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1/17/2010

The “Whole World” is Watching Massachusetts; UPDATE WITH VIDEO: White House Thinks Coakley Will Lose?

Filed under: Dog Trainer,Obama,Politics — DRJ @ 12:54 pm



[Guest post by DRJ]

I don’t know if the whole world is watching but much of America is, and I’m sure Washington is … and what they see are crowds like the ones in these Instapundit reader’s photos taken at a Scott Brown event in Worcester, Massachusetts. Here’s one person’s description of the event:

“It’s an absolute mob scene. The police have closed off the streets. It’s mind blowing. The hall is already full, and it holds 3,000 people. There may be another 1,000 people outside.”

Obama is traveling to Massachusetts today to rescue Coakley’s campaign. Maybe he can turn out his followers for Coakley but even if he can, will they be enough? After all, 51% of Massachusetts voters say they are independents and of the 37% who say they are Democrats, most of them voted for Hillary Clinton. Clinton beat Barack Obama 56-41, a margin of 15 points, in the Massachusetts’ Democratic primary in February 2008.

— DRJ

UPDATE BY PATTERICO: Via The Corner, it appears that the White House may think Coakley is going to lose:

As Henry admits, that may be hyperbole to get the base out.

Then again, it may not.

UPDATE x2 BY PATTERICO: Decent L.A. Times story on the reasons for Brown’s surge here. To be sure, there’s no mention of Coakley’s numerous gaffes, or the numerous recent polls showing Brown ahead. That would be asking too much of this paper. But the newspaper is waking up to the larger significance of Brown’s recent success with voters:

[I]nterviews with potential voters also revealed a persistent feeling that Obama and his allies in Congress have misread the public mood and have failed to concentrate on priorities such as the economy.

Ya think?

Plus, Sissy Willis is quoted. Which is cool.

21 Responses to “The “Whole World” is Watching Massachusetts; UPDATE WITH VIDEO: White House Thinks Coakley Will Lose?”

  1. Obama’s speech is the usual spin on Coakley’s record translated as more-of-the-same from Mass. The rest is what the ghetto refers to as shuck-and-jive but sold to the rest of us as hopeandchange.

    He almost lost control of the venue as a couple of dissenters were escorted out. The audience is a carefully selected group/cult of Boston blue-blood democrats who would vote democrat if the national debt was 101% of GDP and unemployment was 15%.

    Tuesday will tell the tale as BHO bets it all on his soaring rhetoric and what is left of his gravitas after the Olympic debacle.

    vet66 (9d1bb3)

  2. Roger L. Simon announced on his blog that PJM will be releasing a new poll that they have commissioned using the same criteria as the last one (the one that showed Brown +15) at Midnight tonight PacTime.

    AD - RtR/OS! (b27208)

  3. “… his gravitas after the Olympic debacle.”

    Charles Krauthammer on FoxNewsSunday made the point that MA could be BHO’s Copenhagen-III moment.

    AD - RtR/OS! (b27208)

  4. OOOOOH! Thanks for the link. I agree with your assessment of the LA TImes article. It left things out, but, then, the point was to pick up rumblings from the man/woman in the street and, in my case, the woman in the sphere.

    Most fun ever since sliced Democrats!

    Sissy Willis (33a2d0)

  5. Scott Brown Democrat: “Somebody’s going to have to pay for this”…

    Screenshot of Scott Brown’s social-networking-savvy web site. Even were we not to win the special election on Tuesday, the site itself should win top awards for “disintermediating the old-boy networks via the Internet.” Contribute, volunteer, join S…

    sisu (0436bf)

  6. Not only did the Obama and Democrats in Congress misread voters, they misled them too.

    ROA (e2e9ec)

  7. Go SCOtt!!! Stop the Democrats from pushing Communism on America! This is not the change I voted for! I will vote republican from now on if my party does not move away from the radical left fringe! Nancy, Reed you insult me as a minority.

    Dwayne Jackson (74664a)

  8. I’m personally disgusted with the democrats. They need to wake up and smell the poo they’re trying to dump on us with this “health care” bill. Scott Brown needs to win for this heath care bill to not go through. Call people, blog, get out there and tell people that they need to vote for this guy!

    Elisabeth (4674be)

  9. “It’s the economy, stupid”

    Kevin Murphy (3c3db0)

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