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Not a bad strategy

Not a bad strategy

Senator Claire McCaskill, (D-MO) appears to be “hiding” following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act earlier this week.

A local news broadcast (h/t Hot Air) hints that McCaskill’s uphill reelection battle might be a contributing factor to her absence following the ruling:

To add to McCaskill’s reelection worries, she was the first moderate Democratic Senator nationally to support President Obama’s candidacy in 2008. Currently McCaskill is polling at about 40% when her challenger has yet to even be decided in Republican primary set for later this summer.

Senator McCaskill made headlines when she joined several other Democratic members of Congress who opted not to attend the Democratic National Convention scheduled for Charlotte later this year. The move was a clear attempt by McCaskill to distance herself from President Obama as election day draws nearer. Via the Washington Post:

Let’s start with what McCaskill cited as her reason for skipping. “In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” an aide told Talking Points Memo, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”

Um, right. Unless you were born yesterday — and there are some kids out there to whom this actually applies — you know that the reason McCaskill is staying away from the national convention is to avoid handing Republicans a ready-made opportunity to tie her to President Obama who is, well, not so popular in the Show Me State at the moment.

However, it is not likely that Republicans will be willing to forgive and forget.

Thanks to the advent of YouTube and the web, nothing a politician either says or does disappears. And, not only that, but the opposition can, in moments, pull those old quotes up and broadcast them to the political world.

And so, within seconds, the National Republican Senatorial Committee had sent out a message to Missouri reporters remind them of a bevy of quotes from McCaskill in support of Obama — including her speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

So is McCaskill’s strategy of “hiding” likely to be a successful one? Probably not. But when the alternative is backing the President and his health care law in Missouri, I suppose its not a bad strategy.

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There is LEGALITY, there is POLITY, and then…

there is REALITY.

“This was always the fatal problem of ObamaCare. Reality could not have instructed President Obama more plainly: The last thing we needed, in a country staggering under deficits and debt, a sluggish economy and an unaffordable entitlement structure, was a new Rube Goldberg entitlement. The last thing we needed was ObamaCare. The nation and the times were asking Mr. Obama to reform health care, not to double-down on everything wrong with the current system.

Even with this week’s Court success, he failed—and it’s not as if there wasn’t a deep well of policy understanding in Washington that he could have drawn on to take the country in a better direction. Regardless of any Supreme Court ruling, reality will pass its own judgment on the Affordable Care Act and it won’t be favorable.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303649504577496850233678284.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

REALITY…and the mercilessness of simple math…says that ObamaCare cannot survive long. As Mark Steyn has presciently observed, there isn’t enough money in the whole world to sustain our commitments.

Anyone associated with this disaster SHOULD be in hiding.

TrooperJohnSmith | June 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

How about this little gem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bQGul__Fx8

She is outright lying. Or delusional. Or both.

“These budgets are phony baloney…” she says. Then, she hammers Fox News.

The Republicans need to hammer her on this. Over and over. Glenn Beck does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzHpBCtaXCE

Oh, it was the Debt-Ceiling Budget Thingy. Well, it’s been since 2007 since Harry’s Hopeless Heroes have passed a real Constitutional budget, so maybe she just, ah, you know… forgot…

And we heard for eight years that Dubya was dumb. Where is the MSM on this gaffe?

[crickets]

Oh Clair, you know your going to lose. Why don’t you just do it honestly?

Her opponent will wipe the floor with her in November. Can’t wait till then!

DDsModernLife | June 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Real Clear Politics recently listed Missouri among the “battleground states” but I don’t see how. In Aug2010, MO was the first state to hold a referendum on Obamacare’s individual mandate and voters rejected the mandate 3:1

http://tinyurl.com/36hrlp7

Meanwhile, McCaskill’s disastrous Town Hall meetings are nearly YouTube classics such as this one in which she asks her constituents, “You don’t trust me?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDPpGJDelHI

I hope and pray U-Haul is very busy in mid-November picking up Democrat Senator’s office effects. Claire should call ahead.

    LukeHandCool in reply to DDsModernLife. | June 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    “You don’t trust me?”

    Sounds more like a declarative statement the way she says it … and she’s right on!

    “If you want me to go home …”

    —Poor, self-pitying Claire. And take your ball with you?

    In a manner of speaking, yes, I think they do want you to go home … and they’ll help you.

We need that seat. We have to take control of the Senate.

Henry Hawkins | June 30, 2012 at 12:15 pm

An incumbent down 40/60 to a Republican-To-Be-Named-Later? Yikes.

Imagined DNC/McCaskill team consult:

“Look, Claire, we badly need to keep this seat, so we’re pulling out all the stops for you. First, you don’t have to come to the convention – being near other national Democrats will only hurt your campaign. Second, the President will not be making any campaign appearances with you – being near Obama will only kill your campaign.”

That’s not even parody, it’s the fact of things. If Romney loses this fall, the GOP will need a top to bottom overhaul or it will die a slow death.

Wasn’t Claire McCaskill the one who said she was supporting Obama because her kids told her to?

DINORightMarie | June 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Here is a trip down memory lane that everyone in MO needs to see, over and over:

Olbermann’s snarky recap of Claire McCaskill’s 2009 townhall meeting – with those EEEEEvvvvviiiiiiillllll TEA Partiers!! Oh, my!

Keefie and Claire too-gevvah…… (sorry, I just couldn’t resist!) 😉

And, don’t forget: Claire feels your pain.

Please, please, MO – vote this woman OUT!!!

LukeHandCool | June 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I like this Democratic strategy of fleeing and hiding.

May I suggest North Korea, where they’ll never find you.

DINORightMarie | June 30, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Oh – and this is a MUST-see:

The NRSC on ClaireAir, and wondering why she is avoiding Obama (from Oct. 2011).

“If my walk doesn’t match my talk…..don’t ever vote for me again.”

I couldn’t agree more!

SoCA Conservative Mom | June 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Hiding may be the lesser evil in this case. I foresee campaign events were only invited ticket holders are allowed into the room and all questions are scripted.

“In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” an aide told Talking Points Memo, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.”

An interesting position considering she was elected to the Senate in 2006, thus this is the only time she has been on the ballot in a convention year. Even if you look back at her only other elected office, State Auditor, which she held from 1999 until elected to the senate, according to a quick look at Wikkipedia: “The State Auditor serves a four-year term, and is the only state Executive Branch official elected in even-numbered non-presidential election years.” Thus she has never, ever been on the ballot before in a convention year. What a farce.

Thanks,
Ted

DINORightMarie | June 30, 2012 at 12:46 pm

And another batch of lies: Claire on the Stimulus – it is good! Very good!!

FAIL.

lsn’t it an amazing cycle with Senate dems ; every 6 years they find religion. Then return to appostate shortly after reelection. lt says something about the electorate that at least till recently they bought the dog & pony show. Mark Udall was at Obamas appearance at the Colo. Spgs fire yesterday to stand behind him during the press conferance. Like McCasket , being multi generational , he is a particularly odeous specimen of maggot. Apology to maggots. He’s up in 2 years. l suspect Denver will reelect him.

Let’s play pin the tax on that Democrat. Sorry Claire, we’re not wearing a blindfold but you can if you want.

    Browndog in reply to Mary Sue. | June 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Tax?

    There is only one tax in all the world, and it’s an “un-tax”

    Tax breaks for the rich.

    Everything is:

    -penalty

    -investment

    -revenue

    -paying your fair share

    Na’er a tax in sight!

    this concludes today’s episode of “liberal word games”

The question, to me, is not should we “Throw the bums out!”

…but rather “What bums are we electing to take their place?”

Dingy Harry won re-election with a 17% approval rating.

Lisa Majorski won re-election without her name even being on the ballot.

Not saying their challengers were bums, just saying it takes a tad more than just “they suck!” for them to lose-

It takes a strong challenger.

What do we know about “I fly private on the taxpayer’s dime” McCaskill’s opponent?

Nate Silver reacts to the Euro-relief rally in the markets to declare Obama has a 67%+ chance of reelection. Perhaps this election will permit us to flush that leftist punk as well.

Sure, a phony spike in market price is more predictive than the fact that the head of the DCCC is advising congressional candidates in competitive districts NOT to attend the convention, that Obama’s vaunted fundraising has lagged all projections, and his polling has been beneath 50% (the survival level for incumbents) in virtually every single poll this year.

Just hold on here! Word is, that the McCaskill family tree shows that she 1/32nd Chickasaw, or Illini, or Ioway, or Missouri, or Osage, or Otoe, or Quapaw. Yep, her great great great grandfather, was a Chief of one of ’em.

Pick one.

huskers-for-palin | June 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Every time she walks by just start chanting (mockingly)

“Claire Bear….Claire Bear….Claire Bear!!!”

by the way, support Sarah Steelman

http://sarahsteelman.com/

God bless the New Media.

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