The voters of Massachusetts decided to celebrate Martin Luther King Day (a day later) by voting against Martha Coakley, President Obama's personal choice to replace Senator-for-Life Ted Kennedy.
Republican Scott Brown won, 52-47, in a state which has three and a half times as many Democratic voters as Republican. (Massachusetts was the only state to vote for George McGovern in 1972, and Obama won here by 26 points.) Has there ever before been such a quick shift in voter sentiment?
You constantly hear that despite the fact that Obama's coattails have gotten so slippery, and despite the fact that the public doesn't support his policies, Barack Obama is himself still very popular.
I don't believe that. I think if the Presidential election were held tomorrow, and Obama were running against Mitt Romney, Obama would lose, and by more than Martha Coakley.
One has to wonder exactly how Rahm Emanuel is going to not let this Massachusetts crisis go to waste.