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Inevitable: Coakley wraps herself in MLK cape

By Michelle Malkin  •  January 18, 2010 11:24 AM

Hey, who knew Dr. King’s dream was for his children to one day be dependent on government from cradle to grave for everything from their health care to college tuition to mortgage payments?

Martha Luther King Coakley wasted no time using the MLK holiday today to cast herself on the side of civil rights (read: universal entitlements) and her opponents on the side of ending “The Dream:”

Coakley, in her remarks, linked her candidacy to the legacy of King and Edward M. Kennedy. “If you send me to the Senate, I will be guided by those values,” she said. “It’s not about me anymore. It never was. It’s what Martin Luther King stood for. It’s what Ted Kennedy stood for.”

And more:

“I’m running for the United States Senate because Dr. King’s work is unfinished; his dream is unrealized,” she said.

“Tomorrow we act on the dream and we make sure that we allow me to continue that work,” Coakley said. “We remember the dream tomorrow and we will act on the dream tomorrow.”

And more. Get out the barf bag:

Democrat Martha Coakley is asking Massachusetts voters to send her to the U.S. Senate to continue the type of work that filled the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Speaking at a King birthday breakfast, Coakley said Monday that “if Dr. King were here today, he’s be standing with us.” She says he’d especially want the country to pass President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.

How did Democrats greet Coakley’s shameless exploitation of the holiday and tomorrow’s prospects? “Grim” and “glum” were the operative words:

Among the crowd were glum Democrats, who have been pressed overdrive in recent days to rescue Coakley from faltering in what has become an unexpectedly close race.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino was grim when asked how the contest is going.

“It’s going,” he said.

Going south, according to the very latest Rothenberg update:

While special elections often come down to turnout – and they therefore are more difficult to predict than normal elections – the combination of public and private survey research and anecdotal information now strongly suggests that Republican Scott Brown will defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in tomorrow’s race to fill the remainder of the late-Sen. Edward Kennedy’s seat.

Brown is running extremely well with Independents in the Bay State, and unless Democratic turnout exceeds everyone’s expectations, Brown is headed for a comfortable win. Move from Toss-Up to Lean Takeover.

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