Skip to comments.MORE DEMOCRATS BAIL ON OBAMA’S CONVENTION AND REFUSE TO ENDORSE HIM
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, theyve 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 hasnt 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 partys national convention illustrates that North Carolina voters have rejected President Obamas job killing, big government policies.
If President Obama cant even capture enthusiasm from his own party, how can he expect to rally voters in November?
Its tougher to sell the too busy campaigning to waste time at the convention excuse when youre 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 doesnt explain why these folks refuse to endorse Obama for re-election.
There are some Republicans who have decided not to attend their partys 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.
Its also telling that a key early Obama supporter, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, is among those skipping the 2012 convention.
Its 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 didnt make as much of a fuss about it as they are today.
Of course, there wasnt an incumbent President on the ticket in 2008. (In fact, the most widely reported convention-skipping decision in 2008 was George Bushs announcement that he wouldnt 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 Obamas 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 Obamas standing in the polls as the election draws closer. If hes doing well in the fall, it wont matter that a sizable number of candidates chose to avoid his convention; if hes 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.
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
The ‘rats are fleeing the sinking ship!
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...
Rats are rats and will fall in line when they have to. They need to put on a show for their conservative Rat base.
“...lately, hotel rooms have been opening up...”
You don’t say! Isn’t that just wonderful.
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.
NC is going back to the GOP w/o a doubt this year.
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.
To endorse him is like burning your resume.
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”.
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.
If anyone hasn’t figured out yet that Obama is going to steal Ohio, then we deserve what we get.
Note this is happening after the sc ruling.
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.
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.
Wew need to worry about OUR CANDIDATE!!!
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.
I've been saying that for six months.