Below is a screen shot from the DNC homepage with a confident (or, maybe confused) looking Joe Biden proclaiming:
I’m there! Are you?
Well, apparently not.
Unlike Vice President Biden, many Congressional Democrats will be staying away from this year’s Democratic National Convention.
Although the candidates like to give a variety of reasons as to why they’d skip their party’s biggest party, its pretty difficult not to pick up on the obviousness of the actual reason: To distance themselves from the President as their reelection draws nearer.
Even the Washington Post has said that you’d have to have been “born yesterday” to believe some of the things cited by Congressional incumbents as reason for skipping the convention.
However, it now looks like the convention-dodging strategy employed by so many fledgling incumbents has gained official approval from House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi. Politico reports (h/t HotAir):
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says that Democratic members should stay home and campaign in their districts rather than go to the party’s national convention in North Carolina.
“I’m not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election,” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview for POLITICO Live’s On Congress, a new weekly show to be streamed live on POLITICO’s website and broadcast on NewsChannel 8 on Wednesdays. …
“We nominated a president last time. We have an incumbent President of the United States. We’re very proud of him. There certainly will be enough people there to express that pride, but I’m not encouraging members to go to the convention no matter what the situation was, because they can be home. It’s campaign time. It’s the first week in September,” she said.
I said before that Democrats distancing themselves from the President was “not a bad strategy.” Now it seems its an official one.