Thursday, September 11, 2008

Any Good?

It is very interesting that Obama has chosen to come to Grand Junction, Colorado as one of his first stops in Colorado since the DNC. An area without much population compared to the Front Range and notorious for being very conservative, I would not have thought Western Colorado would have been one of Obama's first stops in the swing state of Colorado because I do not think Obama will be able to garner as many votes in this area of the state as he could in the more diverse, and liberal, areas of Eastern Colorado. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how the area responds to him and how much of an impact his visit makes on his standing in Colorado.

The Udall/Schafer debate made it quite clear that Western Colorado is very conservative and even almost unwelcoming to liberals. However, I understand that the portion of the population at the debate was small and the audience was mainly Club 20 members. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how the area welcomes the obviously liberal Obama. I know Obama is very popular among today's youth and perhaps Mesa State College attracted him to Grand Junction; I can only speculate, but I do find his choice odd. I understand that since Colorado is such a swing state, Obama would most likely be visiting Grand Junction at some point this campaign season, but I expected it to be more of a fly by on his way to or from the Front Range. This stop could be just that, I do not know much about it, but I'm assuming from what I've heard through the grape vine, this stop will at least include a speech and probably be a rather substantial pit stop.

As I've said many times in different words this blog, I am intrigued by Obama's choice to come to the generally conservative Western Colorado, and I am very excited to see what kind of impact this makes. It'll definitely be interesting how this campaign season pans out.

1 comment:

mudd said...

By coming here, I think Obama will be able to gain support of those who are undecided and probably would've voted McCain because everyone they know will.

If anything, it's to bolster his image of caring about the middle class (although I believe Obama actually cares more than others say they do), and we both know that in elections, image is huge. The thing is, I think it will work. Middle class citizens around here are thinking that they are not as important as the people living in Aspen or Colorado Springs, but lo and behold, a presidential candidate comes to GJ to show that he cares about every vote, not just the masses he can garner in larger cities. It could be a ploy, but it is a well thought out and hardly transparent one.

And, it means I get out of class to go see him speak. :)