Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cruising the Web

Ambinder reports
that the Democrats are sending out fund-raising appeals for Martha Coakley and planning for Biden and/or Obama to go to Massachusetts to campaign for her. Yup, that worked so well in New Jersey.

William Jacobson reports from his time volunteering at the Brown HQ. He's jazzed about the response they're getting from the voters they're contacting.

Meanwhile, the Democratic polling firm, Public Policy Polling is out with some eye-popping numbers in their latest poll of Massachusetts. Even in this very blue state, people are very ticked at Congress and set to take their anger out on the party in power. PPP concludes that Coakley needs to tie Brown to Bush and then somehow get young voters to be as excited for her as they were for Obama or at least to get voters out to cast one more vote for Teddy. They're practically pleading with her to do something different to turn this race around.

Just to temper all that good news for Scott Brown, the Boston Globe's poll of likely voters shows Coakley up by 15 points. Whatever happens, it will be real test of these polling firms' ability to gauge what happens in a low-turnout election.

Just in time, Politico reminds us of some of Harry Reid's greatest hits of dumb comments. Perhaps that is why his poll numbers for reelection against possible GOP candidates are so miserable. When 52% of your home state voters had a negative opinion of you, it should be time for the guy to "spend more time with his family." But Reid prides himself on being a fighter, a former boxer. He's going to keep battling to the end. And he'll take down our national health care system with him.

And just in case you were in any doubt about who wants Martha Coakley to win this election, take a look at the list of lobbyists that are coughing up money at her fundraiser in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night. That's one reason why she won't be debating Scott Brown; she's got to go get an infusion from all the special interests that are desperate to see Pelosi-Reid-Obamacare keep that 60th vote in the Senate.
In response, an army of lobbyists for drug companies, health insurance companies, and hospitals has teamed up to throw a high-dollar Capitol Hill fundraiser for Coakley next Tuesday night. The invitation is at right (click here for a better view).

Of the 22 names on the host committee--meaning they raised $10,000 or more for Coakley--17 are federally registered lobbyists, 15 of whom have health-care clients. Of the other five hosts, one is married to a lobbyist, one was a lobbyist in Pennsylvania, another is a lawyer at a lobbying firm, and another is a corporate CEO. Oh, and of course, there's also the political action commitee for Boston Scientific Corporation.

All the leading drug companies have lobbyists on Coakley's host committee: Pfizer, Merck, Amgen, Sanofi-Aventis, Eli Lilly, Novartis, Astra-Zeneca, and more. On the insurance side of things, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Humana, HealthSouth, and United Health all are represented on the host committee.

Those HMOs (like Aetna) or drug companies who don't have lobbyists in Coakley's top tier of fundraisers? They're covered, because the host committee includes four lobbyists representing the Pharmaceutical Researchers and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), two representing America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and one representing the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

So think of these top donors to health-care reform's 60th vote next time President Obama claims that he's battling the special interests in this battle.
Follow the link at the Washington Examiner for the full list and the invitation.