I’m an Illinois resident, but only live about 35 miles from downtown St. Louis, so much of my media (local TV, radio, print) covers mainly Missouri related topics. Almost like I live in a state I don’t actually live in. Well Mo Senator Claire McCaskill today said she was just too busy campaigning for her seat to attend the Democratic National Convention. Well I’ll let Charles P. Pierce sum up my feelings in a more forceful and eloquent manner then I can.
Is there a Democratic incumbent outside of the state of West Virginia less worth re-electing than Claire McCaskill in Missouri? That it remains vitally important that she be re-elected makes me want to remove my eyeballs with fondue forks. And, no, I don’t believe the anonymous aide’s bullshit explanation, either.
In years when Claire is on the ballot, she has historically not gone to the convention,” the aide said, “because she believes it’s important to stay in Missouri to talk to voters.
One day, Claire. The voters of Missouri can’t spare the electricity of your very presence for one fcking day so you can support a president of your own party, and express solidarity with the national party that you’re going to need to get re-elected so you can go back to the Senate and start worrying about “common ground” again? It’s one thing to be a coward. It’s another to be an ingrate. It’s quite amazing to be both.
This is one of those “Imagine If A Republican…” moments. Imagine if, say, noted centrist Lindsey Graham decided not to go to Tampa this summer. You’d need dental records.