The Massachusetts special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat that was held for 46 years by the late Edward Kennedy will likely produce another Democratic senator.
Massachusetts is, after all, a very blue blue state that has not elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972 — and the winner that year, Ed Brooke, was every bit as liberal on most issues as the Democrat the state backed for president: George McGovern.
But the fact that likely is the right word, as opposed to certainly, explains why Democratic party and union strategists are rushing to bolster the candidacy of their candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakley, in a race with an attractive Republican, state Senator Scott Brown.
Massachusetts Senator John Kerry took the lead in ramping up the fear factor. The 2004 Democratic presidential nominee emailed Democratic donors on Monday with the message that:
This is our wake-up call. Polls in Massachusetts are tightening, and one even shows a dead heat in the fight to keep Ted Kennedy’s seat in the hands of a Democrat who will fight and vote for jobs, health care, clean energy and mainstream values.
The far right has launched a massive online fundraising effort, and Brown’s allies are blanketing Massachusetts with anonymously funded, shadowy attack ads by outside groups. Sound familiar?
It’s time to stand with Martha Coakley. Your donation now could make the difference. Election Day is in one week. Can you step up? …
The next five days will decide the fate of Ted Kennedy’s seat. Do we elect Martha Coakley — who will fight for jobs, our families and our communities as my Massachusetts colleague and the state’s first woman senator, or Republican Scott Brown, whose allies in the right wing dream of holding a “tea party” in Kennedy country?
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Ads are running, phones are ringing, and volunteers are knocking on doors. Now is the time to push harder. We can’t leave anything to chance. Too much is at stake.