Is Martha Coakley behind in the fourth quarter with two minutes to go in the game? In the video below, Barack Obama has come off the bench to run his two-minute drill.
How does he do? I’m not the target audience, so it’s a little difficult for me to assess the effectiveness of this video. I don’t think Obama has much of a hurry-up offense. As a motivational tool, I’d rate it somewhere between Valium and Nembutal.
Obama doesn’t mention Teddy Kennedy or his widow. Mrs. Kennedy has also come off the bench for Coakley. Will some Democratic celebrity be waving the bloody shirt at the Kennedy Library before election day and imploring the Bay State not to commit a sacrilege?
Mary Katharine Ham rates Obama’s performance a dud on her ol’ Inspiro-meter. She says Obama has hit that rarely reached sweet spot right between Droopy the Dog and Eeyore, and invites viewers to note the deadness in his eyes as he closes out his appeal.
UPDATE: A reader writes from Massachusetts with her own reactions and a correction:
Thanks for posting the Obama video supporting Martha Coakley. I live in Carlisle, Massachusetts and am among those watching this race very closely and rooting for Scott Brown.
Obama actually does mention Senator Kennedy (I think your post says he doesn’t). He says of Martha Coakley that some want to “replace Ted Kennedy with her Republican opponent.” He got it in there. It’s kind of funny in a cynical way that the sentence neatly puts the actual candidate beside the point.
I think he overplays it when he says that Coakley will be “your voice, my ally.” That would work as a soundbite for Brown–do we really want to send another Obama ally to Washington? Also ripe for mocking is Obama’s first statement: “Not long ago, Massachusetts cast a resounding vote for change.” Well, a lot of them regret it now!
I thought this was very slimy: he refers to “opponents of change pouring money into your state” implying some classic liberal bogeyman (Big Whatever) when of course it’s concerned private citizens who raised over a million dollars for Mr. Brown this week.
I try not to listen to President Obama very often, so maybe this happens all the time, but I was shocked to hear him say that his so-called health reform bill will “curb the abuses of a health care industry that routinely denies care.” That is just a bald-faced, shameful lie.
As for the error, I must have dozed off. And of course the really big out of state money has poured into the race this week from “special interests” to support Coakley, as her jaunt to Washington indicated. William Jacobson has more on the video here.