As poll after poll has shown the remarkable turnaround, and likely win, in Massachusetts by Republican Scott Brown, there has been nothing quite as entertaining as the collective mental implosion of the Democrats, creating one self-parody after another.
There's the bumbling Kennedy, Patrick in this instance:
"If you don't, if you know that it takes eight years for George Bush and his cronies to put our country into this hole ... then you know we have a lot of digging to do, but some work needs to be done and this president's in the process of doing it and we need to get Marcia Coakley to help him to do that."
Marcia? Here's Ted's version.
Then there's the continuing efforts to treat George W. Bush as Emmanuel Goldstein.
As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama's rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley's now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person -- George W. Bush.
"People are upset because there's so many problems," Rosemary Kverek, 70, a retired Charleston schoolteacher said as tonight's rally wrapped up. "But the problems came from the previous administration. So we're blaming poor Obama, who's working 36 hours a day ... to solve these problems that he inherited."...
36 hours a day?
More Kennedy: "One thing the Democrats have done wrong? We haven't kept the focus on this disaster on the Republicans who brought it upon us. We've tried too hard to do that right thing, and that's to fix it, as opposed to spend more of our time and energy pointing the finger at who got us [here] in the first place."
The comment stream after this story at Politico is priceless, and worth the extra 5-10 minutes of reading. But it's not George W. Bush that has placed Ms. Coakley's ascension (and the "Kennedy Senate Seat") at risk. First, as one of the commenters aptly points out:
While this is all terribly amusing, it's also not a done deal. "Massachusettes" is a wholly operated arm of the Democratic party, and they will not tolerate a Republican interloper usurping power in such an unseemly fashion. By, you know, winning an election. It will go down to the wire.
It shouldn't, but it will.
1/18/10 1630: Polls, polls, polls
Fox Boston: A poll released a day before the special Senate race shows Senator Scott Brown surging to a double-digit lead over Attorney General Martha Coakley in the race for the open Massachusetts Senate seat.
The shift in favor of the Republican Party is a potential disaster for President Barack Obama and his Democratic political agenda.
PPP: Over the last week Brown has continued his dominance with independents and increased his ability to win over Obama voters as Coakley's favorability numbers have declined into negative territory.