Most polls still show Democrat Martha Coakley ahead of Republican Scott
Brown in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Massachusetts
Senate seat, but the race is surprisingly tight. With only a week to go
(the final debate was last night), it appears unlikely but very much possible that Brown could close the gap. Massachusetts, as we've learned, may not be Republican-proof, and the Mass locals are all up in arms about the choices. This, after all, is no idle race -- the outcome could have major consequences
for health care reform. But, in a time of deepening partisan divides
and a beleaguered Republican party, the question looms: why is the race
in deep-blue MA so close?
Coakley's 'Sense of Entitlement' Conservative blogger Dan Riehl scoffs,
"Coakley approached the race with a mindset of entitlement. And a sense
of entitlement is the last thing Massachusetts voters, or any one of us
should want to see more of in the US Senate right now." He describes
Coakley as "apparently believing the seat would be awarded her based
upon the capital D for Democrat after her name."
Brown An Incredible Fund-Raiser National Review's Robert Costa cheers on
Brown's campaign, which raised over $1 million in a massive drive on
Monday. "Many Republicans have pitched in: To help Brown out, Mitt
Romney and Tim Pawlenty both sent out fundraising appeals on his
behalf," he writes. "The new money gives Brown the cash he needs to
take to the airwaves,
especially since Coakley already has a strong war chest after raising
$5.2 million in 2009."
Massachusetts Not So Blue After All? So argues the state's former Republican Governor Mitt Romney. "Massachusetts
is not as
monolithic a liberal state as people think. Massachusetts voted for
Ronald Reagan twice, elected the Republican governor 16 straight years.
And right now, there's a lot of anger in Massachusetts, among
independents in particular, about the Obama health care plan," he said
on Fox News. Romney also suggested that MA voters are more skeptical of
health care reform, having had mixed experience with Romney's
Obama Not Campaigning for Coakley President Obama has made clear he's rooting for Coakley, but has yet to campaign on her behalf. Conservative blogger Allahpundit wonders why. "[A]n aide from the DNC is headed to Massachusetts to lend Coakley a hand, but The One himself has decided to take a pass this time. Is that because they know victory’s in hand and don’t need him on the trail, or is it because they think victory’s not
in hand and the White House doesn’t want to repeat the humiliation of
Obama stumping for losers like Corzine and Deeds on their way to defeat?"
Democrats In Trouble? Time's Jay Newton-Small thinks
Democrats should be worried about 2010. Regardless of the result, "The
bigger scare is how hard fought the contest became. Even if Coakley
wins comfortably now, this past week was a major warning shot for
vulnerable members who will surely have taken note at the amount of
investment and energy it took to retain the seat," he writes. "In other
words, whatever happens, the big takeaway from the race will be: if
Teddy's seat isn't safe, no one's is."
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