Bryant: Say No To Obama By Saying No To DuPree
This may be the closest Phil Bryant has come to going negative as he warned supporters what a Johnny DuPree victory would look like in national context, as he strongly tied the Democratic gubernatorial candidate to Barack Obama and the national party:
“We’ve got to get the vote out. I shudder when people tell me, ‘Phil, you got it made. What will happen if my opponent is elected is that MSNBC and ABC and all the liberals will be giddy with excitement. They will say that America loves Obama because his close friend and protégé was elected governor of Mississippi. Think about that; it would change the complexion of the next presidential election.
The Democrats sent their national committee chairperson to Jackson, Debbie Wassermann Schultz, to campaign for Mr. DuPree. Have you ever seen or heard her? She is the liberal’s liberal. She will make your hair stand on end. She makes Nancy Pelosi look like Ronald Reagan. Her coming to Mississippi to support a gubernatorial candidate has never happened before. She said, ‘We are going to win this for Mayor DuPree and President Obama, and the road back to the White House passes through Mississippi.’ I have nothing against my opponent. He is a fine man. But he is on the wrong team which has the wrong ideas for our country. I want to make sure that we are the first to say no to Obama by saying no to Mayor DuPree.”
Throughout the country, the issue of running with- or running against- the president has become one that moderate Democrats from red (and purple) states will have to deal with in 2012. (Usually, these Democrats conveniently have an event scheduled in another part of the state when Obama comes to town). In 2010, the issue wasn’t so much Obama as it was Nancy Pelosi as the GOP made historic gains in taking control of the House. It got to the point that Travis Childers ran ads showcasing his votes against the Democratic leadership while Gene Taylor said he wouldn’t support her bid for Speaker next time around. Same with Childers. Neither got that chance as they both lost. So you could say that running away from their party did little to help them.
But do you think it would have been better if they brought Obama or Pelosi in to campaign for them? No, it likely would have been worse.
But it will be an interesting trend to follow next year. Democratic Senators in states like Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Montana will be up for re-election and if you haven’t look at numbers recently, Obama isn’t particularly strong (or popular) in these three states, two of which are traditional swing states.