Today it’s Bill Clinton in Everett. Tuesday sees Joe Biden in Vancouver, on the heels of his appearance at UW Tacoma earlier this month. On Thursday, the president himself at UW Seattle. Then, on Monday First Lady Michelle Obama in Bellevue.
Patty Murray’s campaign is bringing in the big guns as Washington’s two-week-long election day gets under way. The point, obviously, is to bring out the party faithful.
John Dickerson of Slate reports this morning about the first couple drawing 35,000 to a rally at Ohio State University last night and trying to recapture some of the enthusiasm that brought Obama to office.
The evening wasn’t just about Ohio, though. Democrats hope that a show of force here will inspire their voters all over the country to go to the polls in an election where conservatives are highly motivated. The crowd was blasted with light. The event was made for broadcast. A boom camera streamed the event live to the Internet.
In Columbus, the crowd was enthusiastic, but not at the level of 2008, when the roars at some Obama speeches made you wonder if a touchdown had been scored somewhere. The drop-off is to be expected—it’s not a presidential-election year, and reality has intruded on the vague dreams of the last election. As President Obama admitted, “Let’s be honest. This is a difficult election.”
UPDATE: Washington State Republicans just put out a statement on Murray’s “D.C. Bosses Tour.”
“Times are tough, so Senator Murray is bringing in these big guns from D.C. to help excite her base, but parading around with her D.C. bosses begs the question, just who does Senator Murray work for: Washingtonians or Washington, D.C.?” said GOP spokeswoman Laena Fallon.
Read on for entire statement:
Day 1 Of Senator Murray’s D.C. Bosses Tour: Who Does She Work For, Bill Clinton?
BELLEVUE, WA – Starting today, Senator Patty Murray will embark on week-long tour with her D.C. bosses to rally supporters for her struggling re-election bid. Today, Former President Bill Clinton will join her in Everett.
Laena Fallon, Washington State Republican Party spokesperson, offered the following statement:
“Today’s visit by Former President Bill Clinton is the first of a string of visits we will see in the next week from Senator Patty Murray’s D.C. bosses. Tomorrow it will be Vice President Biden (again), Thursday it will be President Obama (again) and on Monday the 25th, it will be First Lady Michelle Obama. Times are tough, so Senator Murray is bringing in these big guns from D.C. to help excite her base, but parading around with her D.C. bosses begs the question, just who does Senator Murray work for: Washingtonians or Washington, D.C.?
“For the last 18 months, Senator Murray has voted consistently with her party bosses and her number one source of campaign cash, lobbyists. As the No. 4 person in Senate Democrat leadership, she continues to support big-government D.C. policies — even when they hurt Washington state. The so-called health care reform that she said she helped to write is already hurting Washington families and seniors with higher premiums, loss of health care options and more taxes. And despite Senator Murray’s claims that she knows how to create jobs, the unemployment rate remains stalled at 8.9% in Washington state, up from 7.5% when Senator Murray’s failed $1.2 trillion stimulus was signed into law.
“Washingtonians deserve a senator who always has their best interests in mind, not one that repeatedly picks Washington D.C. over Washington state.
“While D.C. insiders may draw a crowd, they certainly don’t help create jobs, shore up the economy or mend the pain of the $2.5 trillion health care law. Washington families are struggling in this tough economy and they cannot afford another six years of a senator who repeatedly breaks her promises in favor of her D.C. insider friends.”