Martha Coakley was not my first choice as this state's next senator, and she has not run a good campaign since the primary. However, for the state and the nation, it is important that she win today.
Republican Scott Brown came out of nowhere and has demonstrated more charisma and enthusiasm than Coakley, but his regular-guy approach (like the commercial where he is walking the streets of Southie) belies the fact that he would line up in Washington with interests that act against working people in America.
Coakley seemed to assume that winning the Democratic primary ended the race, but she wasn't paying attention to the lessons of William Weld et al: When the GOP presents a more attractive candidate (as Weld to John Silber) whose ideology isn't on the surface they can win in Massachusetts.
Still, I have to believe that if Democrats turn out in any decent numbers, Coakley will prevail. If not, the future of health-care reform and the rest of President Obama's domestic agenda is in trouble. Further, the outlook for the party in November would be worrisome.