Thursday, August 12, 2010

Is this what a White House victory looks like?

Politico trumpeted Michael Bennet's primary victory on Tuesday as a victory for the White House which had backed Bennet against his challenger Andrew Romanoff.

But how much of a victory is it when their guy isn't sure he even wants Barack Obama's help in the general election?
Victorious Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado says he appreciates Barack Obama's help in his primary fight, but isn't sure how big a part the president will play in his fall campaign.

Asked what role he could envision for Obama, Bennet tells ABC's "Good Morning America," he has to think about it.
What a switch that is from the past two election cycles when every Democrat wanted Obama to fly in and campaign for them. Remember Obama telling Representative Marion Berry of Arkansas that 2010 wouldn't be like 1994 for the Democrats because of one crucial difference?
“I’ve been doing that with this White House, and they just don’t seem to give it any credibility at all,” Berry said. “They just kept telling us how good it was going to be. The president himself, when that was brought up in one group, said, ‘Well, the big difference here and in ’94 was you’ve got me.’
It's not such a great advantage when his candidates don't really want the President to come to the state to campaign. Like Bush in 2006 and 2008 Obama is welcome to raise money for his party, but they don't really want to be in the same camera shot with the guy.