Via The Politico:
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.
The California Democrat suggested that since Barack Obama is an incumbent, there is less of a need for Democrats to attend the convention.
“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.
President Obama is in danger of losing in the fall in part due to Democrats who are disgruntled with him due to the fact they believe he either hasn’t been liberal enough or – in the case of Southern Democrats – believe he has gone too far. What better way to show party unity and to encourage disgruntled Democrats who are considering sitting out the election to get behind the President than to have as many elected Dems at the convention as possible showing support and solidarity?
The fact of the matter is, Obama is toxic right now and Pelosi and other Democrat leaders know it. And they’d rather focus on the possibility of increasing their numbers in the US House (and Senate) in the event Romney is elected rather than alienate swing voters by way of having their elected officials cozying up to this increasingly unpopular President. Spin Doctor Pelosi and her ilk won’t tell you that, but I sure as heck don’t mind letting you know.