DNC no-show list grows, and GOP crows. But are Democrats being smart?
According to Republicans, who are keeping track, 12 major Democratic politicians are planning to skip the DNC. While the convention's timing is hard on Democrats in tight races, a long list of no-shows could embarrass Obama.
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That’s what the Democratic National Convention in early September is starting to feel like. The list of major Democratic politicians sending in their regrets is now at 12, at least according to the Republicans, who are gleefully publicizing each no-show.
“Debacle: Dozen Dem Defectors Ditch DNC,” blasts an email from the Romney campaign.
We’re talking Democratic senators and House members, not dog-catchers. People like Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana, and just about all the top Democrats in West Virginia, a state that is now solidly Republican in its presidential vote. Sen. Jay Rockefeller looks to be the only major West Virginia Democrat still planning to show up in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 3-6 for the convention, as Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin, and Rep. Nick Rahall have all said no thanks.
Here’s the kicker: At least one top Democratic campaign official thinks they're right.
This trend toward skipping the national convention “is something that’s been sort of happening slowly over the years,” says Jennifer Duffy, a longtime campaign-watcher at the nonpartisan Cook Political Report. She says she started noticing this trend in 2004, with both parties. Some candidates stay for a day or two, but not the whole convention.