January 19, 2010
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Today's big story, of course, is the contentious special election in Massachusetts to fill Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's former seat. It pits Democratic state Attorney General Martha Coakley against Republican state Senator Scott Brown. Weeks ago, Coakley was expected to win this thing in a walk, but recent polls show Brown with a sizable lead.
This race has gotten a ton of press, and The Boston Globe reports Massachusetts voters are turning out in big numbers, and rightfully so. It has huge implications for a few reasons.
First, the "Liberal Lion's" seat going Republican would be an unwelcome harbinger of the November election for Democrats. If the GOP can snag a seat that's been blue for 45 years in one of the most liberal states in the country, where can't they win?
Second, a Brown victory means the Dems lose that all-important, filibuster-proof 60th vote in the Senate. That could spell the end of President Obama's health care legislation. Other polls suggest it's not that popular anyways.
Third, speaking of the president, he flew to Boston this past weekend to campaign for Coakley. A loss would show his lack of political muscle, while a win would prove that his endorsement has some weight.
I went to college in Boston, so I'm familiar with Massachusetts politics. I've followed this race closely. I'm picking Brown in the upset.
Coakley may be trying to paint herself as the "underdog" now, but that's because she hasn't run a very good campaign. Brown, on the other hand, has.
As one of my college buddies put it, "people in Mass. would vote for Clifford the Big Red Dog as long as he had a (D) next to his name." But here, the Democrats will be lucky to hold onto this seat.