Who's the Fairest of Them All? Wyoming.

March 2008
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest of them all? Answer: Wyoming. Is anyone besides me envious that the national media is making such a big deal over Wyoming's Democratic caucuses tomorrow? Or that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bill and Chelsea have been criss-crossing Wyoming the last two days? Timing is everything, I guess. We'll get our day in the sun come August, but for the present, we'll have to make do with reporters' live-blogging of the candidates' events. First, the music. For Obama it was Signed, Sealed, Delivered, (I'm Yours) by Stevie Wonder. For Hillary, it was Bruce Springsteen's The Rising. What did Obama have to say?
Obama talks about the West and how President Bush has let down a region known for being somewhat libertarian. "What you really have (here) is a lot of libertarians. People who believe (in) individual rights and individual freedom," he said before launching to a critique on It's warrantless wiretaps and holding people in prison without charging them. "There is nothing conservative about that. There is nothing Republican about that." Then he took a swipe at Sen. Hillary Clinton. "Watch out for the politics of fear. You're seeing it now with this phone call at 3 a.m.," he said. "It's designed to play into your fears."
And Hillary?
Clinton is talking about her ideas to revive the economy, the need to focus on renewable energy and her plans to reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil. "I am not interested in holding hands with the Saudis. I'm interested in holding them accountable," she says.
Hillary also took swipes at President Bush and Cheney.
And she says she'll continue to work across party lines if elected president, because there is a lot of "repair work" that needs to be done. Then she added a line she's used many times before: "It took a Clinton to clean up after the first Bush and I think it's going to take a Clinton to clean up after the second Bush," she says.
So far, pretty typical. But here's one thing I didn't know before. Kathy Karpan, a former Wyoming Secretary of State, introduced Hillary at one event and said:
When Karpan and Clinton were on a delegation to the Winter Olympics together in Norway, Clinton even ate reindeer. "She'll do anything for America," Karpan said.
Seriously, it's nice to see the candidates in the West, answering questions from voters in the audience and addressing issues of importance to us. It's also impressive that the candidates drew crowds in the thousands, considering Wyoming is a solidly Republican state. At stake tomorrow: 12 pledged delegates.