Stop counting those chickens.
Obama and the Democrats have not conceded the Massachussetts senate race, as some have suggested. Quite the opposite: This morning, Obama’s national Democratic activist group Organizing for America sent out a mass email to supporters saying they will fight tooth and nail to hang on to “Ted Kennedy’s seat”:
OFA is going all out in Massachusetts — we’re sending organizers, knocking on doors, and making phone calls by the tens of thousands to make sure that folks know how to participate.
It’s a huge effort, it’s expensive, and time is short. But with the outcome uncertain and the stakes sky high, I don’t want to wake up the morning after the election thinking that we could have done something more. If you feel the same way, please donate $5 or more to help us make Martha Coakley the next senator from Massachusetts…
This is in sharp contrast to some reports yesterday claiming that the Democrats are already making plans for how to handle the inevitable defeat in Massachussetts.
Of course, the email is also full of the usual truth-stretching hyperbole intended to rile up the liberal base:
The polls are tightening as right-wing money floods the state, and one even shows the race to be a dead heat between progressive champion Martha Coakley and her extreme opponent. The truth is, special elections often have very low turnout and are notoriously unpredictable.
The stakes are just too high to leave Martha’s victory to chance.
If we lose, Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat will be in the hands of someone who opposes everything he fought for.
This of course is laughable — Scott Brown would actually be among the most liberal Republicans in the Senate. But hey, facts play no role in this modern era of do-or-die politics.
Republicans are beginning to think Massachussetts is in the bag. Democrats are betting the rent money that the seat can be saved.
Who ever imagined an election Armageddon would happen so soon into Obama’s presidency?