Martha Coakley should be ashamed that it ever got this close. Candidates who are out ahead by name recognition only -- and sit on that lead, taking few, if any, risks -- have the nasty tendency to risk embarrassment (and in this case, disaster). At this point, Massachusetts Democrats have to hope this is Nikki Tsongas, Redux, because at least she squeaked by with that win, even if it wasn't really warranted based on campaign skills and strategy. If you don't go after a candidate in a race, explaining not only why you'd be the best choice at precisely the same time as you explain why your opponent isn't the right person, then you're going to have a rough time winning.
I'll be out on election day. I've been bitching and moaning at my friends to get them to vote. People did not take this race seriously -- and it's come back to bite us. Martha Coakley's done little to get anyone excited, but she'll be far and away better than Scott Brown. Simply put, Scott Brown would damage our country. BMG lays that case out quite well here, so I'll simply leave it at this: We cannot go from one of the most effective and best Senators in the history of this country, and certainly this state, to Scott Brown. Martha Coakley was never the ideal candidate in a general election, but at least she won't support policies that will do damage to the American people.