DCCC chair: Why are any Democratic House candidates going to the convention?

posted at 11:21 am on June 27, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

I assume Rep. Steve Israel wants to provide political cover for a handful of Democrats who have balked at attending their party’s national convention in Charlotte, North Carolina this summer.  Either that, or the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — whose mission is to restore a Democratic majority in November with Nancy Pelosi still in charge of the caucus — has begun to feel the same panic that some of his colleagues have experienced at the thought of being associated with Barack Obama’s renomination as the party’s standard-bearer.  This morning, Israel told a Reuters conference that every Democrat running for Congress should skip the convention this year:

The Democrat charged with trying to win back the House majority is telling his candidates that it’s OK to skip the party’s national convention.

Rep. Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told a gathering hosted by Reuters his advice has nothing to do with President Obama.

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their district,” Israel said yesterday at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Daniel Halper notes that Israel’s advice may not be all that necessary anyway:

Israel’s advice might not be necessary: already Democrats are staying away. Missouri senator Clair McCaskill won’t be coming; likewise, House Democrat John Barrow of Georgia will be skipping the conference. More Democrats are expected to follow.

Heck, after this statement, many more Democrats will probably follow.  Israel said he’d give this advice even if Obama had a “122% favorability rating,” and that candidates should be at home in their districts anyway.  But the convention doesn’t last for weeks on end; Democrats will only be in Charlotte for three days rather than the traditional four, due to problems in fundraising.  The convention takes place about ten weeks before the election.  Will a chance to network with Democrats and their donors for three days ten weeks before the election really be such an issue that it would make or break their election chances?  If so, why do Democrats ever show up to their conventions?

Obviously, the issue is in this cycle, and it’s not because they need the room in Charlotte, either.  Democrats running for House seats need to distance themselves from party leadership, because Barack Obama and the Democratic Party are going to take another beating in November.  This is just a form of permission for House Democrats to head for the lifeboats.


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will Jose Oseguida be in attendance to give his testimonial regarding how Mickey D’s is payin’ him more, he gots his health care and, once again, to thank Mr. Obama for taken all his time outta his day…….

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

ted c:)

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Gracious Gawd thank-you Obama….haha!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

OT, but WHOA !! ……

Shannon Bream
@ShannonBream
Per my colleague @ChadPergram – Rep. Matheson (D-UT) will vote for contempt, prediction that roughly 30 Dems may do same

Via Twitchy.com

pambi on June 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Hey, VegasRick. No doubt about it, I’ve been hanging around with you way too much. Was just going to post the exact same words.

:)

GrannyDee on June 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Great minds and all that!
/

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Quick question on the 3-day schedule. Is the GOP convention still 4 days? If so, will the networks cover all 4 days given they have to give the Dems the same amount of time?

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

The GOP convention is indeed 4 days (Aug. 27 to 30). The networks are not affected by the difference in the number of days in terms of how they need to cover the convention, though. The equal time law specifically states that coverage of political conventions does not require equal time for opponents.

J.S.K. on June 27, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Israel said he’d give this advice even if Obama had a “122% favorability rating,”

This sounds like a freudian slip to me. Sounds like the true polling internals tell him that Uncle George’s actual favorables are at 22%, and just needed to exaggerate to make his fake point.

Harbingeing on June 27, 2012 at 12:14 PM

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH Gracious Gawd thank-you Obama….haha!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Well, in the last 3 years that guy has been promoted to the deep fryer so he has that going for him. Which is nice,
/

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So he (or his DCCC equivalent) must have given the same advice back in 2008 then, right?

Missy on June 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I don’t know? To me Steve looked pretty darned excited to be in Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention .

pain train on June 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

The incumbent’s party is having so much trouble fundraising that they have to cut back the number of days for the convention. But the MSM is barely covering it. Anyone want to guess how much coverage this would be getting if it were the Republicans in 2004?

Now, why wouldn’t the Dems want an extra day with all the media (including Fox News) focused on them? I’m sure the Pubbies will have a four-day convention!

Y’all come to Charlotte! We’re gonna have a Titanic party down here!

Steve Z on June 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Seriously, Jimmy Carter Led Ronald Reagan by as much as 20 points and as little as 9 points all the way up to the First Tuesday in November.

And Carter started out in January at 63 (not 45).

So, what’s your point?

jaydee_007 on June 27, 2012 at 11:39 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Called sarcasm people. I had just come from the “Oh noes Romney dead in Ohio” thread and was responding to someone calling for the trolls to explain this.

Could the polls be skewed? I’m pretty sure they are.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM | Delete | Delete and Ban

Pretty much what I was getting at. Do we trust polls 5 months out of the politicians who actually have to know their state/district to win? I know which I’m going with (to make sure it’s clear, the politicians scurrying like rats from a sinking ship).

No, one single outlier “poll” has O’bongbowl up by 13.

You really need a shovel for each hand.

Del Dolemonte on June 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM | Delete

I’m aware but that’s not the only poll I referenced hence the plural usage. Also, see above. Sorry, I thought the sarcasm was more than obvious, my fault.

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

@ShannonBream
Per my colleague @ChadPergram – Rep. Matheson (D-UT) will vote for contempt, prediction that roughly 30 Dems may do same

bam.

Yo-Eric. Some of them may be “your people.”

/identity

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Any guesses as to whether Nancy Pelosi will be keynote speaker at the DNC?

Steve Z on June 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

racists refusing to attend the first convention of an incumbant black president…

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

This meme needs to GO VIRAL! Make them live up to their own rules and all that.

Harbingeing on June 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

…are these Democrat’s nuts?…Look at JugEars approval ratings in the polls!…why would they want to take their nose…out of his buttcrack? (:->)

KOOLAID2 on June 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Primary reason the Dems won’t retake the House.

NANCY PELOSI.

GarandFan on June 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Democrats will only be in Charlotte for three days rather than the traditional four, due to problems in fundraising.

I wonder what the Dems will do with the money they did raise for the motor speedway portion of the convention which has now been cancelled. Do they return it to donors? I was on the receiving end of requests for funds for this, and in exchange for a donation one was to get their name emblazoned on a car.

Buy Danish on June 27, 2012 at 12:23 PM

This meme needs to GO VIRAL! Make them live up to their own rules and all that.

Harbingeing on June 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM

#igotsbetterthings2do
#dontLikeBBQ?
#2h0tinCharlotte
#haveUseentheEconomy?
#whatconvention?

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I’m aware but that’s not the only poll I referenced hence the plural usage. Also, see above. Sorry, I thought the sarcasm was more than obvious, my fault.

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I caught the sarc.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM

“But this time you’ve got me” – Obama

txmomof6 on June 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

This is just a form of permission for House Democrats to head for the lifeboats.

Women and child rats first!

This is so trying to spin things so that it does not appear what it actually is, a party frayed around the edges who do not have the love for Barry they did four years ago. And, more importantly to the House rats- associating themselves with Obama will drag down their own poll numbers!

Happy Nomad on June 27, 2012 at 12:26 PM

First off, that Israel would be working to restore a Looney Tunes secondary character like Pelosi to the Speakership confirms him as an agent of the dark side. This is threadbare-coat-tails avoidance sure but, there are other factors at work here, not least of which is the $26 million shortfall in funds to pay for the convention, So in that context when Israel says “they need to be in their district” the subtext of it is: “Please don’t put unnecessary strain on the convention budget. It will be a niggardly affair as it is. The buffets will be institutional grade, the cocktail parties will be beer and wine only, and there’ll will be fewer of them.”

curved space on June 27, 2012 at 12:29 PM

It is too late for democrats – anyone running for office this century with a “D” beside their name will forever be linked to obama – there is no way to avoid it. The democrat party, as we know it, is dead. America thanks you, obama!

Pork-Chop on June 27, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Y’all come to Charlotte! We’re gonna have a Titanic party down here!

Steve Z on June 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I lived there for 28 years till about 2003. That’s my birthday weekend too! Sounds like a fun party. Popcorn. Barbecue. OWSers. Fire hoses. Tear gas. Smoke. Funny smells. Schadenfreude. It’ll be like watching a freak show in a carnival, except it will be totally ok to point, heckle, and laugh at the freaks.

Harbingeing on June 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Why doesn’t Odoter invite all his Hollywood pals, groupies, fawners and brownnosers so he can party at the DNC with all the celebrities he’s been freeloading and leeching from and maybe he can do a two-fer and hit them all up for more cash so he doesn’t suffer the embarrassment of becoming the only incumbent to get outspent–like that’ll ever happen since he’ll keep spending no matter how empty the campaign coffers get cuz he’ll find a way to charge us taxpayers for it.

stukinIL4now on June 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

It’s greatly amusing to watch as this convention just turns to sh!t.

SukieTawdry on June 27, 2012 at 12:38 PM

So he (or his DCCC equivalent) must have given the same advice back in 2008 then, right?

Missy on June 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I don’t know? To me Steve looked pretty darned excited to be in Denver for the 2008 Democratic National Convention .

pain train on June 27, 2012 at 12:18 PM

You know, it’s either pretty hilarious – or pathetic – that these clowns haven’t figured out in this information age that they can be called out or what they’ve said or done within a couple of keystrokes.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Why doesn’t Odoter invite all his Hollywood pals, groupies, fawners and brownnosers so he can party at the DNC with all the celebrities he’s been freeloading and leeching from and maybe he can do a two-fer and hit them all up for more cash so he doesn’t suffer the embarrassment of becoming the only incumbent to get outspent–like that’ll ever happen since he’ll keep spending no matter how empty the campaign coffers get cuz he’ll find a way to charge us taxpayers for it.

stukinIL4now on June 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM | Delete | Delete and Ban

What, and force them to mix with the great unwashed masses? Deep down, they despise the 99%, both Republican and Democrat.

They just don’t want to admit or talk about the Democrats.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their district,” Israel said yesterday at the Reuters Washington Summit.

To do what? Hide from townhall meetings with their constituents???

dominigan on June 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

“It turns out the Greek columns were actually from Pompeii! Run away while you still can!” – Rep. Steve Israel

NotCoach on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Voters to play the role as Vesuvius, I like it!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 27, 2012 at 12:50 PM

http://twitter.com/#!/HouseDemocrats

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Their hair is on fire for the student loan interest rate thing and the transportation thing! I think they are afraid that will all be drowned out by the Holder contempt and the Obamacare ruling. No one will notice that those vile GOP monsters are obstructing!!!!!

Night Owl on June 27, 2012 at 12:52 PM

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their district,” Israel said yesterday at the Reuters Washington Summit.

To do what? Hide from townhall meetings with their constituents???

dominigan on June 27, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Let us please never forget this.

My representative’s (D) only “townhall” came in 2010 at a local hospital of a company who was supporting ObamaCare, and the meeting was closed to the public and staffed by numerous private security personnel.

FYI said rep lost in a landslide to an (R) candidate in 2010.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on June 27, 2012 at 12:53 PM

and miss all that great BBQ?????

damn shame…./

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

I don’t know. Rick Perry said it tasted like roadkill. I’ll stick with Texas BBQ.

Ward Cleaver on June 27, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I’m aware but that’s not the only poll I referenced hence the plural usage. Also, see above. Sorry, I thought the sarcasm was more than obvious, my fault.

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

If it makes you feel any better, I got it. LOL

Night Owl on June 27, 2012 at 1:00 PM

This should be another wake-up call for the Democrats. I wonder if they’re going to hit the snooze alarm again?

bflat879 on June 27, 2012 at 1:04 PM

No, No desperation here, Everything is fine, Those are not the droids you are looking for…

RockyJ. on June 27, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I expect the media to praise the dems for budgeting in these tight economic times and excoriate the repubs for partying at the nations expense.

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

..conveniently forgetting, of course, the Republican convention of 2008 — that was administratively shortened out of concern for Hurricane Gustav in the gulf.

The War Planner on June 27, 2012 at 1:31 PM

extra aisle room for the paid fainters?

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 12:04 PM

..on fire today, you are.

The War Planner on June 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’m aware but that’s not the only poll I referenced hence the plural usage. Also, see above. Sorry, I thought the sarcasm was more than obvious, my fault.

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 12:19 PM

..this is your friend: –> /

The War Planner on June 27, 2012 at 1:41 PM

And yet, in the headlines section, The Hill would have us believe Obama leads in Virginia by 7%. Of course, no details are offered, so we should just believe them and ignore the McCaskills and the Israel warnings, the lagging fundraising for Obama’s campaign, and the fact they’ve had to cut the convention by a full day because they can’t raise the money for it.

Your Dear Leader is going down, Comrades: get used to the idea.

Adjoran on June 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Reading all of their excuses for not attending the convention is pure schadenfreudelicious entertainment.

Think they would be skipping it if Obama’s approval rating was 70% and he was leading Romney in all polls by 10-15+%?

Guffaw!

farsighted on June 27, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Israel told a Reuters conference that every Democrat running for Congress should skip the convention this year.

Stack it up in Obama’s UNPRECEDENTED pile.

maverick muse on June 27, 2012 at 2:46 PM

By “winning” the DNC Convention, Charlotte, NC is being penalized financially. Don’t think that only Democrats are paying the costs to host a convention. Regardless of party affiliation or voting habits, TAXPAYERS fork out a lot of tax funds to accommodate this sort of event. And Charlotte politicians were promised and in turn promised their constituents financial bonus via the income from the races, etc. that are already reneged.

It’s not too late for Charlotte to say thanks but no thanks, go elsewhere this round.

add it to Obama’s infamous UNPRECEDENTED pile of rotten “achievements”

maverick muse on June 27, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Any guesses as to whether Nancy Pelosi will be keynote speaker at the DNC?

Steve Z on June 27, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Oh, please, please, please, let Nutsy Pelooney be the keynote speaker! And please let someone sneak powdered alum into her glass of water to make her voice all squeaky!*

*(don’t worry — it does no harm otherwise)

Mary in LA on June 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

And yet, in the headlines section, The Hill would have us believe Obama leads in Virginia by 7%. Of course, no details are offered, so we should just believe them and ignore the McCaskills and the Israel warnings, the lagging fundraising for Obama’s campaign, and the fact they’ve had to cut the convention by a full day because they can’t raise the money for it.

Your Dear Leader is going down, Comrades: get used to the idea.

Adjoran on June 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Great, kid! Don’t get cocky.

Mary in LA on June 27, 2012 at 3:03 PM

Almost all the Dems supported Obama Care. You made your bed now lie in it.

The Rock on June 27, 2012 at 3:09 PM

I need a bigger bowl for my popcorn. Heck, no bowl is big enough. I need a wagon to hold all I’ll need for the Obamacare ruling (I hope I hope I hope), Holder contempt vote, and defunct Democratic convention cr@pfest that’s taking shape.

Tasty, tasty stuff. ;-)

Grace_is_sufficient on June 27, 2012 at 4:18 PM

That he uses an absurd “122%” indicates his lying lack of seriousness. It has everything to do with Obama.

Chessplayer on June 27, 2012 at 5:36 PM

Israel said he’d give this advice even if Obama had a “122% favorability rating,” and that candidates should be at home in their districts anyway.

So I assume that in 2008, he issued this same advice, ummm, right?

Dollayo on June 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

At the risk of exposing my age, I’ve been around for a very long time. I cast my first vote for Nixon in 1972.

That being said, I’ve never seen anything like this in all of my life!

The party conventions are their Olympics. To suggest that no one needs to show up is nothing short of amazing.

BTW, Steve…………..if Obama’s poll numbers were anywhere north of 50%, every dang progressive, and many who aren’t, would be there!

kakypat on June 27, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Chris Van Hollen is on BOR blabbering the Zero party line about why Dem lawmakers are fleeing the convention “to spend more time with their constituents”. Sounds vaguely familiar, like quitting to spend more time with your family.

He also said Dems are voting for Holder to be held in contempt because the NRA is pressuring them to do it. These guys are just mailing it in now.

Philly on June 27, 2012 at 8:10 PM

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