Buzz

Carol over at Missoulapolis has the best chuckle of the campaign, regarding the amount of media coverage and journalists and politicians criss-crossing our state in the run-up to today’s last-in-the-nation Democratic primary:

At last – at last! Montanans get the worldwide attention and buzz they’ve craved! Why, maybe the kids won’t move to Seattle after all.

Heh. Yep, it’s been interesting being the “center of the universe” for a few days here in Montana…and I suppose media coverage of our primary election is better than media coverage of a psycho bomber or militia-men. But politically, our moment in the sun is now over.

Unless Montana somehow opts for hanging chads in November, and we become the “Florida” of Election 2008.

Dem Rallies in Great Falls

I don’t know how many supporters the Obama team expected to attend this evening’s rally at the Four Seasons Arena, but I bet they were hoping for more than 2,400. Frankly, I expected to read that more people showed up, too.

And on the other side of the Dem divide, former President Bill Clinton will be in Great Falls on Sunday, appearing at 3:45 at the Paris Gibson Education Center.

If anyone attended the Obama rally, or plans to see Clinton, and wants to share their experience, drop a comment here.

UPDATE: some video and pictures of the Obama rally.

MORE: Jack The Blogger over at The Western Word offers some thoughts on the poor attendance.

Obama Volunteers

A resident of Great Falls who supports Barack Obama got the chance to meet her candidate by knocking on lots of doors:

vickiobama.jpgVicki, a former teacher from Great Falls, is a lifelong Republican who is supporting Barack for President. She admires Barack becase she says, “he’s a thinking person,” and she and her husband, a retired military officer, both voted for Barack by absentee ballot…Vicki was one of the ten winners of the “Montana Change Challenge,” and after knocking on over 100 doors last Saturday, she was able to meet Barack after his rally in Bozeman. She said that the event in Bozeman was “electrifying,” and that Barack’s charisma “reminds me of JFK.”

And another Great Falls resident who supports Obama is Dee:

deeobama.jpgDee is a native of Great Falls, Montana who works with juvenile offenders and has a son with a disability. She grew up in a military family and has a nephew who served in Afghanistan. Dee phonebanks in our Great Falls office and recruits volunteers to help spread the word about Barack. She shares her feelings about Barack and sets the record straight about false attacks against him.

Although I’m not an Obama supporter, I do admire his “netroots” campaign; definitely seems to be more on the ball than John McCain’s.

UPDATE:
the LA Times notes that McCain has a “web gap.”

Political Support

– If you’re a political junkie, you can see which of your neighbors have donated to which candidates. For example: according to the HuffPo, Cheryl Crawley, our new GFPS superintendent, donated $350 to Barack Obama. On the other side, Amy Astin, who used to work for Rep Denny Rehberg, donated $500 to Mitt Romney’s campaign, according to NewsMeat.

– The keyword in 2008 seems to be “superdelegates.” So how many does Montana have, exactly, and who are they? Check it out.

– Didja notice that Larry Steele, who ran for GF Mayor a few months ago, appears on the primary ballot as a candidate for Governor?

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