And it seems the Democrats are having trouble grasping what is happening in their backyard. Must be par for the course in this postpartisan era. As Peggy wrote yesterday:
The people are here, and he is there. The popularity of his health-care plan is very low, at 35% support. Someone on television the other day noted it is as low as George Bush’s popularity ratings in 2008.
Yet—and this is the key part—the president does not seem to see or hear. He does not respond. He is not supple, able to hear reservations and see opposition and change tack. He has a grim determination to bull this thing through. He negotiates each day with Congress, not with the people. But the people hate Congress! Has he not noticed?
And Mrs. Coakley? Has she not noticed that the people in Massachusetts revere their Red Sox, finding Fenway Park at almost sacred place? And that Curt Schilling once pitched for the team, helping them win, in 2004, their first World Series in nearly a century? He’d help them repeat the feat in 2007 when he became “only the second pitcher over the age of 40 to start and win a World Series game“.
Must have been too cold that day for the then-Attorney General of Massachusetts to attend the game. She must have missed the standing ovation Fenway Park fans gave their beloved pitcher.
In response to Coakley’s labeling him a Yankees’ fan, Schilling quipped:
Never, and I mean never, could anyone ever make the mistake of calling me a Yankee fan. Well, check that, if you didn’t know what the hell is going on in your own state maybe you could.
(H/t Jim Geraghty.)