CNN: White House predicts Coakley loss in MA

posted at 7:00 pm on January 17, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This puts a new spin on Barack Obama’s appearance for Martha Coakley today. 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. If this is true, one has to wonder why Obama bothered to show up at all today. Could it have been a decision that a failure to do anything would have been seen as an admission of weakness — and an attempt to avoid the perception that Obama won’t help protect Congressional Democrats in trouble down the road? It’s hard to believe that Obama was champing at the bit to tie himself to yet another failed Democratic candidate:

Regardless of the motivation, the result speaks for itself. 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.

Update: The Boston Globe puts Obama’s rally at 1500 and Brown’s at 2200 (in the main room), but makes the point that the President got overshadowed by the state Senator:

President Barack Obama urged Massachusetts voters at a Boston rally today to cast their ballots for Democrat Martha Coakley, saying she would fight for working people while her opponent, Scott Brown, is marching in “lockstep” with Washington Republicans who want to return to the failed policies of the Bush-Cheney administration.

“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.” …

Brown held a competing rally at about the same time at Mechanics Hall in Worcester that was attended by 2,200 people, with other people spilling over into two additional rooms.

The rally’s speakers included a number of Massachusetts sports and entertainment celebrities, including former Red Sox ace Curt Schilling; Doug Flutie, the former Boston College and NFL quarterback; John Ratzenberger, the actor who portrayed “Cliff” on the TV show “Cheers,” and Brown’s daughter, Ayla, a BC basketball player and former American Idol contestant.

One sign said, “The president may be in Boston, but the real people of Mass. are here with Scott Brown in Worcester.”


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Whats she getting ready for ?
AAAhhhhh
this

I will sleep with Helen if Scott wins. May even French Kiss the old hagula.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM
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macncheez on January 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM

macncheez: Sacrifices,will have to be made!!ahem,hehe:)

canopfor on January 17, 2010 at 9:20 PM

PLEASE SEND MORE $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ TO SCOTT BROWN.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM

macncheez on January 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM

… and she is doing it with a rusty blade.

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Sen Judas Nelson‘s humble pie.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 9:25 PM

macncheez on January 17, 2010 at 9:16 PM
… and she is doing it with a rusty blade.

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Seven Percent Solution: Good gawd,trembling hands and a str
aight razor,it ain’t gonna be pretty
in more ways than one,ahem,haha!:)

canopfor on January 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

Remember that the ‘Cadillac Tax’ hits Union health plans in a very bad way. The Unions started to bail in MA…

And I can guess their reaction to even the hint that Democrats have decided to stick them with a huge tax. No matter how fast the Democrats try to get a change bill through, the idea that they would sacrifice Union support to get healthcare would be a killer. No matter how much they cried ‘we didn’t mean it’, passing the bill means that yes, yes you did mean it. Its been interesting seeing SEIU members carrying Ron Brown signs. Wouldn’t that be fun? SEIU vs ACORN?

Mmmmmm…mmmm….mmmmmmmmmm

ajacksonian on January 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Drink.

Holger on January 17, 2010 at 9:29 PM

canopfor on January 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

You, sir, have the perfect image in your twisted mind…

:O)

Seven Percent Solution on January 17, 2010 at 9:31 PM

I will sleep with Helen if Scott wins. May even French Kiss the old hagula.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM

It has come to this? Just two days ago, you were going to run naked around Ben Nelson’s district office, with a red boa around your neck, if Brown wins.

Now, Helen Thomas in your bed?

Good Lord, man, take hold of yourself.

If Brown wins, my deal was to let Angelina Jolie parade around with a red boa around her neck and sleep with me.

You need counseling. -_*

TXUS on January 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM

A pic from inside the rally…

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 9:34 PM

Sorry, here’s the pic…

Real People

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Great pic emz!

bernzright777 on January 17, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Won’t this prediction suppress D turnout?

Spirit of 1776 on January 17, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Remember that the ‘Cadillac Tax’ hits Union health plans in a very bad way. The Unions started to bail in MA…

ajacksonian on January 17, 2010 at 9:27 PM

I’m pretty sure we just saw news that indicates the unions have gotten an exemption on this.

Midas on January 17, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Obama’s going to need a lotta shaved ice!

profitsbeard on January 17, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Sorry, here’s the pic…

Real People

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Thanks, great photo! Real Patriots, taking back America!

PatMac on January 17, 2010 at 9:48 PM

Real People

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 9:35 PM

Oh my. Thank you. Beautiful, just beautiful.

29Victor on January 17, 2010 at 9:54 PM

If the House approves without changes the Senate bill, it’s done. It doesn’t have to go back to the Senate.

But the problem is the House does not have the votes for the Senate bill. And if they think they’re going to force troubled Democrats into voting for it after they just witnessed the Brownalanche of Massachusetts, I have a bridge for sale.

Enoxo on January 17, 2010 at 7:59 PM

There are other ramifications if the Dems were to pass this in such an obvious disregard of the will of the people.

In the Senate it takes Unanimous Consent to advance discussion on a bill and only one Senator to block it. The Repubs in an act of defiance and retaliation would be justified in using unanimous consent to block every bill coming before the body, or threating to do so.

Do not be distracted by the dems grasping at straws they are desperate.
Brown is a win for the American People and will send shock waves throughout the country such that the whole picture will change and Dems wishing not to become persona non gratta in their own homes, Like Ben Nelson, Traitor, D. NE will have to change their outlook and quit being railroaded by the Obama Fascist machine.

dhunter on January 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Republicans in Massachusetts better be prepared for the inevitable Democrat attempt to steal the election. Use your cell phones and Internet to call out crowds of observers when there is foul play in the polling places. Keep your video cameras warmed up. They’re desperate and they think their rule is the natural order of things, so they won’t just shrug their shoulders and quit if the vote doesn’t go their way.

This is going to get nasty.

Socratease on January 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

I’m glad you guys like the pic – I’m not exactly what I’d call a photographer. And my camera isn’t that great. But nonetheless, it does shoot (poor) video and I’m uploading to you tube right now. Stand by…

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:04 PM

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:04 PM

I like the pic–I especially enjoy the signs that say People’s Seat.

Some Dems are gnashing their teeth over that phrase.

INC on January 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM

It’s a bad time to be seen deserting your party members as they fall.

tarpon on January 17, 2010 at 10:12 PM

A few videos to start (more coming, sorry for the quality)…

Outsideside The Peoples Rally (Early)

On the Way Into the People’s Rally

The quality degrades even more here in the interest of memory space (sorry again – wish they were better)

Doug Flutie and the “Yankees Fan”

I have 3 parts that make up almost all of Scott’s speech uploading and processing right now. Again, the picture isn’t great and you can’t see him well, but at least you can hear him. I’ll let you HA’s know when they’re ready.

And just a personal note or two on this event. It was surreal for me. Being a life long (well, mostly) MA resident, this whole campaign just blows me away. Imagine going to the polls for years knowing your vote doesn’t really mean squat and finally having it mean a LOT when it counts most. Even better, after the rally, I spoke with Scott Brown, Curt Schilling and Lenny Clarke (all separately). I told Schill I expected him to take the other seat, to which he replied, “three years”.

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Hell, nothing changes with her there, he’s still got the same 60 bobble heads, rubber stamps votes he had on Friday, Wednesday morning.

bflat879 on January 17,

FIFY

Hey new slogan for Coakley!

Coakley for Bobble Head!

DSchoen on January 17, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Imagine going to the polls for years knowing your vote doesn’t really mean squat and finally having it mean a LOT when it counts most.
EMZ35

I know it only too well. Come snow, or sleet, or a knee-capping by Coakley supporters, I’m pulling that lever Tuesday morning… Okay, it’s not an actual lever, more of a fill-in-the-circle-with-a-felt-tip-marker, but where’s the gravitas in that?

CaptFlood on January 17, 2010 at 10:34 PM

House and Senate Democrats Set to Pass Worst Legislation In 200 Years—Tell 2/3’s of Americans to Suck Eggs

Billion in payoffs to insurance companies and pharmas certain to supply Democrats with plenty of cash for next years election cycle. Moderate Democrats admit the bill is seriously flawed. Independent polls say Democrats could lose both House and Senate next November with passage.

That is all………

Rovin on January 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM

SEIU will need to charter more buses to bring in out of state voters.

seven on January 17, 2010 at 10:54 PM

Before Scott’s speech…

“The Coakleys”

There’s a few gaps because I can only record 10 minutes at a time, but (most) of the speech…

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Intrade at 9:15 pm AZ time:

■ Brown 69 +16.5
■ Coakley 35 -12.5

The free market speaks!

Dale on January 17, 2010 at 11:18 PM

I will sleep with Helen if Scott wins. May even French Kiss the old hagula.
OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM

You need counseling. You really need help.

BTW… How did you get there?

antisocial on January 17, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I predict Coakley will get 100% of the dead vote

tommer74 on January 17, 2010 at 11:29 PM

And one last one for tonight. Information about TheVoterBomb.Com and a few words from Lenny Clarke.

The Voter Bomb site is a site where you pledge to get someone or preferably a bunch of people out to the polls with you.

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 11:41 PM

The President of the United States couldn’t draw the same crowd as a Republican STATE Senator from MA.

Looks like the ‘permanent campaign’ mode for Obama may be taking it’s toll? Perhaps people seeing him everyday (a bit of an exaggeration, but still) on TV don’t get the same ‘thrill’ from him in person?

Heh…

catmman on January 17, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Interesting that the crowd at Nor’easter U were mostly students from out of state and who also indicated that they wouldn’t be voting in the election due to residency issues.

Obama addressed a large but mostly non-voting crowd. Looks like a waste of his time. One wonders how big the crowd of voters would have been had H chosen a different venue.

unclesmrgol on January 17, 2010 at 11:54 PM

These private predictions from the White House had not been that private, had they?
Watch out, Marcia, there is a bus over you.

bayview on January 17, 2010 at 11:59 PM

One wonders how big the crowd of voters would have been had H chosen a different venue.

unclesmrgol on January 17, 2010 at 11:54 PM

I think he learned his lesson after his Deval patrick fundraiser. Pretty bad when Mass. is not a safehouse for him!

bluemarlin on January 18, 2010 at 12:12 AM

Republicans in Massachusetts better be prepared for the inevitable Democrat attempt to steal the election. Use your cell phones and Internet to call out crowds of observers when there is foul play in the polling places. Keep your video cameras warmed up. They’re desperate and they think their rule is the natural order of things, so they won’t just shrug their shoulders and quit if the vote doesn’t go their way.

This is going to get nasty.

Socratease on January 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Good advice worth repeating. Stay strong Massachusetts – for WE THE PEOPLE!

redwhiteblue on January 18, 2010 at 12:35 AM

And just a personal note or two on this event. It was surreal for me. Being a life long (well, mostly) MA resident, this whole campaign just blows me away. Imagine going to the polls for years knowing your vote doesn’t really mean squat and finally having it mean a LOT when it counts most.

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

How cool. I hope I have your permission to share this with my high school students here in Texas. This is meaningful and a great reminder of the power and responsibility of WE THE PEOPLE. Thanks!

redwhiteblue on January 18, 2010 at 12:44 AM

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Thanx for taking us to People’s rally for Scott Brown.
The enthusiasm and optimism is remarkable

macncheez on January 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

If this is true, one has to wonder why Obama bothered to show up at all today.

No, not really. He had to, really – as a “face-saving” exercise, if nothing more. To avoid the whole thing would have been perceived as avoidance out of fear of embarrassment. How would it appear if the President – who is, really, the leader of his party – shied away from campaigning for other Democrat candidates because they “might lose”? His people aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer, but they’re pretty shrewd. After all, The Won has to run for re-election in a few years.
However, his lackluster performance might point up the possibility that he was simply going through the motions. He has no choice but to back a “loser”; even if she wins, the effort involved has been, well, unprecedented. He does not have to back the above mentioned loser enthusiastically. Not that I’ve ever noticed a bit of passion or energy in his voice since he was elected. He’s not even a very convincing reader anymore.

uncivilized on January 18, 2010 at 12:54 AM

I will sleep with Helen if Scott wins. May even French Kiss the old hagula.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Beware of what you’re wishing for.

Helen may seriously take you up with your offer. She’s a maneater, you know?

TheAlamos on January 18, 2010 at 1:44 AM

Assuming Scott Brown wins, what’s the game plan then?

1) Continue to advance conservative Reps in primaries. A long slow journey but the most necessary. RNC, etc. can only help after primary.

2) Continue to publicize on web the D’rat corruption and agenda. There will be more. It’s who they are. Get state investigation is possible.

3) SEIU, ACORN and public employee unions are one of the fifth columns. Keep talking about them and their pensions.

4) The eleventh commandment: we can fight after the socialists are (temporarily) defeated. But guard your flanks.

5) The best candidates are the ones D’rats fear the most. D’rats cannot stay quiet because they are the MSM. Even D’rats have limited resources so can attack only the most dangerous to them. Nov. ’10 is still a ways away. Keep D’rats noisy.

’12 is even further away. Now is way too early for conservative Reps to worry about it. The best foundation makes the strongest building. Stick to basics and KISS.

Caststeel on January 18, 2010 at 1:58 AM

I will sleep with Helen if Scott wins. May even French Kiss the old hagula.

OmahaConservative on January 17, 2010 at 12:16 AM

Best let sleeping dogs lie. Heh

You guys are slipping to let ol’ slowcoach beat you to that one.

Caststeel on January 18, 2010 at 2:02 AM

In all seriousness, Ratzenberger is an awesomely awesome person. He’s created a foundation through which he’s trying to promote working in the skilled trades. I don’t have a mechanically inclined bone in my body, but I admire the hell out of those who can perform these important tasks well. And Ratzenberger is trying to promote them.Brown should benefit from Ratzenberger’s appeal.Tonight is a great night to be a Hot Air commenter.BuckeyeSam on January 17, 2010 at 7:24 PM

+ eleventy-billion.Also, he does about 80 percent of all of Disney\’s Pixar voices!

gary4205 on January 18, 2010 at 2:51 AM

Only in America could a man whose pubic hair I’ve seen could become a US Senator. lol

fastestslug on January 18, 2010 at 3:20 AM

Only in America could a man whose pubic hair I’ve seen could become a US Senator. lol

fastestslug on January 18, 2010 at 3:20 AM

And if Paula( Jones) sees them, a man can become the President !

macncheez on January 18, 2010 at 4:22 AM

And just a personal note or two on this event. It was surreal for me. Being a life long (well, mostly) MA resident, this whole campaign just blows me away. Imagine going to the polls for years knowing your vote doesn’t really mean squat and finally having it mean a LOT when it counts most.

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

If this election goes the way PPP is predicting, you deserve every moment of enjoyment and satisfaction you get out of this. From one patriot to another, God bless you, God bless MA, and God bless America! :)

Grace_is_sufficient on January 18, 2010 at 5:46 AM

“All I hear all day is how great Marcia did this or how wonderful Marcia did that. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!“–Martha Coakley

maverick muse on January 18, 2010 at 6:32 AM

the actor who portrayed “Cliff” on the TV show “Cheers,”

Cliffie in 2017: Eh ya know Norm, Senator Browm won a decisive 2010 special election by 7% point over one Martha Coakely.

angryed on January 18, 2010 at 7:05 AM

think he is the first president in history to become a lame duck in his first year! LMAO!!!!

xler8bmw on January 18, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Wow, the real telling story is in the rally turnout.

AnninCA on January 18, 2010 at 8:12 AM

Fox 25 last night reported 3500 at the Brown rally and about 1000 at the Coakley rally.

The Globe is the leftmost piece of trash. For example last week they reported “Reporter Stumbles”
for the incident where Coakleys campaign aide knocked the weekly standard reporter to the ground.

dogsoldier on January 18, 2010 at 8:35 AM

Hmmmmmm The CSMonitor reports 1500 showed for Obama and 2500 for Brown.

http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2010/0117/Obama-in-Boston-Was-it-enough-to-turn-Senate-race-for-Coakley

Clearly there were a thousand or more people out for Brown than Coakley. And 500 of the folks at Brown’s rally were not SEIU members or Acorn folks.

dogsoldier on January 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM

bottom line, Obama could not be convinced that HE would not make a difference

malignant narcissist cannot accept it is HE that is dragging down the Dems nationwide

ginaswo on January 18, 2010 at 9:22 AM

emz35 on January 17, 2010 at 10:14 PM

that is AWESOME! we are so happy for you@@@!!!

and just think soon very American voting for the people in a state of blue outside interests and bused in ‘supporters’ of the status quo (ie Dem Corporatists)will have that feeling!

ginaswo on January 18, 2010 at 9:24 AM

PS Big Dawg filled HIS room., heh.
good vibes for my HRC in 16

ginaswo on January 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

How cool. I hope I have your permission to share this with my high school students here in Texas.

redwhiteblue on January 18, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Of course. That’s awesome.

Thanx for taking us to People’s rally for Scott Brown.
The enthusiasm and optimism is remarkable

macncheez on January 18, 2010 at 12:47 AM

My pleasure.

emz35 on January 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Is this really the best way to honor Teddy Kennedy’s memory?

I’m sure he could never have envisioned a situation like this erupting after his untimely death.

The gloating and cruel jokes here really are beyond the pale.

Even a drunken murderer deserves better treatment.

Dorvillian on January 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Teddy Kennedy was an idiot. I listened to him talk economics. The man could not have passed ECON 101. If his name had not been Kennedy he would have been waiting tables with apologies to all waiters. In my opinion, he was a truly despicable human being.

Dale on January 18, 2010 at 10:27 AM

I can’t wait to see what the Unions (Especially the Purple SEIU), ACORN, the Black Panthers and others do at the polling places tomorrow.

I can only hope that no conservative acts like the Philly Black Panthers. But I hope that good LEO’s like Sgt. James Crowley will ENFORCE the law and remove ANYONE intimidating voters in MA.

I also hope that it is all caught on video and that Breitbart gets his hands on it.

But then, I might as well ask for a pony too.

barnone on January 18, 2010 at 10:37 AM

If Brown wins, my deal was to let Angelina Jolie parade around with a red boa around her neck and sleep with me.
You need counseling. -_*

TXUS on January 17, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Your willingness to sacrifice is underwhelming…but your fantasy is shared by many of us.

SKYFOX on January 18, 2010 at 10:37 AM

PS Big Dawg filled HIS room, heh.
good vibes for my HRC in 16

ginaswo on January 18, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Big Dawg should have been in Haiti, and HRC used stimulus funds to pay off her campaign debt to Mark Penn. Democrats are going to spend some more time in the political wilderness now that they have lost the economy as an issue. They are tax and spend liberals who are weak on national security.

chunderroad on January 18, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Even a drunken murderer deserves better treatment.

Dorvillian on January 18, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Calling this Mary Jo’s Revenge is in poor taste, you’re saying. *yawn*

chunderroad on January 18, 2010 at 10:40 AM

+ eleventy-billion.Also, he does about 80 percent of all of Disney\’s Pixar voices!

gary4205 on January 18, 2010 at 2:51 AM

He’s not to bad a dancer either.

MarkTheGreat on January 18, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Clearly there were a thousand or more people out for Brown than Coakley. And 500 of the folks at Brown’s rally were not SEIU members or Acorn folks.

dogsoldier on January 18, 2010 at 8:55 AM

Apparently a lot of the people at the Obama/Coakley rally, weren’t even eligible to vote in MA.

MarkTheGreat on January 18, 2010 at 12:19 PM