-down and thinks she has now clinched the title of Worst Political Campaign Ever.