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Democrats launch full court press in Mass. special election

1. Sensing that the once-safe Massachusetts Senate special election might be slipping from their grasp, Democrats moved on a number of fronts over the last 24 hours in an attempt to re-establish state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) as the race's frontrunner in her now surprisingly tough fight against state Sen. Scott Brown (R). On the staff level, both Democratic National Committee spokesman Hari Sevugan, a veteran of a number of campaigns including a 2004 Senate race in Kentucky, and Michael Meehan, a longtime Democratic operative with ties to Sen. John Kerry (Mass.), were dispatched to stabilize Coakley's campaign. On the ad front, Coakley -- with an assist from the state Democratic party -- launched her first negative commercial of the contest, attacking Brown for being in "lockstep with Washington Republicans." And finally on fundraising, President Obama sent an email to his list insisting that "the outcome of this race couldn't be more important" and asking donors to dig deep to help Coakley. Given that level of activity, it's clear that Democrats are concerned about the state of the race with just one week before voters head to the polls to choose a replacement for the late Ted Kennedy. A few questions to keep an eye on over the coming days: 1) Does the National Republican Senatorial Committee invest in ads in the state and, if so, how heavy is the buy? 2) Do outside conservative groups join the American Future Fund on the airwaves attacking Coakley and, if they do, are there a handful of liberal outside groups who move quickly to counter that strategy? 3) Does the White House send in a surrogate like Vice President Biden -- or even the president himself -- in the final days on the race to remind Massachusetts Democrats of what's at stake? 4) How much more money can Brown raise off of his newfound national notoriety -- he crested $1.1 million collected in just 24 hours on Monday -- and how quickly can he get that money on television to counter what almost certainly will be a negative onslaught from Coakley? 5) How many more independent and/or internal campaign polls will be released in the coming week and what will they say? If Brown can get one or two more polls to validate this is a real race, momentum will be all on his side. The answers to these questions will go a long way to determining whether Brown has a legitimate chance to win or not. Today, Coakley remains a favorite thanks to her financial advantage and the Democratic lean of the state but she is in a much tougher race than she could have imagined even a few weeks ago.

2. Most Americans don't know Indiana Rep. Mike Pence but come 2012 they just might. Pence, a darling of fiscal conservatives, is doing the sorts of things that suggest he may take a hard look at running for president next time around. To wit: Pence brought on Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway and attorney Bill Neale, who previously served as campaign treasurer for Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle (R), to serve as his advisers to his campaign on Monday. Pence, of course, has no real campaign as he had held the 6th district since 2000 with little serious challenge and, as such, his moves are better understood through the prism of interest in national office. Less publicly, Pence is also moving to broaden his team of advisers and consolidate his support among conservative groups -- allowing them to use his name in fundraising appeals, according to a source familiar with the moves. Here's a look at Pence's circle of advisers: former Texas senator Phil Gramm, a senior adviser to Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) 2008 presidential bid, Marc Short, former chief of staff to Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (Texas), former representative David McIntosh (Ind.), former attorney general Ed Meese, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins, Kyle Robertson, who handles national fundraising for Pence and previously worked on the campaign on Rep. Geoff Davis (Ky.) and Republican election lawyer Cleta Mitchell.

3. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said in an interview Monday with the Fix that his decision not to run for governor of Colorado was "not a very agonizing one" but left open the possibility he would return to the state to run for office at some point in the future. "I think I could have done well and I could have won," Salazar said of the opening caused by Gov. Bill Ritter's (D) surprising retirement last week. Of his decision to wade into a potential primary to support Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper for the vacancy, Salazar said that he and the mayor had worked to bring the Democratic National Convention to the state in 2008 and that Hickenlooper represents "real and authentic leadership." Former state House speaker Andrew Romanoff is reportedly being urged to switch from the Senate race where he is primarying appointed Sen. Michael Bennet to the governor's race although it remains to be seen whether he will make the leap. Salazar left the door open to a return to elected office but said he has "no plans at the current time."

4. Jill Hazelbaker, communications director for Sen. John McCain's (Ariz.) 2008 presidential campaign, starts today as the director of corporate communications for a little company named Google. Prior to her work for McCain, Hazelbaker handled press for the 2006 Senate bid of state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. in New Jersey as well working on a House and Senate race in her native Oregon. After McCain, Hazelbaker moved to New York to serve as a communications adviser to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's (I) 2009 race. She will work out of Google's Mountain View, California headquarters.

5. Washington-area political junkies, do we have the event for you. Tonight at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Post building -- 1150 15th Street NW -- the paper's own White House correspondent Anne Kornblut will be moderating a panel discussion on the 2008 campaign and the historic candidacies of then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. The panelists: Nicolle Wallace, a senior aide to John McCain's presidential bid, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary and Washington Post syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker. Aside from a terrific discussion, you will also have the chance to buy Kornblut's new book -- "Notes from the Cracked Ceiling: Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, and What It Will Take for a Woman to Win" -- and maybe even get her to sign a copy or two. Added bonus(?): Yours truly will be introducing the panel.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 12, 2010; 5:53 AM ET
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What is amazing is that supposedly intelligent adults believe that more government involvement, taxes and business mandates will help cure our #1 problem - unemployment caused by loss of manufacturing and business caused by too much government and too much overhead.

Posted by: NoLawyers | January 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Yes it was very nice Obama was elected, too bad he actually did what he did.

Posted by: Obaama | January 13, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

In order for the U.S. to progress and revive it's economy. two things have to happen: 1) The Republican Party has to be eliminated as a political force 2) the Richard Daley/Rahm Immanuel/Warren Christopher wing of the Democratic Party also has to be eliminated. Neither group represents much of anybody, but they get so much in the way of campaign money from big corporations it overwhelms any body else from even trying. Therefore, the only way to achieve 1 and 2 above is to have the Republicans sweep to victory in 2010 and 2012. Then the late 2008 economic crash that was momentarily put in a holding pattern by Obama can resume and take down with it a good part of the ruling class, the ones who have stolen all of our money for the past 30 years. Then in the ashes of this unarrested global catastrophe a new and truly strong progressive party can emerge. It was nice to have Obama elected but his appointment of Geitner and Summers showed that we were going to have a still-born Presidency and that the Republicans would get away "Scott-free" (pun intended)on their responsibility for the wars and the economy and the banks.

You see, true Progressive candidates have been winning elections because this is really where most Americans are but the most of the government we have is corporately controlled.

Posted by: sunnsea | January 12, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

#7

Another Limbaugh trick. Make it about me. I put no words in your mouth, I am simply exposing the fact that like Limbaugh you are an empty carton. You do not even know whether you agree or disagree with what I write because you are incapable of thought and only sloganeering. "Obama is a fraud" What you are indicating is he is over your head. So I will leave that unchallenged.

But "I am a fiscal conservative" was a ridiculous remark and your failure to take a position on what a fiscal conservative thinks only supports my original contention. You are not a fiscal conservative and do not even know what it means.

I know you will continue with inane responses and avoid taking responsibility for being or not being a fiscal conservative. So having defined your behavior accurately, I will give you an opportunity to make another tangential reply and leave it without response.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

37th is always screeching. Either it's a litany of half-understood arguments s/he found elsewhere or paranoid demands for people to be banned or upper-case accusations about how other posters think they know something.

HO

HUM

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 12, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse


After all the RACIAL INTIMIDATION POLITICS BY OBAMA, Obama has got to be kidding that he wants to give Harry Reid a pass.


It really is a laugh.

Obama is a COMPLETE FRAUD. Obama only cares about race in as much as it can give him a political advantage.


What has Obama done to improve racial relations ??? NOTHING.

All Obama has done is inflame the situation.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Gator


Take a leap - you have a bunch of preconceived notions which are simply not correct.


AND you are seeking to put words in people's mouths.

Well, put words in your own mouth.

It seems you get annoyed when others do not agree with you, or are willing to be manipulated by your childish questions.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

#7,
You apparently are granting to me that you are not a fiscal conservative.

In case you are unaware, a conservative is someone who eschews risky borrowing, heavy indebtedness, bubbles and speculation.

Say you are against that.

Capitalizing is like shouting. It is ok to use lower case. In fact i might even read it if you do. But maybe you would prefer I did not.

Or change the subject and hope no one notices that yau are a Limbaugh imitation.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY BELIEVE SOME CONTEXT IS DESERVED HERE WITH THE HARRY REID DOUBLE STANDARD.


In 2008, we had vicious democrats ready to POUNCE on anyone who said anything about race.


Bill Clinton was attacked in South Carolina


Gerry Ferraro was attacked over her comments.


Obama even made a speech in which he said that the Republicans haven't said anything yet, but they are "going to."


IT WAS VICIOUS INTIMIDATION POLITICS.


ALL for political gain, not motivated by improving racial relations.

NOW OBAMA HAS THE ATMOSPHERE WHICH HE CREATED.


And he wants to give a pass to Harry Reid.


THIS IS A DISGRACE - OBAMA IS A HYPOCRITE.


THERE IS NO WAY OBAMA OR HARRY REID SHOULD BE LET OFF THE HOOK ON THIS ONE.


OBAMA SHOULD BE CALLED OUT FOR THE FRAUD HE IS.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

THIS IS A DISGRACE - OBAMA IS A HYPOCRITE.
THERE IS NO WAY OBAMA OR HARRY REID SHOULD BE LET OFF THE HOOK ON THIS ONE.
OBAMA SHOULD BE CALLED OUT FOR THE FRAUD HE IS.
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Posted by: 37thand0street
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If Scary Reid is let off the hook then Rush Limbaugh should be let off the hook for his parody of the LA Times byline “The Magic Negro”.

Posted by: leapin | January 12, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

ACORN committed fraud and the Cambridge police were beyond reproach are right wing legends that they hope to hoist on a very ill informed public.
A RINO is a person to be respected despite the ignorant company he (she) often keeps.

Posted by: Gator-ron
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ACORN was chosen by BO as part of his efforts to takeover the census (census fraud?) until his little plan was seen for what it was. ACORN is now out of the picture on this right now but deception probably is not.

A RINO is a NeoCom Statist lite.


Posted by: leapin | January 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I REALLY BELIEVE SOME CONTEXT IS DESERVED HERE WITH THE HARRY REID DOUBLE STANDARD.

In 2008, we had vicious democrats ready to POUNCE on anyone who said anything about race.


Bill Clinton was attacked in South Carolina


Gerry Ferraro was attacked over her comments.

Obama even made a speech in which he said that the Republicans haven't said anything yet, but they are "going to."

IT WAS VICIOUS INTIMIDATION POLITICS.

ALL for political gain, not motivated by improving racial politics.


NOW OBAMA HAS THE ATMOSPHERE WHICH HE CREATED.


And he wants to give a pass to Harry Reid.

THIS IS A DISGRACE - OBAMA IS A HYPOCRITE.

THERE IS NO WAY OBAMA OR HARRY REID SHOULD BE LET OFF THE HOOK ON THIS ONE.

OBAMA SHOULD BE CALLED OUT FOR THE FRAUD HE IS.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

ACORN committed fraud and the Cambridge police were beyond reproach are right wing legends that they hope to hoist on a very ill informed public.

A RINO is a person to be respected despite the ignorant company he (she) often keeps.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

"Vote for hope and change. Vote against the evil, rich, monied interests of the Democratic Party.*"


But vote for Linda McMahon, Carly Fiorina & Meg Whitman.
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Posted by: bsimon1
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I would have to commit Demo vote fraud to vote for all three. Maybe I could get pointers from ACORN.

Posted by: leapin | January 12, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

"Vote for hope and change. Vote against the evil, rich, monied interests of the Democratic Party.*"


But vote for Linda McMahon, Carly Fiorina & Meg Whitman.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

37th&0 writes
"I am a fiscal conservative - pretty simple. I only have to say it once."

70% of voters define themselves as fiscally conservative. Some describe 'fiscal conservative' as meaning expenses should not exceed revenue. Others define it as meaning lower taxes are always better, regardless of spending.

Which are you?

For instance, Gator-Ron argues that cutting taxes while fighting a war & accounting war expenses off the budget is not fiscally conservative. I agree. Do you?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

37th&0 writes
"I am a fiscal conservative - pretty simple. I only have to say it once."

70% of voters define themselves as fiscally conservative. Some describe 'fiscal conservative' as meaning expenses should not exceed revenue. Others define it as meaning lower taxes are always better, regardless of spending.

Which are you?

For instance, Gator-Ron argues that cutting taxes while fighting a war & accounting war expenses off the budget is not fiscally conservative. I agree. Do you?


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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

"Coakley remains a favorite thanks to her financial advantage and the Democratic lean of the state but she is in a much tougher race than she could have imagined even a few weeks ago."

Vote for hope and change. Vote against the evil, rich, monied interests of the Democratic Party.

Posted by: leapin | January 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

37, you may see yourself as an enigma but I have read your comments and mostly they express quite a simplicity.

You sir have no idea what I know and don't know. Often you don't even know what you think you do, for example what or how Obama thinks. Simplicity never understands complexity.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Time for MA to go for a real progressive. Vote Scott Brown.

Posted by: leapin | January 12, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers writes
"most Americans are very happy with sewers and roads, and public libraries and schools, police and fire departments, unemployment and disability, social security and medicare, s-chip and medicaid, armed forces and courts, safe food and regulated business, etc, etc."

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What you fail to realize is that no one is disputing spending money on those things.


It is all the other things in the budget - all the waste - the BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS WHICH THE DEMOCRATS WASTE EVERY YEAR.


Have you even looked at your town's budget? How about your county's budget??


Have you even looked at your state's budget ???

Why don't you get a copy of those budgets and really look at them.


Then get back to us.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1


I am a fiscal conservative - pretty simple. I only have to say it once.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

GO SCOTT BROWN

People are going to come out to vote.

Every commercial the democrats run is only going to increase turn-out .... for Brown.

Scott Brown actually looks good.

AND he owns a truck.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"How do you know what my credentials are and are not? ... You have no idea."


I notice you didn't take this opportunity to correct him.


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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers writes
"most Americans are very happy with sewers and roads, and public libraries and schools, police and fire departments, unemployment and disability, social security and medicare, s-chip and medicaid, armed forces and courts, safe food and regulated business, etc, etc."


Dems should be making that argument. Instead they seem to be scared of treating voters like adults and making their case for why gov't spending is important. If Repubs are the 'something for nothing' party, promising that tax cuts will solve all, Dems have refined that argument to "something for nothing, for the middle class."

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Gator-ron

How do you know what my credentials are and are not?


You have to be kidding.

You have no idea.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


NOW not only do you "think" you know everything - you "think" you know what everyone else is "thinking" - and how wrong everyone else is.

But you are always right, and they are always wrong,

Does that about sum it up ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Stewart and Colbert are the correctives for Beltway Blather.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

A fiscal conservative would have been against the tax cuts of 2003 while in favor of them in 2001. A fiscal conservative would have argued against not including the costs of the Iraq war in the budget and would have wanted to reverse the tax cuts when the war dragged on. 37 you are anti-liberal anti-Obama but that is not credentials for being fiscally conservative.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

gator-ron @12:47 -- a lot of voters *think* they are fiscal conservatives, including all those TEA Party folks.

When you start asking them about what to cut you find that really, most Americans are very happy with sewers and roads, and public libraries and schools, police and fire departments, unemployment and disability, social security and medicare, s-chip and medicaid, armed forces and courts, safe food and regulated business, etc, etc. and really they just wish everything cost less so they could get MORE of it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"'There seems to be a media bias alright but it is in favor of this negative narrative about the democrats being in big trouble. And it is all being perpetrated by fraudulent polling to try and convince voters that they had better jump on the republican bandwagon.'

exactly. Most popular headline for the last ten years --' Democrats in Disarray.'

Posted by: drindl"

You watch Jon Stewart? I forget if it was last week or last night where he did a bit on the press jumping all over the Dorgan and Dodd retirements and how this is such bad news for the Democrats. He noted that in this narrative, the press seems to have forgotten that Gregg, Brownback, Bond, Bunning, Martinez, and Voinovich are all leaving at the end of this term.

Now Dodd and especially Dorgan are big stories, but the unwillingness of the press to provide context is. Well, I guess it's expected nowdays.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 12, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

drindl


I am a fiscal conservative - you found one !!!!


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts


In a normal election, one needs so many voters to move the results 10 points. - IN the special election maybe you need one third or one fifth the number of voters to move the result 10 points.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

37th+o, FWIW, the guy should be in the Hall of Fame quite easily right now based on his home run totals. He has been on the ballot four times and hasn't cracked 25% of the vote. Not a punishment by MLB (the HOF voting is done by newspaper writers), but a punishment nonetheless. I'm like 90% sure that McGwire's admission was in response to this fact and he feels his best chance of getting in now is to 'fess up and come across as contrite.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 12, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

You're right about all that Ron -- there is not a single actually republican fiscal conservative to be found. They all want further tax cuts for the wealthy which will bankrupt us.

This is funny -- Scott Brown responds to a very specific ad by Coakley, by denying none of her charges -- which are all true -- and simply pouting:

'Republican candidate Scott Brown has a new ad up in the Massachusetts special Senate race, responding to a recent attack ad from Democrat Martha Coakley.

The Coakley ad called Brown a "lockstep" Republican who would block tougher oversight for Wall Street, wants more tax breaks for the wealthy, and favors denying emergency contraception to rape victims. "At times like these, we can't afford a Republican like Scott Brown," the announcer said.

In his new ad, Brown declares that the ad isn't true, though he doesn't refute anything. "Instead of discussing issues like health care and jobs, they decided the best way to stop me is to tear me down. But the old way of doing things won't work anymore," Brown says. "Their attack ads are wrong and go too far. I'm Scott Brown, and I approved this message because I'm running in the name of every independent-thinking voter, to take on the political machine and their candidate. And with your help, I intend to win."

So, I don't see the discussion about health care and jobs, Scotty, did we miss something? What are your actual IDEAS, Scotty?

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Massachusetts


The polls don't know what to report because they really do not know the demographics that are coming out to vote.


It is a special election, but this year is different.


Health care is a national issue, and it will motivate extra voters to come out to vote in this election.


Because it is a special election, turn-out will be low -


HOWEVER - that low turn-out will MAGNIFY the impact of any extra voters which come out. Coakley and the democrats putting more commercials on tv might even backfire - it might REMIND voters to go out to the polls - and vote against Coakley.

If voters believe that they can impact Obama's health care bill by going out to vote, they are going to vote.

Sort of a nightmare for Obama, huh?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Phil Gramm had advised McCain and McCain was totally confused by the economic crisis. Of course because Gramm helped to create it.

There are few economic conservatives among Republicans they have all been co-opted by the Club for Growth.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

The economy is no longer hemorrhaging jobs. The fact that there are glimmers of hope is a good sign. House prices have stabilized and jobs will start coming back this quarter.

If ordinary people want an improvement in the economic condition they can not expect improvement from the Republican Party that offers no ideas.

You can not trust any politician but at least at the policy level the Democrats have it partially right.

I can understand being reluctant to vote for the Democrat but there is no logic in going from the frying pan into the fire.

Posted by: Gator-ron | January 12, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I am uncertain as to what to make of all of this Mass. polling. Does anyone know what SurveyUSA says? Their polling is generally the best out and is likely more accurate than these other pollsters. I think it's amazing that this is even a race. Much less a 1 point race, if the PPP poll is to be believed. Mass. voters now go to the polls to determine the fate of Democrat's super majority & the fate of the healthcare bill. A Scott Brown win will ensure this healthcare bill doesn't pass, and force Obama to start over. It also kills cap & trade. It kills a good many of what is most important to Obama. One would think Mass., being known as the most liberal state in the union, would be happy to give President Obama his precious # 60 and rubber stamp their victory here in 2010. If they want what is darn near socialized medicine, they had better vote Coakley b/c in 2011, Democrats will no longer have 60 Senators, guranteed. It would be a story if they don't get their 60th with Coakley now. In my judgement, I think Coakley has about a 75%-25% chance to win. So I like her chances, but it's amazing it's this close.

Posted by: reason5 | January 12, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Seeing Palin on Fox on a regular basis is going to be awesome! We'll have continual reinforcement of the fact that she's an idiot! Please, please, repubes...........nominate her for president in 2012!

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 12, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

'Politics' is the topic...

'Nearly two-thirds of people questioned in the poll say they have a moderate or great deal of confidence in the administration to protect the public from future terrorist attacks, up 2 points from August.

Thirty-five percent say they have not much or no confidence at all, down 1 point from August.

A number of Republicans have criticized the president over his handling of the attempted bombing of Northwest flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit. But according to the survey, 57 percent approve of the way President Barack Obama’s responded, with 39 percent disapproving of how he handled the situation.

“Only a third of Republicans have a positive view of Obama on this matter, but the key for the administration is the 55 percent of independents who approve of how the president responded to the incident on Christmas Day,” says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.

The poll also indicates no increase in overall concerns about terrorism. “In October, about a third said they were worried that a family member would become a victim of terrorism, and that number is unchanged in the wake of the attempted attack in December,” Holland notes.

“The public seems to react calmly to individual incidents, possibly because most Americans believe that the government cannot prevent every single terrorist plot from occurring.”

Six in 10 say the terrorists will always find a way to launch an attack, no matter what the government does, he adds – identical to the number who felt that way during the Bush administration.'

So as much as rightwingers cheered this attack, the rest of the country wasn't paying that much attention, no matter how the media tried to hype it.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

OFF TOPIC TOPIC


Baseball should give Mark McGwire some sort of punishment, like getting banned for life from baseball - the whole idea that he will not be punished is just wrong.

The records have to be erased.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for staying "on topic" twotimetuna.

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

please help Scott Brown win Ted (chappaquidick) Kennedy's seat and reverse the democrat communist party's bogus healthcare bill in congress. Donate.

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

Posted by: twotimetuna | January 12, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

please help Scott Brown win Ted (chappaquidick) Kennedy's seat and reverse the democrat communist party's bogus healthcare bill in congress. Donate.

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

Posted by: twotimetuna | January 12, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Is Reid a Racist? I don’t know. I don’t think this comment proves he is racist. But I don’t know if Trent Lott is a racist either and I don’t think his throw-away compliment to the 100-year-old Strom Thurmond proves Lott is. The point is that both sides try to use any slip of the tongue to prove the other side is racist, sexist, homophobic, Islamophobic, etc. It’s so bad, a friend says he’s afraid to tell his wife to sort the darks and the lights in the laundry for fear of being accused of being racist. And it is rather pleasant schadenfreude to see the Dwemocrats, who say that anyone who opposes Obama’s policies does so because he/she is a racist, caught up in the PC net. See this story below, from awhile back. Details of the Niggardly Controversy
http://www.adversity.net/special/niggardly.htm

Posted by: tartanmarine | January 12, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Looks like the tea party may be cancelled. whatever will they do with all those tiny cucumber sandwiches?


"We told you yesterday about the fears among Tea Party activists that a planned national convention, at which Sarah Palin will speak, is too expensive for regular folks to attend -- and may be a bid by corporate or political interests to co-opt the movement. (TPMmuckraker -- or half of it -- talked about the issue with Rachel Maddow last night.)

And it sounds like at least one influential conservative voice agrees.

"I think this national tea party convention smells scammy," RedState founder Erick Erickson wrote yesterday.

He went on:

Let me be blunt: charging people $500.00 plus the costs of travel and lodging to go to a "National Tea Party Convention" run by a for profit group no one has ever heard of sounds as credible as an email from Nigeria promising me a million bucks if I fork over my bank account number.

I am led to believe a number of the sponsors who lent their names early on have grown wary of the event. That lines up with what I am hearing."

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Back to topic #1:

Wouldn't a "full court press" be Kerry, Biden AND Obama campaigning in State? And, if that actually happens, the Dems have got to be worried. I'd rather a few polls show a larger Croakley lead, so it doesn't light a fire on Dem turnout (just not "too large" to discourage turnout for Brown ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

"Paid for by Massachusettes Democratic Party and Authorized by Martha Coakley for Senate. Approved by Martha Coakley.

Close observers will notice that there is an extra 'E' tacked onto the end of 'Massachusetts."

Well, at least martha is stupid enough to replace drunken teddy!

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 12, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Interesting development in PA -- what do you hear about this, margaret?

'The race for Pennsylvania's sixth Congressional district was turned on its head with Rep. Jim Gerlach's decision to seek reelection.

PA-06 sparked our interest last week as several GOP contenders sought to identify with tea partiers and portrayed businessman Steve Welch as the National Republican Congressional Committee favorite.

But when Gerlach ended his gubernatorial bid and said he wants to keep his seat, the NRCC decided it had to support one of the Republican party's leaders, leaving Welch in the cold.

State Rep. Curt Schroeder, the candidate who seemed to reach out most to the tea partiers ended his bid last night and Welch is charging ahead.'

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I find it absolutely amazing that the whites are focusing in on the "accent" part of Harry Reid's comments.


While the blacks are all in an outrage over the "light-skinned" comment.


It is telling -


One other thing - NO ONE can engage in any discussion about race in American without risking some sort of RACIST charges, even with the best of intentions.


Obama has set us back DECADES on this issues - no one wants to talk about it - the charges of RACIST all over the place has caused everyone to NOT want to talk about race - not engage in a discussion. THAT is why Obama has SET BACK racial discussions in this country.


AND Obama being a hypocrite on this Harry Reid issue does not help.


Obama is playing politics with these comments, not taking them head-on. Isn't that the complaint of the blacks - that whites do not "engage in the discussion?"


Obama is hurting the blacks in this country.


AGAIN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers


Why don't you stick to the issues, instead of talking about other posters ???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

Neither are Biden's mother's funeral nor "bipartisanship".

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

"Even the terrorists don't want to see a President Pelosi in office!"

So I guess they want to see a republican? Always great for recruitment.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Sarah Palin is not a topic on this thread.

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

TO: JakeD @ 9:44 a.m.

But who are the terrorists?

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Name any republican that isn't a vote for more partisan divisive today, BB. That's all they stand for in this day and age. Congratulations on annoying the troll.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

' With her hiring, Fox News gets a high-profile figure whose pronouncements on issues such as healthcare reform have helped drive contentious partisan debate — it was her Facebook post that first raised the term “death panels.”

“She is one of the most talked about and politically polarizing figures in the country,” said Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “First off, we hope she brings that.”

Shine, who said last year that Fox was “the voice of opposition” to the Obama administration, also said that “he was not concerned that Palin would make false assertions on the air.” If Palin says something controversial on the air, “in the end, that’s probably going to help us,” said Shine. “That’s what people will want to watch.”

I wish the FCC had the balls to pull this blatanta propaganda channel off the air. All they want is to polarize and radicalize this country-- to create divisiveness and incent violence.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

BB -- I'd say having your thoughts criticized by 37th is a BIG vote of confidence. You, BB, are way UP in the polls.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 12, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

'There seems to be a media bias alright but it is in favor of this negative narrative about the democrats being in big trouble. And it is all being perpetrated by fraudulent polling to try and convince voters that they had better jump on the republican bandwagon.'

exactly. Most popular headline for the last ten years --' Democrats in Disarray.'

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade


Your comment is the farthest thing from the truth. You really do not have any idea what you are talking about.


If the democrats lose their 60 votes in the Senate, then they HAVE to negotiate.


That is more bipartisanship, not less.

To be honest, these 60 votes have been poison to the democrats - they would have been far better off with a truly bipartisan health care bill.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

A vote for Coakley is a vote for funding the Cornhusker Kickback.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 12, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

re: mike pence

chris, do you think that means that mitch daniels will have a more difficult time if he wanted to make a run in 2012, or do you think daniels is positioning himself for 2016?

Posted by: plathman | January 12, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The fact that the Democrats are pouring resources into this race indicates that it isn't an MSM fantasy or RNC talking points memo. I listened to about half an hour of the debate last night. Voting for Brown is the LAST thing anyone should do if they want to foster bipartisanship. The Republican party in Washington is in lock-step opposing virtually everything proposed by the administration. Brown echoes that. A Brown victory is a vote for more partisanship, not less.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 12, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse


I find it absolutely amazing that the whites are focusing in on the "accent" part of Harry Reid's comments.


While the blacks are all in an outrage over the "light-skinned" comment.

It is telling -


One other thing - NO ONE can engage in any discussion about race in American without risking some sort of RACIST charges, even with the best of intentions.

Obama has set us back DECADES on this issues - no one wants to talk about it - the charges of RACIST all over the place has caused everyone to NOT want to talk about race - not engage in a discussion. THAT is why Obama has SET BACK racial discussions in this country.

AND Obama being a hypocrite on this Harry Reid issue does not help.

Obama is playing politics with these comments, not taking them head-on. Isn't that the complaint of the blacks - that whites do not "engage in the discussion?"

Obama is hurting the blacks in this country.


AGAIN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse


This is how Obama thinks:


The Cambridge cops acted "stupidly."

However, Harry Reid was OK.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Massachusetts voters can decide in this Senate election if they want more of Pelosi, Reid and Obama and the promises they made -- or they can vote in someone who wants to put a stop to the spending, backroom deals and bring real jobs back to the USA.

Posted by: 45upnorth | January 12, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

This is the problem with Obama - charges of racism are only valid if they help Obama politically. For Obama, the politics are much more important than racism.

See, Obama doesn't care when it's a democrat being racist.

Clearly, Obama is a FRAUD against his own racial stances.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 12, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Coakley is a typical NE democrat apparatchik who would have done very well in Communist Eastern Europe. her job is to keep the peasants and workers in order.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 12, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Time to sell your Google stock....

Posted by: Bondosan | January 12, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Chris, there is something wrong with how the media is being manipulated in this Massachusetts race. Indeed, a Boston Globe poll has her with a 15 point lead. Yet all of the media hype is over two automated polls known to be notoriously unreliable!

Ms. Coakley alluded to this in her first debate. The very same thing happend in that New York special election and for days the GOP and the media were telling us that the republicans were going to hold that seat. They lost it by a rather substantial margin in a district they should have won.

There seems to be a media bias alright but it is in favor of this negative narrative about the democrats being in big trouble. And it is all being perpetrated aby fraudulent polling to try and convince voters that they had better jump on the republican bandwagon.

Posted by: jaxas70 | January 12, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

philogratis, while your skepticism is warranted, it did work for base closure. We should give it a chance.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 12, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Imarkex | January 12, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

"Who's to say that an entity with ill intent doesn't possess the capability to mount an attack at a moment's notice -- a "shock force," if you will?"

Even the terrorists don't want to see a President Pelosi in office!

Posted by: JakeD | January 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

@mark_in_austin

you say:Gregg[R] and Conrad[D] have proposed a commission to address these huge budgetary problems that Congress is now admittedly unable to deal with, whether D, R, or gridlocked. It sounds like our last best hope. Check out.

Huh? Nobody touches entitlement spending (or defense) because those spending cuts are wildly unpopular with the electorate. Who's going to change this? A commission of sitting congressman which requires a 14 out of 18 supermajority to make any decision, followed by an unprecedented 60% supermajority requirement for the house and the usual 60 Senator cloture vote.

How does making legislation harder to pass reign in entitlement spending? How does this commission to get exactly the same politicians who have resisted entitlement reform for decades to take on the senior lobby and start slashing Medicare and Social Security.

This commission is a political stunt designed to fail.

Posted by: philogratis | January 12, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

IF THE U.S. GOV'T IS SO WORRIED ABOUT AL QAEDA TERRORISTS...
WHY LET BOTH OBAMA AND BIDEN ATTEND A CHURCH FUNERAL TODAY?


Surely President Obama could pay his respects to Vice President Biden upon the occasion of the death of his mother without providing subjecting themselves, and their families and friends, to a serious security risk.

Having the nation's top officials under the same roof inside a church in Wilmington, DE at a time of heightened concern over terrorism -- is this being prudent?
Who's to say that an entity with ill intent doesn't possess the capability to mount an attack at a moment's notice -- a "shock force," if you will?

Why would the U.S. Secret Service sign off on an event that provides such a rich target to those who would seek to harm this nation's leaders? This writer asked the same question about that railroad trip to Washington prior to last year's inauguration, when POTUS, VPOTUS and their families traveled on the same Northeast corridor train at the same time.

That stunt came off without a hitch. But today's funeral comes in the wake of two high-profile terrorist attacks -- the botched "underpants" bombing, and the double-agent attack on a CIA outpost in Afghanistan that resulted in multiple deaths.

This writer never has served as a bureaucrat, and does not pretend to understand the logic or motivations behind bureaucratic decision-making. But if I were Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, I would get on the phone, stat, and tell both POTUS and VPOTUS that I strongly recommend against a joint appearance at today's event.

Instead, I would suggest that the President quietly, and without fanfare, helicopter into the Biden family compound in Greenville, DE just after the funeral services, where POTUS could offer his personal condolences without placing into jeopardy the safety and security of the nation's executive leaders.

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U.S. GOV'T USES CBS NEWS TO COVER UP MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE OF U.S. CITIZENS?

A government-wide cover up that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job?

See: Poynter.org (Journalism groups -- Reporting): "U.S. Uses CBS News..."
Also -- "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" and "GESTAPO USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 12, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Gedkins' post makes me think that many are dissatisfied with the utter polarization in DC.

Partisanship is OK, but polarization is awful. Two examples:

1] In 2004, GWB ran with SS privatization as an issue. He properly identified the coming black hole in SS and pushed privatization, but also invited alternative resolutions. The D response was to characterize privatization as evil and ignore the invitation to offer alternative approaches.

2] In 2009, BHO pushed health care reform properly noting that the current triple-the-cost-of-living growth of costs as suicidal. He also invited additional or alternative ideas at each occasion; for instance, he recognized the medmal-defensive medicine issue. The R response was to say they agreed with 80% of the principles announced by BHO, but they opposed the actual bill[s]; proposed something that had no substance, never took up the invite to address medmal, and were satisfied to yell "gummint takeover".

Gregg[R] and Conrad[D] have proposed a commission to address these huge budgetary problems that Congress is now admittedly unable to deal with, whether D, R, or gridlocked. It sounds like our last best hope. Check out

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122466410

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 12, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

It is always a little dubious when there are serious discrepancies in the polls a week before an election. I tend to agree with Parkerfl1 that this is a rather safe than sorry moment for the Dems. And on that same note I am sure that we will have a much better idea of what the outcome will be when some more polls come out in the next day or two. My guess is that the vast majority of them will say that Coakley is up by 10-15 points. Still this should light a fire under the Democratic grassroot organizers to get the vote out.

Posted by: AndyR3 | January 12, 2010 8:43 AM | Report abuse

This "tight race in Massachusetts” refrain is ridiculous. The MSM is buying into a Republican meme here. The GOP has momentum! My Aunt Fanny, as we used to say. This is an old trick being played on a bunch of news pups too young or too lazy to realize how they are being manipulated into creating momentum for Republicans.
Until the GOP has some solutions and legislative agenda they are just loud background noise.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 12, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

The politics and politicians in Massachusetts is in general the absolute worst. It is totally controlled by a very left leaning Democratic mafia. Things can change, and perhaps they will - Scott Brown is a moderate republican with tons of support and lots of momentum. Coakley is a comfortable, smug status quo hack who thinks she owns "Ted Kennedy's seat." Ted Kennedy's seat, what a bunch of bs. The seat belongs to the people of Massachusetts. This time all the kings money and all the king's men may not be able to keep Humpty Democrat in the US Senate. Go Scott Brown !

Posted by: serious41us | January 12, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

This is the opportunity to shake up politicians of both parties (largely the democrats) both here in Massachusetts and across the nation, however the real message will be sent to Washington. We will not tolerate the partisanship that is rampant in American politics. The Massachusetts voters need to send a message. Send Scott Brown to the Senate and stop this madness of a bill called health care reform which it is neither of and send a message to Congress!

Polls are closer than you think and the Globe's 15% lead to Coakley is just what lazy democrats want to hear. No need to go to the polls, Martha has it in the bag... do not be so sure!!! Independent voters are rising to the call!

Posted by: gedkins | January 12, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

it's one thing to reach out and poll via telephone...
it's another to get them to the polls...
new jersey and viriginia has shown that the motivation for the dems is not there...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 12, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I perfer to think the people of mass. are just as fed up and scared that the dems have done nothing about jobs...
and that this healthcare bill will change everyones healthcare...
and that more taxes are on the way...
I'm fed up...
the people of mass. should be too...

Posted by: DwightCollins | January 12, 2010 8:13 AM | Report abuse

Good catch, Mark.

"The outcome of this race couldn't be more important" is the quote. It's my error (whoops) and has been fixed.

Chris

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 12, 2010 8:04 AM | Report abuse

Coakley is 15 ahead according to the Boston Globe. In the bag. Relax.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 12, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The folks in Massachusetts would elect a dog to represent them as long as it ran on the democratic ticket.

It doesn't matter to them just keep Kennedy's image going..

Posted by: frankn1 | January 12, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Not only did Pence also Phil Gramm , who contributed probably more to the current financial crisis than any single person. Pence also pushed for cuts to Medicare and student loans.

Although perhaps he will be portrayed as a RINO, since Republican luminaries such has Phyllis Schlafly, Richard Viguerie and Pat Buchanan have attacked him for his amnesty plan for illegal aliens.

Posted by: drindl | January 12, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Count the Dems efforts in Massachusetts in the "better safe than sorry" category. They won't lose...

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 12, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I can't imagine that Joe Biden will be doing a ton of stuff this week with his mother's sudden death. I would, however, expect the president to show up in Boston soon though. I also wouldn't be suprised to see the other primary candidates like Capuano coming out for Coakley as well. The democrats need to excite the base and get them to go out to vote.

On Mike Pence, I do think there is a small window for a fiscal watchdog to run in the GOP primary and Pence may be able to fill that void. If he did run Romney would be his biggest obstacle. But with Romney's ties to the Mass Healthcare plan (which is similar to what the federal government will pass), his mormon faith, and his past support of abortion rights there is a chance of running to the right and painting Romney as a RINO, which you will hear alot of in 2012. I will say though that hiring people who worked for Dan Quayle isn't what I would consider a hiring coup.

Posted by: AndyR3 | January 12, 2010 7:21 AM | Report abuse

What's a comical sign of the state of the union... and a preview of the mid-term elections ... is that REPUBLICANS are the ones most hoping that the Democratic president and vice president jump into the Massachusetts campaign full bore.
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Posted by: gitarre | January 12, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

"the outcome of this race couldn't be important" must be a typo. Is it CC's or the Ds'?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 12, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

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