Claire McCaskill must not have got the memo:
Expecting to be "an underdog" in her re-election bid, U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., tried to put some distance between herself and the White House during a televised appearance on Sunday.
"I'm anticipating being an underdog in this  election, and that means I'm going to have to work twice as hard -- which is OK with me," McCaskill said on Fox News Sunday.
Being a vulnerable incumbent doesn't mean you're the underdog, it just means you're unpopular. And she's still having trouble coming up with reasons why she shouldn't have to be the underdog. Pressed to come up with a criticism of Obama, she comes up with the following:
"I think many of those things didn't get the focus they should have at that point in time."
That's not the language that an independent uses. It's what party loyalists say when their leaders screw up; that they're really right and their hearts are in the right place, but they got their priorities wrong for a little while.
This is what peer pressure from Emanuel Cleaver does to political careers.