After Defeat, Democrats Begin Soul Searching
The blame game has begun. Democrats are soul searching and wondering how they could lose a Senate seat that had been theirs for the last four decades and had been occupied by a venerable Kennedy.
State attorney general Martha Coakley’s campaign team accused the White House and the Democratic campaign committee of figuring into their defeat by state Senator Scott Brown in Tuesday’s election. President Barack Obama’s senior advisor, David Axelrod, laid the blame squarely on Coakley’s campaign team, stating that the White House did their part as requested, but it was the candidate herself who waited too long to ask for Washington’s help.
Celinda Lake, who conducted polls for Coakley, agreed that the campaign made mistakes such as the timing of their television advertisement. However, she pointed at the White House and the Democratic Party for their failure to admit that health care reform was the major cause of Coakley’s defeat. Lake also mentioned that the economic policies of Washington had not helped the working families of Massachusetts; the voters were angry and they wanted to punish the Democrats by voting against their candidate.
Back-and-forth accusations notwithstanding, the Democratic establishment in Washington did intervene massively by sending an overwhelming number of political aides to help Coakley as the election drew close; however, it was too late to stop the steam picked up by the road-weary pickup truck of State Senator Brown and his energetic campaign.