The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

11 January 2010

Martha Coakley (D-MA) Attempts To Make Rush Limbaugh A Campaign Issue


Last-Minute Hit Piece Ties Scott Brown To Limbaugh


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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  • Limbaugh speaks for the GOP, therefore anyone who who is a Repugs should have him hung around their neck.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 January, 2010 11:09  

  • Anyone notice? Massachusetts is spelled wrong in Coakley's ad.

    (Hint: Out-of-state agency?)

    And Browns's response ad?

    Nothing could come across as more sincere and believable. Nice job!

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12 January, 2010 12:03  

  • Limbaugh actually does not speak for the GOP. Most of the GOP is very much like the Democrats now days.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 January, 2010 16:33  

  • Pathetic, desperate Democrats.

    The people are speaking and they're not listening.

    So they are going to die politically.

    By Blogger msspurlock, at 12 January, 2010 16:40  

  • Anonymous, based on your comment (noun-verb agreement, and the redundant "who"), and Coakley's ad, it seems like you democrats should have a dictionary hung around your necks.

    By Anonymous Chuckles, at 12 January, 2010 16:53  

  • Come on dems cant you put out an ad thats not a year out of date? Bush has been out of office for a year. Rush is not the voice of the GOP. And your Obama care stinks! How bout running on the issues not out of date slogans?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 January, 2010 17:05  

  • The democrats' usual "politics of personal destruction" and distration from the real issues of the day ... Go Scott Brown!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 January, 2010 18:14  

  • Go Scott! I heard part of your debate with Coakley, you blew her away. You represent my values and principles.
    Attack adds are getting old and so is Coakley's. Limbaugh doesn't even speak for GOP, Bush and his bunch gone for a year. America is loosing interest in "Party Politics". I judge a man or women by his/her character...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12 January, 2010 19:18  

  • Not to worry you out there in the "Masses" when Brown wins a squeaker. Just hire Al Franken and his cronies to be sure the count is not right but to the left.

    By Anonymous Cranston Baronius, at 12 January, 2010 21:46  

  • Rush is nothing more than an entertainer. He admits that himself. Politicians have become so wrapped up in their own little personal politburos (with some exceptions) that whoever gives them the most money gets their vote. Maybe someone with half a brain will finally put a bolt in the crankcase of this thing called Congress.

    If you at least voted then you are allowed and encouraged to comment; if you didn't vote then shut-up and take what you get.

    By Blogger Unknown, at 12 January, 2010 23:42  

  • Saw your post on FR--posted to my blog!

    Gunny G
    Dick Gaines
    Semper Fidelis

    By Anonymous Gunny G, at 20 January, 2010 18:33  

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