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Monday, January 18, 2010

Dean of Boston College Law Calls Out Coakley On Rape Mailer

By now, the hideous rape mailer sent out by the Massachusetts Democratic Party in support of Martha Coakley has been called out by commentators on the right and left as one of the more heinous tactics in the tawdry annals of American politics.

Coakley has refused to disavow the mailing, and has kept up her false assertion that Brown wanted to prevent rape victims from getting treatment.

Now John Garvey, the Dean of Boston College Law School, has weighed in on Coakley's tactics:
Political ads by nature are not sensitive to nuance. Coakley’s ad charges Brown with a lack of “understanding or seriousness” because he “favors letting hospitals deny emergency contraception to rape victims.” But suggesting that we protect the right of conscience does not show a lack of understanding or seriousness. It does not even show a lack of support for abortion - any more than it shows a lack of support for the armed forces to say that we should exempt Quakers. What both show is a decent respect for religious liberty, as admirable and American as [James Madison] the author of the First Amendment.
Win or lose, Martha Coakley's legacy will be that she willingly abused the issue of rape for her own political gain.

Which means that Coakley loses no matter what.

Related Posts:
Coakley's Disgusting Rape Mailer
Coakley Ignorant of Religious Exemption in Senate Health Care Bill
Coakley Supporters Fabricate Birther Accusation Against Brown

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  1. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Dem Senator from Florida and the Vice Chair of the DNC, made the rape accusation yesterday on Fox News with Gregg Jarrett. Jerratt immediately responded by saying shaking his head and saying that Brown would deny that. The fact that Wasserman-Schultz repeated this vulgar lie directly ties in the DNC to this smear effort. I'm surprised its not all over the news this morning.

  2. Does anyone have that clip of Wasserman-Schultz with Gregg Jarrett?

  3. The hypocrisy of Coakley calling out Brown's stance on rape victims is overwhelming considering she let a man go after he raped a 4 year old with a curling iron. People in glass houses should NEVER throw stones.

  4. Excellently stated Professor Jacobson!
    Linda Loschiavo Makofski

  5. Maria, I've been looking all day for a video or even a reference to the Wasserman comment but have not seen a thing. I saw it with my own eyes so I know she said it.

    Here's another Wasserman smear comment against Christie made during his campaign. Seems to me there's a pattern in her attack methods.


  6. By the way, I had previously identified Ms. Wasserman-Schultz as a Florida Senator, when in fact, she is a Congresswoman. I apologize to senators everywhere.

  7. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is such a talking head robot. Everytime she gives an answer or makes a comment, it's all memorized. There is zero mentality or thought there. Nada. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see it. And party has nothing to do with this observation. I mean her motor is running, but there's no one behind the wheel. Shows you the IQ of her constitutes that support her. She is even worse than Florida Rep. Alan Grayson. Both are from the same mold. Idiots. Want to know why this country is worse off than ever? Just look at these people for starters. Great blog.