Monday, May 5, 2008

Bill Clinton Hates Idaho?

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2008 at 4:00 AM

Somebody get Keith Roark on the line.

The chairman of the Idaho Democratic Party may have to do some footwork to get a certain laugh line out of Bill Clinton's stump speeches.

In a story about how the former president is getting his groove back on the campaign trail for his wife, Bill Clinton said Idaho has more elk than Democrats.

From a story in The New York Times, Clinton was savoring the laughs and applause he got for suggesting that one of the first things his wife would do if elected president would be to "bag No Child Left Behind."

Relishing the moment, Clinton said, “You can drop me in the middle of Idaho where there’s not a Democrat in 200 miles and an elk would applaud me on that.”

We're still waiting for word on relative numbers of Idaho Democrats to resident elk (which brings up its own quandaries: wild elk or farmed elk? Would that be like comparing urban Democrats to rural Dems?)

Either way, Chuck Oxley, spokesman for the Idaho Democratic Party, has a challenge for the former president.

"The Idaho Democratic Party would be thrilled to have Bill Clinton come and visit us and see if he can match the 14,000 people that came out to see Barack Obama," Oxley said.

Obama's February 2 rally reportedly set several records for Idaho political events. The Illinois senator is favored by many Idaho Democrats over Clinton.

"At least around Taco Bell Arena, I'm certain that Democrats outnumber elk," Oxley said.

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