Mad Scramble to Get Out Vote for Martha Coakley to Stop Brown Teabagger Win
January 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Unless the Democratic machinery in Massachusetts can get out the vote for Martha Coakley in today’s special U.S. Senate race, there is the very real possibility that former Cosmo nude model and teapartier right-wing Republican candidate Scott Brown, may win the election. What? Not in Massachusetts you say. Two-months ago no one could have predicted such a startling turn of events for the liberal blue state that has not elected a Republican to the senate, since Edward Brooke in 1967. But with a lackluster campaign staged by Coakley, the state’s attorney general, who is not a warm and fuzzy people person, to say the least, compared to Brown’s “average Joe” man of the people campaign in a pickup truck, Brown is headed into today’s vote as a favorite. The high anti-government sentiment currently sweeping the country during a deep recession and a double-digit unemployment rate, has emboldened the rise of the teabaggers and self-destructive nihilism. And Brown’s campaign perfectly tapped into this anger, while the more technocratic Coakley stuck to policy.
Could Liberal Massachusetts having a 3-to-1 majority of Democratic voters, really elect a teabagger to represent their interests in the U.S. Senate? Let’s hope not.
The Massachusetts special election is rife with national implications. If Martha Coakley loses today, the Senate’s Democratic membership falls below that critical 60th vote. With obstructionist Republicans engaging in record breaking filibustering it’s virtually impossible for the Democratic majority to pass legislation without all 60 filibuster-proof votes. This means that the health reform bill is in peril, as well as the remainder of President Obama’s agenda for 2010 leading into the mid-term elections.
If the majority of Democratic voters turn out to vote today, Coakley may pull off a win, but voter turnout is notoriously low for special elections. And the Republicans, recognizing the opportunity to damage President Obama’s agenda, are much more energized.
Both campaigns realize what’s at stake today, and plan to continue to knock on doors and make phone calls, until the polls close at 10:00 p.m. tonight. The unions are out working for Coakley’s campaign, while out of town teapartiers and paid temporary workers are out canvassing for Brown, along with local supporters. Even activists in other states have set up phone banks for Brown.
Volunteers from Rhode Island’s Ocean State’s Tea Party group and other teapartiers from New York and Connecticut have appeared in the Bay State to work on Brown’s campaign. When asked why they are here supporting Brown, they speak of “getting their country back,” and talk about the “tyranny” of one party rule.
According to an account by the Boston Globe of the get out the vote effort, Coakley’s campaign has declared a “full-blown get-out-the-voter program,’’ based on her successful primary operation. Rich Rogers, secretary-treasurer of the Greater Boston Labor Council, said union members were “fighting down to the wire,’’ urging members to vote for Coakley, calling her “the best candidate for working people.’’ National Democratic operatives have also come to Coakley’s aide in the last few days of the campaign.
Secretary of State William F. Galvin expects the voter turnout today to at least double the turnout of the Dec. 8 special primary.
It’s going to be a close one.
See the Boston Globe for more.
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