Congressman Adam Smith came calling yesterday to give us an update on his work in the other Washington. His job has changed dramatically since the Democrats won the House last year.
Smith spoke with surprising candor about his years in the minority as “a constant battle for relevance.” He described taking meeting after meeting, knowing he couldn’t help the people seeking his support but having to act like he could because to admit his irrelevance would have made him even more irrelevant.
Life is a lot different these days. Smith is chairing the Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, a post that has afforded him a bigger voice on Iraq and the war on terrorism.
Speaking of relevance, Smith thinks Washington state could end up having some in the Democratic presidential race.
Smith, who is chairing Barack Obama’s state campaign, predicted that Obama and Hillary Clinton will both emerge from the Feb. 5 Super Tuesday primaries as contenders with enough campaign cash to continue the fight into March. Which means the Democratic caucus Feb. 9 and the presidential primary Feb. 19 could actually help decide the Democratic nominee.