The Coakley e-mail

Because you asked, here is the e-mail I sent to Journolist about Martha Coakley — I was responding to someone arguing that the media was sexist for obsessing over her baseball-related gaffes. (This person is quoted in the first graf.)

from David Weigel
to journolist
date Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM
subject Re: [JournoList] Re: WOW – Bayh Retiring

“Is there any possibility we could discuss the Democrats’ future without further reference to Martha Coakley’s baseball-related deficiencies?”

Yes, we can discuss her holding fewer than 1/3 as many events as Brown, saying that Catholics shouldn’t work in emergency rooms, and holding a DC fundraiser with a week to go before the election.

I think pointing out Coakley’s awfulness is vital, because it’s 1) true and 2) unreasonable panic about it is doing more damage to the Democrats. I don’t think the party has gotten up off the mat yet. And it’s been a month!

If you think that political reporters don’t occasionally play armchair generals for the people they write about, you have never met a political reporter. By “unreasonable panic,” I meant panic that didn’t make sense for a party that still ran Congress and the White House and was a House vote away from passing its big signature legislation — and did not need another Senate vote to do this. I was right.