With Democrats fleeing the Democrat convention, the DNC has turned to local popular mayors. Now, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will be providing the keynote address. Not too long ago, Obama mistook Mayor Castro for a Whitehouse intern.
Along with Senator Claire McCaskill, several other prominent Democrats are skipping out, including nearly every Democrat from West Virginia.
But even among popular Democrat mayors, Obama is struggling to gain traction. I have noted before how Mayor Alvin Brown of Jacksonville has been notably absent from Obama’s visits to the city. Jacksonville.com reports that even if Mayor Brown was in town, he wouldn’t have been at the event. While stopping short of endorsing Romney, Brown has stated that he intends to steer clear of the election and not get involved at all, including offering no endorsement for Obama.
He had no such inhibitions as a staffer for the Clinton Whitehouse.
Then again, Clinton and Obama are two completely different kinds of Democrat. Clinton was a liberal, but he knew how and when to moderate. Clinton understood that not only did business owners “build that”, but they were essential to a growing economy. Brown understands the same thing and has been growing Jacksonville by going out and bringing business to town. He hasn’t tried to grow the city through wasted stimulus spent on friends and campaign supporters, and in fact he has refused to raise taxes. Instead, he has cut the size of local government to close budget gaps.
If Obama had any illusions of bi-partisanship, support for businesses, or winning Florida, Mayor Brown is the type of person he would want to pursue for things like making key speeches at the convention. Yes, Castro is more popular in San Antonio. He got 82% of the votes (totaling about 34,000). Brown on the other hand, with about 97,000 votes, only barely eked out a victory over his Republican challenger. Or perhaps Obama believes that Texas is a more attainable prize than Florida.
Obama has already lost the Reagan Democrats, but he may also be in danger of losing the Clinton Democrats. They won’t vote for Romney, but if they don’t vote for Obama, he’s sunk.
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