Whether or not Martha Coakley squeaks through in Massachusetts on Tuesday, it should be a wake-up call of the most fundamental kind. Obama needs to stop playing inside games with bankers and insurance lobbyists.
Just think how outrageous it would be if an election to replace the nation's most ardent champion of health care for all, stopped health care reform. That's exactly what Republican Scott Brown has said he will do.
The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's seat is just over a week away, and Republicans are pulling out all the stops to win or at least come close. A Martha Coakley loss would be nothing short of devastating.
Martha Coakley may not be a great campaigner, but she's worked and voted for the same causes Ted Kennedy did, while her opponent, Scott Brown, is a right wing Republican who's opposed everything Kennedy ever stood for.
As the Monday holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday approaches, perhaps the Coakley team would be wise to remind the state's voters of the principles that they and the Democratic Party stand for.