Friday, January 22, 2010

The Emily's List Effect Strikes Again

The sisterhood messed up bigtime in the Massachusetts special election and has no one but itself to blame for the outcome.

As Wendy Kaminer argues persuasively, the woman activists who were responsible for Maetha Coakley's election as state AG in 2008 couldn't see beyond her skirts -- and political correctness on the issues that mattered to them -- long enough to realize that she was and remains a hack.

Writes Kaminer:

"Call it the Emily's List effect: Coakley is a pro-choice, Democratic female, and active Democratic women in Massachusetts, still smarting over Hillary Clinton's failed presidential bid, have long lamented what was, until recently, our all-male Congressional delegation . . . Coakley had long been a favorite daughter; her election as first female senator was practically assumed and happily anticipated."

Thanks, ladies.
Photograph by Darren McCollester/Getty Images

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