The "spring training" phase of the 2008 presidential campaign has produced a commitment by a key player. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., who put together John Kerry's campaign for this state in 2004, is backing Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill.
"At the top of the list, in my reasons why, is his ability to bring people together," Smith said. "In the last six to 15 years, the country has been more and more divided. I am impressed by his background and by the variety of his experiences. He also understands the new economy."
Smith will keynote a Seattle "Meetup for Obama" on April 28 at Mount Zion Baptist Church.
And McDermott thinks Gore has grown since his not-always-on-key performance in 2000. "When you lose, you develop a new understanding of what you are about," said the three-time gubernatorial candidate.