The loss could be the beginning of a long Democratic slide that culminates in a loss of the congress in November and perhaps even a loss of the White House in 2012.
If Coakley loses, regardless of circumstances the single thought permeating American politics will be, if Democrats cannot win in Massachusetts, where can they win?
The publicity surrounding the recent polls could be just what Coakley needs to wake up the Massachusetts Democratic base. Few statewide elections have ever mattered as much as this one does. With the stakes so high, the next 48 hours will afford some of the biggest political drama the country has seen in over a year.