From our Late to the Party Pooper desk
Is it just us, or did the Boston Globe bend over backwards yesterday to sponsor the Martha Coakley Victory in Defeat Tour?
For your Page One consideration:
Then, Yvonne Abraham’s Metro column:
Redemption, even in loss
Martha Coakley did not lose the election on Tuesday. Charlie Baker won it.
Both candidates — haunted by four-year-old criticisms of their failed bids for US senator and governor, respectively — put the ghosts of 2010 to rest for good this week.
In fact, they’d left them behind months ago, but some critics hadn’t noticed. Tuesday showed them. There was undeniable redemption in Baker’s victory, and, however painful it had to be, in Coakley’s narrow defeat.
Cut to Joan Vennoch’si op-ed:
Martha Coakley gets political redemption
THIS TIME, no one could say Martha Coakley gave up the fight.
In fact, she didn’t formally concede the governor’s race to Republican Charlie Baker until Wednesday morning.
Forgive her if she hung on a little too long.
Sorry, Joan – Boston Herald editorial page editor Rachelle Cohen doesn’t forgive her.
Coakley takes cowardly way out
Fails to bow off political stage gracefully to Baker
In politics as in life there are right ways and wrong ways to do things. How unfortunate that Martha Coakley had to end her political career on such a sour note — choosing the wrong way.
With hundreds of her supporters still in the Fairmont Copley Plaza ballroom as election eve turned into morning, Coakley slipped out and headed home. The job of telling the crowd to go home fell to her running mate, Steve Kerrigan, who told supporters, “It’s going to be a long night or rather a long morning” and urged folks to head on out.
Cohen’s conclusion: “It was simply wrong [for Coakley] to skulk away without a word — even if that word fell short of a concession speech.”
Hmmm. You tell us.