Ben Smith over at Politico is reporting that President Obama will visit the Bay State prior to Tuesday’s special election for US Senate. With one poll indicating Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coalkey is down by four points, they need to call in The One.
President Barack Obama will campaign for Massachusetts Senate candidate Martha Coakley on Sunday, POLITICO has learned, a sign that Democrats believe the seat remains winnable enough that it’s worth risking the president’s prestige. …
Details on the Obama visit were not finalized midday Friday. Coakley had been keeping her schedule on Sunday open, in hopes for a presidential visit, but didn’t get word of Obama’s decision until Friday morning.
So Coakley was holding Sunday open for a special campaign visit. To me, this indicates that she wanted the president to come up and stump for her and presidential political advisers were weighing the negatives and positives.
OK, tell me this. Are Massachusetts voters such pushovers that a visit from the president – of which almost none of them will actually see him – will encourage them to either go to the polls and pull the lever (touch the touch-screen) for Coakley or switch their vote from Scott Brown or another candidate to Coakley?
Those visits really mean nothing to me. What does that say for voters that need in-person encouragement to go to vote?
I still don’t like the fact political advisers measure – in extreme detail – what the negatives and positives of a visit to support the candidate you believe is the right choice. Why not just support them?
I guess that’s politics and the reason why I’d rather write about it then get intimately involved.
AJ at Strata-Sphere also writing, outsiders for both camps are heading into the state, and Jim Geraghty pines. Malkin also writing and everyone is picking up on the Twin Towers gaffe which is the fault of media firm – but who approves the ads?