Martha Coakley (D-MA) Attempts To Make Rush Limbaugh A Campaign Issue
Last-Minute Hit Piece Ties Scott Brown To Limbaugh
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Though the latter two have never met, Massachusetts Democrat Martha Coakley sees no problem tying Republican Scott Brown to Rush Limbaugh. With just a week to go in a special US Senate race Coakley thought she'd won outright in the primary, a surging Brown has given the entrenched establishment politician the scare of a lifetime.
Particularly alarming for Coakley: polls showing high favorable ratings for her opponent in a state where that isn't normally possible. Worse, one overseen by a Democratic pollster shows him ahead by one point, usually unthinkable.
Finally, in what must be unbearable for the controversial Attorney General, Brown successfully raised more than $1,100,000 today as part of an Internet "money bomb" campaign.
That's a staggering sum, money that can immediately be used to buy television ad time for a campaign that had been until now terribly short of it.
That has a desperate Coakley restarting her moribund campaign as quickly as possible. Having blown her wad during a contested, four-way partisan primary, Beltway lobbyists are riding to the rescue with a big-bucks DC event.
Tonight, she also rolled out her first attack ad. Note the nearly subliminal association between Brown, Bush and Rush (despite no known connection between them):
And here's Scott Brown's response:
We've seen Democrats attempt to use Rush as a weapon in the past, but has it ever worked? How about the billboard that was to be erected near El Rushbo's home in West Palm Beach? Whatever became of that?
While Dems would have voters believe Coakley's got the race in the bag (thanks to a "leaked" internal poll that featured heavy oversampling from their own party), look at their actions, not their surveys.
Worried that Brown may indeed pull off one of the greatest political upsets in American history, they've dispatched a top aide to fix Coakley's campaign mess, made it clear they will stall Brown's swearing-in as long as possible and unveiled attack ads featuring Rush and Bush.
Does that sound like confidence to you, or sheer panic?
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