Obama plans to head to Massachusetts to campaign for Coakley
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?
A visit from Obama will be the polical kiss of death it was for VA and NJ, not to mention the Olympics in Chicago. The reason she is cratering is her support for Obama's neosocialist policies, not to mention that Bostonians really get PO'd when presidents come in and screw up traffic!
Hey, we killed bilingual education in this state by a 2 to 1 margin in 2002, while simultaneously booting out another "deserving" Democrat woman (Shannon O'Brien).
"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?"
Obama is confusing Brown voters with the typical Democrat. Brown voters know exactly why they are voting for him, and some smooth talking, teleprompter reading, snake oil salesman isn't going to change that.
Obama IS the reason Brown will win. Even if he doesn't (God forbid), the message will be out there: if even voters in deepest of deep blue Massachusetts are fed up, what will the rest of the country be like in November? I think they all know the answer to that.
We are all damaged. I know Jim wants to be above the left in all his conduct, and nothing was lower than the left during Katrina. However, even David Gregory is questioning "should Obama be doing this and what if Coakley loses ? " There is no excuse for Haiti relief efforts to be such a mess. This is not Guam. Puerto Rico is just 400 miles away, Guantanamo bay even closer. As the situation deteriorates in Haiti, Bill Clinton was in Boston, Michelle is having a birthday party, Obama still in the back room dealing healthcare, on his way to Mass today….The local Coakley people are saying Scott Brown victory a would be "disaster"…. .http://michaelgraham.com/archives/massachusetts-teachers-association-video-blog/#comment-30088261..No Haiti is the disaster Mr President….. Why do you run away Mr President? Come to the gates of Hell and look The End of all your elaborate plans straight in the eye . It is your only friend The End… .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjjPCMrS3KI