Dems Losing Hope In Mass. As Brown Surges Ahead

by William Teach | January 15, 2010 3:29 pm

But, but, but, Democrats are ENTITLED to Kennedy’s old seat. Snort

Riding a wave of opposition[1] to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.

Although Brown’s 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey’s margin of error, the underdog’s position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.

“It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape.”

Yup, riding a wave of “WTF are Democrats doing to our country?”, Brown has surged ahead 50-46. A Pajamas Media poll[2] has Brown up 15%, though, that might be a bit much. He is going to have to have a decisive victory in Massachusetts in order to avoid 4 months of incessant Democrat whining and dirty tricks.

Byron York points to the despair on the part of Democrats[3]

Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. “I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers,” says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. “If she’s not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout,” the Democrat says. “So right now, she is destined to lose.”

Intensifying the gloom, the Democrat says, is the fact that the same polls showing Coakley falling behind also show President Obama with a healthy approval rating in the state. “With Obama at 60 percent in Massachusetts, this shouldn’t be happening, but it is,” the Democrat says.

Given those numbers, some Democrats, eager to distance Obama from any electoral failure, are beginning to compare Coakley to Creigh Deeds, the losing Democratic candidate in the Virginia governor’s race last year. Deeds ran such a lackluster campaign, Democrats say, that his defeat could be solely attributed to his own shortcomings, and should not be seen as a referendum on President Obama’s policies or those of the national Democratic party.

If Dems are in spin mode already, their internal metrics must not be going well.

  1. Riding a wave of opposition:
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