Remember way, way, way back in the last decade when it looked as though the Republican Party would be subjugated beneath the boot heel of a Democratic supermajority in Congress and health care reform was all but guaranteed?
[A] new poll came out from Suffolk University showing Republican Scott Brown leading Democratic nominee Martha Coakley by four percentage points [in the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat], 50 percent to 46. That’s only the second poll to give Brown a lead, and the race is obviously too close to call — but still, trailing by four in Massachusetts can’t feel great for Democrats. As pollster David Paleologos put it, "It's a Brown-out!"
Republican activists see Brown’s blossoming chances as an opportunity to deal a crippling blow to the Obama administration, and are mobilizing to turn his bounce into an actual win. Politico reports that, across the country, other GOP campaigns are turning themselves temporarily into remote offices for Brown. In New York and Connecticut, Republican candidates for governor and the Senate are urging supporters to donate to Brown, and travel to Massachusetts to volunteer. In Florida, Republican Senate rivals Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist are trying to outdo each other in their support for the candidate.. And as far off as Texas, local Republicans are phone banking for their Massachusetts brother-in-arms.
Yeah, but I'll bet things are going equally well on the Democratic side of this important special election…
[T]here is a subdued, almost dispassionate quality to [Martha Coakley's] public appearances, which are surprisingly few. Her voice is not hoarse from late-night rallies. Even yesterday, the day after a hard-hitting debate, she had no public campaign appearances in the state.
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
"As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’" she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that. "This is a special election. And I know that I have the support of Kim Driscoll. And I now know the members of the [Salem] School Committee, who know far more people than I could ever meet."
That's the… attitude?
This all seems pretty dismal now, but even if Brown does manage to grab a Massachusetts Senate seat for the first time since the Earth's crust originally cooled, the Democratic still has the midterm elections in November to turn things around.
Hey, I hope our new Republican overlords are benevolent, and give us liberals bathroom breaks while we build their giant glowing megachurch monoliths for them.
Tags: Martha Coakley, Massachusetts, Republicans, Scott Brown, Senate, Ted Kennedy