2008 Washington Doesn’t Matter?
posted by December 17 at 9:25 AMon
There’s been lots of talk (including from the likes of me) about how Washington State is unlikely to matter much in the process of picking a Democratic nominee, except as a place for candidates to round up big donations.
Included in the evidence of this: No candidate has opened a campaign office here.
Until now. A well-placed source tells me that this week, Barack Obama will become the first presidential candidate to open a field office in Washington State.
What does this mean? Maybe it’s the Obama campaign’s way of getting a jump on organizing for the the Washington Democratic caucuses, which happen on Feb. 9 and would be nice for any candidate to win even if he or she has already won enough states by Feb. 9 to have the nomination sewn up.
Or maybe the Obama campaign is starting to seriously plan for a scenario in which Washington matters to their nomination fight—a scenario that would be far from the campaign’s fondest hopes.