Skip to comments.Christine O'Donnell: "Desperate" Obama Returning to Delaware on Election Eve
Posted on 10/30/2010 12:43:03 PM PDT by kristinn
Christine O'Donnell sent out an e-mail this afternoon saying Barack Obama will be returning to Delaware on Monday in a "desperate" bid to stave off the surging O'Donnell campaign.
We just got word that Barack Obama is coming back to Delaware on Monday. Hes seen the polls and our grassroots fundraising. He is desperate to win this seat! Our campaign is on a roll and we are so close to winning. The momentum is gathering at exactly the right time.
A recent poll showed O'Donnell narrowing opponent Chris Coons' lead to almost single digits from a high of 21%. O'Donnell surged from behind to victory in her primary campaign against Rep. Mike Castle.
There are fears among Democrats that the smear job against O'Donnell by Gawker this past week will turn women voters, who have been favoring Coons, to O'Donnell in a backlash against the abuse of women in the political process seen in recent campaigns.
No details of Obama's Delaware appearance have been announced.
However it contradicts a Los Angeles Times report published last night that said Obama was not making any campaign appearances Monday because it would interfere with Democrat get out the vote efforts.
Veteran Democratic organizers say that large presidential rallies come at a price. Time spent ensuring that Obama has a sizeable audience cuts into canvassing and phone banks the essential work of juicing election day turnout. The White House said it is sensitive to this, noting that Obama won't attend any rallies on Monday, the day before the election, so as not to interfere with efforts to get Democrats to the polls.
Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity both reported yesterday that Obama was headed back to Delaware, but the e-mail by the O'Donnell campaign is the first confirmation from either campaign.
H/t Freeper Lonesome in Massachusetts
aaagh, Obozo speaking in CT right now, just told his stoopid little story about trying to get the car out of a ditch while the Republicans are sipping on a slurpee
that’s what Delaware has to look forward to on Monday
tell Obozo where he can shove his endorsement of Chris Coons, Harry Reid’s precious pet
I will tell you why Obama is returning. The polls are all using 2006 turnout. 18% of the voting population is African American. Which means for Odonnell to win she needs a very very low African American turnout. If the turnout is near normal 2006 she is in trouble. Just the honest truth.
I am beginning to believe that this DE race is the biggest fraud being sold to the voters. I do not believe that Coons is ahead in these polls. The WH would not be in panic mode if COD was the loser they keep telling us she is.
it’s got to be close on the internals — NO WAY would the ‘Rats put Obozo there the day before the election unless they are very very nervous about that seat
(or unless Obozo is now so toxic that they don’t put him out anywhere else!!)
Ahh... because he knows darn well that those polls are just part of the MSM effort to campaign for left-wing Democrats, and aren't worth a bucket of warm spit? For $800, Alex?
Here we see the remnants of the Rat gameplan for 2010: send Obomba to Delaware to take credit for the expected win. Then the DNC Media pitches in on Election night by presenting it as the only important race, with lots of thoughtful musing about how the Tea Party may have “reached its limits” even as 70 Congressional and 10 Senate seats flip to the GOP.
Whatever turnout they are using, she must be close for odumbo to bring his broken record there
Wouldn’t having Barry in town also require a lot of traffic tie-ups and security?
Between that and the forecast, it’ll definitely be “broken-glass” time for our side.
Rephrasing that: Wouldnt having Barry in town also require a lot of security and cause traffic tie-ups?
Trying to attract as many fraudulent voters as possible with the race card.
Your scenario makes sense. Obama goes to on election eve and then claims his gravitas is what saved Chris Coons from certain defeat at the hands of those “right wing extremist tea-baggers”.
It’s really all they have left. And even that might not work.
He’s STILL using the car in the ditch and the sippin’ on a slurpee thing?
That has been made fun of so much.
Don’t go there, dude.
It’s also the only high-profile race where Obama can be safely sent without fear of his presence causing the Democrat to lose.
I mean, every other post on FR is about how Obama is setting new records for unpopularity; and yet people somehow can also believe Obama is going to Delaware because the Democrats want to help Coons win. Amazing.
It will be interesting to see what happens in Delaware.
Sort of like Hitler hearing the Allies closing in on the bunker.
They can't send Obama to Nevada because that race is actually close, and Obama's presence there could lose it for Reid.
I'm sure Reid's campaign would desperately beg Obama not to come out there.
Let’s all hope this works about as well as his last-minute campaign stop for Martha Coakley earlier this year...
Well, not everybody is a ace political analyst like you and me. :)
Because it’s one of the few places he can go and not have it backfire on him the way MASS and NJ did?
I know a lot of people want to believe she can win, and I know she’s doing her best to try and put that talking point that she has a chance but...I’m not seeing it.
And Obama went to Massachusetts to support Coakley for Senate against Brown where he lost again.
Obama's "gravitas" may get to zero if Coons wins. ;-)
You got that right. All eyes will be on the early returns there. I hope there are a lot of poll watchers, attorneys, etc, watching the ballots, and the count. I hope Delaware Voters know how important their vote is. They are voting for all of us!
“If O’Donnell is really down 10 points with four days to go, why is 0bie coming again? I’m thinking it’s much closer than that!”
Of course it is, and the Democrats know it. Obama would not be making another visit on Monday if Coons was really 10 points ahead. He is running a bit of a risk IMHO because Coons is in deep trouble and will in all likelihood lose to O’Donnell. I believe that the overthrow of the Establishment in the Primary is going to create an entirely new electorate. Many Delawareans had simply not voted because of the rigged system in Delaware promoted by the two Party Establishments who served up a choice (Castle versus Coons) that was really no choice at all or they had voted (as they did in 2008) for non-ideological reasons (Biden was the favorite son; first black President; McCain was a moderate and not that different from Obama, etc...).
As Al B. will remember from Craig Shirley’s excellent book on the 1976 Reagan campaign, in the Texas primary, President Ford, having all the Establishment backing as well as the power of the Presidency, was expecting to split the 100 delegates with Reagan in the May 1, 1976 primary. Instead Reagan won all 96 districts and 100 delegates, winning most of the 24 Congressional districts by 2-1, an unprecedented, crushing defeat that took everyone by complete surprise. Ford had an excellent operation led by Jim Baker and Senator John Tower and Ford got his vote out. The problem was later the topic of a White House memo, which said:
“the people coming to vote...are unknown and have not been involved in the Republican political system before; they vote overwhelmingly for Reagan.”
“They’re swamping us,” said the state Executive Director. At one Waco precinct, 84 people had voted in the previous GOP primary whereas over 800 showed up in 1976.
Reagan’s Revolution, Page 196
I predict that the turnout in DE is going to completely overwhelm Coons and render these polls even more inaccurate than usual (Off year election polls, like primary polls, are generally way off because no one can correctly gauge turnout).
Who were these people who turned out in 1976 to vote for Reagan. They were Democrats (Carter went on to win Texas in 1976). A number of O’Donnell Voters will come from the ranks of those who voted for favorite son Joe Biden in 2008 because he was a favorite son candidate for VP. O’Donnell will likely draw nearly all of her 2008 vote to the polls this time. (It was 140,000, which was more than Biden received (135,000) in winning reelection in the last off year election (2002).
I am in Delaware and I have received no confirmation that BO is coming back on Monday - and I am pretty well plugged in to these sorts of things. I will look for other sources of information.
Internal polls must show that this race is even, not the 10 point lead the media campaigners want us to believe. They are trying to depress conservative votes by making everyone feel that this is a lost cause and not bothering to vote.
Obama couldn’t rescue Coakley or Corzine. Neither Christie nor Scott Brown has anywhere near the star power of O’Donnell.
Having failed then, Obama will fail even more miserably in DE. Delaware is not anywhere near as liberal as Massachusetts or even New Jersey. It is small town and rural. No big urban areas.
No, DE voters are in it for DE, and that means popular “programs.”
“Internal polls must show that this race is even, not the 10 point lead the media campaigners want us to believe. They are trying to depress conservative votes by making everyone feel that this is a lost cause and not bothering to vote.”
This is exactly what they are trying to do, but the GOP’s massive early voting shows this is not working. It might even be depressing the liberal turnout.
Someone should remind them that the Bush tax cuts resulted in way more money remaining in the state than Joe Biden ever steered their way in pork.
The abuse has been limited to conservative women.
Thanks for checking. This is a bigge. My gut still tells me his visit will help Christine. He's coming there to 'beat up' on Christine? Maybe I'm shrinking it too much, but I think that's a possibility and people will stand up and defend Christine. . .
Well you may be right, but for the sake of accuracy the percentage of the population that is black is 13%
Sarah into Wilmington 3 PM Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Christine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post-election comparisons of results vs. polls is going to be very interesting this year, especially in places like DE.
Win or lose, I like this chick. She has had everything thrown at her and she hasn’t wilted. She has some big ones of whatever it is that ladies have in lieu of big brass ones.
“Chick” is a term of high endearment to me so nobody be offended.
“This appeal to non-traditional GOP voters by grassroots campaigners like Sarah Palin and Christine O’Donnell is being missed or ignored by the pundits IMO.”
That’s funny, because it is obvious to you and me. In DE, it is not just anti-Obama or strictly ideological. It is cultural. It is the populists versus the elites. A lot of union voters who would have been comfortable with Biden will reject the effete snob Coons and it won’t have anything to do with ideology or how the elections in 2008 or 2006 turned out.
This is a whole new ball game on multiple levels and the so-called experts are completely missing it.
To me, it is just a recapitulation of the dynamics that were at work in 1980 and were at least fermenting as early as 1976.
BTW, a liberal couple saw the CAGW's Chinese professor commercial. It got them thinking. At least nobody can call the commercial racist since the Chinese win. A brilliant commercial.
NOT OF DELAWARE!!!!! She is running not for President!!! I am talking about Delaware 18% which is 5-6 percent above national average to further my point!:)
Go Christine, love her!!! And if I am allowed to say this, she will be by far the best looking Senator in the history of the entire Congress.
Just don’t call her ma’am
(running and hiding)
Here’s a fun fact for you O’Donnell naysayers from a friend that works in the Dem party on the east coast.
The DNC internal polls conducted out of the New Jersey Dem party had this race 48%-44% (within 4%) on Thursday afternoon. Coons is losing independents and O’Donnell has gained significantly in Dem votes. She leads in Sussex and Kent counties and has shaved off 10% of Coons lead in New Castle County. Uncommitted’s are still very high.
The thinking is that if Dems maintain a turnout of under 35% and Republicans capture a 40-45% turnout among conservative independents and GOP voters, then she will likely win. Its a turnout battle.
That is why Obama is coming back in to Delaware. Remember these polls were taken several days ago, before several interviews and the Gawker story, but trending in O’Donnell’s favor.
Help with GOTV is what is needed. If you have time, volunteer the GOTV phone bank, instead of armchair criticism of a winnable race. This is all within the ‘margin of turnout.’