The adviser, who cited internal polling numbers to make the case, emails that, “There’s more to the story than that. If Martha is guilty of taking the race for granted, so is the White House, and the DNC.”

The adviser pointed to internal polling to argue that Coakley held a wide — 20 point — lead on December 19, and that the damage she took between that survey and a January 5 Rasmussen poll putting the race at 9 points came from the national scene: The Senate vote on Health Care, with the controversy over Ben Nelson’s deal for Nebraska, and the Christmas Day bombing.