White House senior adviser David Axelrod told reporters this morning that he still expects Democrat Martha Coakley to pull out a victory today against Republican Scott Brown in the race to fill the open U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts.
“There’s an enormous effort underway in Massachusetts today,” Axelrod said. “We expect Martha Coakely to win and so I’m not going to entertain questions predicated” on Coakley losing.
Brown has had all the momentum recently and appears poised to win the seat that was held by the late Sen. Edward Kennedy.
It could be a huge blow to President Barack Obama and the health care bill now awaiting final approval by the House and Senate. Brown has said he would vote against the health care bill.
Axelrod also made it clear that _ at least from a political operation standpoint _ the White House wasn’t going to accept any blame for a Coakley loss.
“I think the White House did everything it was asked to do,” he said “Had we been asked earlier, we would have certainly responded.”
Obama went to Massachusetts on Sunday and recorded a last-minute television ad for Coakley, who is the state’s attorney general.