Turning Point in Massachusetts
For the first time since the race began, I’m prepared to say a Scott Brown victory is a real possibility.
Just two weeks ago, I said “absolutely not.”
One week ago, I was thinking, “Well, it’s a long shot, but maybe . . .”
But everything changed yesterday.
The video of the Coakley staffer — most likely DNC hack and former Kerry campaigher Michael Meehan — shoving The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack to the ground, and then repeatedly shoving him again and again in view of AG Coakley, is a watershed moment. It could turn out to be a campaign killer.
First, it highlights the fact that Coakley had left Massachusetts to attend a lobbyist fundraiser in D.C.. Taking big bucks from Big Pharma in the middle of this fight? Dumb, dumb, dumb.
Then there’s the guy who got shoved. McCormack is the reporter who asked the question about Afghanistan that literally stopped Coakley in her tracks. After a few blinks of incomprehension, she answered by asking, “Does anyone ELSE have a question?” This issue is a disaster for Coakley because it reveals her utter lack of experience or (apparently) basic knowledge on foreign policy, just two weeks after a terrorist successfully got on a U.S. airplane.
And perhaps most damaging is the power of this example. If I were to summarize the attitude of the typical Massachusetts resident right now, it would be “tired of being pushed around.” Our governing class doesn’t even bother to pretend to pay attention to the people. The last-second rule change on Senate elections is just the latest example of political arrogance.
There are many Massachusetts voters who will see McCormack being shoved, and shoved again, and think, “I know how you feel, buddy.”
This is absolutely a disaster for the Coakley campaign.