From one of Andrew Sullivan's readers
I so wish that the Democrats will learn a lesson from this Coakley travesty. I'm an unrepentant liberal and Obama supporter, but this woman is not a liberal. There is nothing in her record that says anything but police state and nanny state. You've written about her most well known cases - why in the world would a progressive want this woman in this position? She is John Kerry squared. I voted for her, but my gut wanted her to lose.
If "nanny state" isn't at the very core of liberalism, I don't know what is. It's not the political right that wants to nationalize health care and micromanage our dietary intake.
Or ban playground games. But the kids are burning too few calories! But dodgeball is too dangerous! Oh, what is a nanny-stater to do?
The image in the Sullivan post is priceless.