It’s become a rising trend, that is, for congressional Democrats to not endorse Obama, as well as stonewalling his desperate campaigning efforts.
Rep. Larry Kissel, NC: not endorsing Obama, and hasn’t yet decided on whether he is going to make a showing at the convention — in his own freakin’ state!
Haden Rogers, NC: not endorsing and says he has “no plans” to show up.
Rep. Henry Cuellar, Texas: not attending, and no words yet on an endorsement.
These three are only the latest Democrats to join in the “distance yourself from Obama” fray. There are plenty of others:
Sens. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Jon Tester of Montana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, along with Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Mark Critz of Pennsylvania and Jim Matheson of Utah. Reps. Rep. Stephen Lynch and Richard Neal, both of Massachusetts, will be staying home as well, The (Springfield, Mass.) Republican reported.
I would say they’re change of heart stems from ideology, that Obama has become too far left. Maybe that’s true for one or two of them. But the likely motive is that support for Obama is politically toxic.