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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and miss all that great BBQ?????

damn shame…./

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

DCCC chair: Why are any Democratic House candidates going to the convention?
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This one is easy/peasy,

to throw there mini-American flags on the Convention floor!!
(sarc).

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM

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.

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

alternate headline: DCCC chairman applies tourniquet–patient still dies.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Not to mention, if you’re a candidate, this is a great way to get free tv time. Now, if you’re in a safe district, you don’t need that, but if you’re in a competitive district, free air time, on the national stage, is gold. Why pass up a couple of days to enhance your stature — unless you don’t want to be seen next to that guy.

rbj on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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

no BBQ for you!!

BBQ Nazis…./

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

War on Conventions

Lost in Jersey on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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

To take pictures with styrofoam columns?

steebo77 on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

“They are not going to attend anyway, so at least I can pretend to look responsible”.

Archivarix on June 27, 2012 at 11:26 AM

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

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

But but the resident trolls here here say Obama is just too d@mn popular to be beat, how can this be?

gsherin on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“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

How the mighty have fallen.

Bishop on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“Run away!!!”
/Brave Sir Robin

Khun Joe on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Maybes,some Democrats have finally reached Common Sense,
and they don’t want to look as if they’re Party/Harty,
while soooooooooooo many Americans are out of work!

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

So it would seem – I find this hard to believe, but are we about to see a model more against the dems than even 2010? WE have all assumed something close to 2010 in turnout, but not quite that much.

Zomcon JEM on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

I am sooo taking the day after this election off. There is a very good chance there will be heavy drinking and long into the night celebrations at the Skwor household!!

Skwor on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

“Alllll is welllllll”

Heh. We don’t need no stinking convention.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

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

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

This one is going to be hard to beat…

Khun Joe on June 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Is that a long line of rats we see running down the lines of the good ship DNC, getting ready to swim for it?

Scriptor on June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

alternate headline: DCCC chairman applies tourniquet–patient still dies.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:24 AM

Or “obambi sucks, if you stay home you might be able to con voters into thinking that you suck less”

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

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.

the Dems are betting on that all races are local and they have a better chance on the local stage, rather than the national one–an assertion that is probably true. Moreover, its a refudiation of the head of the Democratic Party.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

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

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

Wow. The conventions are the big spotlight where all the Dems or Reps are smiling and showing what a great unified force they are.

So, the DNC event will just be BO all the time. There’s a winning strategy.

ORconservative on June 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

I am sooo taking the day after this election off. There is a very good chance there will be heavy drinking and long into the night celebrations at the Skwor household!!

Skwor on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Same here. If you want to see Obama’s concession speech, you may have to stay home on November 7. Somehow I can’t imagine he’d be willing to admit defeat on Election Night, no matter how quickly it’s called for Romney.

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Well, if they want to avoid Obama but don’t want to stay in their district, they could spend Sept 3-6th with Mickey Hart at the beautiful Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY. Or, they could go to the Ocean City Jamboree in Maryland. Want something more exotic? They could go to a unique suicide prevention conference in Tel Aviv.

It’s all about choices.

Fallon on June 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

At this rate, they might as well hold the thing at a local mid-sized union hall instead of some monster-sized convention center!

pilamaye on June 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM

I think,someone took Hopey to the wood shed,in that,
all this parting is starting to get noticed!

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama is ramping up a fresh phase of his re-election bid with a bus tour next week,

focusing more on direct engagement with voters

and less on ritzy fundraisers.
******************************

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2012/06/27/ap_source_obama_to_make_first_campaign_bus_trip/

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

the dems are trying to compartmentalize and dog the doors down as a means to stop the flooding on the titanic. They are setting Obama afloat on the ice drift–he can live or not politically on his own. This will be an interesting set of races.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Racist.

Little Boomer on June 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Charlotte, we barely knew ya’.

Aardvark on June 27, 2012 at 11:32 AM

“Run away!!!”
/Brave Sir Robin

Khun Joe on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Minstrel: [singing] Brave Sir Robin ran away…
Sir Robin: *No!*
Minstrel: [singing] bravely ran away away…
Sir Robin: *I didn’t!*
Minstrel: [singing] When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.
Sir Robin: *I never did!*
Minstrel: [singing] Yes, brave Sir Robin turned about, and valiantly, he chickened out.
Sir Robin: *Oh, you liars!*
Minstrel: [singing] Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat. A brave retreat by brave Sir Robin.

NotCoach on June 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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

As opposed to what, usual 167% approval?

riddick on June 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Exactamundo why attend in tge first place

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

But but the resident trolls here here say Obama is just too d@mn popular to be beat, how can this be?

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

Seriously, recent polls have Obama up 13 nationwide, 9 in Ohio, leading in all swing states, with a high favorability. Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

How many congresscritters usually skip the convention, on both sides of the aisle? Sure, there are a few that have said they’re not going, but is this unusual? Some context would be helpful.

Mohonri on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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

Fluking lying little beyatch.

msupertas on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Bill Clinton was overheard saying:

“Well all right, more hookers for me!”

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

“They need to stay in their districts during the convention”, seriously? Geez, the talking points just get sillier and sillier (rolling my eyes).

lea on June 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Next week’s headline: “DCCC chair: Why are we even having a convention?”

Doomberg on June 27, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Yepper dan@11:29
Anyway to make tge gop bad

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Seriously, recent polls have Obama up 13 nationwide, 9 in Ohio, leading in all swing states, with a high favorability. Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

2 Points;

1) There will come a point in time where the number of Dem Candidates Avoiding the Convention will become an Obvious Ploy and do them no good what-so-ever.

2) With Obamacare still on the front burner, many people are going to remember that all those -I’m not like them- democrats that got elected in 2006 a) facilitated the democrats spending binge beginning with Nancy Pelosi’s first budget in 2007, and b) helped to get Obamacare passed.

The Tea Party Remembers!

jaydee_007 on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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

Too bad these idiots also apply this kind of “math” to their spending and budgetary process

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

this is an admission from the fish that the head is rotten.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

The deuce you say

HelloLiberty on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MAN BEHIND THE TELEPROMPTER!

peski on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I am sooo taking the day after this election off. There is a very good chance there will be heavy drinking and long into the night celebrations at the Skwor household!!

Skwor on June 27, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Same here. If you want to see Obama’s concession speech, you may have to stay home on November 7. Somehow I can’t imagine he’d be willing to admit defeat on Election Night, no matter how quickly it’s called for Romney.

Doughboy on June 27, 2012 at 11:30 AM

ROTFLMAO… I’m personally wondering what the odds are that by the time it’s time for anyone to be called the winner, if I’ll be sober enough to remember who won the next morning… :O

SWalker on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Seriously, recent polls have Obama up 13 nationwide, 9 in Ohio, leading in all swing states, with a high favorability. Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Obviously the polls were heavily skewed towards the unicorn and blithering idiot contingents

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

LMAO.

Dem Congress to li’l bammie:

“Please don’t stand so close to me”

Tim_CA on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Seriously, recent polls have Obama up 13 nationwide, 9 in Ohio, leading in all swing states, with a high favorability. Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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

Dems, please make Mr Israel your replacement for Debbie Downer.

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Delicious…

/billmcneil

JohnGalt23 on June 27, 2012 at 11:40 AM

“If they want to win an election, they need to be in their district,” Israel said yesterday

Unless you’re Mel Watt.

In that case you might want to be in Washington.

pain train on June 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Is Nancy going to join the runners,how about Debbie Ramenhair now that she has been thrown to the dogs?

docflash on June 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

2 Points;

1) There will come a point in time where the number of Dem Candidates Avoiding the Convention will become an Obvious Ploy and do them no good what-so-ever.

jaydee_007 on June 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Hmmmm, would the Fifth Column Treasonous Media understand or report that point, if that point just happened to be when Obama walks to the pulpit at the Dem Convention….. And he’s the only Democrat in the room?

SWalker on June 27, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Yup, that’s a good way to describe what he’s done to the economy.

itsnotaboutme on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Are these turds all racists?

Can the Schadenfreude be any bigger?

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

House Democrats

@HouseDemocrats

Official Site of the House Democratic Caucus of the United States Congress
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http://twitter.com/#!/HouseDemocrats

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

“Run Forrest Run”!!!!

Rovin on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

ot: Contempt vote on Eric “My People” Holder to proceed.

drudge redlined.

bam.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

If everyone but Obama ends up skipping the convention, do they really need 3 days? They could save even more money by doing it in an afternoon.

CJ on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Fallon on June 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM | Delete

Memorable.

docflash on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

DNC Convention: Come sit on Emmanuel Cleaver’s Empty Porch.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Why would any politician run from face time with an unstoppable steamroller of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

He’s a steamroller alright. I’ll agree with you on that. But it’s one of those steamrollers most people would also refer to as a bull in a china shop.

The man has yet to be constrained by the Judicial or Legislative Branches.

ButterflyDragon on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Can the Schadenfreude be any bigger?

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I pray that slow joe biteme says that he too will “stay in his district” instead of showing up at the convention.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

DCCC

@dccc

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC): Committed to Electing a Democratic Majority

Washington, DC · http://www.dccc.org
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http://twitter.com/#!/dccc

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

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

watch for ITGuy to weigh in with the details. They’re as awesome as you say.

and when he puts the 2010 beatdown in perspective its downright humbling

DanMan on June 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

DCCC to top D: You’re on your own champ.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Ugh,thats partying,not….all this parting

canopfor on June 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

by the time it’s time for anyone to be called the winner, if I’ll be sober enough to remember who won the next morning… :O

SWalker on June 27, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Knowing the state run media and how they’re desperate to cover for zero, they might not be calling this one until November 23rd. You’ll probably be sober by then.

Lost in Jersey on June 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Scriptor on June 27, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Forget the ‘sinking’ aspect…

More of them are noticing smoke coming from the powder magazine.

CPT. Charles on June 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

They can run but they cant hide. They all voted lockstep for the stimulous and Obamacare. They will all vite for tax increases, increased regulations and continue to spend spend spend. Of course you could say the same for a few republicans too:)

ldbgcoleman on June 27, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Why would any politician run from want face time with an unstoppable big steamroller steamer of a President like Obama?

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

FIFY

pain train on June 27, 2012 at 11:50 AM

If everyone but Obama ends up skipping the convention, do they really need 3 days? They could save even more money by doing it in an afternoon.

CJ on June 27, 2012 at 11:44 AM

As the campaign wears on his speeches have been getting longer and longer. By the time the convention rolls around, he’ll probably need the full three days just to accept his party’s nomination.

steebo77 on June 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

last time, the Dems all walked the plank (in 2010). These days, they’re going down while lying in their bunks.

aw.

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

How many, if any, GOP’ers have announced they’re not heading to Tampa?

Don’t stand so close to me

LtGenRob on June 27, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Seriously, recent polls have Obama up 13 nationwide

jarodea on June 27, 2012 at 11:34 AM

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

Ding ding ding steebo

cmsinaz on June 27, 2012 at 11:53 AM

“The difference is that this time you have me.”

Barry “Kardashan-Heussein-Milhous” 0bama

jukin3 on June 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

As entertainment for the convention, the attendees will be treated to a game of musical (Titanic) deck chairs. The Winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to the golf course of their choice, $200.00 in food stamps, and an “Eat Your Peas” coffee mug.

Rovin on June 27, 2012 at 11:58 AM

heh. Rovin nails it. …and the band played on….

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

maybe the valiant dems will send all their women and the children they haven’t aborted to Charlotte……/

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Runaway, little Dems. Run fast.

GrannyDee on June 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

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

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?

Come on folks. Dems are panicking and they should be. How many tea leaves do we need? November is going to be absolutely brutal in the best possible way.

Missy on June 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

OT, kind of…Bernard Goldberg’s conclusion to Oaf and Oafette’s “send me your wedding proceeds, for my reelection” drive:

My sources tell me Mr. Obama is planning a similar fund raising campaign for Christmas. The Web site, I’m told, will say: “Hey kids, you don’t want a bicycle from Santa for Christmas, or a doll or baseball glove. Who needs crap like that? So, tell your Mom and Dad to contact Santa right away and tell him to take the money he would have used to buy you that junk � and send it to Barack Obama.”

If Mr. Obama uses the money to take a long trip to get over losing the election in November, I’ll call Santa myself.

Schadenfreude on June 27, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Tommy Flanagan must be his political advisor.

WisRich on June 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

I was about to say that there might be more press than actual Democrats at the convention….but then I realized my mistake.

joekenha on June 27, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Attend or don’t attend — it makes not one iota of difference to an entire country of voters who are going to lay waste to Democrats all across the land and rebuke the America loathing Marxist liberals with a single stroke of their pen — stylus — punch-pin — whatever.

The November elections are going be a referendum on Leftist liberal politics and policies. It will be a bloodless massacre — and it’s going to bring Barack Hussein Obama’s and his cronies bloodless coup to a definitive and decisive end.

FlatFoot on June 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

The internals must be horrendous! McCaskill is about to be hit by the karma train anyway so whether she goes or not she’s toast. This bunch has done so much damage that at this point I say go to the big Dem party since you are about to be put out to pasture anyway. All this bunch is doomed and they know it. Bunch of cowardly eejuts!

neyney on June 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

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

So he (or his DCCC equivalent) must have given the same advice back in 2008 then, right? Oh, that didn’t happen? Why wasn’t it important for folks to stay home in their districts back then?

Missy on June 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

making room for the houseplants….?

ted c on June 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

extra aisle room for the paid fainters?

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

will there be room for a “Peggy Joseph Memorial Kitchen”???

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

The November elections are going be a referendum on Leftist liberal politics and policies. It will be a bloodless massacre — and it’s going to bring Barack Hussein Obama’s and his cronies bloodless coup to a definitive and decisive end.

FlatFoot on June 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM

From your keyboard to Gods ears. I think that will happen as well but I don’t trust the cheating dimocrats.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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

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

I’m hoping the gal from Sunrise, FL is there asking obambi “hey bro, where’s ma sh!t”

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:09 PM

From your keyboard to Gods ears. I think that will happen as well but I don’t trust the cheating dimocrats.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM I think that will happen as well but I don’t trust the cheating dimocrats.

VegasRick on June 27, 2012 at 12:05 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

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