January 13th, 2010
11:13 PM ET
8 years ago

Coakley endorsed by The Boston Globe

Democrat Martha Coakley was endorsed for U.S. Senate by The Boston Globe Wednesday.

Democrat Martha Coakley was endorsed for U.S. Senate by The Boston Globe Wednesday.

(CNN) - The Boston Globe endorsed Martha Coakley for Senate Wednesday, saying the Democrat is more qualified to serve in Washington than her Republican opponent Scott Brown.

"She is by far the more qualified candidate, in experience and judgment," the Globe contended in the editorial released on its Web site late in the afternoon.

The newspaper's endorsement argued that it would be misguided to think sending Brown to the Senate, ending the Democrat's filibuster proof majority in the Senate, would satisfy Americans' frustration with Washington.

"A vote for Brown is hardly a symbolic protest against congressional gridlock and the ways of Washington," the Globe contended. "It's a vote for gridlock, in the form of endless Republican filibusters, and for the status quo in health care, climate change, and financial regulation. That's what will happen if Brown gives the Republicans the additional vote they need to tie up the Senate."

Brown had previously been endorsed by the Boston Herald and Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Filed under: Extra • Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Popular Posts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (141 Responses)
  1. Illinois Tom

    A vote for Brown is actually a protest vote against big insurance, big Pharma, and huge Federal government. I don't have a problem with protesting what Washington is doing to the tax payers. Is the Globe angling for a bailout for themselves?

    January 13, 2010 11:26 pm at 11:26 pm |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    The Boston globe is absolutely right Electing brown would guarnatee a filibuster of every piece of legislation appointment delays that require Senate approval until after the mid terms.
    Personally I am appalled that we Americans after 1 year are already losing patience with this administration who are not the problem but the sheer bloody minded negativity of Republicans Even when they supported the Afghan Build up by vote The negative vibes surrounding the whole thing were somewhat laughable,if it were not so serious a breakdown of the whole Political system that we have.Meaning the rules are being used in ways they were never intended to cover which must have the founding fathers turning uncomfortably in thier graves.
    Hodgson .

    January 13, 2010 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  3. jay Dubbe

    I think it became very obvious that the Globe was endorsing Democrats over Republicans when they stated "...It's a vote for gridlock, in the form of endless Republican filibusters..." They really could care less about Coakley. They just want one of their own to win. It's sad, really, that there is no objective journalism these days. It would be refreshing to see some honesty, at some point, from the news media, but I fear those days are long gone.

    January 13, 2010 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  4. Reader

    I believe this is the same newspaper that gave the lat Sen. Edward Kennedy a pass when he wrecked his car under and caused the death of a young woman. Their message is always: Donkeys, good....elephants, bad.

    January 13, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  5. Patros

    Supposedly Boston Globe endorsing a democratic candidate is NEWS.......now the fact that Globe used the terms experienced and qualified to describe Coakley is hilarious....according to Coakley there is no Al Qeada in afghanistan....her foreign policy experience stems from the fact that she visits her sister in Italy....lol...lol....as an Independent I think news papers need to get out of the business of endorsing candidates...report the news and let us decide who to vote for....

    January 13, 2010 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  6. M. Seabaugh

    Duh...what a surprise from a liberal newspaper. This is hardly news.

    January 13, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  7. Beth

    "Checks and Balances" is for suckers. I suppose to Globe believes that all branches should be from the same party... that way things get passed quickly. I'm sure corruption would stay at a minimum too!

    January 13, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  8. Stop the Nonsense

    It's too bad Americans don't think the way the staff of the Globe does.
    The problemin Washington is politics itself. The "partyline at all cost" mentality is what is hurting our country.

    January 13, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  9. Jeremiah

    Wow, yeah, she's so much better. It works out so well to have one political party with TOTAL control. Rewind to Repubs under Bush, whom had total control at one point. Worked out awesome. Dems are the same, make no mistake. Political parties are useless. But hey, who cares, some change is better, even if it's the wrong change right? Awesome.

    January 13, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  10. MikeRHD

    I always felt it was idiotic that papers even endorse candidates. News outlets should at least TRY to report on events in an unbiased manner, and endorsing a candidate shreds any facade of impartiality they might try to maintain. At the most they should have two different opinion columns, one in support of either major candidate, and then leave it to the readers from there.

    I lean heavily Democrat too, so this isn't a "that darn liberal media" conservative talking– papers shouldn't be endorsing candidates on either side of the aisle.

    January 13, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  11. Manuel TX

    Experience didn't matter in the presidential election. Why should it matter in this one?


    January 14, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  12. Mike in SA

    A Democrat endorsed by one of the most liberal papers in the country? Shocking! Way to rubber stamp it BG!

    January 14, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  13. billy123

    The Boston Globe is "CORRECT" all the American people is not another "NO" vote in Washington D.C.. The real story is this why do the Dems need 60 votes to pass every bill? That is because the Republicans are fillbustering everything iin site. If the Dems did this during President Regan first year in office the GOP would be screaming bloody murder.

    Please press why not do a story on this on the nightly news cast?

    January 14, 2010 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  14. Jim

    Way to go Boston Globe! Call it like it is. The Republicans want to filibuster everything and one more vote would allow them to do it. We need to solve problems and if the Republicans won't be part of it, we need enough Democrats in office to go without them.

    January 14, 2010 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  15. teflon warrior

    OMG! This is scary that someone who thinks all the terrorists have left Afghanistan? Whoooaaa! But hey if our President can think there are 57 states then I guess that's par for the course!

    January 14, 2010 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. bobster

    coakley is more qualified to be senater than brown. all brown is... is a plug for the right-wingnuts/ Repluhooligans, just say no!

    January 14, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  17. lifelong democrat

    Oh Yes! Boston Globe that give her +15 lead while PPP(D) give her +1 and Rasmussen give her +2.

    Endorsement of Globe is not a surprise, they're always in the tank with Ted Kennedy. Coakely is way out of her league, she fumbled during last debate. According to her, no more terrorists in Afghanistan, they're all gone, but when asked by Weekly Standard the other night for fundraising from her big donors PHARMA and INSURANCE she refused to answer, then Meehand, an Obama appointee muscled in the Weekly Standard reporter asking Coakely the same question. When the reporter fell down and shove on the wall, Coakely just watch; for an Attorney General of Massachussetts ( she can't spell it) she just stood and watch then lie to the public she wasn't paying attention what happen. That says much about Coakely.

    January 14, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  18. James Monroe, Wiggins, Mississippi

    It is very strange indeed to see a Democrat having to work for votes against a Republican im Massachusetts. See, even I can spell the name of the state correctly, which Coakely failed to do in one of her ads. This lady is a bit far out and the good people of Massachusetts realize she would not be good for them or for the nation. The Globe is simply directing the voters to rubberstamt the Democtatic machines selection and the Obama agende whether they agree with it or not. I believe the citizens of that great Commonwealth are informed, independent enough and mature enough to make their own choice. Folks, just vote your conscience. I can guarantee you that electing Brown will in no way cause instant disastrous conscequences to either the environment, health care or financial regulation. The more likely consequences will be to return some sanity and accountability to Washington. Brown seems like a good, smart man. Coakly is a certified fruitcake. he is running scared and running up political debts that will cost the people of her state dearly if she is elected. Chicago Politics???

    January 14, 2010 12:30 am at 12:30 am |
  19. Jim

    And this surprises who? Has the Boston Globe ever endorsed anyone who wasn't a Democrat for any public office? (The correct answer to that would be "No!".)

    January 14, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  20. Debbie

    Brown = Gridlock

    January 14, 2010 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  21. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Correct! Any vote to put another Republican in the Senate would be a vote for gridlock, in the form of endless Republican filibusters, and for the status quo in health care, climate change, and the REAGAN / BUSH LACK of financial regulations (laws protecting tax payers and consumers) which allowed the rape of the banks and Wall street.

    Reagan's legacy, a "B" movie actor who one said, "Lets get government off of our backs.” No, not as the Joker in Batman, it was slogan for deregulation of our financial institutions. With so much money, and so little regulation after eight years Reagan, and more eight years of Bush, the blame for the financial collapse is on the majority of voters who elected those two jokers. The cost is on the backs of our great grand children. Please, no new Republicans!

    January 14, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  22. James A.

    Anyone running for office on a Conservative or Republican ticket in the political climate we have right now, just as well admit to being a Nazi.

    I know - I know - comparing people to Nazis is really stale and dated, but these guys really worry me with their ferocious hatred for any and all progress and good.

    January 14, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  23. Mark Morgan

    It would "tie up the senate" if Brown is elected??
    That's the BEST endorsement I've heard yet to VOTE FOR BROWN!!
    The Democrat-controlled congress is completely out of control...doing things the majority of Americans do NOT want. They NEED to be "tied."

    Please, folks... -Vote Brown, if for no other reason that to restore checks and balances to our rampaging, secretive, exclusionary, deaf-to-the-people Senate!

    January 14, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  24. FstEti

    Wow! The Boston Globe is endorsing a DEMOCRAT? Now, THERE'S news!!!!!

    January 14, 2010 12:44 am at 12:44 am |
  25. Mike

    This is news? A predominately left leaning newspaper endorses a Democratic candidate. Yawn. It sounds like they are endorsing more of the same instead of real change.

    January 14, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
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