Just wanted to throw out a word or two about the race to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts.
Democrat Martha Coakley should win going away, but the race is within double digits, according to public and private polling; conservative groups are spending a lot of money to attack Coakley on television; and Republican Scott Brown would...well, not be a reliable 60th vote for the final health care bill.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee sent out a fundraising appeal this morning, acknowledging a tightening race...something they wouldn't do unless they believed that Coakley was really in trouble.
You need to know this: Polls are tightening in Massachusetts, and America's future hangs on getting Martha Coakley elected to Ted Kennedy's seat on Jan. 19. Winning this special election means passing health care reform and the rest of President Obama's agenda.
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American Future Fund, the guys who brought you the Swift Boat attacks against decorated war veteran John Kerry, are up with a $400,000 buy, smearing Coakley. She's being outspent, and a new poll shows that the right wing money is doing the trick. Republican Scott Brown is within striking distance.
Keeping this seat blue is critical. Coakley is the 60th vote needed to pass health care and the rest of President Obama's agenda. As Massachusetts' first woman senator, she will help advance Kennedy's legacy - fighting for equal rights, a strong economy, and our families and communities. Without her vote, health care won't happen.
Democrats are just not enthusiastic about politics these days, and it's leading to some panic in Massachusetts. Coakley SHOULD win...she has labor backing and will have more troops on the ground...but she's being outspent by the combination of Brown + the outside conservative money.
There are hints that President Obama or VP Biden might make a last-minute appearance before the 1/19 vote.
If Brown pulls it off, Democrats would delay Brown's swearing in -- if he won -- until after final passage of the health care bill...or try to, anyway...