We're just waiting for Hillary Clinton to show up here at what's supposed to be the unveiling of her health care plan at Broadlawn's in Des Moines. The room is packed, not just from the people. It's stuffy. Stuffed and stuffy, actually. The campaign has wall-sized backdrops, surely for the benefit of the tv cameras.
The Senator is late arriving. She almost always is. Although she is coming from Chicago. She left Senator Tom Harkin's Steak Fry nearby in Indianola late yesterday to fly to Chicago last night. Then she flies back to Des Moines. Such is the life of a major candidate. They don't want to waste time. Well, they don't want to waste the candidate's time.
While I'm waiting, some final thoughts on the Steak Fry. Obama, Edwards and Clinton clearly had a huge numbers advantage. They had way more supporters down in front of the stage. Obama's camp claims 3,000. I haven't heard numbers from others.
When Clinton finished speaking, hundreds, if not more, of her people moved out from in front. Same thing when Obama and Edwards finished. Richardson followed Obama. Dodd followed Clinton. Biden followed Edwards. I wonder what was going through their minds as they watched so many people leave as they got ready to speak? How can that not be deflating this late in the campaign?