No matter what President Obama does or says tomorrow when he’s in the Bay State, he won’t be able to help his party’s nominee for the U.S. Senate once held by Daniel Webster and Charles Sumner win on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. Oh, she might be able to hold the seat for her party, but she lost the chance to vindicate its ideas when she began her relentless negative campaign, saturating the air waves with mean-spirited and dishonest ads smearing her Republican opponent.
While Martha Coakley has attacked Scott Brown’s position on a number of issues, she has yet (as far as I can tell from my sources in the Bay State the blog/news reports I have read) to run TV ads making the positive case on why the various Democratic initiatives in Congress she supports will be good for the Bay State. In short, she’s not running on issues, but on her partisan affiliation and that party’s antipathy to their political adversaries.
Instead of running on the Obama agenda, she’s running against a president who left office almost a year ago. She and her special interest allies are tarring her opponent as an extremist while obsessing about their ties to a former Governor of a state clear across the country who hasn’t spoken out about this race or ever, as far a I know, even set foot in the Bay State.
I wonder if the Democrats are giving us a little taste of their 2010 strategy. A far cry from the postpartisan kind of politics their party’s standard bearer promised in the most recent presidential campaign.
Democrats may well hold this seat, but they have lost the battle of ideas. And in their own backyard.