First Lady Michaelle Obama is in town this afternoon for a cup of coffee. Actually, her stop will last longer than that, but not much. She’s over at the Peabody Opera House raising cash for her husband’s re-election. For $150 bucks you get to be in the same room. For $2,500 you get a photo with the first lady. For 10,000 you get to chat with her and get the photo.
Take a close look because you’re probably not going to see much of the Obamas this election year. That’s because the president’s political brain trust figures that Missouri is a lost cause. That’s why St. Louis lost the bid for the 2012 democratic convention. The president’s political advisers think they have a good chance of winning North Carolina, which is awash in affluent educated new arrivals. Which is why Charlotte got the convention.
Missouri? To them Missouri’s a middling state with a lot of methamphetamine labs and an increasing tendency to vote for the republican presidential candidate. So the first lady may be raising money here but the Obama white house has apparently become convinced that they won’t get many votes in Missouri. Which is interesting since the last Missouri poll by the folks at public policy polling shows the president and Mitt Romney tied in Missouri.
On top of that, it’s interesting to remember that in 2008 out of almost three million votes cast Obama lost Missouri by a grand total of 3,632 votes. That’s one-tenth of one per-cent. So it might seem that the boys in the beltway bubble are ignoring the possibility that Missouri might actually be in play this November.
Stranger things have happened.
I’m Charles Jaco and that’s Jacology.