Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship

On Monday, it was announced that West Virginia's top 3 Democrats, US Senator Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall are not going to be attending next Septembers DNC convention. 

West Virginia’s top three Democrats will not attend their party’s national convention in September, the West Virginia Democratic Party said Monday.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall do not plan to help pick President Barack Obama as their party’s nominee.

Each man is a super-delegate to the national nominating convention by virtue of their elected office.

Then the next day, Congressman Murtha's replacement, Mark Critz, announced that he was skipping the convention.

U.S. Rep. Mark Critz said Tuesday he will skip the Democratic National Convention in favor of campaigning in Pennsylvania, much like top elected Democrats in neighboring West Virginia who are disgruntled with President Barack Obama.

Yesterday New York Democrat Reps Kathy Hochul and Bill Owens announced that THEY would not be attending.

New York Democratic Reps. Bill Owens and Kathy Hochul said Wednesday they will not attend the convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Daily reports. The news comes on the heels of similar announcements this week from three West Virginia Democratic leaders and Rep. Mark Critz (D-Pa.).

Today's domino....Utah Rep. Jim Matheson.

Rep. Jim Matheson (D-Utah) will skip the Democratic National Convention, making him the latest in a string of conservative Democrats to take a pass on the party confab.

All have stated pressing business back in the district and that is not completely false.  Every single one is facing a challenge for their seat.  Some challenges - some challenges (Matheson and Manchin) are closer than others (Owens and Hochul), but the challenges are tighter than they would have normally been just because of the down economy.  Couple that with the party association that they share with a President who is growing increasingly UNpopular with voters and you can see why the delegates that also have to face the voters themselves are taking a step or 5 away from the top of the ticket.

I suspect what we are seeing is the beginning of the exodus elected Democrats who, for the preservation of their OWN careers, will distance themselves from a president who is becoming more and more toxic.

UPDATE: Welcome Hot Air readers.

Written by LL.