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Obama to stump for Coakley

President Barack Obama will travel to Massachusetts to campaign with state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) on Sunday, a sign of the import the White House is attaching to the Senate special election race that could determine the fate of the Administration's health care bill.

The Obama visit is the clearest signal yet that the race, which was once expected to be a cakewalk for Coakley, has turned into a toss up with just four days of campaigning before ballots are cast on Tuesday.

Obama's decision to go to Massachusetts reverses days of comments from his spokesman, who said the president had "no plans" to actually campaign for her.

Two independent polls have been released within the last 24 hours -- one showed Coakley ahead of state Sen. Scott Brown (R) by eight points while the other showed Brown in the lead by four points. Internal tracking polls being conducted for both sides suggest the race is essentially a tie.

In dispatching the President to the Bay State, Democratic strategists are hoping to energize their party's base, which, to date, has been largely apathetic about the race generally and Coakley's candidacy specifically. Obama, on Friday, also recorded an automated phone call as well in an effort to gin up turnout for Coakley.

The Suffolk University poll released Thursday night showed that 55 percent of Massachusetts voters viewed Obama favorably while 35 percent saw him in an unfavorable light.

Despite his popularity, the Obama visit is not without risk for both him and Coakley.

Given the uncertainty of the result on Tuesday, a Coakley loss could tarnish the Obama brand and raise questions about his ability to motivate and turn out Democratic base voters. (Remember that Obama made last minute stops in Virginia and New Jersey only to see each of the Democratic candidates come up short.)

For Coakley, there is risk -- in at least two regards -- in having Obama come to the state.

First, it could well further inflame an already hyper-energized Republican base -- propelling them to vote in big numbers in an election where a low turnout has long been expected.

Second, Obama's presence in the state could reinforce the idea -- particularly in the minds of independents -- that Coakley is representative of the status quo that they are unhappy and, in some cases, downright angry about.

The White House and the Coakley campaign are no doubt well aware of the risks they are taking by bringing the President in just two days before the election. And, they seem to have made the calculation that the need to rally the Democratic base -- as only a sitting president can do -- outweighs those concerns.

From the White House's perspective, a Coakley loss has the very real potential to derail health care and therefore they have to put their best players on the field in hopes of dragging her across the line and, in so doing, saving the legislation from the threat of a Republican filibuster.

It's a gamble. Will it pay off? We'll find out on Tuesday.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 15, 2010; 2:08 PM ET
Categories:  Senate , White House  
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Comments

It is the sincere hope of this reader that Mr. Obama does not take his ACORN Dogs with him to help Ms. Cloakely. Those critters get themselves into everything and often mess up the "fairness" and the "honesty" of the electorate's decission.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | January 17, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

It is the sincere hope of this reader that Mr. Obama does not take his ACORN Dogs with him to help Ms. Cloakely. Those critters get themselves into everything and often mess up the "fairness" and the "honesty" of the electorate's decission.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | January 17, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe,
Actually I think JakeD is really Chris Cillizza. No one else in their right mind would let some right wing loser like him troll their web site and harrass people 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:18 PM
__________

Not sayin', just wonderin'. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 16, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Barry, Barack or whatever his real name may be is off on another adventure. I can hardly wait for the final chapter, retired to Kialua beachfront working on his presidential library at University of Hawaii. Too bad it can't be tomorrow. Vote Brown!

Posted by: rethman | January 16, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Obama is taking a chance if he goes to Mass. to help Coakley. If he doesn't succeeed, there is not a Democrat in the country that will want hin to "Help" their campaign. He must have a short memory....remember New Jersey! He did wonders for Corzine. But, then again maybe the Republicans would prefer he show up in Mass. It just may guarantee that Coakley goes down in flames.

Posted by: AlHamilton | January 16, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

The President will give the people of Massachusetts a lesson in arrogance, intimidation, deception, distortion, bribery and make it sound so good that they buy it.

Posted by: Senior-Advisor | January 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Probably Axelrod is the one pressuring Obama to go to Massachusetts - Obama has handlers and they're not to happy with him right now, especially if the healthcare reform bill doesn't fly.

He will face adversity this time unlike his 2008 campaign. What doesn't he understand about "NO."

No, we don't want the healthcare reform bill.
No, we don't want the ridiculous HAMP program.
No, we don't want to pay off any more crooks - we want all of our money back, in fact.
No, we don't like your attitude about terrorists, your Nation and sharing the wealth.
No, we're not going to quit the tea parties, townhall meetings until we regain our voice.
In fact "NO" seems to about cover everything in 2009.

1. No Jobs
2. No honest leadership
3. No transparency
4. No earmarks removed
5. No real help for homeowners.
6. No more ridiculous programs like "Cash for Clunkers."
7. No to a bigger government
8. No to all of your czars
9. No, Mr. Obama you aren't the man we need to lead this country out of the recession - your priorities are wrong, you lack expertice in foreign affairs, you left our troops in danger for months, you played vacation while Americans were being threatened by a terrorist. You gave our stimulus money to your buds and now you're doing more special favors for the Unions.

Posted by: annie21 | January 16, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Martha Coakley doesn't seem to be a very bright person. She once committed that she would be good on the foreign affairs committe because she has a sister who lives overseas and she talks with her all the time and she thinks about it all the time! DUH! Sounds like she and Obamass are perfect for one another, Stupid and Stupidity go together well!

Posted by: billwhit1357 | January 16, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

La cuestion es la atencion pública, es lo primero, no es el interes publico, y esto es "política", lo que es más importante, es ser reconocido, por los futuros votantes, es lo principal.

Posted by: alfredoraddiazii | January 15, 2010 10:27 PM | Report abuse

reid told us that obama is nothing but a light skinned negro.

Don't see many light skinned negros in the MA countryside.

Won't see much of him in the city either. he's a small petty "man".

Latest poll....Brown +11


buh bye dims!

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 15, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Note the comments on Tea baggers...

Perhaps can extend that to heath care and the Black baggers for Reid, Pelousi and Obama...the good old fashion way bribes, pay to play and pay offs were conveyed by the Chicago gangs.

If you have time to chat here make sure you write your elected officials and try to invoke some sort of self perservation on their part...They all can't be the sheep the seem.

Posted by: jacques21 | January 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Note the comments on Tea baggers...

Perhaps can extend that to heath care and the Black baggers for Reid, Pelousi and Obama...the good old fashion way bribes, pay to play and pay offs were conveyed by the Chicago gangs.

If you have time to chat here make sure you write your elected officials and try to invoke some sort of self perservation on their part...They all can't be the sheep the seem.

Posted by: jacques21 | January 15, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Clinton will help the Democrats in the same manner that Palin helped Scozzofara in New York...What a deal that will be!

Posted by: SeniorVet | January 15, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

You,CURIOUS GEORGE, we don't need you in Boston . THIS USELESS BROARD HAS SCREWED UP THIS ELECTION ON HER OWN. SHE DOESN'T NEED YOU SCREWING IT UP ANYMORE LIKE YOU DID IN NEW JERSEY AND VIRGINIA. IN CASE YOU DIDN"T KNOW SHE AS AN AG IS AS BAD AS THE RADICAL RACIST YOU HAVE FOR AN AG. SAME "STUPIDLY" DECISIONS. IS BACKDOOR BARNEY GOING TO HELP OUT? HE COULD RALLY ALL HIS DOORMEN AND HER MANWOMEN TO GET TOGETHER AND HAVE A GATHERING IN P-TOWN.

Posted by: otisplumber | January 15, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Coakley apparently is another Bit-h like Pelosi, Boxer and all the rest of the female liberals in the House and the Senate.

I loved the photo where her supporter knocked down the journalist because THAT person was asking some hard questions. And her being the GREAT ATTORNEY GENERAL that she is.. she DID NOTHING.

Typical Thug mentality, I am sure that she thinks that anyone that is against her is a NAZI.. just like PELOSI.

Obama needs to be in Washington.. not stumping the campaign trail. But if he shows up..and she loses... THEN IT WILL BE HIS FAULT.

By now I hope that the voters in Mass. realize that he is such a LIAR that anything he says will be a Lie.

We must make sure that Brown wins.. just to insure that Coakley never sees another political office.

Note that she has already cheated on her financial reporting for the campaign. Typical reaction of any Demonocrat supporting Obama.

Posted by: miller515501 | January 15, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

By the way has anyone seen Martha Cooky's latest ad? I'm not kidding, she's giving the "Heil Hitler's" salute. Check for yourselves. This lady is gone, all she can do is lie, keep innocent people in jail and look the other way when her staff shoves and knocks over a journalist. Enough is Enough. I'm voting Scott Brown.

CHeck this out at the end of the clip.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV0A6ZxqkmY&feature=pyv&ad=3305909357&kw=martha%20coakley&gclid=CLawqKrrp58CFdx05QodUhRg0g

Posted by: SEM2 | January 15, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou......did you know that your name gets Barney Franks all excited? I can tell your a worthless liberal from your yellow stained hands from reaching for all that government cheese....I also bet your a ACORN tax deduction on your momma's tax returns.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 15, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

@Jake - Thanks for that link. I'd missed CC's missive. It was naturally followed by a volley of personal insults from Zouk and Chris Fox. Plus ca change.

Largely, I'm not too bothered by the trolling that goes on around here. Blog clog (here's looking at you, Hoya) is another matter. Ultimately, I would hope that the Post has

TrueSlant has a fairly useful feature. The owner of a blog has the opportunity to call out particularly interesting comments. So, you can follow the most interesting comments. It's just getting off the ground, but it's an interesting model.

Mark_in_Austin and ceflyonline being my favorites; I enjoy reading sliowa1 when he/she has time. Drindl's finds a lot of interesting links. Zouk has the ability to do that, if he'd ever bother simply citing his sources rather than pretending he can produce pithy comments.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Perfect! That should boost the numbers she loses by! How's the hopey changey thing workin' for ya?"

Posted by: vgailitis | January 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Brown vs. Coakley is drawing some crazy energy from the tension in American politics. I haven't seen a convincing analysis of the dynamics here, but David Brooks comes closest with his picture of the "educated class" that supported Obama bumping into the reality of the working class America that they claimed to represent but never really had any contact with. Paul Krugman's view of the world is really the perspective from a Princeton eating club, after all, not the way life looks to a person who gets paid by the hour, or works 60 hours a week to net $40K in a small business. Those folks are getting nervous, and I'd guess that Coakley is going to pay. If we drop into a double dip recession, the whole Princeton economics department will be doing time in a reeducation camp.

Posted by: raskolnik | January 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Brown vs. Coakley is drawing some crazy energy from the tension in American politics. I haven't seen a convincing analysis of the dynamics here, but David Brooks comes closest with his picture of the "educated class" that supported Obama bumping into the reality of the working class America that they claimed to represent but never really had any contact with. Paul Krugman's view of the world is really the perspective from a Princeton eating club, after all, not the way life looks to a person who gets paid by the hour, or works 60 hours a week to net $40K in a small business. Those folks are getting nervous, and I'd guess that Coakley is going to pay. If we drop into a double dip recession, the whole Princeton economics department will be doing time in a reeducation camp.

Posted by: raskolnik | January 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great Clinton and Obama are gonna stomp for Coakley. Stop and think about it...

Clinton ruined it for Hillary because of his comments; and if everyone's against Obama as much as we believe, it'll be a wonder if the voters in Massachusetts don't tar and feather him while he's there. Oh, yeah! I think it's great they're going to be there in support of her.

Have to almost feel sorry for Ms. Coakley!!!

Posted by: iejanette | January 15, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I think it's great Clinton and Obama are gonna stomp for Coakley. Stop and think about it...

Clinton ruined it for Hillary because of his comments; and if everyone's against Obama as much as we believe, it'll be a wonder if the voters in Massachusetts don't tar and feather him while he's there. Oh, yeah! I think it's great they're going to be there in support of her.

Have to almost feel sorry for Ms. Coakley!!!

Posted by: iejanette | January 15, 2010 8:18 PM | Report abuse

Obvious troll. Like a Republican would call Democrats friends.

Next time try the "I voted for Obama but" troll. It's no more credible but there might be a noob or two who buys it.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

President Obama,please do not come here. You are overexposed and your appearance will work against Coakley. Go to Haiti instead, please!

Posted by: IkeHana | January 15, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Republican but all my Democrat friends are voting for Brown. If the Dems win, though, someone needs to investigate how much money Obama handed out to potential voters. He's buying off everyone else (it's the Chicago way), so why not Massachusetts. This whole country seems to be for sale.

Posted by: georges2 | January 15, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS JUNKET?? DNC? WHO??

TRANSPARENCY?? YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING!!

THIS GUY IS LOSING TRUST, CONFIDENCE, AND CREDIBILITY BY THE DAY!!

Posted by: wheeljc | January 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Oboma goes to MA...I hope it is not on tax payer $,,,not public business.

The man loves to hear himself talk.
perhaps he can explain her comments about no more terrorsts in Afganistan (or whatever these idiots call them today.)
How embarrassing it must be to be associated with this gang of myopic aristocrats.

It would be nice to see the good folks of Massachusetts be free of political enslavement by the Democratic Party.

Posted by: jacques21 | January 15, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

obama came to new jersey for corzine and see what happened here,this president is the kiss of death for any democrat,the country has finally woke up and seen the kind the administration this guy is running.he fooled me i voted for him.

Posted by: SISSD1 | January 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

obama came to new jersey for corzine and see what happened here,this president is the kiss of death for any democrat,the country has finally woke up and seen the kind the administration this guy is running.he fooled me i voted for him.

Posted by: SISSD1 | January 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

What gives? Obama does not quite look light-skinned in the picture! Is he falling out of favor?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 15, 2010 6:32 PM


He used suntan lotion during his recent vacation in Hawaii.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

"Noacoler and moonbat,

Still don't understand why after being banned multiple times under different names (and IP addresses) you guys keep coming back.

It would seem that moving to some other blog/message board on which to post would make sense since you refuse to follow the rules on this one.

For those regular posters who want to punish these repeat offenders, I would ask you simply ignore their (many) posts.

Since they are committed to end-running our good faith efforts to ban them due to their bad behavior, I think it is our best recourse.

Thanks,
Chris"

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 15, 2010 12:04 AM

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/cook-rothenberg-move-mass-sena.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

I suggest you Libs stick with reality and place the blame where it belongs.

Presidents deal with foreign policy, the congress handles domestic.

Oh but wait, this means that gingrich gets credit for the clinton economy and willie gets the terror failure.

no wonder Libs are trying to sovietize history.

It is certainly easier when Libs have all three branches and can take the blame for everything - spending, unemployment, weakness.

notice the domestic problems began , oh roughly when Nancy and Harry took over.

that would not reflect well on Libs. Best to try and twist things then.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Notta lotta women go for shaved chests.

Posted by: Noacoler


Consider the source.

would you take dieting advice from Rosie?

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

USAISARMYSTRONG:

Go Army!! Beat Navy!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Actually, the reconciliation process is a legitimate tool for PURE BUDGET items. For instance, Congress used reconciliation to enact President Bill Clinton's 1993 (fiscal year 1994) budget. (See Pub.L. 103-66, 107 Stat. 312.) But, Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his 1993 Hillarycare plan, as well, and Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV) insisted that such a healthcare plan was out of bounds for a process that is theoretically limited to budgets. Any Senator will be able to raise a procedural objection to each and every provision believed to be "extraneous" to purely "budgetary" matters. Too bad, angriestdogintheworld. I'll see you down at the lynching tree ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

With Obama,Clinton, and the Has-Been Kennedy clan giving Martha that little extra push, it has just caused my family and me to make sure we VOTE FOR SCOTT BROWN. Those of us from Massachusetts are sick and tired of the status quo. Massachusetts is definitely the POSTER BOY FOR DIRTY POLITICS. The ongoing corruption starts right under the "golden dome" at the top of the State House. located right on Beacon Hill and trickles right into EVERY CITY AND TOWN.

The people are going to speak next week and WE WANT CHANGE. We want to take our state back for us, the taxpaying citizens and not paying out hundreds of millions of dollars that are handed over to the illegal aliens as they are taking us for a free ride. Most of these people breed kids like a farm animal. WE PAY FOR THIS CRAP AND WE ARE TIRED OF THE FREELOADERS. Enough is enough.

The party is over... VOTE FOR SCOTT BROWN, AS OUR NEXT U.S. SENATOR.

Posted by: USAISARMYSTRONG | January 15, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse


Jakey sez...

The Dems are threatening to use "reconciliation" again re: Obamacare.

♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺♺

we did learn a little something something from the repuggies brief 3rd reicht...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 15, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

excellent Aryan Nation would not hesitate to Bush/Cheney in... black folks and liberals need to understand what is at stake in a macro sense. It is tough to just turn out to vote for just another white lwishy washy. The demographics are with us but we need to assure the base and get out the vote for this non-activist, because beyond being just another dog paddler (not a lion of the Senate like Kennedy, she is part of a larger mission. Aryan Nation MUST not be allowed to add a notch to their belt as they gather their mob heading down to the lynching tree.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 15, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The Dems are threatening to use "reconciliation" again re: Obamacare.

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=aPg2UfFaCh9c&pos=9

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

What gives? Obama does not quite look light-skinned in the picture! Is he falling out of favor?

Posted by: kishorgala | January 15, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I would rather have the lawyer/30 year national guard colonel who posed partially nude in college to pay his bills than the fuddy duddy woman who let a child rapist (the guy raped a 2 year old with a curling iron) go free.

Martha Coakley is soft on crime, a horrible candidate, and took the voters for granted.

She can't handle it, so she called in a man to help her. That isn't a real woman.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

OH how funny,what with Loser in Chief Liar of the US,Barack Hussein Obama poll numbers
in the double digit negative range for the
past several months,now the Delusional Obama thinks his arrogant incompetent lying
personal presence will save an already lost
the 2010 Election Democrat like Coakley,
does he now?..Nope NO WAY will it do so!..

In fact,having Barack Hussein Obama stumping for you,will be the Political Kiss
of Death for every Democrat that asks Obama to come campaign for him or her in both Election 2010 and 2012! Yep you betcha your doing a heck of a job here Barry Baby NOT! Vote Every Incumbent Democrat and Every Democrat Candidate OUT!

Posted by: carleen09 | January 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

re- the Mass Senate race- you identified a poll by the BLUE MASS GROUP as an independent polling group- the other independent poll was from Suffolk- BMG supports one of the two candidates-how canyouy possibly identify its poll as INDEPENDENT
This was my first exposure to your column and it leaves me with a bad taste and a sense that you are simply not trustworthy9(the term dishonest came to mind but I wanted to stay gentle the first time out)

Perhaps I should have realized that when you name your column THE FIX you are being disingenously honest

Posted by: 27anon72 | January 15, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

The Dem strategists have lost their mojo. Now instead of Coakley going down in flames, the President has decided to get on that sinking ship. Dumb.

Posted by: delusional1 | January 15, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Jakevi know facts aren't your string suit but that's a nude photo. He had no clothes on. A strategically placed hand covers his shame but he's wearing the suit he was born in.

Please try to keep up. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Notta lotta women go for shaved chests.

Posted by: Noacoler
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They use Nair.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL leapin!!! After electing Stuart Smalley to the U.S. Senate, you'd think the Dems wouldn't keep bringing up looks anymore ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

That was from Cosmo? Looks more like something in a gay magazine for guys who like their men "boyish."

Notta lotta women go for shaved chests.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please explain to me how a guy who poses nude for Cosmopolitan like Brown did has the judgment to be a United States Senator. Another Republican candidate from central casting.

Posted by: jlhare1
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Perhaps a candidate from Saturday Night Live central casting was an inspiration.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Somebody wrote: "Democrats have had complete control of Congress for the last 36 months.
How do you like what they accomplished so far?"

I gather that you were home-schooled and thus missed civics class. The Democrats have never had complete control of Congress. That would require 60 Democratic senators to force cloture on legislation, which they still don't have.

That said, I like it that unlike the Republicans, they went along with President Bush's bank bailout, which kept the financial system from collapsing, and then passed an economic stimulus bill that saved at least a couple of million jobs. I also like it they're about to ban insurance companies from denying health insurance coverage outright to applicants with preexisting conditions, or charging them an arm and a leg for it.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | January 15, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

"Yeah, it sure was nice of Bush to ignore that memo that said:

BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE US!!"


During the Clinton Administration period, 9/11 was:

Provoked
Strategized
Planned
Financed
Recruited
Infiltrated
Rehearsed, and;
Ignored

In fact, Clinton's final work on National Security, released in 12/2008 did not mention bin Laden at all and barely mentioned Al-Qa'eda.

By the time Bush took office (inheriting the Clinton recession), the 9/11 terrorists were already well hidden.

Posted by: TruData
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Jamie Gorelick's wall between agencies was a piece of work too.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

jlhare1:

Technically, he did not pose completely "nude". I would not vote for him, because he is pro-choice. As for judgment on Obamacare, however, he's right on the money.

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Somebody please explain to me how a guy who poses nude for Cosmopolitan like Brown did has the judgment to be a United States Senator. Another Republican candidate from central casting.

Posted by: jlhare1 | January 15, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Clinton wanted to bag OBL and Republicans nixed it to focus on the BJ. Other priorities are a big deal with those bozos. TruData you'd do better with a more ah forgetful audience. You're bombing.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

excellent... black folks and liberals need to understand what is at stake in a macro sense as it is tough to just turn-out to vote for another white liberal. The demographics are with us but we need to assure the base that this non-sctivist is just a dog paddler, she is part of a larger mission. Aryan Nation MUST npt be allowed to add a notch to their belt.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld
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NeoCom Statism is apparently committed to racial explotation in order to achieve totaltarian control. Racist dog.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

AOL losing customers is supposed to be bad news?

The fewer A***OL*s on the Internet the better.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have had complete control of Congress for the last 36 months.

How do you like what they accomplished so far?

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou:

"Yeah, it sure was nice of Bush to ignore that memo that said:

BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE US!!"

During the Clinton Administration period, 9/11 was:

Provoked
Strategized
Planned
Financed
Recruited
Infiltrated
Rehearsed, and;
Ignored

In fact, Clinton's final work on National Security, released in 12/2008 did not mention bin Laden at all and barely mentioned Al-Qa'eda.

By the time Bush took office (inheriting the Clinton recession), the 9/11 terrorists were already well hidden.

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

It's time to reverse the horrendous tide of Obamunism that swept the ignorant last year.

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

It was bad enough that Obama was on vacation when the unabomber tried to blow up one of our commercial air planes and Obama didn't think it was important enough to go back to DC to get involved!! Now he has time to campaign in Massachusetts when the economy is still on the verge of collapse,the illegal aliens are growing in large numbers,and people are still being laid off in large numbers (AOL to cut 1,200)!!! Does he think everything is fine and he has time to fly around the country at the tax payers expense to help Democrats get elected??!! Wake up America Obama wants the 60 votes at any cost so he can control everything, being a stealth dictator is all he wants!!!

Posted by: Klimax | January 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Obamo going to Mass?

A perfect opportunity for him to provide us with more half truths in a campaign setting and more lies and clap trap...this man loves the sound of his own voice...If he verbally supports this person it is our flag to not support her.

Stay in Washington Mr Oboma and learn to be truthful with the US population. Learn how to carry out your promises. Learn how not to buy votes like a small town adlerman.

Posted by: jacques21 | January 15, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

With Coakley on the ropes, having Obama stumping for him is the proverbial kiss of death. Hello Scott Brown!

Posted by: tncdel | January 15, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Why are progessives so superior?
The answer is not just the usual explanation that most in the media are sympathetic Democrats.

Instead, the public is conditioned by the media and an elite establishment to assume that Obama, Reid and Biden are superior moralists - more interested in "issues of social justice."

So when such supposedly more intelligent humanitarians lapse, their offensive or dumb remarks are written off as atypical. Or maybe they are due to extenuating circumstances or honest mistakes.

In contrast, any inanity of a Bush, Lott or Palin is seen as yet more logical proof of their shallow, unsophisticated emphasis on self rather than society.

So, why damage the career of a smart, well-meaning progressive for a moment's gaffe when his aims are so much more exalted, so much more moral than his conservative counterparts?

Yet if all that were true, why, then, as we have seen, do liberals prove as insensitive or unaware as their conservative counterparts?

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the word Democrat means "double standard."

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

drivl,
Yeah, it sure was nice of Bush to ignore that memo that said:

BIN LADEN DETERMINED TO STRIKE INSIDE US!!


Repugs have NO credibility on foreign policy anymore, none, zero, zip, nada.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

The Gomers will catch up to the undiebombrr in about five years. Right now they're still dazed from losing an election to a *racial minority*.

See, they had all these dreams of Palin and McCain "shaking things up.". Drudge promised them it would really happen. It didn't. But they feel so entitled to the top slots. They're still crying.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

excellent... black folks and liberals need to understand what is at stake in a macro sense as it is tough to just turn-out to vote for another white liberal. The demographics are with us but we need to assure the base that this non-sctivist is just a dog paddler, she is part of a larger mission. Aryan Nation MUST npt be allowed to add a notch to their belt.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | January 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I guess the liberal military strategy of issuing deadlines was not exactly what Bush had in mind as effective leadership.

And the genius yet spineless libs in both houses went along for the ride. Until the enemy fought back. how inconvenient. how dare they.
Issue another deadline. and this time really mean it.

We plan on fighting this next war to win. Until June 13th at 4 pm that is. then we will be quitting so plan ahead.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

During the Clinton Administration period, 9/11 was:

Provoked
Strategized
Planned
Financed
Recruited
Infiltrated
Rehearsed, and;
Ignored

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you liberals would care to fight the current war for a change. We won that last one, despite what that idiot Harry Reid said and over the objections of the pitifully weak Demoncrats.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse
___________________________________________


Really Tough Guy?


Last I heard you Repug clowns were still wetting your pants over a failed underwear bomber.


Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

No, DrainYou, I am not Chris Cillizza (I was posting WHILE Chris was on "Newshour"). I am also not a "loser", "troll", nor do I post here "24 hrs a day, 7 days a week" (I was golfing this morning ; )

Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Yeah and where there was once a toothless secular dictatorship there's now a huge terrorist training camp. That sure was worth a mere $2 trillion.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Democrats have had total control of Congress for the last 36 months.

How do you like what they've accomplished so far with the economy, body counts in the Middle East, jobs, the environment, etc.?

Posted by: TruData | January 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

DrainYou...this isn't msnbc where you pretend to be a women with a beard and sweet talk rachel MANdow...this is WA where obama koolaid is the number one seller and libtards come to spew because they can't handle the Fair and Balanced FOX NEWS..the number rated channel.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you liberals would care to fight the current war for a change. We won that last one, despite what that idiot Harry Reid said and over the objections of the pitifully weak Demoncrats.

As a result we have one less nation striving for WMDs, attacking their neighbor, tying down our military, holding us hostage with oil, murdering its citizens, etc.

Instead we have planted the seed of Democracy in a part of the world that is long overdue for some help defeating tyrants. One down. Next.

Crawl back into your cave while we save the world from your stupid ideas.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe wrote:

This is way too crazy. Brown is a committed teabagger (see Sen. Schumer's recent remarks). He will not win in Massachusetts.

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Gee, I thought that Massachusetts was the original Tea Party state. Guess not.

As for Brown being part of the Tea Party crowd, this is laughable. Brown is a moderate who will find his closest Republican allies in the likes of Olympia Snowe. He's in favor of health insurance reform, but just doesn't want a bill that will so badly disadvantage Massachusetts and punish the state financially for taking initiative to cover 98% of residents already. Massachusetts would face larger federal mandates and have to pay a larger portion of taxes for what they get in return compared to states that have done nothing, and this is why Brown is against the bill...and it's something that Democrats can work with.

Democrats have already shown that they are willing to pay off individual states to get votes, so if Brown wins, they only need to buy Maine or Massachusetts and the bill is still alive.

Posted by: blert | January 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe,
Actually I think JakeD is really Chris Cillizza. No one else in their right mind would let some right wing loser like him troll their web site and harrass people 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

No, I missed the "Pints and Politics" gathering : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

thats just what obama will do...bend over coakley just like a good little puppet democrat and give her a stump....then obama boy can join the ranks of bill and monica.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Were any of those 28 UN submissions true?

Nope!

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Nice try Drainyou...except every word is true....I should amend the number of kids that geoghan molested though...it wasnt 45, he was actually convicted of 86 and was accused of 554....that is just martha doing her job

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse
________________________________________________

Prove it, Stooge.


This isn't Faux Noise Channel were you can just make up crap and everyone will believe it.


Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

@Jake: I'll give credit where it's due. You did answer the question: How many times has the Fix linked to, or cited, his coworker Gene Robinson. The answer for now (thanks to your research) is...two.

Riddle me this: have you and Fix ever been seen in the place at the same time?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Yet ANOTHER link to Gene Robinson ( what's that, so far, 6? I could keep going ):

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/voting-blocs-a-new-fix-discuss.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Laced with liberal lies:Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justiceIraq was invaded for 28 reasons laid out to the UNTorture is against US law and always has beenIt is not possible to "out" an agent who is not covertName a single individual who was spied on illegally, certainly you must have a gigantic list ready.
Next idiot?

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse
____________________________________________


Valerie Plame was covert, she said so herself..


Iraq was invaded because BushCo trumped up intelligence to make it happen.


Bill Clinton was impeached because holier than thou Repugs like to stick their noses in other peoples sex lives.


NEXT!


Hey Cillizza! I thought this drivl nut was already banned from here?

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Nice try Drainyou...except every word is true....I should amend the number of kids that geoghan molested though...it wasnt 45, he was actually convicted of 86 and was accused of 554....that is just martha doing her job

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Coakley has been the chief law enforcement officer for the state of MA...the MA Police Union has chosen to NOT endorse her...that is pretty much all you need to know about M Coakley

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Great news that Obama is going to stump for Coakley. The more he speaks, the better for Scott Brown, since more and more people-even in Mass.- are realizing his empty yet deceptive rhetoric for what it is. Obama showing up could be the final boost Brown needs to defeat socialist Coakley.

Posted by: kfstewart | January 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza's link to Mr. Robinson's interview of Mr. Geithner:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/white-house-cheat-sheet-obama-1.html#comments

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gomers: bringing a compressed air boathorn to the recital and drowning out the clavichord doesn't mean you're a better composer than Bach

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:04 PM

You're right, but it does mean they're smarter!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH FROM MA:Here are Coakley's highlites:
Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse
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Ripped straight from the pages of World WingNut Daily!


You forgot to blame it all on ACORN...


Try again....

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Laced with liberal lies:

Clinton was impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice

Iraq was invaded for 28 reasons laid out to the UN

Torture is against US law and always has been

It is not possible to "out" an agent who is not covert

Name a single individual who was spied on illegally, certainly you must have a gigantic list ready.

Next idiot?

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza linking to Mr. Robinson winning said Pulitzer prize:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/morning-fix/042109white-house-cheat-sheet.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

broad____joe


What are you going to say about Tuesday's election ? This poll does not meet the standards ???


You are a complete laugh.

McCain polled 36% last year - anything above that level is a black eye for Obama - and better Brown does, the worse Obama's health care plan is off.

Obama should withdraw this version of the health care bill.


Obama actually has an opportunity here to do the right thing: enter into real negotiations with the Republicans to get a real compromise bill which everyone can agree on and the country will be behind.

This is what Obama PROMISED last year.

Obama should wake up -


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey Gomers: bringing a compressed air boathorn to the recital and drowning out the clavichord doesn't mean you're a better composer than Bach

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

NEWSFLASH FROM MA:

Here are Coakley's highlites:

1) As AG, decided NOT to prosecute Father Geoghan after 2 young boys came forward to tell of abuse. Over the next 10 yrs, Geoghan went on to molest an additional 45 young boys here in MA

2) A father caught an illegal immigrint molesting his young boy in the store bathroom and punched him...Coakley let the illegal go and brought charges against the father

3) Her first negative ad against Scott Brown had the word Massachusetts misspelled

4) Coakley decided not to prosecute fellow dem Diane Wilkerson who was caught on camera stuffing bribe money into her bra

5) 5 days after 7 CIA workers were murdered in Afghanistan, she said that there were NO taliban or al-queda in Afghanistan...al queda has since taken responsibility for the murders

6) She was in DC for a fundraiser when 1 of her hired thugs did not like a reporters question and threw him to the ground...Coakley can be seen in the photo staring down at the reporter...when asked about it, she said she did not know what happened and did not have all the facts

7) Almost ALL of here TV ads are negative and highly misleading...she is getting desperate


GO SCOTT BROWN!!!!!

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Sanctimonious liberals love tutt tutting at other people's infidelities.It beats examining their own worthless lives.
Posted by: drivl
_____________________________________


Really, Clown?

Is that what you called it when the Repugs impeached Bill Clinton over a bj but got out their pompoms and started cheerleading when Bush invaded a country for no reason (Iraq), tortured, outted a CIA agent and spied on Americans illegally?


And by the way, when are Jon Ensign, Mark Sanford and Diaper Dave Vitter going to resign from the "Falily Values" Repug team?

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Well, broadwayjoe, you asked "in the history of this blog, has Fix EVER linked to, or cited, a column by his Pultizer Prize winning coworker?"

(Emphasis Added)

ONE such link certainly answers your question. Here's a more recent mention, if you prefer:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/fix-notes/the-live-fix-3.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse


Naked Teabagger Scotty Brown endorses Cheney's torture program.


"The Naked Senate Republican Candidate (Scott Brown) (NSC) told reporters yesterday that he endorsed the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorism suspects, including waterboarding"

Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 4:57 PM


Good for him! I agree! And I love naked bodies. I wish I was the one who got to take the pictures.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Naked Teabagger Scotty Brown endorses Cheney's torture program.


"The Naked Senate Republican Candidate (Scott Brown) (NSC) told reporters yesterday that he endorsed the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" on terrorism suspects, including waterboarding"
.
http://bostonist.com/2010/01/05/naked_senate_candidate_scott_brown.php
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Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I thought chrissy Foxxy was the only committed teabagger on this blog.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Yes, our gracious host HAS linked to Eugene Robinson many times:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/eye-on-2008/condi-for-veep.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 4:39 PM
_________
LOL.

Inadvertently, you have proved the point. That post was from 2008, TWO YEARS ago. And Gene was writing about a Condi-for-veep neo-con narrative.

BTW, "many" means more than one. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

leapin:

With the Internets, it doesn't take 72 hours anymore ; )

broadwayjoe:

I was unaware that pro-choice, liberal NE Republican, whom labor and and environmental groups have rated as both middling and high over time, and whom the teacher’s union rated low in 2001 but high in 2005, qualified as "committed teabaggers" (notwithstanding Sen. Schumer's rant). Good info to know, thanks.

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

This is way too crazy. Brown is a committed teabagger (see Sen. Schumer's recent remarks). He will not win in Massachusetts.

The Tea Bag Party's president and founder is a man named Dale Robertson. Here's a picture of Dale holding his favorite n-word sign.

http://washingtonindependent.com/73036/n-word-sign-dogs-would-be-tea-party-leader

Posted by: broadwayjoe
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Your off the DNC plan. The sliming is to begin ONLY in the last 72 hours. You don't want to allow your opponent time to respond to lies.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

This is way too crazy. Brown is a committed teabagger (see Sen. Schumer's recent remarks). He will not win in Massachusetts.

The Tea Bag Party's president and founder is a man named Dale Robertson. Here's a picture of Dale holding his favorite n-word sign.

http://washingtonindependent.com/73036/n-word-sign-dogs-would-be-tea-party-leader

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Sanctimonious liberals love tutt tutting at other people's infidelities.

It beats examining their own worthless lives.

Everyone here already knows cilizza is a sub par writer at best.

everyone also knows that chrissy foxxy is desperate for any kind of attention he can get.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

So in the aftermath of worst terror attack in American history, Scott Brown put his right-wing vision of fiscal austerity ahead of helping the nation's recovery efforts. That's pretty much the definition of radical conservativism -- and it reflects the exact opposite of the values that Ted Kennedy fought for his entire life.


Posted by: DrainYou | January 15, 2010 4:42 PM

Don't tell me there's yet another poster with a Janet Napolitano Blow-Up Doll. Do you realize that it's nothing like the real thing???

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Keep wiggling yours, Jake, and just ignore that taste

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Let us hope that Obama is just as successful in this campaign as he was getting the Olympics in Chicago. What a loser.

Posted by: JCM-51 | January 15, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

No, just Sam Adams. My mom too. Thanks for asking.
Did you put down your Janet Napolitano Blow-Up Doll yet?

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

Why did Teabagger Scott Brown vote against aid to 9/11 recovery workers?


One month after the September 11th attacks, Scott Brown was one of only three Massachusetts State Representatives to vote against a bill to provide financial assistance to Red Cross workers who had volunteered with 9/11 recovery efforts, we’ve learned.
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http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/senate-republicans/scott-brown-voted-against-giving-help-to-911-recovery-workers/


So why did Brown vote against 9/11 workers?


The Brown campaign acknowledged the vote to us, claiming the measure would have taxed already-strained state finances.
.
http://theplumline.whorunsgov.com/senate-republicans/scott-brown-voted-against-giving-help-to-911-recovery-workers/


So in the aftermath of worst terror attack in American history, Scott Brown put his right-wing vision of fiscal austerity ahead of helping the nation's recovery efforts. That's pretty much the definition of radical conservativism -- and it reflects the exact opposite of the values that Ted Kennedy fought for his entire life.


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

"... better than you [SIC] your native tongue ..."

Stutter much?

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

go have a cold Sam Adams

correction - Michelob ultra

Or maybe even a whine cooler

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

So Suzy you drink alcohol?

Sounds like your mom did too

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Yes, our gracious host HAS linked to Eugene Robinson many times:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/eye-on-2008/condi-for-veep.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

@foley: sometimes in the zeal to type up anti-BHO narratives basic rules of grammar are forgotten...Oh, well.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Good catch and great poem, Jack. I too cringe at bad grammar.

Really, Cillizza, I mean *really*. "For he?"

I'm a lousy linguist, really lousy, but I write in the worst of my four languages better than you your native tongue. Is WaPo hiring from the day labor temping outfits?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

To HumanSimpleton, broadwayjoe, and noacoler:

You guys need to put down your Janet Napolitano Blow-Up Dolls, suck in your stomachs, fix your comb-overs, and then go have a cold Sam Adams. Come back after that with some sensible posts. Thank you.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Win or lose in one of the most leftist states in the Union, this woman is pathetic and a stooge. She has got to be an embarassement to the Democrats but, of course, they will never say so. Obama is a disaster for our nation and if he can help her win, then that would be expected in Mass. That state is a nightmare on the lines of New Jersey.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I heart Gene Robinson. By far the best columnist for the Post.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 15, 2010 4:24 PM
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Cosign, dd. BTW, in the history of this blog, has Fix ever linked to, or cited, a column by his Pultizer Prize winning coworker? Just wonderin'.

Re Steele, the reason the teabaggers and neo-segs in the RNC can't get rid of him is Steele did a lot of outreach and so the state directors love him.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Cilizza was a C student in a public school majoring in communications.

Don't get your hopes up. He has never even heard of Strunk and White.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

A literate alien being reading these comments would conclude that conservatives are really stupid. This place is like the seal cages when the keeper brings the fish.

DD: cosign on Robinson... after the initial enthusiasm wore off, Robinson's is the only periodical content I still pay for on the Kindle. Sure not paying for this gooperbooster stuff...

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The shallowness of Team Obama has now been shown -- regardless of the outcome on Tuesday.

Folks are not buying his socialization of the USA. Other democrats -- many good folks -- best take heed now. If Coakley is having this sort of difficulty in Mass, can you imagine what Obama is going to be doing the rest of this year??

Team Obama has blown it! They have focused on everything other than JOBS, JOBS, & JOBS, and national security. Now, THEY MAY BE LOOKING FOR JOBS, JOBS, & JOBS!!

Posted by: wheeljc | January 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Seriously goobers, you do not think that Brown will win, do you?

Or that Brown winning will change healthcare reform?

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | January 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

And now the question is not whether the president's charisma can save his unpopular agenda, but rather whether the president's growing unpopularity makes things even worse. This takes place, of course, in a landscape of 10 percent unemployment, a nearly $2 trillion debt, and rising energy prices. Somehow more deficits and subsidized wind and solar won't be winning issues.

An obvious prediction - The upcoming show trial of KSM, cap-and-trade, and amnesty are not winning issues — and will have to be Gitmoized or they will threaten to destroy the Democratic party for years.

Finally, how ironic — Obama was elected as a reaction to Bush's mistakes of deficit spending and big-ticket new entitlements. That nullified his otherwise effective anti-terrorism war. He took what people liked about Bush and ridiculed that, while trumping Bush's spending that had turned so many off.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

“Despite his popularity, the Obama visit is not without risk for both he and Coakley.”
--Chris Cillizza in today’s Washington Post (1/15/10).

Oh, the objective case is gone is gone
It ain’t with we no more
The objective case has been displaced
From what it was before
For it’s misused by everyone
Not merely by the most
I haven’t checked The New York Times
But here’s The Washington Post:
There’s a he that should be him
Does nobody thus sigh?
The hope for grammar’s growing dim:
It matters, Chris…to I.

Jack Foley

Posted by: jandafoley | January 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

the libs are predictably upset that the leftist mutual admiration society has hit a bump.

get used to it. Libs ALWAYS run away when forcibly confronted.

All those Obimbo failures are stacking up. Watch them crow with excitement when he finally stumbles somehow into his very first success.

could this be it?

Try this one on.

coakley was sure to lose before barry came in at the last minute and saved the day with his personal magnetism.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/14/AR2010011403559.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

No point in expending my tired brain among this cacophony, so let me just post today's Gene Robinson. It's on Michael Steele.

"The party should have known that it wasn't getting a chairman who would just shut up, sit in the corner and wait to be trotted out when the subject of diversity came up."

I heart Gene Robinson. By far the best columnist for the Post.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Glad Obama is finally stepping up to the plate on this one. So far, Obama is a 90 pound weakling, timid and self conscious, perhaps insecure & incapable. He stands on the sidelines while sending others into the eye of the storm, osbensibly hoping they will accomplish something he can take credit for. Obama should have been campaigning for Coakley long before this, but true to form, he hesitated to get involved unless he had to. Poor man thinks being loved and adored by the world, and his image & personal legacy, are more important than keeping his word to the American people, being trustworthy, dependable and honest. Above all I can't stand a lying politician. At the rate he is going, Obama will be a 1 term president and as a staunch Democrat, I say that every so reluctantly.

Posted by: woodymcbreairty | January 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

It is sad the Commander in Chief must waste his time to respond to the false Brown-is-ahead narrative pushed by his opponents in the media.

As far as we know, there is no poll that meets commonly accepted journalistic standards showing Brown ahead of Coakley. By contrast, the Boston Globe poll, which does meet such standards, shows Coakley ahead by FIFTEEN POINTS. All of the polls pushing the pro-Brown false narrative have been discredited by the New York Times for using flawed methodology.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lousy day at the fix when armpeg and leapin are the best the comments have to offer. Is this some kinda IQ-lowering plague, or just another drudge link?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

The post-partisan party of healing, of positive messages and progressive plans, is starting a series of extremely negative "hope you don't change to Brown " ads tomorrow. Again in the big game the statists are going to their most executed play, the politics of personal destruction.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

this moron is seen enough on the news making back room bribes and buying democratic votes..and the people of MA caught on to this empty suit used car lip serive moron...except for the libtard liberals who are still drinking the obama-jim jones koolaid.

Posted by: JWx2 | January 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

If all goes well this will be the "Vote heard around the world" as Massachusetts launches a new revolution to turn back socialism. Remember the liberals and al-Qaeda have the same goal which is to destroy our way of life. On October 2008 in Missori, Obama has been quoted "We are five days away from fundamentally changing the United States of America." He says that and he still wins - Massachusetts has the golden opportunity to stop the runaway spending train in Washington.
Go Scott Brown!!!

Posted by: bubbas2310 | January 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Notice that the Democrap Socialists are all claiming that Bill Clinton's and Comrade Obama's reason for going to Mass. to help Martha Coakley get elected is because she's "a weak candidate"? A "weak candidate" BEFORE any election is usually code for a losing candidate.
Now if the Democrap Socialist call in ACORN or their union goons to count the votes, who knows, she might pull this one out after all.

Posted by: armpeg | January 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Why does he bother attaching his name to unworthy candidates?

you mean Democrats? well they are in his party.

Posted by: drivl

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Nice knee jerk reaction clown shoes.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Why does he bother attaching his name to unworthy candidates?

you mean Democrats? well they are in his party.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Suzy - you forgot:

The Repub ran as a Democrat and fooled everyone into thinking he was a reasonable moderate. Once in office his fangs will emerge.

Or perhaps:

all that Fat Cat out of state money overwhelmed the gullible voters with nasty propoganda and lies

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Why does he bother attaching his name to unworthy candidates?

Corzine and now this clown? What should happen is a meeting with Reid and Pelosi to make sure they stop putzing around and get the health care bill consolidated on voted on before this seat is filled. It's been a year already Congress; you've collected a nice healthy bounty for your re-election campaigns so it's time to vote.

Think of it this way......now that you've sucked tens of millions out of the insurance companies you can spend the next year putzing around on financial reform and recoup some of that bailout money to avoid putting Glass-Steagall back in place.

Posted by: theobserver4 | January 15, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

That'll be his stump speech, though Obama will use a few thousand words to say it, all to thunderous applause.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper
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Is he going to use the audio reverb like in Denver?

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I am sure this trip will be on par with his smashing success at getting the Olympics for Chicago.

and charming Iran into giving up their nukes. and passing cap and trade. and...but this is just too easy.

Poor thing. Last year, only he and repubs knew he was way over his head and totally unqualified for the job. Now it seems, everyone knows.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

A few days ago, the editor of this blob posted a survey. I'd like to post my own. This is for libs ONLY. Here goes.

What will be the number one excuse the dems use next Wednesday to explain the loss of a senate seat to a republican in a sky-blue democratic state like Massachusetts?

1. The health care bill
2. This is a referendum on Obama
3. The economy sucks (because Obama ignored it)
4. Massachusetts rejected Obama socialism (this is the same as #2)
5. It was Coakley's fault. She couldn't even spell Massachusetts.
6. It was Coakley's fault. She stood by, with hands in her pocket, and watched a her aide shove a reporter, did nothing, and then lied about it.
7. It was Coakley's fault. She tried to convince everyone that there were no terrorists in Afghanistan.
8. It was Teddy's fault. He shouldn't have died.
9. It was Chris Cillizza's fault. He wrote all those untrue articles.
10. It was the fault of all the posters on this blog.
11. The catch-all - it was definitely Bush's fault.
12. Optional: make up your own.

Thank you libs, in advance, for participating

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

this is how a Kennedy got elected the very first time around. Karma returns. Imagine those really smart Northeast liberals going to the polls to vote a Kennedy back into his seat.

Posted by: drivl
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Speaking of Karma...some are saying that this election is the the Revenge of MaryJo

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama have a position on Catholics working in emergency rooms????


I am not sure.


It just seems that as soon as Coakley made clear that she thought Catholics should not work in emergency rooms, Obama decided to go up to her aid.


Coincidence?


With so much health care on Obama's agenda, I think not.........

According to Coakley there are no terrorists left in Afghanistan, and Catholics should not work in emergency rooms.

AND reporters should not try to ask her questions on the sidewalk, or they will be knocked over.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

one of the more interesting items to note in the MASS senate race is the absence of sitting MASS governor Deval Patrick, a Dem and one in a tough struggle to be re-elected in 2012. perhaps since Gov Patrick is not the most popular guy in MASS at this point, his absence (at least in MSM coverage) from the Coakley campaign is to be expected.... but in all of this, where is the governor?

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

one of the more interesting items to note in the MASS senate race is the absence of sitting MASS governor Deval Patrick, a Dem and one in a tough struggle to be re-elected in 2012. perhaps since Gov Patrick is not the most popular guy in MASS at this point, his absence (at least in MSM coverage) from the Coakley campaign is to be expected.... but in all of this, where is the governor?

Posted by: RoguesPalace | January 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

let me see if I've got this right: America's preparing to celebrate the first anniversary of Good King Barack the Hopeychanger's reign by electing a Republican? In Massachusetts?

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

In most elections, a politician calling himself the Tea Party candidate would cheer Democrats, raising hopes that he would siphon votes from Republicans by attracting some of the disaffected anti-Washington, anti-Obama electorate. (Snip) Democrats here are concerned that some uninformed voters might confuse him for a member of the better-known, well-loved Kennedy clan, which he is not.


this is how a Kennedy got elected the very first time around. Karma returns. Imagine those really smart Northeast liberals going to the polls to vote a Kennedy back into his seat.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

What will he say? Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy.

Posted by: DeliveredReilly | January 15, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is the shot heard around the world. I pray this kills the health care bill. Congress needs to fix the problems with health care not destroy it.

Posted by: smithcalvin1 | January 15, 2010 3:37 PM

The health care bill was diagnosed with cancer and is not expected to live very long.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | January 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

After Obama's racist attack against a white cop doing his job of trying to prevent a possible burglary of Prof. Gates house, only because Gates (who went ballistics for not being treated special and with kid-gloves because he's black and because of his "Superior" status as a professor), isn't going to play well with the non--black Mass. voters, who may very well vote for Scott Brown because of it.
While Obama's Mass. racist black tribal members will vote as their tribal chief Obama tells them to vote for--Coakley--they would have voted for her anyway, so there'll be no actual gain for the Democrap Socialists.
Also in the mix is the fact that Mass. voters voted against Obama, and for Hillary in the primaries by big numbers. Obama going there with this baggage, and his now year-long quest to turn our government into another Socialist Communist Workers Paradise, just may do more harm than good for the chances of Coakley.
Go Scott Brown, kick her fat butt!

Posted by: armpeg | January 15, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I think we finally have a situation that can properly be called a man-caused disaster. for dems at least.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Scott Brown is the shot heard around the world. I pray this kills the health care bill. Congress needs to fix the problems with health care not destroy it.

Posted by: smithcalvin1 | January 15, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I heard Obama will hold two rallies for Coakley. The first one will be for light skin Negros only. The second one will be for dark skin Negros and Obama gets to show show off his Negro accent .

Perfect!!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 15, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

37th,

What is Obama gonna say?

He's gonna preach to the choir. In a state like Mass, that really should be all he has to do. He won't be there to persuade anybody that liberal ways are better. He'll be there to persuade the Mass masses who already believe this to go vote. That'll be his stump speech, though Obama will use a few thousand words to say it, all to thunderous applause.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | January 15, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I think Coakley wins by a ACORN.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Reporters are not allowed too close to Coakley. they get pushed down if they dare ask questions. sounds like Obama.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

What is Obama going to say ???


Is Obama going to repeat his same list of broken campaign promises ???


Transparency ????

How about Bipartisanship - he can promise that he will work with the Republicans in Washington.

UUMMMMM

What is he going to say ????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I bet Obama brings all the lobbyists from D.C. with him. This will save time - Coakley doesn't have to fly to D.C. to have "wine and snacks" with them as she did last week. How odd the Washington Post couldn't send a reporter to the Martha Coakley/Lobbyist meeting in .... Washington!

I think the Washington Post still has all its political reporters in Wasilla.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 15, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

"it could well further inflame an already hyper-energized Republican base"

In medicine we live in fear of pus under pressure. If Obama shows up, you Bay Staters better look out, 'cuz she just might BLOW!
Republican purulence can make a mess.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO SAY ????
Posted by: 37thand0street
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He is going to say that this election is the greatest crisis since the last crisis (which was usually a man-made crisis)

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

The situation in Massachusetts signals that Obama has failed - whether Coakley wins or not.


This is Massachusetts we are talking about.


However - what does this say about Obama's health care agenda ??? It says forget about it.

The question is: Is Obama smart enough to listen???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

SEIU, Big Pharma and insurance lobbyists pouring mega bucks into Coakley's campaign speaks volumes on Obamacare. As does Brown being able to collect over 1M, in one day alone, from ordinary working citizens.

When promoting (forcing) an agenda in the vain attempt to create a legacy becomes more important than the good of the people, a leader has failed.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street:

Maybe he will use voodoo magic from his pact with the Devil?

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

WHAT IS OBAMA GOING TO SAY ????

Is he going to promise TRANSPARENCY ???

Is he going to promise that he will be post-racial ??? Harry Reid gets a pass?

Is he going to promise that he will be bipartisan ????

Is going to promise that he will not release terrorists to Yemen ??


Obama has been PROVEN TO BE A FRAUD - how does he expect to motivate anyone at this point?????

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Right. Not the best choice, the only choice.

Posted by: DeliveredReilly | January 15, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, there are risks all the way around for Dems by having Obama come. But risks don't mean very much when you don't have a choice, and the Dems didn't have a choice here. From their perspective, they simply can't hold back at this point. Coakley's clearly in trouble, the Dems clearly need to hold the seat, and Obama is still clearly the best asset they have. No brainer.

I would hazard a guess that unless Obama has a 'Massachusettes' moment, his presence will do just enough to get Coakley over the top. But the WH and Dems in Congress may still wanna have some cardiac specialists on standby alert come Tuesday night. Wouldn't be surprised if a provision like this ends up in the final healthcare bill after all the arrythmias the Dems have been suffering through for the last couple days.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | January 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

The Tuesday weather forecast for Boston and Cambridge is mostly cloudy, high of 35. A quick check of locations north, south, and west of the city reveals similar weather. No snow.

Mark, I live in an inner suburb of Boston. In my town, I'd guess that 90% of people live within a mile of their polling place. We don't have sprawl up here; every few miles there's another town with its own polling places. And New Englanders are used to bad weather. I doubt that snow would have as much of an effect on turnout.

Posted by: Blarg | January 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

It is a good idea to get Obama up there - it insures an low-turn out election

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Worse if she loses and Pres. Obama didn't go up?...probably not.

Posted by: DeliveredReilly | January 15, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Jake, up there does that suppress all votes equally, or does it work against suburban and rural votes in favor of the inner city voters?

Leapin is amusing today. Snarky, but amusing.

Bye now.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 15, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Worse if she loses and Pres. Obama didn't go up?...probably not.

Posted by: DeliveredReilly | January 15, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

This is good news - for Brown. The last time Obama campaigned, a new Republican governor was elected in New Jersey. We can start to celebrate the beginning of the end of the age of Obama.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 15, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama have a position on Catholics working in emergency rooms????


I am not sure.


It just seems that as soon as Coakley made clear that she thought Catholics should not work in emergency rooms, Obama decided to go up to her aid.


Coincidence?


With so much health care on Obama's agenda, I think not.........

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

mark_in_austin:

Weather forecast for Tuesday is SNOW!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Headquarters...we possibly have a neocom statist down..repeat..neocom statist down...do you read me...need additional ACORN reinforcements..backup unit of panthers...please advise frequency of patch to Sheriff Joe...please advise availability of the one.

Posted by: leapin | January 15, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree with JakeD in principle here - but I would have called it 3rd and long. The 4th down play is for base turnout on election day, pure and simple. In my imagination there is a D "machine" in MA with drivers and cars and buses to get identified voters to the polls. There is walking around money for precinct leaders. There are labor unions that pound their members to vote and provide assistance to get family members comfortably to the voting booths.

But I have never poll watched in MA and do not really know this to be true.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | January 15, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I meant "exactly" that putting all your money into powerball tickets might be a safer bet, not that the GOP/TEA base will spontaneously combust : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

"Obama's presence in the state could reinforce the idea -- particularly in the minds of independents -- that Coakley is representative of the status quo that they are unhappy and, in some cases, downright angry about."


Obama's been in office for under a year and now represents the status quo about which independent voters are unhappy? Is this based on any research, or did it get pulled out of someone's nether regions whilst addressing a pesky itch?

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 15, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The Fix writes
"First, it could well further inflame an already hyper-energized Republican base -- propelling them to vote in big numbers in an election where a low turnout has long been expected."


The likely strategy is that if the GOP/TEA base gets any more inflamed they will spontaneously combust, delivering a Coakley landslide.

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Posted by: bsimon1 | January 15, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

a new polls shows coakley with an 8 pt lead:

http://www.bluemassgroup.com/diary/18361/exclusive-bmgresearch-2000-poll-coakley-leads-4941

who's got the right voter model for turnout? putting all your money into powerball tickets might be a safer bet than picking the outcome of Coakley-Brown.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

DO OR DIE, 4th and LONG!!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 15, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

WHAT'S BEHIND FRESH OUTBREAK OF MOLES ON POTUS' CHEEKS?

RE: President Obama live TV address (Fri. 1.15.10, 1:12 p.m. )

I am genuinely distressed at the outbreak of new moles on POTUS' cheeks -- not just on the left side, which has exhibited many new moles since the 2008 campaign, but now on the right side of his face.

The number of new moles on his face is truly shocking. Now, I know he was in Hawaii, and it would be easy to write off the onset of these moles as the result of sun exposure. I don't think so. Sunlight is much more diffuse.

White House staff/aides: Please alert POTUS, VPOTUS, John Brennan and Dennis Blair and Jim Jones. Please ask them to consult with the White House physician about the possibility that these moles have resulted from external, silent, invisible microwave assault.

From "comments" section, http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves OR http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Well, since Brown is apparently dominating in the polls or whatever, it means that if Coakley wins, it will be because of Obama and a vindication of his policies in Massachusetts, and by extension, the entire country.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Does Obama have a position on Catholics working in emergency rooms????


I am not sure.

It just seems that as soon as Coakley made clear that she thought Catholics should not work in emergency rooms, Obama decided to go up to her aid.

Coincidence?


With so much health care on Obama's agenda, I think not.........

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 15, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

This is going to destroy the ability to blame the entire fiasco on someone else for barry. Unlike Deads, they will not be able to claim that she simply ran a poor campaign and the repub was disguised as a moderate. I suspect we will hear that anyway. It is now offically a referendum on barry and all his baggage.

no wonder the Libs are losing.

Posted by: drivl | January 15, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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