When you’re endorsing a candidate, it’s best not to call her the “worst woman” for the job.
This is the mistake that EMILY’s List, a high-powered women’s rights group with deep pockets, made on Thursday on its website when trying to endorse Martha Coakley for Massachusetts governor. Here’s a screen shot of the page:
“Martha Coakley is a trailblazer who has shown unwavering commitment to serving her community and Massachusetts as a strong advocate and problem-solver for nearly three decades,” she said.
Coakley hasn’t had the best campaigning luck in recent years, and she’s trying to redeem herself from slipups during her 2010 Senate campaign against Republican Scott Brown.
During that campaign, Coakley was labeled as out of touch and an outsider. When she skipped town to attend a Washington fundraiser instead of continuing her campaign in the state, she justified it by saying, “As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?” President Obama reportedly grabbed his adviser David Axelrod, shouting, “No! No! You’re making that up! That can’t be right! Tell me she didn’t say that!” according to Jonathan Alter in his book The Promise.
And it didn’t stop there. When Boston Red Sox great Curt Schilling endorsed Brown, she called the World Series-winning pitcher just “another Yankee fan.” That’s not something you say in Beantown.
Since launching her gubernatorial campaign this Monday, she has tried to repair her public image — yes, even campaigning outside of Fenway. She, however, remains popular in Massachusetts, as polling shows she is the current front-runner for the Democratic nod.
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President Obama became a surprise topic of contention toward the end of the Democratic debate, as Hillary Clinton reminded viewers that Sanders had challenged the progressive bona fides of President Obama in 2011 and suggested that someone might challenge him from the left. “The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans, I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama,” she said. “Madame Secretary, that is a low blow,” replied Sanders, before getting in another dig during his closing statement: “One of us ran against Barack Obama. I was not that candidate.”
It’s all about the 1% and Wall Street versus everyone else for Bernie Sanders—even when he’s talking about race relations. Like Hillary Clinton, he needs to appeal to African-American and Hispanic voters in coming states, but he insists on doing so through his lens of class warfare. When he got a question from the moderators about the plight of black America, he noted that during the great recession, African Americans “lost half their wealth,” and “instead of tax breaks for billionaires,” a Sanders presidency would deliver jobs for kids. On the very next question, he downplayed the role of race in inequality, saying, “It’s a racial issue, but it’s also a general economic issue.”
It’s been said in just about every news story since New Hampshire: the primaries are headed to states where Hillary Clinton will do well among minority voters. Leaving nothing to chance, she underscored that point in her opening statement in the Milwaukee debate tonight, saying more needs to be done to help “African Americans who face discrimination in the job market” and immigrant families. She also made an explicit reference to “equal pay for women’s work.” Those boxes she’s checking are no coincidence: if she wins women, blacks and Hispanics, she wins the nomination.
Under pressure from a judge, the State Department will release about 550 of Hillary Clinton’s emails—“roughly 14 percent of the 3,700 remaining Clinton emails—on Saturday, in the middle of the Presidents Day holiday weekend.” All of the emails were supposed to have been released last month. Related: State subpoenaed the Clinton Foundation last year, which brings the total number of current Clinton investigations to four, says the Daily Caller.