Democrats tells Obama to “take his endorsement and really shove it”

posted at 10:42 am on October 25, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Rhode Island’s Democratic nominee for governor, Frank Caprio, channels his inner Johnny Paycheck today in discussing his party’s national leader, President Barack Obama.  The Providence Journal reported earlier that Obama would not endorse Caprio in his battle against independent and former Republican US Senator Lincoln Chafee, which angered Caprio to the point of suggesting what Obama could do with his endorsement on WPRO Radio — and ripping Obama for using his state as a campaign-fund ATM:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is livid after the Providence Journal reported Monday morning President Obama would not endorse Caprio during his visit to the state today.

“He can take his endorsement and really shove it”, Caprio told John Depetro and the WPRO morning news. Caprio told WPRO he did not seek the President’s endorsement and calls the snub Washington politics.

“We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island. He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine”, said Caprio.

Obama’s stuck in a tough position.  Chafee crossed party lines to endorse Obama over John McCain, and Obama now owes Chafee, although in Rhode Island, the endorsement made little difference.  In Caprio’s case, the Obama endorsement could have made a lot of difference in keeping Democrats in his corner.  Instead, Obama’s abstention will be seen as a tacit dig at Caprio and support of Chafee.

Obama had better hope Chafee beats Caprio.  If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.


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You’d think that he’d be thanking him….

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM

If this is really down to the Democrat vs. Chafee… I’d pull the lever for the Democrat every day of the week if I lived in the Ocean State.

Red Cloud on October 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM

The sad thing is that because he’s a Democrat, we have no reason not to believe this whole thing was staged.

The Lone Platypus on October 25, 2010 at 10:47 AM

If Obama had endorsed him and been told to ‘shove it’, it would be news worthy.

This is just sour grapes.

JadeNYU on October 25, 2010 at 10:48 AM

I love the sound of Liberal in-fighting in the morning.

Lily on October 25, 2010 at 10:49 AM

This would only be news if it had happened to Palin…

Caper29 on October 25, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Is the popcorn machine around here broken? This is getting better and better.

Laura in Maryland on October 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Subject verb agreement clusterfark in headline

John the Libertarian on October 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Hope & Change Roofied & raped.

bloviator on October 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.

Yeah, like RI will be in play in 2012.

mankai on October 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

I’ve been laughing since saw this in the headlnes.

katy the mean old lady on October 25, 2010 at 10:52 AM

It speaks volumes Obama is reduced to campaigning in deep blue states yet even Democrats want nothing to do with him.

JammieWearingFool on October 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Wasn’t this a SNL skit this weekend?

ctmom on October 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Johnny Paycheck held the job he said could be shoved. Caprio, not so much with Obama’s endorsement.

Caprio sounds like the whiny two year-old who didn’t get some cheerios just before dinner.

Dusty on October 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Rhode Island, you’re my number one priority! Get your cousins, tell ‘em to put down the Nintendo, shut of Lil’ Wayne, and get out there and vote!
/bho

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Get the Chinese guy from SNL. I think he’s needed for this one.

UnderstandingisPower on October 25, 2010 at 10:56 AM

It speaks volumes Obama is reduced to campaigning in deep blue states yet even Democrats want nothing to do with him.

JammieWearingFool on October 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

he’s running out of vacation campaign spots it appears…

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Caprio sounds like the whiny two year-old who didn’t get some cheerios just before dinner.

Dusty on October 25, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I don’t care. The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

BacaDog on October 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM

If Obama is thought of this badly in the deep blue states, can you imagine how the rest of the country feels about this schmuck? The thrill is gone.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM

The Clintons are probably salivating! Wouldn’t be surprised if Bill goes in to campaign for him.

Done That on October 25, 2010 at 10:58 AM

At least he had one group of people voting for him. You know those college “intellectuals”.
Great moments in higher learning.

maynila on October 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

This isn’t just a case of “burning bridges”; this is where you first burn the bridge, then pulverize the ashes and burn them, then blow up both ends of where the bridge first stood, just for good measure.

pilamaye on October 25, 2010 at 11:01 AM

You’d think that he’d be thanking him….

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM

That got a laugh out of me this morning….

jeffn21 on October 25, 2010 at 11:03 AM

There’s no civil war between the ObamaCrats & democrats. Nope. Huh-uh. Never.

portlandon on October 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM

“Democrats tells Obama”.

The article talks about one Democrat who tells… If more than one Democrat were doing the telling, you’d need to take the “s” off “tells” instead.

-Language Martinet

The Monster on October 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM

portlandon on October 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM

I thinks the Dems are suffering from a <em>Hopey-Changey Hangover. It will really be bad the morning of November 3rd.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 11:06 AM

In other news, John Kerry was worried that his yacht tax in Rhode Island might increase, and sailed back to Martha’s Vineyard.

Steve Z on October 25, 2010 at 11:07 AM

We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island.

Same thing for Tennessee: We had the worst flood in our history on May 1, 2010; Obama did not do a fly over. Same with the ice storm in Kentucky in 2009; Obama was a no-show. Somehow this is all Bush’s fault…

TN Mom on October 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Semi OT on Drudge…Clinton speaks at HS gym 2/3 empty?

The thrill is gone indeed.

lukespapa on October 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM

it’s only being said to give the false appearance he isn’t an obama rubber stamp. he’s trying to put some distance between himself and Chafee in the polls. We were well ahead of the rest of the country in high unemployment, inflation and job loss and people are pO’d.

Don’t count out Repub. candidate Robitaille though. Even though The Projo paper does everything to avoid mentioning he is in the race. The have tried to craft the meme that its between Chaffe and Caprio so people don’t “waste a vote” on the republican. A dem. badmouthing Obama is the equivelant of bad mouthing Pelosi-whatever nonsense it takes to fool people into thinking your not a rubber stamp. It fools no one

Niteowl45 on October 25, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Sorry, Ds-this guy is so totally yours.
Remember the Democrat and MSM celebration of the thousand year Reich of Hope ‘n’ Change in 2008?

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on October 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM

….how the rest of the country feels about this schmuck? The thrill is gone.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 10:57 AM

That was an interesting read about the Peruvian and the Pledge of Allegiance.

I wonder if Bammers will learn anything about karma while he’s in India.

tru2tx on October 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

It’s Rhode Island … what difference could this possibly make? They don’t vote Republican, unless it’s for a liberal twit like lisping Linc.

Jaibones on October 25, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Since when did ‘flyover country’ migrate to New England?

ajacksonian on October 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

tru2tx on October 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM

Thank you. Scooter won’t learn a thing. He thinks he’s knows everything there is to know, already.

kingsjester on October 25, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Oh, they’ll kiss and make up for 2012. Dems of a feather always get the early bribe.

Kissmygrits on October 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Hey, I know Johnny Paychecks son! He’s currently serving in Iraq, God bless him.

loudmouth883 on October 25, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Now Rhode Island knows how all of the red states feel…

DCJeff on October 25, 2010 at 11:25 AM

Rhode Island ??

Pffft …….. Their never in contention.

Jerome Horwitz on October 25, 2010 at 11:25 AM

We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island.

Same thing for Tennessee: We had the worst flood in our history on May 1, 2010; Obama did not do a fly over. Same with the ice storm in Kentucky in 2009; Obama was a no-show. Somehow this is all Bush’s fault…

TN Mom on October 25, 2010 at 11:08 AM

Why would he visit an area where all the golf courses are under water?

loudmouth883 on October 25, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Semi OT on Drudge…Clinton speaks at HS gym 2/3 empty?

The thrill is gone indeed.

lukespapa on October 25, 2010 at 11:09 AM

and billy jeff goes through the mental calculations of “if number of hottie interns attending >> cigars on hand then proceed to humidor until number of cigars on hand = number of hottie interns in attendance.”

billy jeff math

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Not much difference between Chaffe and any Dem. Neither have any principles that are worth having.
Hey Obama, go back to Delaware and campaign some more. Better yet, go up to Mass. and campaign for Barney. He needs help.

BetseyRoss on October 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM

If RI elects that fool Chaffee, then they deserve whatever problems he causes. I(having been a Rhode Islander for much of my life-not any more)always gave them the benefit of the doubt. If they are stupid enough to elect that idiot they will have lost any lingering appreciation I have for them. Not that they’ll care of course. But down, down, down the rabbit hole even further Chaffee will take them.

jeanie on October 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM

If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.

Not that Obama cares about the little states.

disa on October 25, 2010 at 11:49 AM

ted c on October 25, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Ted, he is going after HS chicks now?

lukespapa on October 25, 2010 at 11:50 AM

In terms of these traditional qualifications for the presidency, when he was inaugurated last year, Obama was arguably the least experienced commander in chief since maybe Chester A. Arthur, who was never actually elected president. That fact has probably hurt him in practical ways. He hasn’t learned how to slap backs like Bill Clinton or LBJ, whose liberal changes were more sweeping than Obama’s. And few in Washington owe him any favors.

J_Crater on October 25, 2010 at 11:57 AM

…now he’s coming into Rhode Island treating us like an ATM machine.”

What’s an Automatic Teller Machine Machine? I hear a lot of people talking about them, but I’ve never seen one.

RadClown on October 25, 2010 at 11:59 AM

RI is so blue, what does Obama care? Either way he get’s either the Democrat or the “independent” Democrat. If he wins, Caprio will be quickly schooled in the Chicago way and come running cap in hand.

jnelchef on October 25, 2010 at 12:01 PM

The “Democrats” are telling him to shove his endorsement…The Bearded Marxist on the other hand are more than happy to have him campaign for him…in a state that is supposed to be a done deal for the Democrats “Delaware” Harry Reid’s pet welcomes the Kiss of Death. That’s how bearded Marxist Roll in Delaware LOL!

http://articles.latimes.com/2010/oct/22/news/la-pn-campaign-surrogates-20101023

Where is the Republican establishment helping their candidate Christine O’Donnell? O’Donnell said to now be within 6 points in the polls.

Free Republic
I got the following e-mail from the Tea Party Express and wondered if others had heard of a poll showing Christine this close.

Stunning news to report today, fellow patriots. A brand new poll has Christine O’Donnell surging to within 6% of her Democrat challenger, Chris Coons.

This late-in-the-campaign surge replicates her surge in the polls in the GOP primary, when everyone had written her off and said she could never win.

She proved the so-called “experts” wrong before and she seems poised to do so again!

With just 10 days left until Election Day, we would love nothing more than to defeat Barack Obama’s and Harry Reid’s candidate, Chris Coons, and give the media heartburn by electing Christine O’Donnell to the U.S. Senate.

But now we’ve got to give it everything we’ve got because it seems the national Republican Party has abandoned her and is refusing to put money into her campaign. But we here at the Tea Party Express aren’t abandoning Christine O’Donnell, and we’re committed to helping her win, just as we did in the primary.

So the Republican Party has just deserted O’Donnell? They have the wind at their backs, but they can’t find a way to help their candidate in Delaware? The 10th Republican seat in the Senate?

She has moved the polls and she has out raised Coons in fund raising. Coons is so secure he will win, he is running attack ads, and the President and Vice President are stumping for Harry Reid’s pet in a safe Democrat seat…..it’s sad, it’s really, really sad. This is why Independents stay Independents and don’t convert to Republican.

Dr Evil on October 25, 2010 at 12:04 PM

If RI elects that fool Chaffee, then they deserve whatever problems he causes. I(having been a Rhode Islander for much of my life-not any more)always gave them the benefit of the doubt. If they are stupid enough to elect that idiot they will have lost any lingering appreciation I have for them. Not that they’ll care of course. But down, down, down the rabbit hole even further Chaffee will take them.

jeanie on October 25, 2010 at 11:45 AM
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Jeanie, it’s not the voters are stupid, it’s that they are outnumbered. 60+ years. They put in place policy that drives people and businesses that oppose them away.

When you combine the number of union people, government workers, illegals, welfare for genration mooches and those that get special favors from politicians, that number is larger than tax payers that want change. I’d be very surprised if Chafee won though. He isn’t fooling anyone, niether is Caprio for that matter

Niteowl45 on October 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Remember that old song(yes, I know you are all too young!!)It goes “Poor little Rhode Island, the smallest of the 48″(yes, I know, but it’s really very, very old lol). Well the ‘poor’ part is already true to some degree and will take on deep seated financial meaning if Chaffee is elected.Go ahead RI, elect Chaffee and really give that line solid and irreparable relevance. How, I ask you, can the RI electorate go on being so self punishing and not seem to notice or care.

jeanie on October 25, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Niteowl45 on October 25, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Lived there for a long time and know what you are saying is true. It’s one of the reasons we moved out after 4!!! generations of Rhode Islanders. Almost immediately we saw our financial and social fortunes improve after we left. What do you think will have to happen for RI to change?

jeanie on October 25, 2010 at 12:25 PM

If not, Rhode Island won’t exactly be friendly territory in the 2012 campaign.

Yeah, like RI will be in play in 2012.

mankai on October 25, 2010 at 10:51 AM

You said a mouthful. Rhode Island is the least balanced and most complacently political state I’ve seen in this country (and that’s from a New Yorker). The RI General Assembly House makeup is Dem-69; Repub-11 and the Senate is Dem-35; Repub-5, and it’s been that way for generations! Not an exaggeration. The goonion establishment has been raping the state for years, and if it weren’t for Michigan, Rhode Island would be Michigan.

Western_Civ on October 25, 2010 at 12:45 PM

Stinkin’ Lincoln left the GOP in 2007, so he didn’t completely cross party lines to endorse Hopey.

Brainster on October 25, 2010 at 1:49 PM

When I go back for high school and college reunions, I am struck by the differences between those who have left the state and those who have stayed. It’s not that there,s a marked differences in intelligence, the startling differences are in the information levels. Those who have left are ten times better informed in almost every area. I know when we lived there we only heard one side of every issue(guess which)and didn’t even bother to see if there was another side except how that other side was painted by the Party in power. Many of those poor folks don’t even know there is another world with less restricted opportunity out there.Complacency is as good a word as any. None of us would consider moving back.

jeanie on October 25, 2010 at 1:50 PM

The headline is misleading. It should be ‘Democrat tells Obama to “take his non-endorsement and really shove it”‘.

After all, what we have here is the White House publicising Obama’s non-endorsement of another Democrat.

unclesmrgol on October 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Done That on October 25, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Bill already has been campaigning for Caprio…ads have been running in RI for a while now.

jackmac on October 25, 2010 at 2:33 PM

and Obama now owes Chafee

Obama in his mind doesn’t owe anybody…Keepin score brother!

bhawknine on October 25, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Obama had better hope Chafee beats Caprio

Hope is right!

bhawknine on October 25, 2010 at 3:26 PM

“We had one of the worst floods in the history of the United States a few months back and President Obama didn’t even do a fly over of Rhode Island. He ignored us and now he’s coming into Rhode Island and treating us like an ATM machine”, said Caprio.

Not to be unsympathetic, but this seems more than a little exaggerated, unless you take an extremely generous interpretation of “one of the worst”.

The history of flooding in the United States since its inception shows a great many floods that were much worse, be it scope, depth, duration, total damage, lives lost, or almost any other meaningful metric. Admittedly, it’s one of the worst in the history of Rhode Island, but RI is not known for setting landmark flood totals.

It doesn’t excuse the President for his lackluster response to this and several other disasters, of course. But he didn’t single out RI in this case, nor was the March RI flooding such an epic disaster that everything else should pale by comparison. He’s ignored bigger.

VekTor on October 25, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Is he mad that he hasn’t been promised a cushy job in the Obama “administration”?

NoDonkey on October 25, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Look, many Dems are using this kind of rhetoric in the campaigns throughout the nation now. Just as they did in the ‘red’ districts in 2008, they are campaigning to the right to attract the more conservative democrat and independant vote.
Then, just as in 2009, once elected, they will be a voting machine for the left leadership. Have we forgotten how this worked in ’08??? They ran as pro gun, God, and small government.

I ask you, how can a Democrat be those any of those things??? It is not part of the Democrat plank! They will have to resort to voting with their party!

JeffVader on October 25, 2010 at 6:19 PM

JeffVader

“This one’s wet…this one’s wet…this one’s wet…this one’s wet…did you dry these trays in a rain forest?”

VekTor on October 25, 2010 at 7:10 PM

If this is really down to the Democrat vs. Chafee… I’d pull the lever for the Democrat every day of the week if I lived in the Ocean State.

Red Cloud on October 25, 2010 at 10:45 AM

The GOP should do ads for the Democrat.

JellyToast on October 25, 2010 at 9:26 PM

This is one Dem who understands all there is to know about…..soundbites. *haha

AnninCA on October 25, 2010 at 10:11 PM