It wasn’t enough that some mental infant in the Obama camp had a brain fart and helped select a Right To Work State in which to hold this year’s Democratic Convention, but there’s that Guilt By Association problem that seems to be getting in the way of the attendance of some Democrats.
Like Professor Van Helsing holding up a cross to keep Dracula away, some Democrats are having a visceral reaction to the thought of attending the convention.
Apparently many of them have…um…Prior Commitments, which include getting re-elected by staying as far away from Barack Obama as possible. Their excuses are only one slight level above “My dog ate my homework”.
Running away from the convention and Golfer In Chief like their hair is on fire are:
Senator Claire McCaskill, previously a swooning, fawning and practically spawning Obama fan whose face literally glowed at the mere mention of Teh Incandescent One’s very name. It seems that Claire has a little re-election problemo this year, so she won’t be fainting in the crowd for Barack.
Here’s a Three-Fer: Congressman Nick Rahall, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia collectively seem to have prior commitments, especially given that Barack Obama is about as popular in West Virginia right now as the Plague. In fact, in this year’s WV Presidential primary run against Barack, a prison inmate garnered 40% of the votes.
Utah’s Rep Jim Matheson got redistricted and is now living in one of the most Conservative districts in the state. Bummer, Jim. You might want to try attending the Republican convention this year.
Senator John Tester of Montana is being tested this year and it’s kind of an Open Book test, if you will. 51% of Montana voters have declared they are not going to vote for Barack Obama.
Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania also got his butt redistricted and find himself representing a district that would more likely vote for Dracula than Barack Obama. Poor Rep. Critz could only say he has always focused on jobs, which is kind of ironic considering population loss in his previous district is the reason he’s in the condition he’s in. Good luck with that, Mark.
Congresswoman Kathy Hochul of New York–pissed-off Upstate New York, to be specific — won’t be making the trip this year either. She’s going to focus on farmers and small businessmen after having been guilty of complicity by ignoring both through association with Barack Obama.
Congressman Bill Owens also represents Upstate New York. See Kathy Hochul for his explanation.
Congressman John Barrow of Georgia is definitely too busy to attend this year’s Democratic Convention. Barrow also got his district redrawn, and since he is one of those rare remaining Blue Dog Democrats who actually broke from the sheep paddock a few times, he probably wouldn’t be caught attending that convention unless someone bound, gagged and dragged his ass in there.
Congresswoman Betty Sutton of Ohio finds herself in a race against Congressman Jim Renacci because their two districts now overlap, with Renacci retaining a large portion of his already established constituency. There will be blood. So Betty is smart enough to know that, given the more conservative nature of this new district, stopping by to watch Barack Obama nominated probably isn’t such a great idea.
Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar won’t be breaking gluten-free bread with the crowd this year either, although he says, he supports President Obama’s re-election. He just doesn’t support it as much as he supports his own re-election.
Whoa Massatoosits! Whoda thunk it!? With Tedward busy answering to Mary Jo and considering John Kerry has about as much pull as a rubber band, we have defections from the MA camp. Will wonders never cease? Both Congressman Stephen Lynch and Congressman Richard Neal are taking their re-elections “very seriously”. Which is why nobody will be seeing either of them at the Convention.
So close and……..yet so far! Congressmen Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre of North Carolina just can’t make that long trip this year to….um….North Carolina. Kissell is especially serious. He voted to cite Eric Holder for Contempt and has formerly stated that he will not be supporting Barack Obama’s re-election bid.
The above list, of course, does not include the last-minute no-shows who will have ‘emergencies’ which will preclude their attendance, much as they REALLY want to be there.
But not to worry! Donna Brazille will be there!
I don’t suppose the convention will have that Parthenon appearance this year, do you?