Landrieu backs away from Obama

Call it a recognition of political reality for a Louisiana Democrat in 2008.  Mary Landrieu has an uphill battle to retain her seat, one of the few bright spots on the electoral landscape in the Senate this year for the GOP.  Landrieu apparently doesn’t believe that Barack Obama helps her in that quest:

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., the only Senate Democrat in a competitive race this year, was listed as a co-host for a $100-per-person DC fundraiser for Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, until suddenly, she wasn’t.

The event, “Girls Night Out: Lipstick, Laughter and Libations,” (you can see the cached version which includes Landrieu’s name HERE) is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 18.

Landrieu’s campaign insisted that the listing was a “clerical mistake”.  Really?  Why wouldn’t Landrieu co-host a fundraiser for Obama in her home state?  It seems a little odd that the Democrat running on the most prominent state race in a presidential election wouldn’t choose to get the high-profile press and opportunity for her own fundraising that a major event like this usually provides.

It appears that Landrieu considers Obama an albatross in her re-election bid.  One wonders whether more Congressional Democrats in competitive races might not be reaching the same conclusion.