Oops: McCaskill will skip Democratic convention
The Kansas City Star
U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill won’t attend the 2012 Democratic National Convention, it’s being reported Tuesday afternoon.
Scared of being tied too closely to President Barack Obama much?
McCaskill was one of Obama’s biggest supporters in his 2008 battle for the Democratic nomination to be president. McCaskill got a lot of publicity for that, in fact, especially since she wasn’t supporting Hillary Clinton.
The Missouri Democrat even waxed on about Obama at the national convention in 2008.
But not this year.
Instead, she wants to spend her time talking to the people of Missouri. That’s understandable, especially in the tight battle she faces with Republicans as she tries to retain her seat.
An aide pointed out Tuesday that McCaskill didn’t go to the Democratic National Convention in 2004 when she was running for governor.
Fair enough. Although that was a state office she was pursuing, not a national office.
And, certainly, in 2004 McCaskill didn’t have the high profile that she has now as a sitting U.S. senator - and as an early backer of Obama.
Summed up, Republicans will spin this - with some accuracy - as yet another big-name Democrat who won’t be showing up for Obama’s re-election kickoff.