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.