McCaskill having a hard time escaping Obama's shadow
The Kansas City Star
In the minds of many Missourians, Sen. Claire McCaskill’s greatest failing in representing the state was she simply got too close to the country’s first African American president.
McCaskill early on became a great supporter of Barack Obama in his campaign for the White House. She supported the Affordable Care Act and a lot of Obama’s initiatives.
But Missouri didn’t. It was a red state in 2008 and is expected to be blood red in November.
It’s why Republican Todd Akin, despite his foul and offensive statements about rape and abortion, maintains a slight lead over McCaskill in a recent poll. The contest in the former slave state had been framed as anybody but McCaskill among Missouri voters.
Rep. Akin’s goof up and Republicans trying to distance themselves from him now will give more people pause when they go to the polls. But his backward statements will likely be a distant memory in November.
However, in Missouri people will long retain images of McCaskill, a white woman, being too close for their comfort to Obama, who’s black. Yes, race still matters, and America is far from any post-racial era.