President Obama to visit “Massachusettes” Sunday

Posted by: ST on January 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

The NYT Caucus blog reports that the WH has changed its tune on visiting “Massachusettes” to campaign for Martha Coakley, and that The One will be there to speak on her behalf on Sunday:

President Obama will travel to Massachusetts on Sunday to campaign for the Democratic Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, the White House said, a sudden decision in response to growing concern that the party could lose its 60-vote majority in the Senate and a seat that for decades belonged to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

Mr. Obama’s decision to fully inject himself into the campaign and appear alongside Ms. Coakley is fraught with political peril – particularly if she loses the seat – but his advisers concluded that Mr. Obama’s fortunes were already tied to the outcome of the race, so there was no reason to keep him away from Massachusetts.

The president had already expressed the urgency for Democrats in a video message sent to his supporters and through recorded telephone messages for voters. But a personal appearance elevates the stakes of his involvement, which his advisers determined was worth it if he could persuade lethargic Democrats to go vote on Tuesday.

Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary, sought to play down the suggestion that the Senate race had turned into a referendum on Mr. Obama’s agenda.

“We’re not on the ballot,” Mr. Gibbs said. “There’s a campaign that’s going on in Massachusetts. We’re happy to lend our support.”

Yet the president’s initiatives are, essentially, on the ballot and the prospect of Democrats losing a seat that has been held by a Kennedy for about a half-century has rattled the party. Not merely for symbolism, but also for the practical effect of losing a critical 60th vote for the health insurance legislation at the heart of the Obama agenda.

Of course, none of this matters if Brown wins and the Democrats go through with their implied threats about not officially declaring him the winner until after the official healthcare “reform” vote has been taken.

The Bubbinksi was in MA today to stump for Coakley inside a warm ballroom in Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (and not in the cold outside Fenway Park …), which is kind of interesting, if you think about it. Not only did Hillary Clinton handily win the primary in MA over BarryO, but the second black president has sent the first one – who he accused of racism on the campaign trail last year – on an important mission to preserve his Senate majority so he can get his healthcare “reform” bill passed, something the first black president and his wife failed at doing when he was President and she was co-President.

Strange times we live in ;)

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  1. Great White Rat says:

    It’s clear why he’s going to campaign in MA this weekend.

    If Coakley wins, then Obama will take all the credit. The spin will be that she was in trouble until the Lightworker appeared and personally blessed her.

    If she loses, it will be because she ran an awful campaign, and even he couldn’t salvage it, and after all, it’s all George Bush’s fault because of the economy and blah, blah…

    And regardless, no one will be able to criticize him for not trying to help the loyal Democrats.

    He has nothing to lose, especially since if Brown wins the Dems will stall the certification long enough for health care nationalization to pass. By all logic, this race shouldn’t even be close, but this way Obama can stroke his oversized ego if Coakley wins. Remember, in his mind, it’s all about HIM.

  2. Carlos says:

    “We’re not on the ballot,” Mr. Gibbs said.

    Oh, really? Neither was GW Bush, in 2008, but you sure ’nuff ran against him, and all your campaign speechifying since Duh-1’s coronation sure makes us think you’ll still be running against him then, too.

    This IS a referendum on Obama and his policies, no matter what Dumbo and his class of clowns wants the world to believe, and if the race is anywhere close in a state that’s as blue as they come, the circus is in real trouble in November.

  3. Xrlq says:

    Not only did Hillary Clinton handily win the primary in MA over BarryO, but the second black president has sent the first one – who he accused of racism on the campaign trail last year – on an important mission to preserve his Senate majority so he can get his healthcare “reform” bill passed, something the first black president and his wife failed at doing when he was President and she was co-President.

    Correction: Bill Clinton isn’t the first black President anymore. He was termed out as President in 2000 and therefore, as first black President once the next first black President took his place. The current first black President will eventually lose that distinction, as well, presumably when the first black guy wins who has to go at least 3 generations back to find the next typical white person in his family tree.

  4. Great White Rat says:

    Some wonderful karma is in play here. The executive board of the Cambridge Police Patrol Officers Association – you know, those cops who “acted stupidly” – voted overwhelmingly to endorse Scott Brown.

    And they did it despite the fact that Coakley’s husband is a retired Cambridge police officer. Coakley had used that fact to imply that the police therefore supported her.

    Duh-1 may soon find out that payback is a b***h… :d

  5. Dave B says:

    I have a message for BHO, the President of the United States of America: You’re President of ALL the people, not just some of them so I would appreciate it if you would stop calling us American citizens that happen to disagree with some of your policies or Democrat politicians as “the opposition.” That’s what dictators do, not U.S. Presidents.

  6. LC Gregory says:

    Well, Coakley’s gone and done it again. Not content with trashing Fenway Park and nuns in the ER, she has now…

    CALLED RED SOX LEGEND CURT SCHILLING A YANKEES FAN. I kid you not.

    Next up, she’ll be going to next year’s Army-Navy game and calling Douglas MacArthur a Navy fan. Or to Notre Dame to tell the faithful (plenty of whom are in Massachusetts) that Joe Montana was, in his heart of hearts, a Southern Cal fan.

    As they said at NRO, “A Coakley spokesman said the candidacy comment was a ‘very, very deadpan’ joke.”

    Here’s Politico on it:

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Coakley_and_Schilling.html?showall

    Next up, Chowdah-bashing. =))

  7. your mama says:

    I hope if obama goes to Massachuttes,it goes over as well as it did in VA and NJ.

  8. Carlos says:

    Not to get off track and back to the headline or anything, but I wonder if Coakley knows how to spell “potatoes”?

    From the unintelligent, racist, unethical and socially stupid gaffes of major jackasses in just the past year, I’d be inclined to believe those whose primary mission in life is to be elitist have quite a ways to go before they catch up to the VP they once denigrated for ignorance.

  9. Jo says:

    I will say things MUST be bad out there if MA goes Republican but I’m praying fervently for that to happen. Obie can go wherever he wants, the clueless jackass. I don’t care where he goes as long as it’s out of the White House in four three more years or less.

  10. Barbara Worthley says:

    I’m beginning not to recognize my country. The corruption in Washington makes me sick and this deal with Obama’s union friends is one of those backroom deals. Scot Brown has a chance to make be believe there is hope. I was in high school when JFK was running and I thought then that he would be the one for our country..now it is Scott Brown’s turn to start the change…the real change.

  11. Marcel Gregoire says:

    Coakley will run away with the election because the voters will do this one “for the gipper”: Ted Kennedy. If she loses, and the voters in MA start to feel the ground moving, that’ll be Ted turning over in his grave!

    MH Gregoire
    [MA resident]