Obama Writes Off TennesseeBarack Obama is apparently distressing not a few Tennessee Democrats who now believe that he has written off our fair State:
It can't just be a racial issue. In 2006, Harold Ford Jr. carried dozens of white, rural counties and came within 50,000 votes of joining Obama in the U.S. Senate.
"Obama did not come over strong during the primary," said Joe Jenkins, Democratic Party chairman in Dickson County, a yellow-dog Democratic stronghold where Hillary Clinton won four votes for every one cast for Obama on Super Tuesday. "I just don't know how this is going to go down."
Ford, by contrast, showed up in Dickson County, pulled up a seat at the annual party fundraiser and talked and talked and talked until he'd won over and worn down as many skeptics as he could.
"Obama doesn't need Tennessee," said David A. Bositis, an expert on racial politics at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington. "Obama's base was highly educated, upper-income voters. Obama's not going to try to recast his campaign and claim that he's going to be the candidate of rural America.
The problem is that that is one of the things that Barack Obama tried to do during the Democratic primary campaign. For his backers and Leftist-inclined political scientists to now say that Obama "doesn't need" any State certainly runs contrary to the message that Obama was promoting in the primaries, and makes his message of "unity' appear disingenuous, and even downright fraudulent.
Further, the presidential vote is shaping up to be closer than Obama's people may realize. The idea that Barack Obama can afford to write off any State at all may be what dooms him at the end of the day. The final result on Election Night, while likely giving Democrats more seats in the House and possibly the Senate as well, is likely to be a nail-biter, and could be one where Obama will regret taking the attitude that he "didn't need" a State.
Frankly, I find the attitude of the Obama camp (I'll cut Obama a break and say that perhaps it is not one that he personally shares) to be bordering on the offensive.