Abandon ship: Obama pal Claire McCaskill skipping Democratic convention

posted at 4:01 pm on June 26, 2012 by Allahpundit

I don’t get it. Why wouldn’t a first-term Democratic incumbent up for reelection in an increasingly red state want a photo op with the Unicorn Prince?

Claire McCaskill will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, a McCaskill aide confirmed to TPM Tuesday. McCaskill joins a list of vulnerable Democratic politicians whose home districts are hostile ground for President Obama and who will be steering clear of the convention.

“In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”

Turns out she didn’t go to the convention in 2004 either when she was running for governor, but c’mon. McCaskill’s no ordinary Democrat when it comes to Obama: She was among the first senators to endorse him over presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton in 2008, doing so just five days after Hillary’s big win in New Hampshire. That was a major vote of confidence in him coming from a key swing-state senator and prominent woman pol; Team Clinton “aggressively sought” her endorsement at the time but McCaskill stuck with Hopenchange. As recently as last October, notes National Journal, she was defiant in standing by her buddy O:

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., makes clear to the St. Louis Beacon that she won’t be running and hiding from President Obama, even as she faces a tough reelection bid in a state the president’s almost certainly not going to win.

McCaskill said she will be asking Obama to stump for her and help her raise money, but added that she doesn’t always agree with him.

Vulnerable Democrats in comparable positions should take notice. Opponents will tie McCaskill to Obama no matter what she does: She was a major surrogate in 2008 and there are plenty of photos of the two for TV ads (Republican John Brunner has already run one tying the two together). Running away from Obama will only generate negative press coverage (when McCaskill missed an early October Obama fundraiser, that was a story).

Eight months later, here she is running away. I wonder what finally convinced her. Was it his gay marriage “evolution”? She conspicuously refused to join him in endorsing SSM last month, preferring a federalist punt instead. Maybe it was the terrible May jobs report and the prospect of no relief in sight? Or was it his new amnesty-by-fiat DREAM policy? Or was it the cumulative effect, leading to a dim awareness on her part that the words “Obama” and “good news” haven’t appeared together in a sentence in years?

Exit question: How many convention cancellations does this make? McCaskill, Manchin, Tester, Matheson, Tomblin, Rahall, Critz — who else? Good lord. No wonder they’re moving to a smaller venue. At this rate, Obama, Biden, and OWS will be the only ones there.

Update: Dan McLaughlin: “If this many in his party were bailing on attending the convention of an incumbent GOP POTUS, media would spin it as sign of his extremism.”


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I may not have a vote in the State of Missouri, but I damn sure have a dog in the fight. This women is a lying and manipulating *itch (fill in the blank at your own will). Her senatorial efforts were for the advancement of the Democratic Party, not for the advancement of us regular citizens. Now, she wants to jump ship and hope that people will not remember her record or support of the Boy King. I have faith that the good people of Missouri will not buy into this illusion she is trying to sell. My suggestion Mrs. McCaskill, go to the convention and enjoy yourself, after all you made your bed, now sleep in it.

DDay on June 26, 2012 at 5:25 PM

According to the FEC.gov website, 5 Republicans filed financial reports for the March reporting period to run against Senator Claire McCaskill in the August 7th Primary in Missouri.

These Republican Senate Candidates are:

W. Todd Akin

Jerry Garth Beck

John Brunner

Mark Stephen Memoly

Sarah H. Steelman

http://www.fec.gov/disclosurehs/HSCandList.do

If you live in Missouri, please let us all know which Republican Candidate would be the best one to DEFEAT Claire McCaskill.

A Republican needs to win this seat in order to help to get a Republican Majority in the U.S. Senate.

wren on June 26, 2012 at 5:08 PM | Delete

Very close 3 way race between Steelman, Akin, and Brunner. Akin represents just west of St. Louis. He has a long voting record you can check. He is conservative, but I think it is safe to say more driven by social issues. He’s been pretty reliably with the party for good and bad IMO. Brunner brings the outsider successful businessman angle, and has picked up a lot of traction. Trying to take the Johnson angle that worked in Wisconsin, and that wouldn’t be the worst thing at all because MO republicans tend to be porkers. Steelman is a former state treasurer and lost in a heated primary for governor to replace Matt Blunt a few years ago. She has a strong economics background. She is not the most dynamic of speakers.

Personally I still like Steelman, but I’ll get behind any of the 3. As long as the primary doesn’t devolve into excessive mudslinging, Claire will lose IMO.

stldave on June 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Oh my goodness, I had forgotten this-

It seems like only yesterday the Dems were telling us that a vote for McCaskill would cure Michael J. Fox of Parkinsons.

Go RBNY on June 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

jazzuscounty on June 26, 2012 at 5:31 PM

She’ll use that time to think of new ways to CHEAT on her taxes…

Breaking: Sen. Claire McCaskil, D-Mo., Failed to Pay $287,000 in Property Taxes on Aircraft
3:42 PM, Mar 21, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY

In a conference call with reporters, Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill just disclosed that she failed to pay $287,000 in property taxes related to her co-ownership of a private aircraft. This scandal comes quickly on the heels of recent revelations that McCaskill improperly billed taxpayers for use of the same private aircraft…”

TeaPartyNation on June 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM

And here’s some polling results. This is why Claire is trying to establish distance between her and her BFF.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/2012_missouri_senate_race.html

RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 41.5 Steelman +6.0
RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 43.5 Brunner +4.0
RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 43.0 Akin +4.5

stldave on June 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Personally I still like Steelman, but I’ll get behind any of the 3. As long as the primary doesn’t devolve into excessive mudslinging, Claire will lose IMO.

stldave on June 26, 2012 at 5:26 PM

THANK YOU for your very helpful perspective, stldave!

Narrowing down the Missouri Senate Primary to the top 3 Republican candidates helps us all to focus our efforts on helping one of them to DEFEAT CLAIRE MCCASKILL.

If we want to earn a Republican Majority in the Senate, we ALL need to pay close attention to the Senate races where Republicans have a good chance of winning.

Seize the Senate 2012!

wren on June 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

It seems like only yesterday the Dems were telling us that a vote for McCaskill would cure Michael J. Fox of Parkinsons.

Go RBNY on June 26, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Yes, in 2006 here in Missouri they were telling us that voting for Democrats and embryonic stem cell research would give us miraculous medical cures in 10 years.

Well, here it is 6 years later. Haven’t heard much about these miraculous cures now being only 4 years away.

shinty on June 26, 2012 at 5:38 PM

Poor Claire Bear. I guess being the SCOAMFs biggest cheerleader in the Midwest didn’t work out quite like you hoped. I look forward to voting your dumba** out of office in November.

RobertE on June 26, 2012 at 5:39 PM

RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 41.5 Steelman +6.0
RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 43.5 Brunner +4.0
RCP Average 5/24 – 6/7 — 47.5 43.0 Akin +4.5

stldave on June 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Thank you for sharing this good news, stldave!

After watching what Obama has done to our country just in the past few days, we need all the signs of hope we can get!

Only 4 1/2 months until Election Day!

wren on June 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

At this rate, Obama, Biden, and OWS will be the only ones there.

Two more weeks, and they can hold it in a phone booth.

Laura in Maryland on June 26, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Tester isn’t going, either? Good news, means he’s behind Rehberg. The state party has been running ads saying Tester voted with Obama 97% of the time. It must be sticking.

Kissmygrits on June 26, 2012 at 5:51 PM

I think there is life in the Blue Dogs.

Not that it’ll save Air Claire, but it is good to see some of these folks shunning communism.

Key West Reader on June 26, 2012 at 5:55 PM

I’ll bet that Lisa M-U-R-K-O-W-S-K-I will be there.

Pork-Chop on June 26, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Are the Clintons coming?

Could you see Bill having a “heart spell” at the last minute and the two of them bowing out?

Wethal on June 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Naah, too much nookie potential in that crowd for Bill to miss.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Hey, with all these Dems having previous engagements the Dems will not need such a large convention facility — a Motel 6 maybe ?

KenInIL on June 26, 2012 at 4:11 PM
Or a phone booth.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

What’s a phone booth?
Seriously, our town’s last payphone, in front of the QuikTrip, just got taken down over the weekend.

J-Paul00 on June 26, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Among McCaskill’s biggest sins was voting for the Obamacare boondoggle, knowing full well she can’t just do symbolic things like eschew the Dem convention to atone. No way. She needs to pointed toward the exit.

anotherJoe on June 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM

If Slick Willie attended, he would steal the spotlight, so my guess is no. Dems love him more than O-booo-ma.

Philly on June 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Could have something to do with the new venue. I’m not sure, but the diggs don’t look as upscale. They should hold it as SJP’s instead.

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Sasha List on June 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Too late, lady.

You are ObamaClare and so you shall stay.

Be gone with you.

DrW on June 26, 2012 at 7:24 PM

“Claire, c’mon baby. It’s me Barry. Pick up the phone.

arnold ziffel on June 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

“In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”

Heading to the hospital. I split my side.

msupertas on June 26, 2012 at 7:34 PM

In a military field environment, you try to stay 5 meters from the next guy. Is this what’s going on with the Donk Convention?

(Or is everyone still boycotting us over the marriage vote?)

hawkdriver on June 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Ambitious little dimwatt, isn’t she?

minnesoter on June 26, 2012 at 7:52 PM

“Claire, c’mon baby. It’s me Barry. Pick up the phone.

arnold ziffel on June 26, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Barry White rules.

hawkdriver on June 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

McCaskill’s no ordinary Democrat when it comes to Obama: She was among the first senators to endorse him over presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton in 2008,

I’ll never forget the heat of the August 2009 Town Halls where McCaskill was somewhere in between STL and KC. The crowd was riled as she lectured them on the brilliance of Obamacare. At one point she stopped long enough to ask the crowd the question- don’t you trust me? The resounding NO! from the crowd was priceless.

Good times! I’m going to miss Claire’s wacky socialism after she goes down in flames.

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

You spelled S&M wrong.

The Rogue Tomato on June 26, 2012 at 4:07 PM

..EEEEEWWWWWWWW! Some things just cannot be unseen!

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

..on the other hand, I wonder if SHE owns a leather bustier?

(There goes the eyesight!)

The War Planner on June 26, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Are the Clintons coming?

Could you see Bill having a “heart spell” at the last minute and the two of them bowing out?

Wethal on June 26, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Naah, too much nookie potential in that crowd for Bill to miss.

slickwillie2001 on June 26, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Man, that’s rich. LOL

msupertas on June 26, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Abandon ship is right.

Better yet, keelhaul this manatee.

Back to Kirkwood with you Clairie, more time with the grandkids etc.

eyesky on June 26, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Dan McLaughlin: “If this many in his party were bailing on attending the convention of an incumbent GOP POTUS, media would spin it as sign of his extremism.”

What? All but Jay Rockefeller from the WV Congressional delegation is bailing. So is McCaskill, and a few odd Congressmen from places like Pennsylvania (which we all know is Obama’s without question). Why would anybody accuse vulnerable politicians of running away from the guy who in the last few weeks has decided that he alone has the moral authority over DOMA, same-sex marriage, amnesty for illegals, and selective enforcement of our immigration laws. Why would any vulnerable politician feel the need to run away from that?

Happy Nomad on June 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Barry White rules.

hawkdriver on June 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Good to see you sir. Quit working so hard and post more. You’re supposed to be retired, laying around getting fat.

arnold ziffel on June 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

hawkdriver on June 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Good to see you sir. Quit working so hard and post more. You’re supposed to be retired, laying around getting fat.

arnold ziffel on June 26, 2012 at 8:03 PM

It’ll be the holidays now. The house won’t be done so I’m going to do one more short contract back in Ft. Campbell.

(I am eating pretty well though)

hawkdriver on June 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Rats, sinking ships, buses and thrown under da bus! Soon Dog Breath Baarck will be able to hold his convention in a phone booth, about two E.O.s away!

ConcealedKerry on June 26, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Claire … Claire … Calm yourself. It was a great ride, no? You got to be a gosh-darn U.S. Senator. And now it’s over. No no. Don’t sob. The People know what is right. And you have to go. After all, you voted — indeed, you cast the deciding vote — for the most socialistic, costliest, and most publicly unpopular bill (i.e., ObamaCommieCare) ever floated before the U.S. Congress in, well, all of American history!

Soooo …. thanks for the statement of disapproval of your president and his morally-unmoored party. But you still have to go. Say goodbye to the fancy office. Say goodbye to the extensive ass-kissing staff. Say good bye to the Good Times, the taxpayer-paid entertainments, the junkets to Davos and Paris and sunny Barcelona. Say goodbye to the Washington Press Corps who treated you like you were someone special.

Because you are not. You are just another Democrat politician with no discernible allegiance to standard American values of self-restraint, self-reliance, self-responsibility, self-respect.

So just … Beat it!

minnesoter on June 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

Claire is full of crap! Plain and simple. A OButt kissing loser..

rockerpeople on June 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM

…Elizabeth Warrens sister and her high cheek bones needs to be voted out of office!

KOOLAID2 on June 26, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Getting rid of Mycatskill in Missouri would be nice but putting her seat in the “R” column will
be offset by by losing Snowe’s seat (good riddance) in Maine. It looks as though her seat will
be won by Angus King. He has always run as an Independent but will vote with the
Dems 90% of the time. He’s really not far removed from hyper progressive Chellie Pingree.
Sad but true.

tractah on June 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM

the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”

I mean really, does anyone really think the public is this stupid?

The State Senator is NOT going to attend the biggest event of the year for democraps…

She wants to “talk” to MO voters.. yeah right… all the sudden that date is all booked up on her personal calendar.. She just can’t find a spare moment to give to the convention… lol.. hahaha

What a fake POS… maybe her and the fake Native American Congresswoman should get together that day..

RockyJ. on June 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Well, perhaps good news for our side, but I am still reluctant to go there. If Romney pulls this baby off, I will be having a “THANK GOD HE IS OUTTA THERE party”….Probably no excitement over a Romney win, but getting him out of office is all I care about.

In regard to McCaskill, she is just another politician that cares only about her job, re-election, and nothing about the country. I loathe most of them.

shar61 on June 26, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Claire McCaskill could give a flying flip about voters in Missouri. Any letter I wrote to her office was answered inappropriately. I would get answers to questions I had never asked! If I had a question about health care, I might get an answer about an eminent domain issue.

She has been an embarrassment to this state and I can’t wait to see her voted out November. She’s a shill. Here’s how Claire operates:

http://www.missourieducationwatchdog.com/2011/04/mccaskills-invitational-only-roundtable.html

This is everyday Claire. Her words don’t match her actions or rhetoric.

manateespirit on June 26, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer: Some Dems Will Vote To Hold Holder In Contempt For Fast And Furious

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/06/26/hoyer-some-dems-will-vote-to-hold-holder-in-contempt-for-fast-and-furious/

Resist We Much on June 26, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Obama’s convention speech is scheduled for Bank of America Stadium. Either they’re going to have to move it ……. or buy about 25,000 cardboard human cutouts.

carson53 on June 26, 2012 at 10:37 PM

So when I wrote to her expressing my dismay at her voting for the stimulus, I received a canned email delightfully informing me that she was bringing money home to Missouri. So I wrote her back saying ‘no no no noooooooooooooooooo, do not bring any money back to MO, we need to CUT THE SIZE OF GOVERNMENT, to stop spending….and then another canned email…

I’ve been waiting for six years to vote this idiot out of office. I knew that she was bad news from the start and her ass kissing behavior and her voting record only confirmed what I already knew.

After the Obamacare vote, I heard her on a local talk radio show where she was being grilled and I could literally feel the heat and her pain in response. It was more than just the vote, it was knowing that SHE KNEW that her ass was in hot water with her constituents.

MO was a purple state in 2008, but I suspect that we’re going red in a big way come November. I have not seen one Obama sign anywhere in my travels, no new Obama bumperstickers. Not to say that they aren’t out there, but no one is advertising where I live.

I would bet big money that the reps are going to come out in force on election day. I went to a Romney rally here and you could feel the hyper energy in the crowd. Like horses waiting for the gates to rise and the race to start…

I’ve been very very patient, but I suspect that I’m going to hoot when I punch the button for ANYONE BUT CLAIRE.

GeeWhiz on June 26, 2012 at 11:09 PM

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will skip the Republican National Convention in August to focus on his Senate campaign against incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), his campaign told the Hill on Monday. Rehberg said he hopes to brand himself as an independent Republican who puts state issues before partisanship.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/denny-rehberg-republican-convention_n_1625623.html

Distance?

plewis on June 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM

She looks like Porky Pig in that pic.
Her concession speech should be:
“Th-Th-Th-Th-Th-… That’s all, folks.”

justltl on June 27, 2012 at 7:55 AM

minnesoter on June 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

So well written!! Great post!!

Marco on June 27, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Claire McCaskill – avoiding the DNC beauty pageant so as to not emphasize the size of the Albatross around her neck.

You wanted that piece added to your political ensemble, Claire… and you can only run with it, not away from it.

ajacksonian on June 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) will skip the Republican National Convention in August to focus on his Senate campaign against incumbent Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.), his campaign told the Hill on Monday. Rehberg said he hopes to brand himself as an independent Republican who puts state issues before partisanship.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/25/denny-rehberg-republican-convention_n_1625623.html

Distance?

plewis on June 27, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Hey look, the little troll found out. Good for you!

When the number crosses say, a dozen, get back to us.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

***found one

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Hopefully that big spending biotch will go down in November along with jug ears.

jqc1970 on June 27, 2012 at 2:33 PM

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