Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Obama to open Cheyenne & Laramie offices

As the Democratic candidates hunt for every delegate, Wyoming enters the picture. According to Channel 5 tonight, Barack Obama is opening offices in Cheyenne and Laramie and sending a team to WYO to campaign during the three weeks remaining before the Democratic county conventions.

I watched Obama's speech tonight from Madison, Wisconsin. He had won the primaries/caucuses in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. More than 18,000 people packed the university arena and cheered the candidate. In the background, you could see white and black and brown and young and middle-aged and maybe a few oldsters thrown in for good measure. It wasn't necessarily a fiery speech. He did note the victories, and also spent a little time trashing "Bush/McCain" policies on Iraq, the economy, climate change to name a few. I liked how he said "Bush/McCain." It's about time we began linking the two because four years of McCain will be like a repeat of George W. Bush. Bush has endorsed McCain as a "true conservative," and McCain has backed Bush's bankrupt policies in Iraq. He predicts that the U.S. may need troops in Iraq for 100 years. Let's bring them home now.

I listened to as much of McCain's victory speech as I could stomach. He swept all three states for the Repubs. He spoke in front of a half-dozen rapidly aging white folks, including John Warner. I guess he was somewhere in Virginia. All I hear when McCain speaks is "more of the same." Blah, blah, blah. He's 72, Obama's 46. This is the largest age gap we've ever had between major party presidential candidates. That tells you a lot.

Meanwhile, here in Wyoming, we're getting cranked up for our March 8 county gatherings. In Laramie County, we'll select 55 delegates for the state Democratic Party convention set for Memorial Day weekend in Jackson. These county confabs are going to be jammed. See you there!

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