The Skip List: Who’ll Be Missing During the Nominating Conventions? — PICTURES

July 18, 2012, 10:15 a.m.

There are a lot of reas­ons why a politi­cian might skip a nom­in­at­ing con­ven­tion: Some might be too busy cam­paign­ing in their home states, oth­ers may want to dis­tance them­selves from the party at large. 

“If his­tor­ic­al pre­ced­ent is a guide, Pres­id­ent Obama should be wor­ried about the re­cent spate of Demo­crats who have de­clared that they won’t at­tend their own party’s na­tion­al con­ven­tion,” Na­tion­al Journ­al‘s Alex Roarty wrote in June. Dur­ing the 2008 con­ven­tions, many Re­pub­lic­ans op­ted out of at­tend­ing — and we all know what happened that Novem­ber. 

Make of it what you will, but here is our list of Re­pub­lic­ans and Demo­crats who won’t be seen in Tampa Bay or Char­lotte.