The Patrick campaign is not acting like it knows it is 7 points ahead in the polls. You ask the President fly in and stump for you two weeks before election day unless, like Martha Coakley, you think your campaign is in a little trouble.
Patrick’s introduction is really strong. He is still a great and charismatic speaker. But there is a huge difference in the enthusiasm the crowd shows Obama than they show Patrick. The video tries to tone down this difference by turning down the crowd noise and overlaying some music – but there is no denying it – that crowd was there for Obama only.
At a about 7:10 the crowd starts chanting “4-more years” One gets the sense they aren’t chanting for Patrick – but for Obama! By 7:45 the chant comes back – but this time there is no mistaking it. Look that the crowd behind Obama and Patrick – everyone is chanting it at Obama.
One almost feels sorry for Patrick.
Of course Obama isn’t here for just Patrick. There are a number of races in Massachusetts in need of some star power: Perry vs. Keating, Bielat vs. Frank, and Golnik vs. Tsongas.
At 14:50, Obama hits a bit of an ironic note saying Republicans want to “cut education by 20%”. And then he says pointing to Patrick, here in Massachusetts “it’s the same story”. Of course here in Massachusetts, as all parents know, our Democratic legislature has passed, and Deval Patrick has signed budgets with cuts to education funding every year for the last three.
At 15:30, Obama continues, pointing at Patrick, “We’ve been there, we don’t like it, and we’re not going back.” Wow. Really?
I know Obama must be doing a lot of these “air support” stump speeches – but he really needs to do a little research before flying in.