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Top Obama aides on tenterhooks over Mass. race

Updated 5:07 p.m.
By Michael D. Shear
President Obama's top aides barely concealed their angst about the Senate election in Massachusetts today -- even before it's over.

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs acknowledged that Obama himself is "surprised and frustrated" by the closeness of the race in a state that has been thought to be one of the Democratic party's most consistent strongholds.

"Not pleased," Gibbs deadpanned, though he repeatedly declined to elaborate about who he was displeased with, or even to engage reporters about where things went wrong.

"We're going to have plenty of time to get into the back and forth of all this," Gibbs pleaded. "I'd prefer to do this when we know what the result is."

Earlier in the day, in an interview with reporters, senior adviser David Axelrod did not hold back, seeming to begin the post-mortem even before the polls had closed.

"The White House did everything we were asked to do," Axelrod said, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune's Paul West. "I think if we had been asked earlier, we would have responded earlier."

That message was a direct slap at Martha Coakley's campaign, preceded by praise from Axelrod for Coakley's Republican opponent, Scott Brown. He said in the interview Brown had run "a very clever campaign."

"As a practitioner in politics, my hat's off to him," Axelrod said.

In the White House briefing, Gibbs was asked several times whether the election results -- and even the closeness of the race, regardless of what happens -- could be read as a referendum on Obama.

Gibbs struggled not to answer, trying mightily not to be accused of throwing Coakley under the bus before the election finishes.

But he offered a preview of the message that is likely to come from the White House for the next several months if she loses.

"There's a tremendous amount of upset and anger in this country about where we are economically," Gibbs argued. "We're here because of that upset and anger that dates back much farther than the 2008 election."

He added: "The middle class has thought that Washington was looking out for Washington and the big special interests and not looking out for them," Gibbs said. "I have no doubt that people are going to express anger and frustration about where we are."

The early criticism from the White House is reminiscent of the barrage that unnamed Obama officials unleashed on Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds about ten days before Deeds lost his election.

In an article in The Post on Oct. 23, two senior administration officials all but conceded Deeds would lose to Republican Robert F. McDonnell. One aide blamed Deeds for running against the president instead of with him. "Obama, Kaine and others had drawn a road map to victory in Virginia. Deeds chose another path," the adviser said.

Deeds went on to lose to McDonnell in a landslide. But the decision to start the blame game ten days before the election infuriated the Deeds camp, much as the White House comments today are angering those close to Coakley.

Coakley's campaign has not been shy about hitting back in the waning hours of the campaign.

In a memo obtained by Politico's Ben Smith, a senior Coakley adviser blames national Democrats for not helping until the last minute despite having access to all of the poll data from the campaign since December.

"Coakley campaign noted concerns about 'apathy' and failure of national Democrats to contribute early in December," the memo says. "Coakley campaign noted fundraising concerns throughout December and requested national Democratic help. DNC and other Dem organizations did not engage until the week before the election, much too late to
aid Coakley operation."

The memo, released on election day, suggests that there is little doubt inside the Coakley campaign about the outcome. The basic message: Obama and national Democrats never provided her with the financial and infrastructural aid she needed in late 2009 to ensure
this race never developed into something real.

A Democratic party official shot back in an e-mail; "It's just a bunch of lies," the source said of the Coakley memo.

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 19, 2010; 4:04 PM ET
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Comments

Obamafools,

Tell me again how the Repubs are toast and the Dems were a dynasty for years to come. heh heh.

Don't worry. If the Repubs gain control they will screw it up shortly too.

The Incumbent Repubs don't have a clue that they will be targeted in November too.

Look out Incumbents. The Independents are on the rise.

The independent voters are tired of broken promises, regardless of the Party.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 19, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Coward Dean just said he's glad she lost!!!

obama is a FAILURE!!!


Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 19, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

Screamin Dean is on MSNBC!!

Posted by: houston123 | January 19, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Whatever the result of the Brown-Coakley race, the fact that Brown's message garnered so much support in a pro-Democrat state should give Obama, Pelosi, and Reid pause. For a year, that trio has been exercising power to the peril of the American people and the nation. They have showered money and favors on their constituencies, ignoring the hard-working, middle-class taxpayers who generate the tax revenue that the government is hemorrhaging. And they've apparently failed to notice that the tax revenue is rapidly declining as the jobless rate keeps rising and the numbers of those applying for unemployment, COBRA and Medicaid, and food stamps keep rising.

Posted by: judithod | January 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

America is ungovernable, given the composition of the two "governing" parties and the undeniable fact that the government is under the control of the corporations and the lobbyists, not the citizens.

The most unfortunate fact is that most Americans are dumb enough to be taken in by the propaganda and lies of the Republicans. They are aided by the corporate control of the media to the point where virtually any lie the Republicans make gets trumpeted to the mob on multiple channels simultaneously ad nauseum until the mob thinks its the truth.

There is no longer any alternative to the Big Brother Scenario portrayed in Orwell's 1984. It is here, it is with us every day on every media channel, and the dumb masses of Americans think that what the corporations feed them is the truth. Sorry, America. Too bad. Democracy was such a beautiful thing.

Posted by: Chagasman | January 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse


Mary Jo Kopechne is dancing on obama's failure !!!!!!!!!!!!

YAHOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 19, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

If the Voters keep this up, they may drive "The Liar in Chief" back to the cocaine ???

Then "The Man Child" will deny responsibility while blaming the Voters for making him do it ???

Posted by: thgirbla | January 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Marsha conceded, going to call the race yet?

http://livingfortruth.wordpress.com/2010/01/14/how-the-west-was-lost/

Posted by: funbowhunter | January 19, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

9:18pm -- The Boston Globe reports that Coakley has called Brown to concede the Senate race

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


OBAMA FAILS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Coakley just conceded the race !!!

Posted by: gdodd414 | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

If the Top Aides are nervous............

..........how nervous must "The Man Child" playing in the Oval Office must be ???

Posted by: thgirbla | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Take that, Pelosi.

Posted by: grunk | January 19, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!
YES WE CAN !!!

Largest upset in political history!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 19, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown WINS!!!!!! With over 65% of the vote in, Brown leads by almost 100,000 votes.

Posted by: gdodd414 | January 19, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Good, I hope the entire health care bill fails. Our Attorney General down here in Florida is going to challenge the health care bill in court on grounds that it is unconstitutional to force people to buy health care under threat of fines.

The Administration agenda has been effectively stymied.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 19, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

to infuse...
What is going on is Obama is to nice. He is just to dam nice. On the flipside, republicans have been relentless since day one against everything Obama has tried to do. I listen to Brown, he sounds good, drives a truck, but, I've heard this song and dance before. Now we have Brown, basically saying the same things Obama said before he was elected. Talk is cheap. If that's all Obama is is talk, why the worries? Because Obama isn't all talk, he actually has the courage to change America for the better. Unfortunately, those that voted for him don't. You get what you vote for...and with republicans you get fools gold everytime. Enjoy it America.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 19, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

The Neocommies are going to pop a collective vein in a few hours when "Macia" gives her concession speach.

Posted by: MDDem1 | January 19, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Teddy must be spinning in his grave... The liberal lion, champion of health care reform -- and it's his former seat that is about to be won by a republican who will effectively kill Obama-Care.

It may not be the beginning of the end for the Obama-nation... but... it is clearly the end of the beginning...

The room is starting to tilt as independent voters flock away from Obama and send a very strong message to the ultra libs in Washington...

Guess it's time for Obama to break out the populist-centrist teleprompters. The liberal message just blew up in his face.

Posted by: randy_boyd | January 19, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown WINS!!!!!! With over 65% of the vote in, Brown leads by almost 100,000 votes.

Posted by: gdodd414 | January 19, 2010 9:11 PM | Report abuse

Brown 52.7% Coakley 46.3% with 57% reporting.

Posted by: kitzdakat | January 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

This goes straight to where the independents stand in this country. All these elitist liberals that call all the tea baggers extremist are actually referrinig to independents.

We see government in Washington out of control. Spending seems to have no end.

The people are sending a message. WE WANT BACK CONTROL OF OUR GOVERNMENT.

Enough with these special interest. Enough with this out of control spendinig.

Posted by: Jaymand | January 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Swear Brown in at Midnight!

Posted by: houston123 | January 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Scott's got this (I think)with 57% of the precincts in.

I guess the Democrats are going to have to ram the Senate bill down the House' throats.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 19, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Wait until the Chinese start "taxing" us for debt repayment. We'll have the Democrats, Republicans, and the Chinese to complain about.

Posted by: cmarshdtihqcom | January 19, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

The American people, the people of Massachusetts have raised up and KILLED ObamaCare..........

......the American Revolution has started again........Massachusetts voters delivered Obama's Waterloo..........how appropriate

Posted by: allenridge | January 19, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

Brown has won.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | January 19, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

It appears that Obama has no coat-tails for Democrats to hang onto period.

+++

Posted by: Hawaiian_Gecko | January 19, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

Did I here someone mention MOB? Ahh, Cheney and Bush are part of the mob. That's why Bush and Putin hated each other...ya' know, each was cuttin' in on each other's territory. That being oil. Putin was pissed Bush invaded Iraq for oil. That was Putin's desire. If we want to talk MOB, lets put the Bush administration front and center. Having said that, I might wake up tomorrow and find the head of a horse in my bed.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 19, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The Massachusetts Massacre
a political autopsy- how and why obama’s presidency failed

coakley was the least significant among the losses on tuesday night. obama’s presidency not only failed, but was soundly rejected. but due to his predictive profile, obama will not comprehend the nature and extent of his failures.

obama had a systemic political failure in massachusetts.

political autopsy results–

1. while obama slept–how could massachusetts NOT be on obama’s radar screen?

obama has spent most of the year bribing senators due to a razor thin margin in the senate. yet obama sleeps while brown attacks.

more ominously obama had two systemic failures–strategic and tactical which will reappear with far more serious consequences in national security, as homeland napolitano makes coakley look like a genius.

2. strategic –obama failed to designate someone to monitor massachusetts. thats what presidents do--and obama didn’t.

obama is not only asleep at the switch, obama denies there are trains while the whistle gets louder and louder.

3. tactical–obama does not multitask well, he is hopelessly mired in a reactive mode. team obama has some great players, but the bench lacks depth.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't seem like race should be an issue unless one of the candidates is a Massachusetts Indian or something?

Posted by: Wildthing1 | January 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

People are stupid. Imagine, not bothering to vote for someone just because they didn't bother to campaign.

Posted by: raschumacher | January 19, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

For current Mass. votes by county go to NY Times front page.

Posted by: sperrico | January 19, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

kubrickstan, you're too much a partisan to understand what is going on. Just as millions of votes for Obama were protest votes against the status quo, so are tens of thousands of votes for Brown today. The sentiment is mostly anti-incumbent, not pro-Republican. And in this race, Coakley is seen as the incumbent because she represents the party in power that has done next to nothing for Main Street while handing out hundreds of billions of dollars to the very rich, especially the bankers and others who caused the crash. And everybody who is free to think for themselves knows the health care debacle being forced down our throats has little help for the 85% of Americans who have health insurance now, while the usual special interests are once again getting their gazillions.

Posted by: infuse | January 19, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

25% of precincts are in and Scott is leading 52% to 47%.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 19, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

CORRECTION: 25% of precincts are in.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 19, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

52% of precincts are in and Scott is leading 52% to 47%.

Whether he wins or not, tomorrow I'm calling the election office to change my party affiliation from Democrat to Independent.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

So where do we go from here folks? Someone pinch me please...just over a year ago, Americans went to the polls, angry at the republicans and the Bush administration for what they did to America. NOW, only one year later, these same Americans, ARE GOING BACK IN SUPPORT OF REPUBLICANS? What the hell is wrong with this country? To much American Idol if you ask me. America has gone mad. Give Obama time to clean up the republicans mess at least. Good God.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 19, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It's not over yet. But even if Coakley loses, the Democrats still control ALL THREE BRANCHES of the U.S. Govt. We can still get our legislation throught. Obama needs to get out the whip.

Posted by: markshepherdstown | January 19, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

MA be well aware of Phantom ballots or non-existent ballots being counted or Coakeley ballots being counted and similarly situated ballots not being counted for Brown even if the absentee ballot addresses are in the same apartment building.

Posted by: kwoods2 |
==========================================================================================
I guess McNiff's receiving valid complaints about pre-marked for Brown ballots being handed out and invalidated by McNiff are just Coakley team spins.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

According to The New York Times live election blog, just after polls closed, Brown's headquarters is brimming with cheers and joy while Coakley's is just gloom and doom.

Posted by: infuse | January 19, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"The White House did everything we were asked to do," Axelrod said, according to a report by the Chicago Tribune's Paul West. "I think if we had been asked earlier, we would have responded earlier."

We have been screaming: WE WANT JOBS for a year now. Didn't hear that - Huh?

Also the Obama administration could stop practicing discrimination against black-owned small businesses and help other Small and Veteran-owned Businesses, in reference to federal government contracting. Didn't know about that either - Huh?

Well you folks better take a crash coarse.

Posted by: question-guy | January 19, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

If these aides had the brains of a gerbil they would KNOW why they are loosing and why the Democratic Party is going down in flames. The leadership of that party has gotten so cozy with Wall Street and big corporations that it turns our stomaches. The Republican's aren't any better, so incumbents had better watch out! The voters are DEMANDING an end to job and factory outsourcing. The voters want those jobs that have been outsourced returned here. If that means completely dismantling free trade, enacting draconian trade tariffs, duties, fees, new taxes, so be it. One way or another, we WILL get those jobs back. If that means playing musical chairs with politician's until they get "it", so be it.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Massachusets Democrats believe they can control the people as though they own them.

"Quality affordable health care for everyone."

Ha!

"We will have complete transpancy."

Ha!

Arrogance is never appreciated.

Posted by: JackDixon | January 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

D: 0,046,406
R: 0,052,219

source: Drudge--Master of all Media

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Pish posh. So much worrying over nothing. Obammao will be pResident for at least 2 more years. So Perosi is thrown out on her ear. How does that affect Dear Leader? Hairy Reed is an old man, time for him to step down anyway. The Won will still be in power. Nothing to see here, move along.

Posted by: Fiftycaltx1 | January 19, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

The Massachusetts Massacre
a political autopsy- how and why obama’s presidency failed

coakley was the least significant among the losses on tuesday night. obama’s presidency not only failed, but was soundly rejected. but due to his predictive profile, obama will not comprehend the nature and extent of his failures.

obama had a systemic political failure in massachusetts.

political autopsy results–

1. while obama slept–how could massachusetts NOT be on obama’s radar screen?

obama has spent most of the year bribing senators due to a razor thin margin in the senate. yet obama sleeps while brown attacks.

more ominously obama had two systemic failures–strategic and tactical which will reappear with far more serious consequences in national security, as homeland napolitano makes coakley look like a genius.

2. strategic –obama failed to designate someone to monitor massachusetts. thats what presidents do--and obama didn’t.

obama is not only asleep at the switch, obama denies there are trains while the whistle gets louder and louder.

3. tactical–obama does not multitask well, he is hopelessly mired in a reactive mode. team obama has some great players, but the bench lacks depth.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama's top aides barely concealed their angst about the Senate election in Massachusetts today -- even before it's over."

The Obama Group should have thought of this a year ago. The silent summer (from DC) was frightening to those of us who knew this was plain and simple...lousy politics.

Dam* fools. Now as the clock ticks they should get with the program. Mr. Cool Hand should open his mouth.

Posted by: jato11 | January 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

"President Obama's top aides barely concealed their angst about the Senate election in Massachusetts today -- even before it's over."

The Obama Group should have thought of this a year ago. The silent summer (from DC) was frightening to those of us who knew this was plain and simple...lousy politics.

Dam* fools. Now as the clock ticks they should get with the program. Mr. Cool Hand should open his mouth.

Posted by: jato11 | January 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

As we await the returns, I see the false right-left paradigm is alive and well on the blogs. The problem is not socialism, or primacy of equality. Truth has it that the United States is a representative democracy in form, not in practice. This is because the corporations have merged with the state. According to Mussolini, this is the essence of fascism.

Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

From the article:
"That message was a direct slap at Martha Coakley's campaign, preceded by praise from Axelrod for Coakley's Republican opponent, Scott Brown. He said in the interview Brown had run "a very clever campaign.""

LOL -- A very clever campaign wasn't even necessary. These are Kenndy's neighbors voting his dumb party out. classic Axelrod to compliment the opposition when facing a failure of his own making.

Posted by: jimbob3 | January 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats lose in Massachusetts it is not because of the campaign they have conducted or their candidate or health care, although some blame can fall on all of these. Rather, it is the way Massachusetts hands Obama his hat for berating their law enforcement official for arresting what seemed to have been a loud mouth, belligerent black man. My guess is they are saying keep you nose out of our business. If this is true then the concern I voiced in these pages on January 2009 has come true, which was that there is a potential for negative impact on his presidency as a consequence of Michelle’s damaged perception of reality (see below):

“Comment on: Defined by Her Times and Defining Them, Michelle Obama Is a First Among First Ladies at 1/20/2009 9:02 AM EST
This portrait is all so beautiful and wispful but it isn’t a true reflection of reality. Michelle’s reality is reflected in her statement “this is the first time in my adult life that I have been proud of America.” This is a women who is seriously and significantly damaged. Everything is going great right now so this dark side of her does not effect anything. But when things start going bad, as they will and have for all presidents, when her husband comes to her for sanctuary and advise her support will come from her dark side. This will make things worse. It is unfortunate for Obama and the nation that she is so damaged.”

How does all this fit? I didn’t think when I saw him come down on the officer in that press conference that what he said was originating from his mind set. His anger and words just didn’t fit him. I guessed then that what we were seeing was him acting out the anger of Michelle. My guess is she, in the back rooms with her darker side incensed by her perception of what went down in Massachusetts the night of the arrest wanted to strike out against the white arresting officer. She ranted until Obama got caught up in it. He then carried the anger into the press conference that morning and vented her anger there.

If the democrats go down in Massachusetts this could be a turning point for Obama. And if that happens it will be Michelle who brought him down.

All politics is local and little things count.

Posted by: Godsavethetroops | January 19, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Report: Franken recount lawyer leading MA legal team

Posted by Eric Roper

Last update: January 19, 2010 - 2:59 PM

"The twittersphere is awash today with concern that today's Senate race in Massachusetts could become a repeat of Franken v. Coleman. And judging by a recent story from Politico, the stars might just be aligning.

The website reports this afternoon that Al Franken's lead attorney during the recount, Marc Elias, "has arrived in Massachusetts to head up the Democratic legal team."

Providing the race is a nail biter, the Washington-based attorney may find himself once again fighting to secure a Democrat supermajority in the Senate." Minneapolis Star Tribune
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MA be well aware of Phantom ballots or non-existent ballots being counted or Coakeley ballots being counted and similarly situated ballots not being counted for Brown even if the absentee ballot addresses are in the same apartment building.

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 19, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

The folks in Massachusetts who knowingly want to replace Ted Kennedy with a man who pledged to defeat Kennedy’s lifetime goal, in order to "send a message to Democrats", are like a person who knowingly infects another with STD, in order to send a message about safe sex

Posted by: dwyerj1 | January 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

SCOTT BROWN is losing!!!! back to doing gaty porn videos for him. Bwahahahahahaha.

Posted by: playa_brotha | January 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Thank God Teddy the MURDERER is dead! That fat pig should rot in hell!

Posted by: Sparky15 | January 19, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Nothing new here. Members of the mommy party throwing hissy fits. They'll all be wailing like Lucy come Fall. It's just not faiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrr!!!

Posted by: grohlik | January 19, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama's advisers worried? The corrupt delusional thugs from Chicago that are using the Whitehouse as a flophouse will start bailing from this 'administration' as soon as the ballots are counted in MA. 2010...2012...and 1-20-2013 is the payoff.

Posted by: mpg515 | January 19, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

To the tool that wrote Carter had to clean up Reagan mess. I think you need to go back to school and study your history a little closer. Carter was elected in 1977 and Reagan was elected in 1981 It was Reagan that had to clean up after Carter. Home mortgage was up to 18%, credit cards were up to 28% to 31%. He made such a mess of everything. From domestic to foreign policy. Screwed up big time with the hostage crises. No one could afford to buy a home. Go back to school and learn before you open your big mouth about something you know nothing about.

Posted by: van.m.reagle@comcast.net | January 19, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Report: Franken recount lawyer leading MA legal team

Posted by Eric Roper

Last update: January 19, 2010 - 2:59 PM

"The twittersphere is awash today with concern that today's Senate race in Massachusetts could become a repeat of Franken v. Coleman. And judging by a recent story from Politico, the stars might just be aligning.

The website reports this afternoon that Al Franken's lead attorney during the recount, Marc Elias, "has arrived in Massachusetts to head up the Democratic legal team."

Providing the race is a nail biter, the Washington-based attorney may find himself once again fighting to secure a Democrat supermajority in the Senate." Star Tribune
__________________________________________
MA be well aware of Phantom ballots or non-existent ballots being counted or Coakeley ballots being counted and similarly situated ballots not being counted for Brown even if the absentee ballot addresses are in the same apartment building.

Posted by: kwoods2 | January 19, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Poor Obama. Democracy is an inconvenient thing when you're trying to impose a socialist utopia on the ungrateful masses who don't realize how brilliant you are. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?

Posted by: get_it_right | January 19, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

How predictable:

The WaPo and it's FAUX CONTROVERSIES!!!

Coakley will win by 10 points or more.

Oh, and after Coakley wins big, I'll be reminding you all that you ALWAYS do this.

Morons!

Posted by: Heerman532 | January 19, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

...and Bush didn't tank the economy and 9/11 happened on Clinton's watch.

Republican revisionist history. What a bunch of morons.

Posted by: blarsen1

CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN-only a "moron" would fall for such BS, eh lib?

"IMAGINE..........NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 19, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama and his advisors are just as arrogant as Bush II was, along with his advisors. They just don't seem to understand arrogance and contempt for majority opinions do not set well with most people. Sure the Democratic sheep will follow Obama unquestionably, as the Republican sheep followed Bush II uncritically.

Fortunately about 40% of the people in this country are not partisans, but vote independently. Obama may be frustrated, but he seems as oblivious as Bush II was for two terms as to why so many people oppose his policies. Partisan Democrats and Republicans seem cynical, unconcerned about whether their leaders are honest, but the rest of us do care.

Neither Obama nor Bush II is or was honest and this is one of the main reasons why independents became disillusioned with each.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 19, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

...and Bush didn't tank the economy and 9/11 happened on Clinton's watch.

Republican revisionist history. What a bunch of morons.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 19, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I see, so now it's Coakley's fault and before that it was Deeds' fault and at the same time it was Corzine's fault.

When will this administration ever learn - you can't get in bed with Pharma, the Health Insurance Industry and the Big Banks.

You'll get punished at the polls!

Public option all the way!!!!

Posted by: jsmith33351 | January 19, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse


"For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of a Massachusetts politician!"


Yes We Can!
Yes We Can!
Yes We Can!
Yes We Can!
Yes We Can!
Yes We Can!

... HAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 19, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Brown wins in MA: Obama is the luckiest politician I know…

Obama is given this great opportunity to declare himself a true leader and fulfill the promise of bipartisan change he campaigned for without cowering to Pelosi’s threats (after all, we didn’t vote for her as president). This election, in particular, should send a CLEAR message that Americans do not vote blindly along party lines but they rely on their inherent sense of right vs. wrong. The direction of Pelosi’s dogmatic approach and unwillingness to compromise is NOT a reflection of the true character of this country. So Obama, be the president we all wanted and needed to believe in 2008. Do you have the strength of character to do what is best for the MAJORITY of Americans?

1. The senate health care bill is almost there-
a. just cut out the waste & fraud in BOTH Medicare and Medicaid AND apply to cost reductions so it WILL BECOME sustainable for us and for our children
b. pass this legislation by allowing for TORT reform and allow for interstate competition by insurance companies thereby holding the Republicans accountable for their objections and having them support/pass this bill (with NO COST incurred)

2. Be tougher on the terrorists past & present being held in custody. I wonder how much more information we could have obtained from the Christmas bomber if he wasn’t allowed Miranda rights to be read to him. Do not give these terrorists the option of declaring themselves “not guilty” of planned terrorist attacks, which was and continues to be acts of war!

3. Stop playing “favoritism” and CLEARY articulate the reason to tax- to balance the budget! It is the fundamental accounting theory; if you spend, you have to earn or raise funds to balance the spending! You can’t monetize yourself out of debt!
a.Tax the TARP recipients across the board on a sliding scale-who’s received the most aid & continue to: AIG, Fannie & Freddie, Citi, GM, etc. and hold those who have yet to pay back accountable! Otherwise face being labeled an unconstitutional president, which is an irony, since you graduated from Harvard Law School!
b. Tax cuts across the board for PERSONAL income to grow our economy. Consumers drive the economy and NOT corporations!

We hope and pray you make the right choice at this crossroads of your presidency and leave the legacy you want rather than accepting the one written by your fellow politicians!

Posted by: american17 | January 19, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Barry can blame Bush for Macia's impending defeat. lol.

Posted by: Atenora | January 19, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

And we were just happy when Chappaquidick Ted croaked. He must be rolling in his grave in hell...like a fat pig on the BBQ.
Oh and lovew this from a liberally impaired POS...

The Nation will be just like California.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 19, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

CA is run by the libs. Just like Michigan and New York it is in the shyter you fcking a$$wipe

Posted by: 65apr | January 19, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans screw things up so badly it takes democrats eight years to get things back to normal. FDR had to clean up Hoover's mess, Carter barely got started on Reagan's screw ups and the pubs pulled their fear tactics and gave us home loans at 14%. Clinton got the economy going then Bush cut taxes and killed it. Gave away all the money. If republicans get back into power, you'll see taxes cuts on rich, raised on the middle class and widespread poverty to the point where we'll start looking like Calcutta. The Nation will be just like California.
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to the ignorant fool who wrote the above statement..you wrote Carter barely got started on Reagans Screwups!

Dummy Reagan was elected after Carter so you must subliminally realize it is the GOP that has to clean up after you/dems. Dummy

Posted by: Fred23 | January 19, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Republicans screw things up so badly it takes democrats eight years to get things back to normal. FDR had to clean up Hoover's mess, Carter barely got started on Reagan's screw ups and the pubs pulled their fear tactics and gave us home loans at 14%. Clinton got the economy going then Bush cut taxes and killed it. Gave away all the money. If republicans get back into power, you'll see taxes cuts on rich, raised on the middle class and widespread poverty to the point where we'll start looking like Calcutta. The Nation will be just like California.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 19, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Gee whiz there outta be a law against "political malpractice" in Massachusetts. With all that back and forth finger pointing between Coakley's campaign and the DNC before ballots are counted, something really must be wrong. I blame Obama for abandonding the principle of universal care. Without that, Democrats gave up the high ground.

Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I second geezjan's comments: Democrats have only themselves to blame. Coakley got complacent; the White House took the election for granted. Surprise! Of course Axelrod complimented Brown's campaign -- it's the same type of come-from-behind, upset campaign he ran for Obama.

Whichever way the Massachusetts race turns out, it's a serious, serious wake-up call: don't make the mistake of taking the public for granted.

Posted by: Politicoaster | January 19, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Gee whiz there outta be a law against "political malpractice" in Massachusetts. With all that back and forth finger pointing between Coakley's campaign and the DNC before ballots are counted, something really must be wrong. I blame Obama for abandonding the principle of universal care. Without that, Democrats gave up the high ground.

Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Never trust a lib or a black man with your money: they'll steal it every time!

Posted by: houston123 | January 19, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

when the pubs win this thing it would be a reverse stimulus. obozo and the gang will have to print more $$$$$ in order to win something in nov.

Posted by: pofinpa | January 19, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Obama was doing well up until June to July. The dumbest move his staffers made first was to give Pelosi, Reid and the oh so clever Rahm, the purse strings...then control of the administrations strategy.

Big MISTAKE TO allow Reid and Pelosi to establish and takeover the healthcare process as a NUMBER ONE Priority, but we all know that they couldnt care less about America's Healthcare status or system because if they did they would have followed Congressman Darrell Issa's advice and just add everyone under the same congressional Healthcare plan members enjoy and we as Americans pay for already.

Pelosi and Reid had another plan, HOW CAN WE ESTABLISH A HEALTHCARE and enroll a voting block that will be dedicated to us and us only. Yeah, INSURE AND SWEAR IN the over 50 million immigrants already here. THat will give us a voting block of power for the next century. KING?QUEEN of the HIll baby,..... yes, it was not about insuring us, the Dems had a clever plan, establish and create a HC plan that would allow them to encompass all illegal immigrants here in the U.S. and have swearing in of these immigrants because it would be Un-American for these illegal immigrants not to have insurance (who usually always vote for the party that was in charge when they were sworn in)and bring them under the healthcare plan. But, because of this underhanded manuever and the politcal backlash, and unemployment juggenaut that followed, all of this will blow up in their faces and the GOP will have the opportunity to reign supreme for at least a quarter of a century if the dont get cocky and play their cards right!

Posted by: Fred23 | January 19, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I hear they're close to getting several criminal indictments on Obama. He should be arrested soon. Only trouble is is Obiden will step in, have a heart attack, then Nancy Felonsi steps in.

you clowns are really something. got any facts to back up your lies? Not really. if anyone should be indicted its the crooks from the previous white house.

Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

There will not ever be another black president.
Posted by: hyroller56 | January 19, 2010 6:41 PM

Nor a lib dem!

Posted by: houston123 | January 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

There will not ever be another black president.

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 19, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Tax breaks for the rich, unregulated banks, unregulated housing market, no plans for health care reform. No plans for reducing the deficit. Republicans are back in control. Enjoy it America.

Posted by: kubrickstan | January 19, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves. They are a center-right corporate controlled party. Why should anything they do be popular? They make populist promises during the campaign, and then break every one of those promises once in office. While they pee on your head, they tell you it's the rain they promised you.

The Republicans are a far right corporate party, and the tea-baggers are lunatics, but that doesn't make voting for the Democrats any easier.

Both parties wanted to sell out the American people. Obama just happened to win, so he gets the blame. He deserves it.

Posted by: geezjan | January 19, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a clueless amateur.His support of Wall Street and banks who caused the current economic problems is unexcusable.His promise of change is just so much cheap, lying rhetoric from the Oprah show.Obama is a showman,an entertainer.The original hollow man.We bought the sizzle not the steak.

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 19, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

the analysis by ProCounsel on Obama is quite interesting. many years ago i read in college the psychoanalytic works on Hitler. the tendency to blame others (rather than saying I made a mistake or my actions are in part to blame) was a classic pattern by Hitler, not only for his own errors but on errors made by Germany - to blame the negative consequences on others (such as the Versailles treaty, Bolsheviks, Jewish influence, internal traitors etc). it is beginnig to appear that Obama has a strong tendency to blame others, with an outcome of "throw them under the bus." perhaps the psychoanalysts will have a field day with Obama. but he would not be the first president to perhaps have mental health issues: Nixon being a classic example, including for example, the accounts by Kissinger of Nixon's final days in the white house. perhaps America not only elected a con man in 08, but a nut job as well? and everyone said that Palin was the nut job...

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 19, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

one can look at this two ways: either it is a referendum (of sorts) on Obama as president and Reid/Pelosi in control of Congress; or it is a reflection of the campaign run by Ms. Coakley. or it could be a combination of both. my money is that it is more a reflection on the campaign run by Coakley, especially by her tendency to stick her foot in her mouth (standing outside in the cold at a stadium to shake voter hands? do you think I'm crazy?)....combined with the very slick, suave and reassuring campaign run by Brown.. I sort of equate the Coakley campaign with that run by Deeds in VA last year for Governor... the guy just failed to connect with voters, and the GOP candidate talked about real issues like taxes, roads, job... almost the same formula appears to be playing out in MASS for this special election.
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Thats it, the more libs think along the lines of the above, the better off the GOP will be.

Posted by: Ratzoe | January 19, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Bailouts, Stimulous, healthcare all have a full majority thumbs down.
Who is suprised?

If the rumors of 4 more Dems stepping out to distance from anything Obama are true, then his secret intel will open .
He might be only a felonius burp for the Country in the course of history.
Who would want their good family name remembered for being near that

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I hear they're close to getting several criminal indictments on Obama. He should be arrested soon. Only trouble is is Obiden will step in, have a heart attack, then Nancy Felonsi steps in.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 19, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

OMUSLIM is destroying this country - 2010 and 2012 VOTE all the incumbents out!

Posted by: Sparky15 | January 19, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

The Obama administration accusing someone else of lying? They should know - they lie when the truth would serve them better.

Posted by: cougartonyusa | January 19, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

How does this election tie into Obama?

Mass. new healthcare is costing much more than what was advertised and people cannot access quality care in a timely fashion.

They have witnessed first-hand what will happen if Obamacare passes. This is why you haven't heard it touted by the Dems or the newsfolk.

And why they will vote for Brown......they may be liberal but they ain't stupid!

Posted by: ernielayman581 | January 19, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

one can look at this two ways: either it is a referendum (of sorts) on Obama as president and Reid/Pelosi in control of Congress; or it is a reflection of the campaign run by Ms. Coakley. or it could be a combination of both. my money is that it is more a reflection on the campaign run by Coakley, especially by her tendency to stick her foot in her mouth (standing outside in the cold at a stadium to shake voter hands? do you think I'm crazy?)....combined with the very slick, suave and reassuring campaign run by Brown.. I sort of equate the Coakley campaign with that run by Deeds in VA last year for Governor... the guy just failed to connect with voters, and the GOP candidate talked about real issues like taxes, roads, job... almost the same formula appears to be playing out in MASS for this special election.

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 19, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama’s Failed Presidency
Predictive Profile AFTER the Massachusetts Rebellion


Obama's Presidency is in free fall FAILURE.

When a Republican even had a CHANCE in Massachusetts-- the verdict is in on the Obama Administration.

Team Obama was voted off the island by angry Americans fed up with the stimulus waste, cap and trade, obama's incessant asinine attacks on capitalism as he kills jobs, obamacare and most importantly 10% unemployment.

A failed embittered Presidency can be extremely dangerous--
so a profile of Obama's like FUTURE actions is critical.

In his monumental work "Hitler and Stalin" Alan Bullock notes both Hitler and Stalin were narcissists. ProCounsel is NOT stating Obama is either Hitler or Stalin. But his analysis, written long before Obama's ascendancy, is a useful model.

Bullock explains narcissism on page 11:

"In such a state only the person himself, his needs,feelings and thoughts, everything and and everybody as they relate to him are experienced as fully real, while everybody and everything otherwise lacks reality or interest."

Bullock describes the effects of narcissism and provides a predictive model useful for Obama on page 343:

"Narcissistic personalities are convinced of their special qualities and their superiority over others, and any threat to this self image--such as being criticized, shown up, or defeated--produces a violent outrage and often a desire for revenge."

Bullock cites 3 psychological reactions Stalin used to guard his narcissistic self image. Bullock credits Robert Tucker for these insights on page 356. The 3 reactions to expect for the Obama profile would be:

a. Repression–simply blankly deny the truth, no matter how obvious or even if caught on video

b. Rationalization-Admit but use the fault as proof of his zeal

c. Projection-Obama will attribute to others the motives and attitudes he refuses to admit in himself

Ironically, per the Profile Dems in the House and Senate will be in much more danger from a wounded irrelevant White House than the Republicans, as Obama will deem the Dems unworthy of him--THEY failed NOT him.

Don't believe the profile??

Just go back and review Obama's response to the Detroit airplane bombing. Obama went through all 3 stages above and that analysis is especially instructive as Obama was naked--without senior staff.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

What's a tenterhook?

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 19, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Bailouts, Stimulous, healthcare all have a full majority thumbs down.
Who is suprised?

If the rumors of 4 more Dems stepping out to distance from anything Obama are true, then his secret intel will open .
He might be only a felonius burp for the Country in the course of history.
Who would want their good family name remembered for being near that?

Posted by: dottydo | January 19, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats payed no attention to the main street economy for a year. For that alone you will get ravaged.

Oh and selling main street so you could give your banker buddies the payday of a lifetime did not help either.

Posted by: scon101 | January 19, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

we don't know yet who WON

but we do know with certainty who LOST

Obama

Depression Obama--why YOU may lose YOUR job

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

With the likely demise of the health insurance legislation, there's going to be a lot of finger pointing. In going after the culprits, Mr. Obama will only need to walk down the hall.
For it's his senior staff that created this mess, with their fancy footwork and backroom deals. Their political game playing has done a great disservice to both Mr. Obama and the American people. The legislation that has resulted from their antics is not real health care reform, but a dangerous political trick.
It's time for them to step aside.

Posted by: mtpeaks | January 19, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

postfan1: "They backed a weak candidate. It's as simple as that."

Coakley backed a weak President.

Posted by: Tourist1 | January 19, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The Chicago MOB is worried. They should be. This Administration has been exposed for what it is, a fraud!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 19, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

They backed a weak candidate. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 19, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Already the political infighting begins among the Democrats. "Marcia" Coakley already making excuses for losing to Scott Brown. The headless chicken in the White House already digging in to Marcia Coakley after hugging and kissing her in Massachusetts just too days ago.

This is just hilarious.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 19, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

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