If you’re in Massachusetts, there’s a special election for U.S. Senate tomorrow, and it’s much closer than it should be–the Republican Scott Brown (who is horrid–who votes to eliminate tax breaks and aid for 9/11 emergency responders?) might actually win. There are several reasons why I’m voting for Coakley*:
1) Republicans hate science. Massachusetts received $2.25 billion in NIH funding alone in 2008 and another $400 million from NSF. That’s equivalent to ten percent of the MA state budget. As someone who works for USDA once told me, “Republicans cut my budget, Democrats increase it.” You like science funding, vote Coakley.
2) She hasn’t screwed up being a senator yet. I’m seriously considering writing letters to my congressional delegation and others (which hopefully will include Coakley) in February, laying out what they have to do to get me to vote for them–the default for me at this point is not voting. I have no leverage if Brown wins.
3) In the primary, she was responsive to the Democratic rank-and-file. Has she run a horrible general campaign? You betcha. But she was pretty good in the primary. Unlike Capuano, she intuitively made the right moves, and rewarded the rank-and-file. We have to reward good behavior.
4) She’s good on the issues, particularly women’s health and rights, as well as cleaning up Wall Street. Is this ‘pandering’? Probably. But who cares? For once, a Democrat is pandering to Democrats, instead of rewarding the other guy.
Brown is horrid–do we really need another ideologically crazed movement conservative blow-dried haircut? So vote Coakley, even if she did run a horrible campaign.
*Actually, since I’m traveling, I’ve already voted absentee.