Inevitable? Or invisible?
The Hillary Clinton campaign — that supposed juggernaut, or so it seemed — has been virtually below the radar in Idaho. It is a remarkable contrast, considering that Sen. Barack Obama is planning a campaign stop in Boise Saturday.
The Clinton campaign has been so silent that the sighting of a very sketchy Clinton for Idaho Web page actually made news on an Idaho Democratic blog earlier this week.
More tantalizing is this item from Randy Stapilus, a veteran Northwest political blogger and former Boisean who was passing through town last week.
Writes Stapilus: "The Hillary Clinton forces do exist, but they’re much lower key. The discussion this week has to do with the personal calls to some key Idaho Democrats (who either hadn’t endorsed yet, or who were thought not to have) from no less than Bill Clinton. One on one, that could have some effect."
Or could it? Obama has succeeded in securing many key Democratic endorsements in Idaho. One factor: I believe some Democrats are afraid Hillary Clinton would be toxic to Democrats elsewhere on the ticket. I'm not sure how persuasive her husband could be on that score.
So, a week before Idaho Democrats take part in Super Tuesday, you have a very well-polished Obama presence (replete with four field offices, including one in the GOP stronghold of Idaho Falls). You have some scattered support for former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina, namely from former state party chair Bill Mauk and from a fellow Boise attorney, Kurt Holzer.
And for Clinton? Pretty quiet out there. It'll make for an interesting Super Tuesday.