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Monday, December 17, 2007

Washington Doesn’t Matter?

posted by on December 17 at 9:25 AM

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.

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I'm positive The Stranger News Dept. would make a sufficient Democratic campaign office. Oh wait, that would mean that we might have to get involved as opposed to being commentators. Who do 'we' endorse anyway? Are we joining the waffling tradition in the meantime? Long live the Clintonian buffoonery!

Posted by scratch that | December 17, 2007 9:44 AM

Of course silly Washingtonians matter, they are happy to part with their money.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | December 17, 2007 9:50 AM

Can't the Dems outsource some campaigning duties to the poor Darfurians?

Posted by burnout | December 17, 2007 9:57 AM

i keep telling my women that their votes don't matter but they get offended for some reason...

Posted by max solomon | December 17, 2007 10:39 AM

For the Dems, I don't think we do matter. But if different GOP candidates win in Iowa and New Hampshire, or the same one wins in both but loses in South Carolina, I believe we'll see an awful lot of GOP staffers flooding the streets of Eastern Washington.

I know that my voice in particular won't matter for picking the Dem candidate though, because after the way I was treated at the '04 caucus, I have zero interest in attending in '08.

Posted by Gitai | December 17, 2007 10:48 AM

@4, Mike Huckabee would just bitch lap your women for being offended. They need to learn their place in the eyes of the lord!

Posted by Just Me | December 17, 2007 10:51 AM

Or maybe it's easier to raise money if you have an office astablished.

Posted by Gabe Global | December 17, 2007 10:56 AM

I welcome Sen Obama to Seattle!

Here that sound, Republicants?

It is the sound of ... inevitability.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 17, 2007 1:56 PM

1. YOUR voice won't matter if you don't go to your Democratic caucus on 2/9.

Know where it is?

2. Obviously Washington State doesn't matter. One campaign office, woo-hoo.

Many Dem canidates have visited all 99 counties in iowa by now. About 2/3 of likely caucus goers there say they have met the candidates!

Posted by unPC | December 17, 2007 2:00 PM

Isn't it odd that he doesn't already have one? I swear that Dean's office was open well before the end of 2003. Then again, we saw what happened there.

Posted by josh | December 17, 2007 4:57 PM

If you want to talk about not mattering, look at the fact that 572,000 District of Columbia residents (more than Wyoming has and almost as many as Vermont) are tax-paying US citizens who have no vote in Congress. WA doesn't matter in the primaries and caucuses...neither do 46 other states, or the District of Columbia. At least we get representation for our taxation instead of getting slapped around as Congress' bitch.

Posted by Jon Morgan | December 19, 2007 1:31 AM

WA didn't have to fight to get a state quarter. DC did--for 10 years. Our municipal budgets don't have to be approved by Congress, nor do we get school vouchers foisted on us or our medical marijuana or domestic partnership laws blocked by right-wing Southerners.

Posted by Jon Morgan | December 19, 2007 9:55 PM

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