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MORE DEMOCRATS BAIL ON OBAMA’S CONVENTION AND REFUSE TO ENDORSE HIM
Human Events ^ | 7-5-12 | John Hayward

Posted on 07/05/2012 11:08:45 AM PDT by kingattax

A fresh round of Democrats has announced they will not be attending the party convention in Charlotte. Most troublingly for President Obama, several of them are from North Carolina, and not only have they decided not to drop in on a convention held in their own state, they’ve refused to endorse Obama for president in 2012.

The latest round of Democrats fleeing from Obama include North Carolina congressmen Mike McIntyre and Larry Kissell, plus candidate Hayden Rogers.

Additionally, news broke just before the Fourth of July holiday that Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas has decided not to attend the party convention, although he does support Obama for president.

The North Carolina trio hasn’t been particularly talkative about their decision, with McIntyre and Kissell refusing to return calls from the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Rachel Adams of the North Carolina GOP, on the other hand, was quite happy to discuss the situation with the press, saying “Hayden Rogers’ refusal to publicly support both President Obama and attend his own party’s national convention illustrates that North Carolina voters have rejected President Obama’s job killing, big government policies.

If President Obama can’t even capture enthusiasm from his own party, how can he expect to rally voters in November?”

It’s tougher to sell the “too busy campaigning to waste time at the convention” excuse when you’re talking about candidates in the very state where the convention is being held. In fact, Kissell represents the 8th Congressional District, where Charlotte is located. Furthermore, a busy schedule of campaign activities doesn’t explain why these folks refuse to endorse Obama for re-election.

There are some Republicans who have decided not to attend their party’s convention in Tampa, such as George Allen of Virginia, whose opponent Tim Kaine says he will be at the Democrat convention in Charlotte.

But far more Democrats are taking a pass on Charlotte, and some of them are making it clear that they want to distance themselves from an unpopular President while running tough races in red and purple states.

It’s also telling that a key early Obama supporter, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, is among those skipping the 2012 convention.

It’s tough to say if this is a “record” number of candidates and elected officials skipping a party convention. Both Republican and Democrat candidates skipped their 2008 conventions, generally with the same stated reason of being too busy with campaign activities to attend, but their numbers look to have been considerably smaller, with fewer refusals to endorse.

It also seems, from a review of 2008 news articles, that these announcements tended to come much later in the game, closer to the date of the actual conventions. The media didn’t make as much of a fuss about it as they are today.

Of course, there wasn’t an incumbent President on the ticket in 2008. (In fact, the most widely reported convention-skipping decision in 2008 was George Bush’s announcement that he wouldn’t attend the Republican convention, and he pointedly was not running for office at the time.)

Looking back to 2004, only three Senate candidates made any headlines by announcing they would skip the GOP convention in New York: David Vitter of Louisiana, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

Greater attention was paid to the non-attendance of a non-candidate, Colin Powell. I think it can be said that the number and stature of Democrat candidates bailing on the 2012 convention is remarkable, if not historic.

Will all of this convention-skipping make a difference, once affairs in Charlotte have been concluded? No doubt the Republicans will make some hay of it, reminding presidential voters that candidates from Obama’s own party took pains to distance themselves from him, while the opponents of Democrats in tight local races will portray their refusal to attend the convention as transparent attempts to hide their liberalism and party loyalty.

The effectiveness of those tactics will probably depend upon President Obama’s standing in the polls as the election draws closer. If he’s doing well in the fall, it won’t matter that a sizable number of candidates chose to avoid his convention; if he’s down in the polls, the convention-skippers will be salt in his political wounds.

The tenor of the convention will probably have a lot to do with it as well, as a successful convention largely free of controversy or major political stumbles will go a long way toward erasing the memory of those who chose not to attend.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri; US: North Carolina; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2012dncconvention; bho2012; nothanks

1 posted on 07/05/2012 11:08:51 AM PDT by kingattax
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To: kingattax

I still think Obama will be found in a fetal position soon and have to be scooped up and lead away and Hillary will fly in on her broom to save the party, the country and the american way


2 posted on 07/05/2012 11:14:23 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: kingattax

The ‘rats are fleeing the sinking ship!


3 posted on 07/05/2012 11:14:46 AM PDT by MeganC (January 20, 2013: The End of an Error)
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To: kingattax

I worked in Charlotte for the last 3 months

We had planned on working in another city that week because none of us could get hotel reservations- everythign was booked solid for months already

But lately, hotel rooms have been opening up...


4 posted on 07/05/2012 11:22:17 AM PDT by Mr. K (OBAMA MUST BE STOPPED ROMNEY/GINGRICH)
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To: kingattax

Rats are rats and will fall in line when they have to. They need to put on a show for their conservative Rat base.


5 posted on 07/05/2012 11:26:03 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: Mr. K

“...lately, hotel rooms have been opening up...”

You don’t say! Isn’t that just wonderful.


6 posted on 07/05/2012 11:27:00 AM PDT by SatinDoll
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To: kingattax

Okay, I have a question. If there are so many congress-critters who are trying so hard to distance themselves from Obama, shouldn’t NOW be the time to throw up the repeal of Obamacare? We might actually get a whole lot more Dem votes than one might anticipate. Just to be on the record for voting against it.


7 posted on 07/05/2012 11:30:04 AM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: kingattax

NC is going back to the GOP w/o a doubt this year.


8 posted on 07/05/2012 11:32:24 AM PDT by Lou Budvis
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To: kingattax

It is No Small Thing to insult a sitting president in such a manner. They must be Real Sure he won’t be re-elected, because life for them will be a bitch on wheels with a Sworn Enemy sitting in the oval, calculating his payback.

And if they are that sure, then that’s a very meaningful straw in the wind.


9 posted on 07/05/2012 11:35:36 AM PDT by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: kingattax

To endorse him is like burning your resume.


10 posted on 07/05/2012 11:41:16 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: William of Barsoom

I’m sure these Rats have received “permission” not to show up. They know the only chance some of these morons have is to show that they aren’t part of the leftist core.

They will fall in line if the King wins...and they likely have his permission not to show up. Heck, I won’t be surprised if they DO show up in disguises, so they can enjoy in their liberal lust-fest without actually being there “on the record”.


11 posted on 07/05/2012 11:43:56 AM PDT by woweeitsme
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To: kingattax

Their internal polling must be horrible, if they are:

A. Not attending the convention
B. Not endorsing him for Preezy
C. All of the above

This should not be taken lightly, as bad as Romney is, I don’t see any of the Pubs doing this on our side. The Dems must know something is up, and don’t want to associate themselves with the coming train wreck.


12 posted on 07/05/2012 11:51:33 AM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: erod

More irrelevance.

If anyone hasn’t figured out yet that Obama is going to steal Ohio, then we deserve what we get.


13 posted on 07/05/2012 11:52:48 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: erod

Note this is happening after the sc ruling.


14 posted on 07/05/2012 12:04:52 PM PDT by TMA62 (Al Sharpton - The North Korea of race relations)
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To: kingattax

We’re not fooled by any of this crap. They’ll do what they have to do to get re-elected, then if Obama’s still president, they’ll be licking his boots and voting with the democratic leadership in lockstep just like usual.


15 posted on 07/05/2012 12:10:07 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: TMA62

Good point, after his “victory” comes crashing to earth and the glow has faded, he’s going to encounter the same problems he did a couple of months and weeks ago. The SC ruling was a life preserver - a life preserver made of lead.


16 posted on 07/05/2012 12:14:47 PM PDT by erod (This Chicagoan will crawl over broken glass to vote the fake Chicagoan Obama out!)
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To: kingattax

Wew need to worry about OUR CANDIDATE!!!


17 posted on 07/05/2012 12:23:52 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kingattax

All these Democrats will have to defend their voting records-not whether they show up at the convention. And given the chance, they would vote exactly the same way.


18 posted on 07/05/2012 12:24:48 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: duckman
Rats are rats and will fall in line when they have to.

I was thinking something similar last week.

My suspicion is that, those senators and congresspeople who are announcing that they won't be at the convention, will "surprise" the convention and the country, to announce that, they are in fact, standing behind their man. It will be a way to "shock" the public and try to give Obama an huge bounce at, and after, the convention, and to show the voters that, the democrats are standing together and will not back down from their agenda, and won't back away from "their man".

I don't trust the democrats, and, they'll do whatever it takes to win, which includes lying, cheating, and stealing (including stealing of elections).
19 posted on 07/05/2012 12:38:29 PM PDT by adorno
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To: al baby
Hillary will fly in on her broom to save the party, the country and the american way

I've been saying that for six months.

20 posted on 07/05/2012 12:42:32 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: MeganC

Re-electing Obama would be like raising the Titanic so it could crash into an iceberg again.


21 posted on 07/05/2012 12:56:18 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: al baby
I still think Obama will be found in a fetal position soon and have to be scooped up and lead away and Hillary will fly in on her broom to save the party, the country and the american way

I think when it's clear to the powers that control the Demwit party that hussein can't win, they'll off him and try to blame it on a white Christian group in order to split the country wide open. THEN Hillary will swoop in.
22 posted on 07/05/2012 1:02:21 PM PDT by crosshairs
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To: kingattax

23 posted on 07/05/2012 1:03:04 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: kingattax

This keeps up, they’ll be able to hold the convention on his tour bus & save a boat load of money!


24 posted on 07/05/2012 1:12:46 PM PDT by blondee123 (Our country is headed for DICTATORSHIP! WAKE UP!)
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To: MeganC
The ‘rats are fleeing the sinking ship!


25 posted on 07/05/2012 1:46:09 PM PDT by Ron H. (Obama, America's public enemy #1.)
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To: blondee123

“...This keeps up, they’ll be able to hold the convention on his tour bus & save a boat load of money!...”

They better not - it was made in Canada.

/s


26 posted on 07/05/2012 1:47:46 PM PDT by MCOAvalanche
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To: blondee123

“...This keeps up, they’ll be able to hold the convention on his tour bus & save a boat load of money!...”

They better not - it was made in Canada.

/s


27 posted on 07/05/2012 1:47:51 PM PDT by MCOAvalanche
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To: kingattax

Hilarious, the little Rats are afraid to be seen with king Rat!


28 posted on 07/05/2012 1:49:12 PM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: William of Barsoom

He’ll be a lame duck, with countless investigations against him going on. He’ll have little power even if he wins.


29 posted on 07/05/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT by PghBaldy (I eagerly await the next news about the struggles of Elizabeth Sacheen Littlefeather Warren.)
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To: LibertarianLiz

The House is voting on it July 9.


30 posted on 07/05/2012 2:07:28 PM PDT by KansasGirl
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To: Ron H.

31 posted on 07/05/2012 2:10:46 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: kingattax
Additionally, news broke just before the Fourth of July holiday that Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas has decided not to attend the party convention, although he does support Obama for president.

But who will he VOTE for in the privacy of a voting booth??

32 posted on 07/05/2012 2:17:21 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (If we stay home in November '12, don't blame 0 for tearing up the CONSTITUTION!!)
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To: kingattax

As interesting as it is to see congressional Democrats seeming to be abandoning Obama, I wouldn’t get too excited. Just as Republicans that are lukewarm on Romney (Jim raises his hand) will still cast their vote for him in November, these Democrat officeholders may not attend the convention or endorse Obama just to play it safe - they see the handwriting on the wall - but they’ll vote for him and if he should pull out a victory (highly unlikely) they’ll be right there cheering him on as he continues his planned destruction of our liberties and our economy. This is simply not as important as we would like it to be. Remember, these people are Democrats and thus, deceitful and not to be trusted in any way.


33 posted on 07/05/2012 2:27:40 PM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: LibertarianLiz

Bonehead is having a vote in the house to repeal. Reid will kill it in the senate.

It should be interesting to see who defects in the house.


34 posted on 07/05/2012 2:35:52 PM PDT by cableguymn (For the first time in my life. I fear my country's government.)
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To: kingattax

With all this bad news for 0bama, one would think Romney would be showing better in the polls. Kinda’ like a run away freight train...no?

He is not and frankly the GOP should be ashamed. The American people really are not feeling Romney is much better.

So, I think we’ve missed boat for a viable third party.


35 posted on 07/05/2012 2:43:16 PM PDT by EBH (Obama took away your American Dreams and replaced them with "Dreams from My (his) Father".)
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To: cableguymn; KansasGirl

Thanks for the info.


36 posted on 07/05/2012 2:48:53 PM PDT by LibertarianLiz
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To: kingattax

Wow...I was just going to ping you to this article, and then saw that YOU are the one who posted it in the first place! :-)


37 posted on 07/05/2012 3:09:40 PM PDT by left that other site
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To: kingattax

The funniest thing about this is that Kissell’s district, the Eighth, encompasses much of the suburban Charlotte metro area, including where I’m sitting now (Cabarrus County, about 25 miles from where the DNC will be held). It’s in his backyard and he won’t attend. That speaks volumes.

Also, apparently Kissell’s district was adjusted to bring in more R voters in the 2010 redistricting. So he’s having to play up his weak Blue Dog credentials. But it says something for how terrible the Republicans are at times that I don’t even *know* the R that’s running against him, so he may well hold on to the seat in November.

}:-)4


38 posted on 07/05/2012 3:31:21 PM PDT by Moose4 (...and walk away.)
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To: Carry_Okie

“Hillary will fly in on her broom to save the party, the country and the american way

I’ve been saying that for six months.”


Has anything like that ever happened before? I just don’t see the Democratic Party going off-script. Obama and the Democrats will continue to read from the teleprompter.


39 posted on 07/05/2012 5:38:37 PM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: married21
I just don’t see the Democratic Party going off-script. Obama and the Democrats will continue to read from the teleprompter.

It depends upon your idea of what constitutes a script. It was when the mediots started turning on commander Zero that I took notice that somebody had initiated a rewrite.

40 posted on 07/05/2012 6:35:21 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party Switcheroo: Economic crisis! Zero's eligibility Trumped!! Hillary 2012!!!)
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To: kingattax

The Dem incumbents in West Virginia, Kentucky and NC can run but they can’t hide. If the RNC is smart they will have the morphing camera ready to run television commercials morphing the Dem incumbent’s visage into the face of Obama.


41 posted on 07/05/2012 6:48:28 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: LibertarianLiz
"If there are so many congress-critters who are trying so hard to distance themselves from Obama, shouldn’t NOW be the time to throw up the repeal of Obamacare?"

In 4 days...

42 posted on 07/05/2012 8:40:53 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: crosshairs
"THEN Hillary will swoop in."

No, she couldn't have asked for a worse scenario -- they all know Bobo's running weak, so he's cranked up the boilerplate agitprop bluster because it's been implored upon him to save downticket races -- a strategy Cankles herself probably has to endorse, but one that also pre-empts her from replacing him.

If she acknowledges that Bobo is so weak as to need replacing, the downticket races would implode.

It would be different if Bobo was so ill he couldn't serve, etc. Then she would work out some deal with Biden and the game would be on.

43 posted on 07/05/2012 8:51:45 PM PDT by StAnDeliver
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To: kingattax

President Barack Obama could, still, win re-election to another term, despite all of his past, present, and future problems.


44 posted on 07/06/2012 1:55:39 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (The world continues to be stuck in a "all leftist, all of the time" funk. BUNK THE FUNK!)
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To: Carry_Okie
Hillary will fly in on her broom to save the party, the country and the american way

"I've been saying that for six months."

I've been saying that for for a long time as well, but a friend who is much more connected and much more savvy than I agrees that a last minute change is quite possible but he says it's most likely to be Cuomo. I still don't rule out Her Heinous.

45 posted on 07/06/2012 6:45:27 AM PDT by Sal (STAND YOUR GROUND laws are the prosecutor's target--GZ is collateral damage.)
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To: kingattax
Don't worry Obama, you've always got your Muslim Brother(s)hood.
46 posted on 07/06/2012 7:05:29 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: left that other site

how about that ? :)


47 posted on 07/06/2012 8:18:32 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: al baby

rubberroom

48 posted on 07/06/2012 10:09:06 AM PDT by Foolsgold (L I B Lacking in Brains)
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To: kingattax
The reason Claire McCaskill is not attending the DNC Convention in NC is because she is going to be in a tight fight for re-election in MO and doesn't want to appear too close to BO. Missourians are not happy with BO and Claire doesn't want to jeopardize herself with the voters.
49 posted on 07/06/2012 11:35:28 AM PDT by Maryhere ("HE comes to rule the earth")
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