January 8, 2010

MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA TO MAKE IT A REFERENDUM ON TEDDY'S DREAM OF HEALTH CARE:

In Massachusetts, Anxiety for Favored Democrats (ABBY GOODNOUGH, 1/08/10, NY Times)

The news that two senior Democratic senators will retire this year in the face of bleak re-election prospects has created anxiety and, even in this bluest of states, a sense that the balance of power has shifted dramatically from just a year ago.

With the holidays over and public attention refocused on the race, Ms. Coakley’s insistence on debating her Republican opponent, Scott P. Brown, only with a third-party candidate present has drawn mounting criticism.

And a new poll that showed a competitive race between Ms. Coakley and Mr. Brown has generated buzz on conservative blogs and energized the Brown campaign — though many news organizations dispute its methodology.

In a sudden flurry of activity, the Coakley campaign released its first television advertisement on Thursday and accepted the endorsement of Mr. Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, at a splashy event outside Boston.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 8, 2010 6:06 AM
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