Feel that chill? That’s the icy breath of New Hampshire whistling past as we hurtle toward California’s own “Tsunami Tuesday” presidential primary, just four weeks from today. And for the Democratic frontrunners, California — particularly the concentrated cache of Democratic votes the Bay Area provides — is looking like a sumptuous buffet now more than ever.
Obama supporters will gather at 4:30 p.m. in the Oakland campaign office, 436 14th St. just off Broadway — one of four such gatherings statewide — to phone voters throughout the state and urge them to vote for the junior U.S. Senator from Illinois come Feb. 5. Tomorrow at noon, there’ll be four “California Counts” rallies across the state, including one at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, at McAllister & Polk streets. You’ve gotta figure these’ll be pretty exuberant events, given Obama’s performance in the past week.
Clinton supporters across California are phone-banking tonight as well, holding Bring Your Own Phone house parties in cities including Oakland, Foster City and Milpitas; if you want to attend, call the Clinton campaign’s Bay Area HQ at 415-255-7431 for specific times and locations. Just as Obama’s events are likely to be giddy, I’d say Clinton’s will be tense: She long has led in California polls, but her defeat in Iowa and her projected defeat in New Hampshire means Feb. 5 could be her Waterloo (no, not Waterloo, Iowa — she already had that) and it’s not yet clear if she’ll be Wellington or Napoleon.
And Edwards supporters will be scribbling tonight: Supporters are invited to go watch the New Hampshire returns while writing “Dear Friend” postcards to Bay Area voters; those who complete the most cards between 6:30 and 9 p.m. will win prizes. The gatherings are at 15 Quintara St. at 10th Avenue in San Francisco, and at 31 Chicory Lane in San Carlos; participants are encouraged to bring food to share, and as many stamps as they can muster.