Monday, January 18, 2010

White House Predicting Coakley Loss, Obama's Tin Ear Speech in Boston

Ed Henry reports for CNN that White House advisers have quietly started to predict a loss for Martha Coakley despite putting on a happy game face for public consumption.

While Scott Brown drew at least 3,000 for his big rally this afternoon, Obama struggled to fill his venue:

But Obama and a parade of Democrats who appeared on stage before a crowd a local fire official put at 1,100 at Northeastern University’s modest gymnasium spent much of their time trying to explain to the audience, and to themselves, how they had lost their grip on the public “anger” – a word that has replaced “hope” as the emotion Democrats seek to channel.

He couldn’t fill a hall for Deval Patrick in October, either. If Coakley was looking for a game-changer, she’s going to be disappointed.

Interesting observation the buzzword has gone from the politics of hope to the politics of anger but Obama's speech here in Boston seems as through the Dems still think the people want him to finish what they've started:

“Where we don’t want to go now is backwards,” Obama told a crowd of 1,500 Coakley supporters at a Northeastern University gymnasium. “We’ve got so much work left to do. … I can’t do it alone. I need leaders like Martha by my side so we can kick it into high gear, so we can finish what we’ve started.” …

Is it possible they're completely oblivious the people vehemently oppose the job killing, country bankrupting, abortion and euthanasia, soft on terrorists agenda Obama's trying to kick into high gear?

From what I've read, the hinging of nationally-controlled healthcare rationing agenda wasn't mentioned, so they certainly know that's a dog.

I thought these these canary in the coalmine observations were astute:

At the rally in Boston for Coakley yesterday, President Obama said a few things worth paying attention to:

1) Feigned Nonchalance:

The president said of Brown: "I don't know him, he may be a perfectly nice guy. I don't know his record, but I don't know whether he's been fighting for you up until now."

But he also revealed some fairly intimate knowledge of Brown and the race: "He voted with the Republicans 96 percent of the time," the president said of Brown's time in the Massachusetts legislature. "Ninety-six percent of the time." He took on one of Brown's best lines during the campaign, when he pushed back on a debate question about sitting in "Teddy Kennedy's seat" and said it's "the people's seat."...

And he went after one of Brown's signature shticks, his old pickup truck, used to convey Everyman appeal. "You've got to look under the hood," President Obama said. "Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck."...

Clearly President Obama -- as he should -- is well aware of Brown's record....

But in Boston -- a fairly hospitable "one end of the country" -- the president did not directly mention the health care reform legislation, opposition to which Brown has made one of the signatures of his campaign. He talked about Coakley being on the side of the people, and Brown on the side of the insurance industry, but there was no direct reference to Brown being the key vote against passage of the health care reform bill...

This was an obvious sign that the White House knows just how unpopular the legislation currently is, regardless of what the president told House Democrats last week....

This is also a fun article.

In a potentially telling moment, Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy -- Ted Kennedy's son -- forgot Coakley's name while speaking to reporters after the Obama rally Sunday. According to an account in The National Journal, he referred to Coakley as "Marcia" every time.

"Pray without ceasing." 1 Thessalonians 5:17

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