So why were there no other speakers invited?
Only two answers are possible, both of them quite plausible:
1) His campaign staff was incompetent. If I were the candidate, I certainly should choose to fire them. They could have made him bigger locally than he currently is, and his campaign communications director is the rudest woman I have ever met in politics. She should be fired before the sun goes down tonight. Understand that campaign communications directors are supposed to smile and nod at everyone, even when they think they are crazy, and they are there to promote the campaign’s agenda to the electorate. She was snotty to me in a surprising way when I asked her for the campaign manager’s name — some kind of rookie since Joel Coon abandoned him — and she did not offer her own. I wish I could type it here. I also wish that I could think of a more sophisticated word than the one that comes to mind to describe her — I only think of something that one might have drunk on a now-defunct airline — TWA tea. She’s a rude cup of that kind of tea, and she has no business working in politics in any quarter.
2) Travis W. Childers is only interested in the good of Travis W. Childers, not the good of his electorate, and not the good of his party. I have read that he said he had an “obamatross” hanging around his neck. I somehow doubt he said it — it’s a bit cleverer than I imagine him to be, quite frankly, so I don’t think he said that. “Let them eat cake” is more probable, as he voted against the Health Care Bill, and he did so in order to be reelected here. He is probably not on the best of terms with the rest of the Mississippi Democratic Party. He is short-sighted, because he could have, by sharing the limelight just a little bit, made a good number of friends here today, even among his enemies in the Party and his frenemies in the Party. A man that short-sighted is probably myopic because of an enlarged ego.
In either case, Bill Clinton is right. The Democrats need not to give up this seat in Congress. However, I have to believe that there are nicer, smarter and more forward-thinking Democrats in the Oxford area, and I believe that one of them needs to run against him in a primary in 2012.
Ex-Presidents carry a cachet with them. This election is a tough one for Democrats. Hoarding the wealth is a recipe for defeat.