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August 27, 2006

Schweitzer to Stump for Goldmark

I'd like to see the two of them together.  Charisma central.  This pivotal event is scheduled for Sunday the 9th at the Caterina Winery in Spokane from 12:00 - 2:00 if you care to see and hear Peter Goldmark and the popular governor of Montana, Brian Schweitzer.   A diarist at DailyKos, sowinso, wrote a nice piece about it earlier today.  If you really want to go, you can RSVP to Wendy at the campaign. 

Goldmark is on what they're calling the "Amber Waves Tour" now, stopping to talk with, listen and visit with folks all over the rural parts of the 5th CD.  He rode in the Colville parade on Saturday.  He was at a concert in Liberty Lake the evening before and then stopped at three meet and greets, one each in Republic, Wauconda, and Tonasket today.   Tomorrow he's in Omak and Wilbur and Davenport.  And so it goes through the week.   I would sure like to hear him discuss what he sees and hears with Schweitzer and have them compare notes about what they've seen and what they have and might do about it. 

McJoan wrote a great piece last week on DailyKos asking whether we might be seeing a rural revolt in the West.  She cited political reporter Randy Stapilus, writing at Ridenbaugh Press who in turn cites Kevin Taylor in The Inlander, Spokane's alternative weekly.  They all three consider Peter Goldmark to be the poster child of a person who might really be able to 1) make a difference in Congress on behalf of rural America and 2) convince the generally conservative voters in his district that he could make a difference for them.  It certainly seems like it might be time.   There's also Larry Grant, running for Congress in Idaho's 1st CD and Gray Trauner, running for Congress in Wyoming's only CD, both giving the Republicans conniptions in conservative Republican districts no one would have considered to be on the table even six months ago.  Add in Brian's Schweitzer's win as governor in Montana a year ago, along with the return of  a Democratic legislature in Montana and Jon Tester's race against Conrad Burns for U. S. Senate there.  And Texas.  For heaven's sake, there's a seemingly similar rural revolt going on in Texas.   The Democratic candidate for Attorney General in Texas, David Van Os, wrote a lengthy comment on DailyKos laying out a rural revolt there that he hopes to ride into office.

I like the term "Amber Wave Tour".  It connotes a Western piece of the Democratic "wave" that we all think might be possible, even likely, this fall.  Thanks to Schweitzer for coming over for Peter.

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 27, 2006 at 10:18 PM in Candidate Races, National and International Politics | Permalink

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