As Ed Morrissey asks today at Hot Air: Did Democrats outsmart themselves in Massachusetts?
This all seemed to go by plan for the Democrats. They had ensured ideological continuity of the seat, and more importantly gave Harry Reid back his 60th vote for cloture, which allowed Reid and Obama to press forward with their plans to overhaul the American health-care system. All they would need is to keep Kirk in place until Massachusetts sent another Kennedy protege to the Senate.
Enter the Coakley-Brown race where a Suffolk University Poll has Scott Brown leading Martha Coakley 50-46 (CBS News) and the Daily Caller says that Republican Scott Brown has raised at least one million dollars every day this week.
National attention has turned to Massachusetts where Republican State Senator Scott Brown now has a very realistic chance of taking the seat Ted Kennedy held since he was elected in 1962 to fill the seat for his brother, President John F. Kennedy.
But as Scott Brown reminded Massachusetts in last week’s debate:
“Well, with all due respect it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat.”
Indeed, even more than the famed Wellstone funeral rally that ultimately lead to Norm Coleman’s 2002 victory over Walter Mondale, the Democrats may have again overplayed their hand.
This is Massachusetts. This was supposed to be easy.
But in a time where the country is rallying against Obamacare and the liberal agenda in Washington, anything is possible, even in Massachusetts. And Martha Coakley isn’t helping her own cause. Consider these gaffes.
From the same debate Coakley said:
If the goal was and the vision in Afghanistan was to go in because we believe the Taliban was giving harbor to terrorists, we supported that, I supported that goal. They are gone, they are not there anymore, they are in apparently Yemen and Pakistan.
Doesn’t she read the news? Or maybe it’s those darned Methodists with their suicide bombing tactics again.
Then she takes a swipe at Fenway fans, and snarks at Brown’s handshaking event outside the Winter Classic hockey game.
Coakley bristles at the suggestion that, with so little time left, in an election with such high stakes, she is being too passive.
“As opposed to standing outside Fenway Park? In the cold? Shaking hands?’’ she fires back, in an apparent reference to a Brown online video of him doing just that.
Just yesterday on Ken Pittman’s show, she implied that if you’re pro life, you shouldn’t work in an Emergency Room.
Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that.
Martha Coakley: No we have a seperation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.
Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.
Martha Coakley: (……uh, eh…um..) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.
Finally (or is it?) we learn that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided to “help” Martha Coakley by releasing an ad with an image of Scott Brown and The World Trade Center. Ben Smith, Politico
The ad and the image have been pulled, but thanks to Al Gore’s Intertubz, we have a screen cap.
Senator Brown is correct. It’s not the Kennedy seat. It’s not the Democrat’s seat. It’s not Martha Coakley’s seat.
And the people are about to take it back.