In a last-ditch effort to avert a debacle for the Democrats, the White House announced that President Obama would campaign here on Sunday for Martha Coakley, the Democratic Senate candidate, amid growing signs that the race for Edward M. Kennedy’s Senate seat has become too close to call.Wow, but I guess Barry was left with no choice but to help this chick out. Martha Coakley's taken this whole race for granted, making a half-hearted effort to campaign for a senator's seat because she's a Democrat. Too bad for her, we're in 2010, not 2009....liberals can't blame George W. Bush for everything anymore, Americans aren't seeing any "change" (much less "hope) and this race has a lot riding on the line, more specifically Barry's legacy. Only problem here is that someone may need to remind Barry that he's nowhere near as popular as he was a year ago. Indeed, the Teleprompter-In-Chief's reassured charm and smugness isn't working on Americans anymore, just ask outgoing governor Jon Corzine, who Barry pushed for heavily to get re-elected in liberal New Jersey last month, and still lost. Now Obama's faced with the risk of totally humiliating himself if somehow Scott Brown beats Coakley next week, his whole presidency goes in the mud, much less no more health care reform. Funny that.
With a new Suffolk University/7 News poll showing the race in a virtual tie, the announcement is fraught with political peril for Mr. Obama — particularly if Ms. Coakley loses the seat to the Republican, State Senator Scott Brown. Nonetheless, the president’s advisers concluded that Mr. Obama’s fortunes were already tied to the outcome of the race, so there was no reason to keep him away from Massachusetts.
The special election for the seat is on Tuesday. Several polls in recent days indicated that Ms. Coakley was losing an earlier lead, and the Suffolk poll showed Mr. Brown with 50 percent of the vote and Ms. Coakley with 46 percent, a result within the poll’s four percentage point margin of sampling error.
Mr. Obama has already urged Democrats to the polls in a video message and recorded telephone messages. But with his principal domestic policy initiative at stake — Mr. Brown has already said he would be the 41st and crucial vote against the health care bill — the president decided to risk embarrassment and hit the stump.