President Barack Obama gave his acceptance speech last Thursday night. But guess who was spotted blowing out of Charlotte earlier that day on the 11:30 a.m. US Airways Flight 1730 direct to DC…
THREE Democrat U.S. Senators — Virginia’s own Mark Warner, Iowa’s Tom Harkin and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy was also onboard the flight in First Class, so even the Kennedy’s were getting out of Dodge before Obama spoke.)
Now, I can see Warner trying to run as far away from Obama as he possibly can given his survival instincts and political cowardice (I’m hoping Artur Davis decides that this is the 2014 race where he can do the most good instead of a House race), but Harkin is an ultra-liberal and Reid is the chief waterboy for the president. They can say all they want as far as excuses go regarding why they did not stay to support their party’s nominee and incumbent president, but Congress didn’t return to session until Monday the 10th so there was no pressing business for them to attend to either on Thursday afternoon or on Friday. What does it say when three senators — ALL FROM BATTLEGROUND STATES — abandon their presidential nominee on the biggest night of their convention?