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Opinions and information resources for senate primary? 
1st-Dec-2009 11:11 am
slanty, martha
So I've been paying way too little attention to the senate race, and I'm going to have to figure out who to vote for soon. Anyone want to express any opinions on the candidates?

If you know of a good website that summarizes candidate opinions on various issues, that would be good, too.
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1st-Dec-2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
Ken's going to vote for Khazei. Er, however you spell it. Capuano seems to be waffling whenever possible. Coakley seems to be pretty decent. Run screaming from Pagliuca. AFAICT he's a republican in democrat's clothing. Ken's real plan is to look at polls right before and if it seems there's any chance of Pagliuca winning to vote for Coakley since Khazei is 4th in the pack and unlikely to win.
1st-Dec-2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Beating Pagliuca is one of the main reasons I'm interested in voting for Coakley.
1st-Dec-2009 06:49 pm (UTC)
It feels to me like it will be a Coakley/Capuano race, though perhaps that's just the bubble I live in. (The polling data seems far to scant to say much of anything reliable.)

In the end, though, I think the politics of all of them are within epsilon, while only one of them will change the character of the US Senate as "rich old white guy club", and that's a change I think it sorely needs.
1st-Dec-2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when faced with a close decision, I tend to vote for the woman, both for the reason you state, and because I think of it as canceling out the vote of someone who will automatically not vote for a woman.
1st-Dec-2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
That's an interesting perspective. (And I approve.)

I haven't decided who to vote for, because all of the candidates piss me off one way or another, but I'm leaning towards Coakley.
8th-Dec-2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
If you (anyone reading this) haven't voted yet, here are two reasons to vote for Capuano. I'm uncomfortable with Coakley becuase of her DA mentality, enough to outweigh wanting to vote for a woman. And in the half of one debate I watched, Capuano was much more assertive and coherent than Khazei.

This 4-way race should be further evidence that plurality voting is stupid.
1st-Dec-2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm really torn between Coakley and Capuano. I think that I would vote for Capuano if I thought he had any chance of winning, because I think he's done a really good job while he's been in the House (on the other hand, I'd like to keep him as my rep). Pagliuca voted for Bush twice, which is kind of scary (and he supported Romney). The Globe has endorsed Khazei, but last time I checked he was polling at about 6% (just off the top of my head Pagliuca and Capuano were in the upper teens with Coakley having a pretty solid lead, but that was a couple weeks ago I think). I like Martha Coakley, I'm just concerned that being a senator is *very* different from being a prosecutor / AG and that she'd have a hard time figuring out how to get things done in such a different environment.

All of this is, of course, just my opinion. Here is what Blue Mass Group (which James reads all the time and really likes, but I haven't really read much) has to say about the race: http://www.bluemassgroup.com/tag.do?tag=MA-SEN

At the moment, my plan is to vote for Coakley, although there's a high probability I'll switch to Capuano.

2nd-Dec-2009 04:08 am (UTC)
Anonymous
A lot of Hillary supporters are going for Coakley, for various reasons which sounded good when I read them.


/bemusedoutsider here/
2nd-Dec-2009 06:50 am (UTC)
No objections to comments from people I don't know, but I'm curious what led you to my blog.
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