MA: Brown rises in polls, Obama stumps for Coakley

President Obama arrived in Massachusetts today to stump on behalf of flailing Senate hopeful Martha Coakley. The visit comes on the heels of Republican Scott Brown’s astounding rise in the polls in the past two weeks.

The President today specifically framed this race as a referendum on his policies, namely health care, and whether Massachusetts votes want to “move forward” and elect Coakleyor “move backward” and elect Brown. No question now as to whether this is a vote for or against President Obama’s agenda, it clearly is.

Fox News reports:

President Obama warned Massachusetts voters Sunday from following Republican Scott Brown’s old pickup truck around the state, saying if elected to the U.S. Senate, Brown will drive health care and the rest of the Democratic agenda off track.

Exactly, Mr. President, you hit the nail on the head which is why Coakley is having such a hard time to begin with. Even liberal Massachusetts isn’t entirely sold on your socialist agenda.

In a quip he repeated several times during a campaign appearance for Democrat Martha Coakley, Obama mocked the man who has been driving a pickup truck around the state, claiming he’s a “lockstep” Republican.

“Martha’s opponent already is walking in lockstep with Washington Republicans,” Obama said, criticizing Brown for opposing the president’s proposed tax on Wall Street. “She’s got your back, her opponent’s got Wall Street’s back. Bankers don’t need another vote in the United States Senate. They’ve got plenty. Where’s yours?”

Coakley, whose race against Brown has narrowed to a toss-up as voters zero in on the cost of a massive health insurance bill in Congress, got a boost from the president during a Sunday afternoon rally at Northeastern University in Boston. Democrats are hoping the president’s popularity with young people will reinvigorate the case for Coakley, whose lost her edge to Brown in recent polling.

Coakley has been criticized for not engaging enough in retail politics and not buying enough advertising. Brown has since moved from riding around the state in his pickup to a tour bus he rides to pancake breakfasts and diners.

“She let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who has warned that a Coakley loss could kill health insurance reforms Democrats are pushing for in Congress. “Some of us complained about it and we think it’s turned around.”

Same old accusations from a tired Obama campaign playbook about being “lockstep” with Republicans. This, of course, all while Obama breaks arms to force congress in lockstep line with his socialist health care. The person who has to worry about being lockstep is Coakley, and if she isn’t, the administration will see to it Massachusetts is given no special exemptions or perks in Obamacare.

What’s also amazing here is that President Obama could not fill the room for Coakley:

But Sunday’s rally was not the typical Obama function. The hall where they gathered was only partly filled, and supporters standing behind the guests of honor appeared caught off guard as an abortion protester and a young boy accompanying him were removed from the building.

In blue Massachusetts, a state Obama won by over 20 points, he could not fill a room for Coakley. That small detail speaks volumes about the state of the Obama agenda at this point. Volumes.

Here is the latest snapshot of all polls since January 1st, 2010:

Somewhere around January 9th or 10th, Coakley began to crumble a bit in the public eye and has continued hemorrhaging ever since.

Polls in Massachusetts will be open Tuesday from 7am to 8pm eastern time.

  • Bill Hedges

    “With McCain/Palin, “change” is More of the Same”

    “There once was a “maverick” named Palin,
    Who walked in lockstep without failin’.
    Bush and Cheney agreed,
    She was all that they need,
    (With McSame). Their regime would keep flailin’!”

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1085342/the_mavericks_lockstep_a_political.html

    As Sarah’s star shines, obama’s is fading fast…
    …..

    Interesting how simplification (lockstep) gets away with demeaning. Easier than proving. Being factual. Presenting a case for your side.

    All those against health care are racist.

    Sarah fighting both sides of the political spectrum in Alaska, but she is just like all the others. Seem almost racist doesn’t it. More racist than being against a bad health bill.

    “Martha’s opponent already is walking in lockstep with Washington Republicans,” Obama said, “

    But not Martha ??? Hummm. Mr. President…That’s the ‘pot calling the kettle black.’

    “She’s got your back, her opponent’s got Wall Street’s back. Bankers don’t need another vote in the United States Senate. They’ve got plenty. Where’s yours?”

    I just posed link that Bush wanted more regulations that could have stopped this recession. It was all Democrats that backed no more regulation on Wall Street.

    And Prez you backed Wall Street.

    “Where’s the beef” in your words ??

    There are some cases that are coming to light that are embarrassing Coakley. One in particular where defendant had political pull. Maybe this issue gets left in State.

    What interested me most in this article was :

    “President Obama warned Massachusetts voters Sunday from following Republican Scott Brown’s old pickup truck around the state, saying if elected to the U.S. Senate, Brown will drive health care and the rest of the Democratic agenda off track.”

    I’ve previously gone into Brown could end obama agenda.

    That “old pick up truck” is endearing to me like John F. Kennedy’s 1960 campaign song “High Hopes”.

    Martha Coakley money from medical lobbyist turns me off. I laugh at her ad misspelling Massachusetts.. She is the Chicago political machine not Brown as obama claims. I truly enjoy calling obama a liar. More, proving it.
    …..

    “To the Liberal Media, Scott Brown’s Military Service Is Just a Pose”

    “Surging Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown has served more than thirty years in the Army National Guard, but to commentators like the Boston Globe’s Joan Vennochi, this is merely “pretty packaging” and part of how “Brown’s glossy veneer conceals [a] misleading campaign.”

    “But, of course, Coakley has served, too – not in the Army, but in a comfortable office with many minions to get her coffee and knock over pesky reporters who dare to ask hard questions. She has “served” as the Bay State’s attorney general and, as Vennochi helpfully points out, she has prosecuted scam artists, child molesters and murderers (although even that claim is dubious). Presumably, this distinguishes her from all those other attorney generals out there who strongly support the work of scam artists, child molesters and murderers ”

    “So, what Vennochi is actually saying is that Coakley simply showed up at her job, but then when the Globe is talking about a liberal candidate that’s pretty much as far as they need to go down the resume before slamming down the “ENDORSED” stamp..”

    “Yes, Scott Brown’s service paints a “pretty picture” all right. It’s a picture of dedication, patriotism and service that the liberal media is eager to write off as just a pose because, to so many of its political fellow travelers, that’s the only way they can understand it. It remains to be seen what the people of Massachusetts think about the people who protect them when they go to the polls Tuesday to fill “the People’s seat.”

    http://bigjournalism.com/kschlichter/2010/01/14/to-the-liberal-media-scott-browns-military-service-is-just-a-pose/

    “Obama puts prestige on line for Senate candidate”
    The Associated Press
    Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010

    “Since taking office a year ago, Obama’s track record for helping other Democrats hasn’t been stellar. He campaigned hard for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine who ran for re-election last year and in Virginia for Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee to replace outgoing Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. Both lost.”

    “The president was also rebuffed after making a high profile pitch for his home city of Chicago to host the 2016 Olympics. After traveling to Copenhagen last fall to personally make the city’s case, the International Olympic Committee rejected Chicago’s bid on the first ballot.”

    “Nonetheless, the joint appearance by Obama and Coakley is in many ways marriage of a necessity..”

    “Campaigning Saturday, Brown appeared unconcerned about Obama’s visit.”

    “I hope he has a safe trip and enjoys himself and has a good trip looking around a great state,” Brown said.”

    http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jan/17/obama-puts-prestige-on-line-for-senate-candidate/

  • JD

    “But I believe if government is to mean anything at all, that all of us have a responsibility, once the action has been decided upon and supposedly by the majority will, that we then, while reserving our right to disagree, we support the collective or the unified effort of the nation. Otherwise, all law and order and all government breaks down, because we might have a citizen who has a conscientious objection to paying taxes and if we allow our citizens to voluntarily quit paying taxes the government breaks down–or obeying the law, or anything else that may come along.”

    – Ronald Reagan

  • Sorry, JD, did you have a point to make?

  • Babs

    Nate, I think JD believes Obama’s policies and endeavors are what the majority wants, which is what Reagan alluded to. But JD, you’re not paying attention if you believe that the majority of this country wants what the Obama administration has and is shoving down our throats. It tastes like castor oil to most, and the end product will be a pile of the same.

  • JD

    Babs, I think we are a nation divided and, therefor, you nor I can say with any certanty that we know what the majority wants or who the majority is. There are the many who say nothing right along with the many who say everything. Because of this we can only talk in certian term with only the “voting” majority. The ones who stood up to be counted.

    Again, I think Reagan’s words say it perfectly…”once the action has been decided upon and supposedly by the majority will, that we then, while reserving our right to disagree, we support the collective or the unified effort of the nation.”

    And the point I am trying to make really isn’t about Obama or anyone specific. If Brown wins you aren’t going to hear me go on about it. If the voting majority of people put him in office then it is expected that he will impliment the agenda he ran for. Much like the voting people of the US put Obama in office.

    I sometimes have to remind myself that alot of the people who are complaining about Obama are the ones who didn’t vote for him and so it goes with out saying that they will probably not want to see him succeed. Be it because they don’t agree with his ideals or any other reason.

    Again, I wish Brown and Coakley good luck in the election process and I hope the supposed “majority” go out and vote because that is how we, in the United States, decide the majority… by voting.

  • Bill Hedges

    This “nation divided” (obama won by a landslide, dropped like a meteor) is some sort of excuse to negate dislike of obama’s present agenda. As proven in polls. As imperfect as polls are few are for obama’s agenda. That says a lot. Adds to their validity.

    America elected on the idealistic purposed agenda of the campaign, not the hard copy reality of passed and whats before Congress. Even Democrats fear shining light on porposed health care bill. Votes must be bought for bill great for America. Health bill waits years and years to take effect. When change needed now ? Cost begins when passed !

    Little doubt promises that got him elected have been broken. Transparency forgotten. Details of health care alarming and unknown earlier.

    America is having buyers remorse with health care and wasted pork spending, and obama.

    Obama is President for four years. Unless impeached. No doubt.

    What Congress passes and obama accepts is law. No doubt.

    If Brown is elected and Democrats are moved by it, so be it.

    Even before tomorrow, Nebraska Senator has been moved. Recanting his pay-off for his health care vote. Many call ‘bought vote’. Moved by his citizenry.

    If Brown shakes the earth, it will be felt in Congress. Those in office will rethink. Would not be a knock-out but most defiantly a noticeable foundation crumple.

    Some things a President wants should not succeed. May be why obama is bottom of Gallop poll for Presidents after one year in office. Well below G.W. Bush…

  • Bill Hedges

    JD

    I would appreciate the link to Ronald’s quote. I could not find. Would like to know the context of the excerpt. I figure it is from a speech.

    It helps in the understanding where he was coming from instead of guessing…

  • Bill Hedges

    I FOUND YOUR QUOTE J.D.

    “Reagan the Socialist”

    “Here’s Ronald Reagan from a 1967 debate with Robert Kennedy:”

    “But I believe if government is to mean anything at all, that all of us have a responsibility, once the action has been decided upon and supposedly by the majority will, that we then, while reserving our right to disagree, we support the collective or the unified effort of the nation. Otherwise, all law and order and all government breaks down, because we might have a citizen who has a conscientious objection to paying taxes and if we allow our citizens to voluntarily quit paying taxes the government breaks down–or obeying the law, or anything else that may come along.”

    Rest of quote JD left out:

    “We give up certain individual freedoms in the interest of–well, I suppose it comes from our own Constitution our idea that every American or every person has the right, is born with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. But my pursuit of happiness, if it comes from swinging my arm, I must stop swinging my arm just short of the end of your nose”

    “he was talking specifically of the Vietnam draft”

    http://biobrain.blogspot.com/2008/12/reagan-socialist.html

  • JD

    Bill, I appreciate you putting up the rest of the quote… I didn’t want to include the whole thing for the sake of it just repeating itself but thanks for doing it. When we talk about rights, liberty, and the persuit of happiness we are talking about ideals and ideals are applied to many subjects. I.E. Vietnam war or Healthcare.

    So if you are suggesting that Reagan believed in this ideal only in the case of the vietnam war then you are mistaken. Reagan was a firm believer in the idea of the “majority rule”.

  • JD

    Landrauex, Babs, and Nate…

    What are your thoughts about the threat being passes around that if Brown wins a bill will be passed before he takes office???

    Curious to get your takes on this? Do you think it will happen and what kind of pressure will it put on Brown after he gets in?

  • Bill Hedges

    When I recently quoted Barney Frank about health care not passing if Brown was elected, it was short and to the point. No need to give link.

    Your quote was long and general. Had no idea what Ronald was talking about. Nothing about war as I recall. Reading your thoughts and using his words as quote in my estimation requires link. I sure would haved suppied.

    Context matters. I feel link should have been given by you. Gives option to reader of your comment chance to read from the source.

    It only takes a few seconds to add. Adds pertinent information.

    The majority rule issue I have given and my reasons in earlier comments. After you read will be glad to discuss. But for simplified answer:

    At time of election voters wanted health care change as I do. Bill language not known.

    Near all polls are against bill now in Congress. Not to mention town hall meeting, etc.

    To say because they were for they have to accept what’s in bill now is a fallacy.

    Nebraska’s Senator change in behavior is example of citizens giving what for to their Senator. And he bucklied.

    Some Congress members have said they will vote for regardless of citizens feelings..

    As I said, I suggest you read my earlier comments. More detailed.

  • Bill Hedges

    “So if you are suggesting that Reagan believed in this ideal only in the case of the vietnam war then you are mistaken. Reagan was a firm believer in the idea of the “majority rule”.

    Just to be real clear on this…

    I do not suggest “that Reagan believed in this ideal only in the case of the Vietnam .”

    Never in a million years…

    I do believe public can be for obama’s health care idea on campaign trail. I know public can change their mind when pen meets paper in Congress…

  • “What are your thoughts about the threat being passes around that if Brown wins a bill will be passed before he takes office???”

    Not happening now, the Dems aren’t that crazy to kamikaze themselves into 2010. Many are getting timid now and backing off considering the “Kennedy seat” is now held by a Republican.

    The election was a referendum on Obamacare and it was voted down by the people. Congress is just starting to get a little bit of the hint despite being beaten over the head with it repeatedly now.

    Obama overstepped his progressive bounds and the people are giving him some “guidance” back to the center.

  • Bill Hedges

    If obama has a lick of sense he will enforce his campaign promises not ignore now. He could gain some respect from me.

    Instead of claiming bi-partnership, embrace as you said you would. Not the lies, we tried.

    #1 visitor to White House is a lobbyist. Though not admitting. He is union leader. Open the doors and windows. Allow the sunshine and fresh air in. Your rally campaign cry was ‘CSPAN’ in campaign.

    The nuclear option of 51 votes to pass in Senate is not really a viable option. You hear it mentioned at times. It is rarely used. Has to do with economic balance. Each line could be challenged. Bill would be Swiss cheese in the end. Would be an embarrassment for Democrats to try.

    They could try to pass the Senate bill in House as is. I believe it was a Democrat that said it would receive around 100 votes.

    Republican plan is unpalatable to Democrats. Limitations of lawsuits. #2 contributor to Democrat party, trial lawyers, would never do. That’s just one example and a big one.

    Obama and others have said Scott Brown will be seated first. To their credit. To do otherwise, is political suicide.

    obama also gotten shamed for his TSA nominee. Election has drowned it out. this guy used his position to check out history of someone. Improper venting. Guy dropped out.

  • Babs

    Jd, a little after the fact, but as we see, there was just no support for that huge white elephant. Some sensible health INSURANCE reform might have a chance now. =)