It seems a bit mean but sometimes Democrats get that way. It's not as if they are all doing it but the list is longer than it was two days ago when I blogged that three Democrats from West Virginia, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Senator Joe Manchin, and Congressman Nick Rahall would skip the Democratic convention in Charlotte. Then Congressman Mark Critz of Pennsylvania's 12 district discovered he had a previous engagement and / or is changing oil in the family car that week or something to the effect he has more important things to do than listen to one more Obama speech. Anyway count him out and he'll catch up to the gang in DC. Readers will remember he was elected to Jack Murtha's seat which was redrawn until he only has about 30 percent of his original district left. He comes from that part of western Pennsylvania where Obama noted that the people cling to their religion and guns and Obama probably polls worse than bubonic there.
Moving up the Appalachian range into New York two Democrats who won special Congressional elections, Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul have also elected to put their personal careers ahead of the President's need for an fawning audience. "He just has a packed schedule back home," said an Owen spokesman.
"I guarantee that my time will be better spent meeting the farmers, small business owners and other people who put me here," sniffed Hochul. Right, dear, everyone's time would be better spent out of earshot of Obama but would you say that if he were white?
Come on Democrats, if a Republican Congressman skipped the State of the Union Speech it would be because Obama is the first black president besides that farmers and hardware store owners are boring and the whole country knows it. God, what goes through that woman's mind? I mean if the kids at Cuyahoga Community College can put up with Obama every year it's only fair professional Democrats should have to listen to him once every four years. We don't hear that the students have to go talk to farmers every time Obama shows up.
On the hand, Obama was MIA in Wisconsin.