Kay Hagan has cashed her check.
The Senator is coming to the realization, all too late, that her unbridled support for President Barack Obama and big government policies, most importantly the disastrous Affordable Care Act, will likely cost her November’s election unless her campaign can come up with a miraculously astounding reason for conservative-leaning moderates to vote for her over Thom Tillis, the candidate all of the big money is backing for the Republican primary in May.
The President was in North Carolina last week, but Hagan chose to stay in Washington. It’s perfectly obvious why — she realizes, like the rest of us, that the biggest roadblock to her reelection is her association with Obama and his policies. Her office said Hagan stayed within the Beltway because she was busy doing handling senatorial business, and that may or may not be true, but the fact is that it appears that she is running as far away from the President as fast as she can. When the Head of State comes to town, and you two are in the same camp, you’d better be there to show your support.
Her distance may have been a shrewd political move, it might fool someone who hasn’t been paying attention when November rolls around, but it’s a testament, in my eyes, to Hagan’s principles and a lack of loyalty more than anything else.
There are a few people in my life who I know, without a doubt, will be with me no matter how good or bad I do, how right or wrong I am. They won’t turn tail and run when trouble comes around, because they’re not cowards. That’s part of the reason I love them.
Obama can’t say that about Hagan. She’s stuck with him for a good, long while, but she’s starting to feel the flames on her feet, and she doesn’t like it. I don’t blame her, but I’d expect better.
Michael Gebelein is managing editor of the Lincoln Times-News