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  • Barack Obama to Campaign for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts Because Things Can Still Get a Little Bit Worse for Dems

    Great news! Barack Obama is staking the next three years of his presidency on Martha Coakley's somnambulist campaign for Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat in Massachusetts.

    This is particularly great, since nobody can get Coakley to campaign for herself, so she'll need all the help she can get.

    I'm predicting that this will end well for everybody!

    The White House has decided to OWN the race in Massachusetts, despite faulting Coakley for running a sleeper of a campaign since the primary… Coakley needs help turning out Obama Democrats… Democrats who SUPPORT health care reform… Democrats need to understand the stakes. Health care reform hangs in the balance… that's not an exaggeration…

    The psychological effect of a loss in Massachusetts would be significant. It might persuade Democrats to retire. It might persuade folks who've compromised on health care to take a step back. It will almost certainly further demoralize the Democratic Party.

    I can dig that logic. If almost the entire Democrat Party is about to nosedive itself into a Slumdog Millionaire-style pool of liquid feces, you might as well throw the White House in there as well.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Martha Coakley, Massachusetts, Scott Brown, Senate, Ted Kennedy
  • The Entire GOP Morphs, Voltron Style, into a 'Scott Brown for Senate' Office

    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?

    We were all so young back then

    [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
  • Is Sarah Palin the Next Ted Kennedy? I'm Glad You Asked!

    Now that Ted Kennedy is gone everyone wants to know who the "next" Ted Kennedy will be, both in terms of representing the state of Massachusetts in the Senate and also in terms of being a national symbol of- well, the things Ted Kennedy symbolized (lions). But there are so many people who could be the next Ted Kennedy; how can we can narrow this down?

    Let's see, the next Ted Kennedy will probably live in the United States. It'll be somebody related to politics, or politics-ish things. Somebody who gives speeches, or impersonations of speeches, in public settings. Hmmm, who on earth meets all those qualifications? Oh! A writer at The American Spectator has a suggestion: "Is Sarah Palin the Next Ted Kennedy?" he asks.

    Lucky for us, America, our Spectator has answered this important question! I will place the answer after the jump, so as to heighten the suspense. Click and all will be revealed…

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    Tags: American Spectator, Sarah Palin, Ted Kennedy