Bloggers are squawking about Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley after a video of one of her staffers pushing a reporter hit the Internet. The reporter in question, The Weekly Standard's John McCormack, has chronicled his experience, during which he was shoved to the ground while trying to follow Coakley to ask questions.
Conservative commentators are horrified at the clip, and hope it will hurt Coakley in a tight Massachusetts race. (Catch up on Wire coverage here, here, and here.) A minority, however, point to McCormack's previous run-in with New York Republican Congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava, and wonder if he might share some of the blame for the incident.
- 'Note the Large Tear in the Bottom of My Right Pant Leg,' John McCormack, reporter in question, tells readers at The Weekly Standard.
- Game Changer, says conservative Michael Graham at the National Review. "There are many Massachusetts voters who will see McCormack being shoved, and shoved again, and think, 'I know how you feel, buddy.'"
- Way to Go, Dems "I hope John McCormack stays away from Joe Biden's motorcade," writes Graham's National Review colleague John Miller.
- Stalker John McCormack Strikes Again, blogger Tbogg says. Politico's Ben Smith elsewhere notes that McCormack was the reporter "on whom the husband of Dede Scozzafava (remember her?) called the cops." Tbogg dubs him "Weekly Standard Editor in Charge of Stalking Female Candidates Who Are Not Sarah Palin Because That Is Matthew Continetti's Job, So BACK OFF, SPARKY," and suggests "all lady candidates should just get restraining orders against [him]." Taylor Marsh wonders if perhaps "the point was to get something just like this captured on tape."
- McCormack's a Nice Guy, asserts right-leaning Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, calling him "my friend" and "actually one of the nicest, mild-mannered people you'd ever want to meet." Morrissey thinks "every reporter should be outraged at this treatment--and someone needs to get booked for battery."
- A Reaction, Ma'am? Glenn Reynolds is one of many to observe candidate Coakley's "non-reaction to thuggery."