|The crowd at the Obama event, 360 view/Obama campaign|
The crowd estimate for the Barack Obama event in Boise today was just under 15,000, making it one of the largest political events ever in Idaho.
One commenter (from Vermont) on the Obama campaign blog remarked, "Wow, I didn't know there were that many people in Idaho much less Democrats. The stage has more people on it than attended Larry Craig's last press conference." (Be it noted that Idaho has a substantially larger population than Vermont.)
One e-mailer to us suggested the reason for the Obama visit to Boise, at a moment when California swings in the balance and other, bigger states are calling, is the visual: The mass crowd Obama is able to draw in Idaho, the heartland of the reds. It's an impressive message, all right; with what effect, we'll all find out on Tuesday.