Barney Frank of all people frets that the race is about personalities:
“She let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake,” said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass. “Some of us complained about it and we think it’s turned around.”
“We are in deep s— if we lose on Tuesday,” a Democratic operative said.
A new poll out of Public Policy Polling on Monday underscored the depth of Coakley’s challenge.
The poll showed Brown leading 51-46 overall, 64-32 among independents and winning 20 percent of the vote from those who backed Obama in 2008. On the flip side, the survey showed Coakley pulling just 4 percent of the vote from those who backed John McCain, in the 2008 presidential race.
And the poll reflected the enthusiasm gap from which Coakley suffers. Eighty percent of Brown supporters said they were “very excited” about Tuesday’s election, while only 60 percent of Coakley supporters felt the same way.
A Suffolk University/7News poll last week showed Brown leading 50-46 percent, with 57 percent viewing Brown favorably. Just 49 percent viewed Coakley favorably in that poll.
We are seeing this enthusiasm gap being played out in all sorts of strange ways, for examples; SEIU workers for Brown, Prius owners for Brown, Brown supporters out numbering Coakley supporters at Coakley rallies. Lifelong Dems are voting for the Republican in this race: “In all my years,” said the 85-year-old local, “I’ve never seen anything like this.”
And today, on the eve of the election, Coakley is having trouble getting volunteers to man her phone banks. Granted, mother nature isn’t cooperating:
Meanwhile, across the street at the Massachusetts Teachers Association, the holiday and a bitter winter storm have kept the crowds away from a phone bank for Democratic candidate Martha Coakley. As of 10:20 this morning, not a single volunteer had yet arrived for the 10am phone bank. MTA Webmaster Meg Secatore tells Watchdog.org that the severe snow and ice that have covered Massachusetts highways are keeping people from the phones.
Watch the video of the empty phone bank, here.
Not all teachers have been staying indoors, however;
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Phone banks for Brown, however, are hopping.