On Saturday, I bloggedÂ that Martin Luther King Day would be turned into a last minute Martha Coakley campaign rally, andÂ my prediction was proven correct.Â Only it was not President Obama who compared KingÂ to Coakley, it was Martha Coakley herself.
But certainly the mostÂ arrogant lineÂ from Coakley's speechÂ was when she linked King's "I Have a Dream" speech to tomorrow's election.Â "We remember the dream tomorrow [Election Day] and we will act on the dream tomorrow."Â Martin Luther King, Jr.'s son also got up to speak,Â andÂ exhorted the crowd toÂ vote for Coakley as well.Â Â [See video]
After she spoke, Coakley worked the room and posed for pictures with the many black faces in the audience.Â Right now, I'm sure she's crossing her fingers, hoping that all this feel-good footage makes the evening news.
Scott Brown, of course, was not invited to speak, but he attended the breakfast anyway.
"I didn't realize that this was a rally for Martha. And I thought it was inappropriate that she started asking for votes," Brown told reporters. [Coakley, Brown the Buzz at MLK Breakfast, by Peter Schworm, Boston Globe,Â January18, 2010].
Inappropriate, perhaps. ButÂ hardly surprising.