Posted on July 04 2012 – 11:11 AM – Posted by: Doug Brady
This is getting embarrassing. Many Democrat Party officials, including most notably Obama surrogate Claire McCaskill, the embattled Senator from Missouri, have suddenly decided that they need to stay home rather than attend Obama’s convention in North Carolina. But now we have the spectacle of Democrat officials in the state of North Carolina making the same claim. Via the Asheville Citizen-Times:
Hayden Rogers will join two other North Carolina congressional candidates in skipping the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and not endorsing President Obama.
“My sole focus is on running for Congress in the 11th District,” Rogers said. “I will be concentrating my time and energy on reaching out to as many voters as possible to discuss the issues facing Western North Carolina and America. I have no plans to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and will not be endorsing in the 2012 presidential race.”
He will face the winner of the July 17 Republican runoff. Highlands businessman Mark Meadows is the GOP frontrunner with about 38 percent of the vote in the primary.
Rogers is the former chief of staff for outgoing U.S. Rep Heath Shuler. He is endorsed by the conservative Blue Dog Coalition.
Nationally, about a dozen Democrats are staying home in September to focus on their campaigns.
But what if their home is … North Carolina? These three Democrat Congressman can’t bother to drive a couple hours to attend their own party’s national convention? Of course it has nothing at all to do with Obama’s unpopularity. Or so says the chairman of the DCCC:
“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their districts,” U.S. Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told the Reuters last week.
He said the decisions have nothing to do with Obama’s popularity.
Of course not, Champ. Even more revealing is that the other two Democrats joined Rogers in refusing to even endorse Obama in the general election:
U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre in the state’s 7th District won’t attend or back the president and U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell in the 8th District is taking the same approach.
Neither candidate returned messages on Tuesday.
I’m sure that Obama’s unpopularity has nothing to do with this, either. It’s just a coincidence. If Obama’s popularity in North Carolina was, say, in the mid-60s, I’m sure they’d avoid the convention in their own state and refuse to endorse him too, right?
I wonder if, in hindsight, North Carolina was the best choice for Obama to hold his convention. Combine these defections with a deeply unpopular Democrat governor (who’s had three vetoes overridden just this week), a bizarre sex scandal involving a bigwig in the North Carolina Democrat Party, union boycotts over displeasure with North Carolina’s right to work laws, and fundraising issues which have resulted in the cancellation of a major event, and Obama’s upcoming coronation looks a far cry from the styrofoam Greek columns of 2008.
I’ll end with video of the chairman of the Democrat convention, Antonio Villaraigosa, struggling to explain to Andrea Mitchell why it’s perfectly normal for all these rats to be fleeing Obama’s sinking ship.
(h/t Daniel Halper)