This video is hysterical to me on one level and sad on the other…
The fact that Bush was busted wiping his hand on Clinton’s shirt is clearly in the top 10 of “Bush being Bush” moments (right up there with when he tried to go out the wrong door). However, the fact that he is clearly so uncomfortable being around the population he is, at least in theory, trying to help tells you something about his character. And it is so clearly magnified when you compare his behavior and body language to that of Bill Clinton. What a difference.
We are one day away from the primary and Attorney General Martha Coakley has received quite the gift. Former President Bill Clinton (who remains extremely popular in Massachusetts) has recorded a telephone message that will be blasted to about 500,000 people during the day today. Designed to remind people to vote and encourage them to support Coakley it is hard to imagine that such a powerful endorsement won’t have a strong impact on undecided voters.
Late today I will post my endorsements (easily as important as President Clinton’s) and please don’t forget to vote tomorrow!
Endorsements are a funny thing. When they come from unions or other large organizations they provide foot solidiers to help the campaign in the final days. When they come from individuals they get the candidate’s name in the news in a (usually) positive light – always a good thing. For undecided voters they can be that final tipping point for or against a particular candidate. If you are between two candidates and three people you really respect endorse one of the two…well, that can help push you to a final choice. By the same token if someone you generally disagree with makes an endorsement that can swing you to someone else. So, while they are not a substitute for really learning as much as you can about your options, they are a good way to make or confirm your final choice. Coming on Monday, some of our fellow citizens will share who they are supporting and why – I encourage all of you to consider posting your choice and reasoning in the comments section of that post. Together we can help any undecided voters make up their mind!
In the meantime, however, here are some of the notable endorsements of this primary season.
Martha Coakley – Click here for a full list
Former President Bill Clinton
Former Lt. Governor Evelyn Murphy
Congresswoman Niki Tsongas
Many mayors including Kim Driscoll (Salem) and Setti Warren (Newton)
Many members of the State Senate and State House of Reps including Senate President Therese Murray and Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry
Massachusetts Gay & Lesbian Political Caucus
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police
National Association of Police Organizations
More than 50 different unions and professional organizations
Mike Capuano – Click here for a full list
Former Governor Mike Dukakis
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Congressmen Ed Markey, Barney Frank, Stephen Lynch, Jim McGovern, Richard E. Neal, John Olver, John Tierney
First Lady Diane Patrick
Former First Lady Kitty Dukakis
Many members of the State Senate and State House of Reps including Marian Walsh and Stephen Buoniconti
American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Massachusetts, AFL-CIO AND Massachusetts Teachers Association
Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP)
Steve Pagliuca – Click here for more on Steve Pagliuca
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Paul Pierce, Danny Ainge, Ray Allen and many other prominent members of the Celtics have appeared at Pagliuca events
A Pagliuca spokesman, when asked by the Boston Globe to identify any major endorsements responded “endorsements are not a focus of our campaign.” His website touts the fact that they are “winning the endorsements of thousands of Democrats across the state.”
Alan Khazei – Click here for more on Alan Khazei
General Wesley Clark
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Blue Mass Group
Scott Brown – Click here for more on Scott Brown
ALL GOP members of the Massachusetts State Senate and State House of Representatives
Jack E. Robinson – Click here for more on Jack E. Robinson
No notable endorsements…yet