Obama, GOP Descend On Massachusetts For "Bunker Hill 2"
We just elected Barack Obama a little over a year ago, but he's dusting off his campaigning hat and heading to Massachusetts to help out Democratic hopeful Martha Coakley in the quest for Ted Kennedy's former Senate seat.
Polls are coming out the wazoo showing Republican challenger Scott Brown as much as 15 points ahead after being down by 30 in November. But with other polls showing Coakley leading, it's probably safer to call it even. A Suffolk University poll has Brown up 50-46, with almost two-thirds of the independent voters swaying toward the Republican.
This local race is getting an incredible amount of national attention. Remind you of anything? A few months ago, the 23rd congressional district race in New York came down to Election Day, with Democrat Bill Owens narrowly winning over third party new-age conservative Doug Hoffman in what appeared to be a battle of whose nationally renowned supporters were more affable.
But the biggest gun the Dems sent to New York for Owens was vice president Joe Biden. For the big cheddar himself to be deployed to the Bay State (and record a robocall for Massachusetts) is about as real as it gets.
Conversely, Rudy Giuliani is coming to Brown's aide, as is New York governor hopeful Rick Lazio, who's pitching some funds into the caddy. Maybe it's the sports fan in me, but are Bostonians ever convinced by a large sum of people from New York?
The impact of the GOP cutting into the Democrats' 60-strong majority in the Senate is obvious, but the health care bill is what really could be at stake if Brown is sworn in. This election goes down Tuesday. Odds are that only 2 percent of you can do anything about it.