The curse of the Obama Sunday pre-election visit

The U.S. Senate seat Scott Brown won in Massachusetts tonight has been in Democratic hands since John F. Kennedy ousted Henry Cabot Lodge in 1952; no other Senate seat had been held by the Democrats longer than this one.  This marks the second defeat in ten weeks in one of the nation’s bluest state: Christopher Christie was sworn in today as governor of New Jersey – a state that went longer (twelve years) without electing a Republican than the other 49.

Brown’s victory was a loss for U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Committee.  But it’s hard to blame Menendez for the defeat – national pundits say Bay State voters were sending a message to President Barack Obama.  And it didn’t help that the Democratic Senate candidate, Martha Coakley, seemed eerily similar to Jon Corzine; she never seemed to fully capture the essence of politics.  For Menendez, it’s the second time in the last few months that Democrats didn’t follow his advice.

The curse of the Obama Sunday pre-election visit