Obama Heads to Mass. in Last Ditch Effort to Save Senate Seat
January 15, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The importance of the special senatorial election in Massachusetts to President Obama’s agenda during the next year, can’t be stressed enough. With the Democratic candidate Martha Coakley trailing 4 points behind the tea party Republican Scott Brown, the U.S. Senate faces the very real risk of losing that crucial 60th vote to pass the health care reform bill. Against this grim outlook, President Obama is traveling to the New England state on Sunday, to try and save the seat for his Party.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post’s The Fix reported today that President Obama will campaign for Martha Coakley on Sunday to try and energize the state’s Democratic base, which has not shown much excitement for her campaign. Besides running an horrendous campaign, Coakley has been unable to emotionally connect with voters. She comes off as an unexciting technocrat compared to Brown’s handsome mug and his populist message. But Brown is an extremely conservative Republican supported by the tea party groups. And for the liberal State of Massachusetts to vote him into office to replace the late Ted Kennedy’s seat is shocking.
President Obama will arrive in Massachusetts on Sunday with a 55 percent approval rating by Massachusetts voters. He will capitalize on his high approval ratings in the blue state to get out the entrenched Democratic vote.
Obama makes this campaign trip, not without risk. If Coakley loses the seat, in spite of his visit, Obama may become tainted by the loss. But that 60th Democratic vote in the Senate is so vital to Obama’s agenda, especially the health care reform bill that he believes it’s worth the risk.