Instead of accompanying President Obama to her state today, deeply imperiled Democratic North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan will remain in Washington, where she supposedly to needs to work on her important Senate stuff.
But the Senate isn’t expected to take up any serious legislation until “late in the day,” according to The Hill’s Floor Action blog, when it “may” begin work on a wide ranging spending bill. Obama will be back from North Carolina by 3:15 pm ET.
Republicans and their allies at Americans for Prosperity are spending millions on TV ads seeking to tarnish Hagan for supporting Obamacare. An appearance with Obama in the state would have provided some fresh new footage for the next round of ads.
Hagan currently trails all her Republican challengers.
Here’s a defensive Jay Carney trying to ward off CNN’s Brianna Keilar, who archly notes that Hagan’s excuse amounts to an “I’m washing my hair” defense.
Carney can get huffy all he wants, but this is just the beginning of what is sure to be a lengthy procession of Democrats holding their noses as Obama comes to town.