Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Axelrod Already Throwing Coakley Under The Bus

The polls in Massachusetts won't close for another four hours.

But that isn't stopping President Obama's Senior Policy Adviser David Axelrod from throwing Martha Coakley under the bus.

Axelrod told reporters "delve deeply into post-mortems on the day people are voting." But when asked if President Obama should have made a greater effort on Coakley's behalf Axelrod replied, "The White House did everything we were asked to do," he said. "I think if we had been asked earlier, we would have responded earlier."

Translation: Don't blame us. Martha Coakley is the author of her own misfortune.

But given what is at stake for the Obama Administration with regard to Obamacare it is hard to imagine the White House didn't have a vested interest in the outcome of the race. Surely if the Obama Administration had believed Scott Brown to be a threat to their agenda they would have moved heaven and earth to turn things around whether Coakley wanted their help or not. But President Obama, Axelrod, Emmanuel and company underestimated Brown just like every other liberal Democrat in Massachusetts.

There is no doubt that Martha Coakley could write a book about how not to win an election campaign. But given that President Obama put his arm around Coakley and appeared in a TV spot with her indicates that he didn't help her cause either.

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