There are a lot of boring, political blogs on the net. They are a waste of time for the most part. They are mostly run by self-serving grifters. And you know the rest of the filler is mostly comprised of astroturfers and useful idiots in love with the sound of their own voices. Then there is the widespread awful and sometimes rigged moderating. I know firsthand how tough it is to be an admin. Yet, there's a big difference between making mistakes and cheating. Then there is the problem of how anti-intellectual America is. Read some Erch Fromm for those details, good people.
Blogging is like driving. It's a sincere whoop de doo when you first get your license. Then over time, it turns into a chore, lots of people flipping birds, bad drivers, cultural wasteland everywhere, fricken cops pulling you over for kicks and a tase. Well, the last part I embellished.
That being said, here goes with my concise view on what truly happened with the recent election. The vote for Brown over Coakley was a protest vote, periodicity. If Obama didn't bail out the rich, if he hadn't escalated war in Afghanistan, if unemployment numbers had dropped, if he had gone after the war criminals, etc., then Coakley would have won by over thirty points no matter how much money was put into the election by either side.
This was a one shot deal type election. It was like Super Tuesday, or the first primaries. It was a chance for we the people to make a statement. Brown was a virtual unknown. Coakley, on the other hand, reeked of being from the Demotardic old-boy network. If Cuapano had won the nomination, he could have won back the Progressive base and run against both Obama's failed ideas and the wingnuts. Our Republicans in Massachusetts are mostly Reagan Democrats, the Howard Stern variety. Show them you give a shite, and you'll get their vote. Coakley took them for granted.
Now let's segue this into how it relates to my recent interest in figuring out the satanic panic. Lately I have centered most of my attention on the McMartin Preschool satanic ritual abuse hoax. It was the biggest one and seemingly set off the whole enchilada. We had our own version of that. It was called Fells Acres.
A Darkness in Massachusetts
From what I've seen of RickRoss.com, it looks good. You can check out more about the above story and others concerning the satanic panic here.
What happened to Coakley also happened to another District Attorney running for high political office in Massachusetts named Scott Harshbarger. From the linked to news article:
Scott Harshbarger, the district attorney whose office prosecuted the Amiraults -- and who ran for re-election advertising that fact -- is now attorney general of Massachusetts. Some months after the Amiraults were all convicted and in prison, Mr. Harshbarger presided over a celebratory convocation on the Fells Acres case, billed as "a model multidisciplinary response."
I'm not saying it was because of Harshbarger's support for putting and keeping the Amiraults in prison that he lost the 1998 Governor's race to a wingnut named Paul Cellucci. But it couldn't have helped. Throwing innocent people into jail over false charges doesn't make one look tough on crime. It makes them look like they have no credibility.
To this day we are feeling the repercussions of Bill Clinton's triangulation politics. Decades of being crushed by Republicans for the Presidency has had disturbing results. Perhaps the gravest has been with how the Supreme Court now stacks. One can see Obama is a bit right of center, yet wingnuts refer to him as a Socialist. That would be riotous, if not for the real life results of a bad economy except for the rich, never ending wars, and the continued rise of spy factories.
Martha Coakley was responsible for the Amirault son staying in prison for much longer than he should have. Many yeas after the satanic panic was thoroughly debunked, she worked to keep an innocent man in prison. That is absolutely disgusting. That is one of the reasons Coakley lost to Brown, imho.
Ok, maybe most people are clueless, and it didn't have that big of an impact. But it did to me. I wanted Cuapano to win the nomination. He came out strong against the Patriot Act. Something about Coakley has never felt right. I know that has just been something in my gut, no not cream cheese from a raisin bagel. I have already admitted that I think politics is boring. That doesn't mean I'm not into discussing it from time to time. Let me clarify. I hate the way the internet talks politics. It seems to divide and conquer and actually prop up those in power and perpetuate the triangulation. Anyway, I've said pretty much what I wanted to. I wanted a Democrat to win that Senate seat. It was disappointing. However, Martha Coakley is an asshole. That has nothing to do with her being a career politician, though it doesn't help. Once I found out her part in the malicious keeping of Gerald Amirault in prison, I no longer cared if she won the seat. I never thought she'd lose it. But now that she has, it's time for the Massachusetts Democratic Party to weed out assholes like her and Harshbarger. Here's an excerpt from a January 14th, 2010 Wall Street Journal article on Coakley by Dorothy Rabinowitz, the same author from above. How is Martha Coakley anything else than a disgusting, evil person? I'm not talking looks either. She kept an innocent man in prison well past there was any doubt he never should have been there in the first place. FU Martha Coakley. Go Cheney yourself!
Martha Coakley, attorney general of
Massachusetts, at a campaign stop,
Martha Coakley's Convictions
The role played by the U.S. Senate candidate in a notorious sex case raises questions about her judgment.
The story of the Amiraults of Massachusetts, and of the prosecution that had turned the lives of this thriving American family to dust, was well known to the world by the year 2001. It was well known, especially, to District Attorney Martha Coakley, who had by then arrived to take a final, conspicuous, role in a case so notorious as to assure that the Amiraults' name would be known around the globe....