This account of Martha Coakley’s reaction to Scott Brown’s rise in the polls paints Coakley as a mostly clueless politician (emphasis mine):
On a private conference call with DNC chair Tim Kaine and top Dem donors this afternoon, Dem Senate candidate Martha Coakley acknowledged that GOPer Scott Brown’s surge was “frightening,” said top Dem donors had been complacent, and promised a last burst of TV ads to close out the race.
“It’s a little frightening how much traction he’s been able to get so quickly,” Coakley said on the call, which I was able to listen in on this afternoon, adding that he’d successfully used terror and joblessness to stoke voter fears.
Coakley also pleaded with donors to come through with last-minute funding for what she said would be an extremely pricey home-stretch. “It’s astounding how expensive this is,” Coakley said, saying additional TV ads are on the way. “We can’t stress enough how urgent it is. We need $400,000 in additional TV, $325,000 in getting out the vote mailings, and $80,000 in robocalls.”
The Democratic primary may have produced the single worst possible candidate for a hotly contested statewide election in this environment.
Coakley slept through December, has an arrogant attitude of entitlement which must put off voters, is mired in the past with her Bush-Cheney Derangement Syndrome, and doesn’t seem to understand that the voters are pissed off at the political establishment of which she is a part. The optics of Coakley going to D.C. tonight for a lobbyist fundraiser are horrible.
Scott Brown is a great campaigner. Martha Coakley is a horrible campaigner. The stars may be in alignment.
And this observation from Bernie Quigly at The Hill.com in response to an urgent fundraiser from BarackObama.com this morning:
When the race is recalled, it will be recalled for one of those singular moments like the one in the vice presidential debate between Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, when Sen. Bentsen said, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy.” Nor was Uncle Teddy, incidentally.
This race will be recalled for an occurrence in a recent TV debate when moderator David Gergen asked Brown about sitting in “Ted Kennedy’s seat.” “With all due respect,” he said, “ it is not Ted Kennedy’s seat, it is not the Democrats’ seat, it is the people of Massachusetts’ seat.”