DraftKings hires Martha Coakley as one of their attorneys! …Well, all right, then!

Is this… entirely wise?

DraftKings Inc., the troubled Boston-based daily fantasy sports company, has retained former Massachusetts attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley as an outside adviser on legislative and regulatory matters, a spokesman confirmed Monday night.

I mean, sure, I don’t know whether or not Martha Coakley is a good attorney. But the fact that she tried twice to switch out that job for something else suggests to me that maybe she doesn’t really want to be one all that much. And while I’m not too checked out on this entire fantasy sports thing*, I’m getting the impression that these guys really, really want a good, motivated lawyer… Continue reading DraftKings hires Martha Coakley as one of their attorneys! …Well, all right, then!

Boston Globe endorses… Charlie Baker. :pause: The REPUBLICAN.

Why? Gridlock, my droogies. Gridlock.

One needn’t agree with every last one of Baker’s views to conclude that, at this time, the Republican nominee would provide the best counterpoint to the instincts of an overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. His candidacy opens up the possibility of creative tension.

(Bolding theirs) Not too much, thanks to Massachusetts’ super-majorities, but what the heck.  I’ll take it.  Besides, you can tell that the Globe gritted their teeth for this one.  That’s always worth a chuckle. Continue reading Boston Globe endorses… Charlie Baker. :pause: The REPUBLICAN.

Boston Globe finds Charlie Baker ahead of Martha Coakley in MA-GOV. …Huh.

Keep a real close eye on the Baker-Coakley Massachusett’s governor’s race, assuming that Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker win their respective nominations in a couple of weeks*. If the general election is going to cook off, the first warning signs would start appearing right about now:


Continue reading Boston Globe finds Charlie Baker ahead of Martha Coakley in MA-GOV. …Huh.

The pre-penned outrage of the Coakley campaign.

Important tactical tip for would-be accusers of election fraud: when you send out your press release, proof-read it first. It helps one avoid elementary errors, such as making it obvious that you had prepared your accusation before the polls even opened, let alone closed*.

“Reports that the Coakley campaign is making reckless accusations regarding the integrity of today’s election is a reminder that they are a desperate campaign. In fact, news reports point out that today’s accusation was a pre-dated, in the bag political attack. Furthermore, Senator John Kerry accused Brown supporters of intimidation and bullying — a tactic taken directly from his own 2004 playbook. The reality is that Massachusetts voters will determine the outcome of this election despite political attacks leveled by Martha Coakley and national Democrats.” — Daniel B. Winslow, Counsel for the Scott Brown for U.S. Senate Campaign

The remarkably cool thing here, of course, is that the Scott Brown campaign has the savvy to link to Hot Air for the screenshot.

Moe Lane

*Not to be mean, but… oh, just watch Jon Stewart:

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So you tell me how with-it this campaign is.

Crossposted to RedState.

Today is the day.

The polls are open in Massachusetts, and the usual reports of heavy early turnout have begun.  What men and women can do, we have done: it is now in the voters’ hands.  All that’s left is to ensure that today’s is a clean fight and a fair fight.

Scott Brown for Senate.

Legal Insurrection will be live-blogging throughout the day.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Karen Tumulty reports that Coakley is DOOMed.

It’s a little inside-baseball (that’s the sport that Curt Schilling played, AG Crowley), but when somebody reports:

i may be wrong, but this energy for brown looks and feels pretty genuine to me. dems are banking on turnout operation.

…about the underdog*, well, the underdog is dead in the water and just trying to keep a defeat from becoming a rout.

Moe Lane

*Really dead in the water.

Crossposted to RedState.

PS: Yes, I know. You’re tired of it. You’re tired of hearing about it. Alas, this is the single most important piece of domestic political news going on today, and I am a junkie. It’ll be all over tomorrow.

Calibration check on Brown/Coakley.

You’re at the MLK Day Breakfast in Boston and the two candidates for Senate are talking.

  • One candidate uses the opportunity to make a stump speech.
  • The other candidate – who did not – later criticizes the first one as being ‘inappropriate.’
  • One candidate ‘received polite, seated applause’ but enjoyed a ‘tepid reception at a stronghold of Democratic politics.’
  • The other is ‘received warmly, shaking hands and taking pictures with well-wishers during pauses in the morning’s event.’

Quick: which one is the Democratic candidate, and which other is the Republican one?

Yes, indeed, we live in interesting times.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia…

(Via @CalebHowe) What did you do in a previous lifetime to deserve this, AG Coakley?  Drive a bus full of kittens and baby harp seals off a cliff?

…then you know we have a lot of digging to do, but some work needs to be done and this president’s in the process of doing it and we need to get Marcia Coakley to help him to do that.”

(Curiously, [Rep Patrick] Kennedy [D, RI] mentioned Coakley repeatedly during his remarks to reporters, each time referring to her as “Marcia,” not “Martha.”)

‘Curiously?’  I can think of at least three reasons why it wouldn’t be, and one of them doesn’t even imply a substance abuse problem on Kennedy’s part.

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.