This WaPo article by Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake came so close to getting a significant observation out about the President’s Appalachian/Jacksonian problem…
…if the press coverage of Keith Judd’s surprisingly strong showing two weeks ago in West Virginia is any indication, you can expect [insurgent Democrat Tom] Wolfe to draw significant attention in the immediate aftermath of today’s vote [in the Arkansas Democratic primary].
Couple Wolfe’s candidacy in Arkansas with the fact that Kentucky — another place where Obama isn’t popular with many people who call themselves Democrats — also votes today (Obama faces no opponents in Kentucky, but voters there can select “uncommitted” as an option) and you have the potential for a less-than-friendly narrative regarding Obama come Wednesday. And that would follow 72 hours of coverage about Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s comments about private equity and how it should be off-limits in the campaign.
…only to promptly flub it:
But, what would a Wolfe “surge” actually tell us? And what would it mean in the broader dialogue of the presidential race? Not all that much.
But it doesn’t matter, about Arkansas – and, by implication, Kentucky, West Virginia (and I’ll add Oklahoma to the list, given that Obama did miserably in that primary, too). It doesn’t matter, because Obama won’t win those states anyway, so who cares?
Well, I’m guessing that the following people care:
- Rep. Ben Chandler (KY-06)
- Rep. Nick Rahall (WV-03)
- Democratic nominee (OK-02)
- Democratic nominee (AR-01)
- Democratic nominee (AR-04)
- Senator Joe Manchin, (WV)
- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (WV)
…given that they have to actually run for office as Democrats, in states where Barack Obama is apparently running the putatively good collective name of Democrats into the ground. Trust a Dizzy City columnist to ignore the down-ticket races, of course…