I think this is only part of the story, but it seems that the ‘Democratic Machine’ in Massachusetts might have slipped a gear:
“Nobody likes her” says mom. What she means is, Coakley had no friends in politics. The Democrats in Massachusetts let this happen because – “I don’t know” says mom.
Maybe they weren’t about to let Western Mass manipulate them. Maybe it all comes down to nothing more than who is friends with whom.
All Scott Brown did was see an opportunity and turn it to his advantage.
There is no deeper national implication. This is not a death knell for the Democratic party or Obama. This is a story of a domestic spat between “parochial divisions” in Massachusetts.
If this is true, this is political malpractice of the highest order. Did the Boston pols (or the Western MA ones) really believe that they would be better off with a teabagger Republican senator who is the member of an obstructionist party that doesn’t believe in providing jobs?
Tristero is right: a firing squad would be a good idea…