Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.
Although Brown’s 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey’s margin of error, the underdog’s position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.
“It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape.”
The poll shows Brown, a state senator from Wrentham, besting Coakley, the state’s attorney general, by 50 percent to 46 percent, the first major survey to show Brown in the lead. Unenrolled long-shot Joseph L. Kennedy, an information technology executive with no relation to the famous family, gets 3 percent of the vote. Only 1 percent of voters were undecided.
Yet even in the bluest state, it appears Kennedy’s quest for universal health care has fallen out of favor, with 51 percent of voters saying they oppose the “national near-universal health-care package” and 61 percent saying they believe the government cannot afford to pay for it.
The poll, conducted Monday through Wednesday, surveyed 500 registered likely voters who knew the date of Tuesday’s election. It shows Brown leading all regions of the state except Suffolk County.
“Either Brown’s momentum accelerates and his lead widens, or this becomes a wake-up call for Coakley to become the ‘Comeback Kid’ this weekend,” Paleologos said.
And with 99 percent having made up their minds, voters may be hard to persuade.
The poll surveyed a carefully partitioned electorate meant to match voter turnout: 39 percent Democrat, 15 percent Republican and 45 percent unenrolled.
Brown wins among men and is remarkably competitive among women - trailing Coakley’s 50 percent with 45 percent.
While Brown has 91 percent of registered Republicans locked up, an astonishing 17 percent of Democrats report they’re jumping ship for Brown as well - likely a product of Coakley’s laser-focus on hard-core Dems, potentially at the exclusion of other Democrats whom she needed to win over, Paleologos said.
For Coakley, Brown’s surge may be as ominous as the fact that her campaign’s peril is not fully recognized, with 64 percent of voters still believing she’ll win - a perception that threatens to keep her supporters home.
Brown’s popularity is solid. He enjoys a 57 percent favorability rating compared to just 19 percent unfavorable. Coakley’s favorability is 49 percent; her unfavorability, 41 percent.
No longer does Brown suffer from a name-recognition problem, with 95 percent of voters having heard of him statewide.
7News Political Editor Andy Hiller said, “Voters obviously think Brown is running a better campaign than Coakley. For months, it has been Coakley’s race to lose, and now in the last days that’s exactly what she may be doing.”
Let's face it, they may not have a firm hold on reality but reality sure is getting its hold on the Democrat national statists who have run amok this past year. It is increasingly looking like their megalomania and hubris have blown the whole deal for them with the majority of America's voters...even so far as the deep blue Taxachusetts....erstwhile Republican-proof (except for Romney).
Amazingly, this type of political and electoral damage is something Bush took YEARS to realize upon the Republican party. Now it looks like Democrat leftist statism on national parade has not only neutralized this damage but is rolling it back lickety-split (in less than a year, really).
Even better, this grotesque Democrat carnival of unbridled power lust, greed, corruption, arrogance and smarmy patronage is focusing and rallying counter-forces not just around opposition to the lefties' megalomania subsuming issues like health care "reform", but around the larger purposes of seriously limiting government power and bringing some semblance of fiscal sanity to (and citizen-based control over) DC's would-be masters of our universe.
Hard doses of such damaging reality and a growing tidal wave of real grass roots populist outrage, citizen organizing, and electoral defeats are making the hardcore partisan Obama leftists even more agitated, bizarre, and vicious than they were in their saccharine-sickening euphoric cult-like adoration of Barack Obama leading up to his coronation.
It has to be tough for these nasty lefties to watch the utter implosion of their self-deluding narrative that opposition to their grandiose statist fantasies is merely marginal. They are now watching all these 'marginal' forces taking out their elected viziers, one by one by one, if not at the very least forcing massive triage efforts, most revealingly through paid-off proxy thugs like the unions (SEIU, in particular, in Massachusetts).
Couldn't happen to a more deserving set of people.
The continued hardening (and increasing flailing) of their echo chamber / bubble ideology, as it comes apart at the seams before their very eyes, will likely see us visited with more and more delusion, deceit, and squealing and screaching of increasingly irrelevant and irrational rhetoric.
Their own new term "lefteabaggers" couldn't be more appropriate. Except that those using it against their ideological fellow travelers unwilling to defend Obama at all costs (no matter how much he mimics Bush's worst policies) appear most to fit their own definition of this vulgar slur.
As I watch all this carnage unfold, as reality and the human will to freedom conspire once again to halt the incessant march of leftist statism, I am reminded of the scene from Alien in which it is discovered that 'Ash' is an android after he goes violently berzerk, spewing milky ooze all over the entire room and everyone in it...
Even if Scott Brown loses by a thin margin, such a result would be a serious harbinger of the ugly future in store for the messianic big government crowd...surely leading only to more berzerk spasticity from America's hind left quarters.
Enjoy your messy political doom, my lefty friends. You've earned it!