One of the NYT’s lead stories today has some bad news for the president: Four incumbent New York Democratic congressmen facing tight races will skip the party’s convention to focus on campaigning:
[T]he decisions, in some cases, also reflect the reality that even in some pockets of a state as reliably blue as New York, Democrats do not see the president as a political asset.
“Half the electorate is really not happy at this point with the president’s leadership, and so that doesn’t provide members of the House with much of a basis for thinking there will be coattails for them to ride on,” said James E. Campbell, a professor of political science at the State University at Buffalo. “I don’t think they’re running away from him, but I don’t think they’re running to be seen as a close ally of his, either.” . . .
None of the four Democrats were eager to talk about why they were skipping the convention, or whether their decision to stay home had anything to do with Mr. Obama.”