Democrats have a predictable scapegoat for a possible monumental loss in Massachusetts tomorrow, or any subsequent failings for that matter: George W. Bush.
The talking points have already made the rounds:
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.”
Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), speaking with a gaggle of reporters after the event, said that while state Sen. Scott Brown (R) offers voters a quick fix, in reality, the problems created by “George Bush and his cronies” are not so easily solved.
What hasn’t made the rounds among high-profile Democrats is… the name of their candidate:
“If you think there’s magic out there and things can be turned around overnight, then you would vote for someone who could promise you that, like Scott Brown,” Kennedy said. “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.”
(Curiously, Kennedy mentioned Coakley repeatedly during his remarks to reporters, each time referring to her as “Marcia,” not “Martha.”)
Coakley must feel like Clark Griswold when his boss looked at him and said “Don’t forget about that report, Bill.”
It doesn’t really matter what the Democrat candidate’s name is — if she loses, they won’t be blaming “Marcia Marcia Marcia!” but rather “Bush Bush Bush!”
If Democrats truly believe this to be the case, boy are they in for a long next few years.
Update: Bush propels Brown to a five-point lead over Coakley.