Obama stumps for Coakley in Boston
The Hiller Instinct: Obama stumps for Coakley in Boston
President Obama was only in Boston for about two hours today, but that was long enough for him to put his personal prestige on the pile of everything else that's on the line here Tuesday.
For the President, there was more risk than reward in coming here.
But after his YouTube endorsement of Coakley and his robo-call for her apparently weren't enough, all that was left in his presidential bag of goodies was a personal stop.
Don't be too impressed by the cheers at the President's event, because all that applause comes from voters already committed to Coakley. The President's challenge is to inspire uninspired Democrats and Independents.
If Coakley should win, the President will no doubt share the credit with former President Bill Clinton, who was here for Coakley on Friday.
And with Vicki Kennedy -- the late senator's widow who has campaigned earnestly
But if coakley fails, no one will even remember that Clinton or Vicki Kennedy came here. What they will remember is that, once again, President Obama backed a candidate who lost, and another rejection of his agenda will be read into that result.
With this race being seen nationally as a referendum on health care, you might think Massachusetts would be the best state for the President to have that vote, but I think it's the worst. Because Massachusetts already has it, so our motivation for reform may be less than it is in other states.
That would be ironic, since Sen. Kennedy helped get this state the health care that now could help kill ObamaCare.
I’m Andy Hiller, that’s my instinct.
Read the results of the exclusive 7NEWS/Suffolk University Poll that shows Brown leading Coakley by 4 points.
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