VA Dems ducking Obama?

posted at 10:45 am on October 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round, round and round …. all by themselves, apparently:

 Don’t look for Democrats in fiercely contested Virginia legislative elections to join President Barack Obama as he brings his campaign-style American Jobs Act bus tour to three cities there.

For that matter, don’t expect Tim Kaine, the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia’s governor two years ago, to join his old ally either.

In fact, according to the AP, the wheels on the bus are going ’round some Congressional districts that Democrats are struggling to keep:

Republicans say Democrats, particularly Senate incumbents trying to preserve a narrow majority in the Nov. 8 elections, are so afraid to embrace the unpopular president that Obama changed his Virginia itinerary to avoid stops near targeted Democrats.

A senior Virginia Democrat told The Associated Press on Oct. 7 that the president’s itinerary at the time called for stops in Danville, Charlottesville, Newport News and Fredericksburg.

Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins contends the White House changed course because most of those cities are in or near districts where Democratic incumbents battling for political survival are distancing themselves from the unpopular president.

The state Democratic Party scoffed at this report, but the Washington Post reported the same thing (via Jim Geraghty):

The White House had considered stops in Danville, Newport News, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg. But prominent Democrats in Virginia — where Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50 percent — encouraged the White House to alter the schedule so he would no longer visit districts where members of his party were involved in tight elections. Instead, Obama will speak at a high school in Emporia on Tuesday, and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton and a fire station in Chesterfield County outside Richmond on Wednesday. He will be joined by first lady Michelle Obama in Hampton.

Tim Kaine may not be appearing with Obama in Virginia, but the NRSC wants to see these two old friends and political allies get back together:

The RNC has released its own ad, taking Obama to task for his publicly-funded “Debt-End Bus Tour” campaign ride while his jobs bill gets spurned by both Democrats and Republicans:

If Democrats like Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill in MO, both of whom campaigned for Obama in 2008, feel the need to maintain distance from the sitting President thirteen months before the election in order to avoid the photo-ops that would launch campaign ads for their opponents, it says something about just how toxic Obama has become in key swing states.

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Wha? Are you saying that VA Governor Creigh Deeds, Democrat, isn’t going to be seen by the guy that endorsed him prior to his big electi.……oh…wait..?

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Once again, I must congratulate the NRSC on the bright lads and lasses they have doing their media.

JohnGalt23 on October 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

But prominent Democrats in Virginia — where Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50 percent — encouraged the White House to alter the schedule so he would no longer visit districts where members of his party were involved in tight elections.

In other words, don’t call us, we’ll call YOU!

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Obama has a scheduling conflict…get used to that phrase, I think we are going to here a lot of that…

right2bright on October 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

bho still thinks he is the greatest thing since sliced bread and probably doesn’t care if any d’s show up or not. These d’s probably will still vote for him in 2012!
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letget on October 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

The White House had considered stops in Danville, Newport News, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg.

Fredericksburg is in Eric Cantor’s district I believe. Danville and Charlottesville are in Robert Hurt’s district. Doubtful that dems are going to be even close to winning in those districts.

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Man, I love web ads! They are so useful!

lorien1973 on October 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Kaine is going to end up getting beaten in a rout by the eventual GOP nominee, whether it is Allen or someone else.

I know people like Vyce think Allen could lose because he’s a retread and Kaine was somewhat popular in the state at some point, but I don’t see downstate VA going Dem in the numbers they’d need to carry the state for either the Senate or for President.

teke184 on October 18, 2011 at 10:58 AM

Man, I love web ads! They are so useful!

lorien1973 on October 18, 2011 at 10:56 AM

That NRSC ad doesn’t look like a web ad… it’s cut to 30 secs, exactly

JohnGalt23 on October 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

That NRSC ad doesn’t look like a web ad… it’s cut to 30 secs, exactly

JohnGalt23 on October 18, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Well, it was a good one.

a capella on October 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM

Some one call the EPA—Obama’s TOXIC

Rovin on October 18, 2011 at 11:06 AM

The only thing propping up Obama’s poll numbers is the Bradley Effect (or the Wilder Effect, if you live in Virginia).

Obama may be the most popular U.S. President to lose in a land slide re-election defeat.

SlaveDog on October 18, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Virginia GOP Chairman Pat Mullins contends the White House changed course because most of those cities are in or near districts where Democratic incumbents battling for political survival are distancing themselves from the unpopular president.

I’m sure that these types of districts are in the 99%….

proportions.

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 11:12 AM

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Fredericksburg is in the 1st district, that’s Rob Wittmann. Cantor is 7th which is West of The Burg.

Oldnuke on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I can’t believe Obama really thinks he can win. It’s like he’s just going through the motions. I say the Dems missed the boat by not primarying his butt, but then they couldn’t do that to the first black president. Republicans need to primary any 1st term GOP president that becomes a big-spending Washington compromiser.

cartooner on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

PBHO: Mister Radioactive...

Khun Joe on October 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

There’s a fly in the ointment, a skunk at the picnic and a most malodorous turd in the punchbowl.

Naturally Curly on October 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM

This is odd. I am told by the MSM repeatedly that everyone hates the TP/GOP and Nancy Pelosi will be the next speaker in a coming 2012 landslide election for Democrats.

angryed on October 18, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Tim Kaine may not be appearing with Obama in Virginia, but the NRSC wants to see these two old friends and political allies get back together:

….and would love to see both of them together talk about how much they support the so called “grassroots” OWS/class warfare circus that gets exposed for it’s liberal astroturfing day after day:

(via CNBC)
He Made It on Wall St. and Used It to Help Start the Protests

By: J. David Goodman

Mr. Halper said he first heard about the plan for protests in June when he visited Kalle Lasn, the editor in chief of Adbusters, a Canadian anticorporate magazine, in Vancouver. Over a steak dinner, the two longtime friends discussed Mr. Lasn’s project, a plan to fill Wall Street with protesters as a way to galvanize anger on the political left into a revolutionary movement resembling the Arab Spring.

…so the fight against the fats cats from Wall St. is being financed by….
……past Wall St. fat cats looking for something to do with all the money they made.

Yea democrats…please…please….please attach yourself to the OWS as much as possible…..
………the gift that just keeps on giving.

Baxter Greene on October 18, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Phil Puckett, incumbent Democrat State Senator (VA, 38) has run radio spots saying he will not support BO or even vote for him. This was the same guy who walked BO around his district in 2008. Loyalty you have to love it.

Jdripper on October 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Fredericksburg is in the 1st district, that’s Rob Wittmann. Cantor is 7th which is West of The Burg.

Oldnuke on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Correct. But he would have been welcomed with open arms at the University of Mary Washington where he was planning on speaking.

SoonerMarine on October 18, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Maybe they stole the tele…

Schadenfreude on October 18, 2011 at 11:48 AM

Fredericksburg is in Eric Cantor’s district I believe. Danville and Charlottesville are in Robert Hurt’s district. Doubtful that dems are going to be even close to winning in those districts.

ted c on October 18, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Those are Congressional districts.

The immediate problem for Dems is the Assembly election next month. Republicans hold the governor and House of Delegates, but Dems hold a slim majority in the Senate. However the senate seats are all up for a vote in November. Those are the guys who don’t dare be seen on a podium with The Won this week. Just two seats switching from Dem to Rep will make the senate 20-20, with the deciding vote going to the Rep lt. gov. — and then the Republicans will control both legislative and executive branches in Virginia.

CJ on October 18, 2011 at 11:53 AM

First there was King Midas.

Now there is President Plutonium.

The local D’s machine polling group contacted me about what I thought about the local races and if I was going to vote.

I really crossed them up by saying I liked the D candidate more but was going to vote against her as it wasn’t about ‘liking’ someone. I don’t need a spenderific anyone in office, but the D’s are not going to get rewarded for the behavior of their entire leadership and National apparatus.

Obviously they can’t get a clue about this.

So I’ll send them one this November at the State level.

And VA is doing pretty well economically and will until DC gets cut down to size. DC needs to get cut down to size, it isn’t about local economic health but the health of the Nation. I won’t vote for moochers at the DC teat. And I’m beginning to suspect that I’m not alone… especially as the wealthier people are beginning to move out of Fairfax. People are getting a clue and the closer to DC you are, the worse off you will be.

ajacksonian on October 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

A truly shattering non-story.

bifidis on October 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

nd VA is doing pretty well economically and will until DC gets cut down to size. DC needs to get cut down to size, it isn’t about local economic health but the health of the Nation. I won’t vote for moochers at the DC teat. And I’m beginning to suspect that I’m not alone… especially as the wealthier people are beginning to move out of Fairfax. People are getting a clue and the closer to DC you are, the worse off you will be.

ajacksonian on October 18, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Fairfax County is quickly becoming the east coast version of San Francisco. Its got a long way to go, but thats what’s happening.

BobMbx on October 18, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Republicans need to primary any 1st term GOP president that becomes a big-spending Washington compromiser.

cartooner on October 18, 2011 at 11:13 AM

..Can I get an A-men? reserve the option!

The War Planner on October 18, 2011 at 1:27 PM

A truly shattering non-story.

bifidis on October 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM

No unicorns, no shiny, ergo non-story, is that what you’re thinking?

Oh wait, I get it. Doesn’t fit the Messiah meme, ergo non-story. The most significant case of partisan congressional districts running scared and hiding from the incumbent president in at least 40 years, and you want people to believe that it is a non-story.

Please, be my guest, and explain how this isn’t a story. Are you saying that it isn’t news that Obama is a failure? Well, perhaps you’ve accepted it, but most of your political ilk have nailed that curtain in place quite securely, so that they needn’t see the little man behind it.

Either that, or you’re saying that the story isn’t true, in which case the media must be held accountable for publishing a false story, that in itself becoming a story which should not be ignored.

I agree with you that this story is truly shattering. Of a bogus paradigm.

Freelancer on October 18, 2011 at 6:27 PM