The Democratic Caucus: The Luck of the Draw

“Of course, the economy is on everyone’s mind."



Steve Scanlin: In this, I look like Mr. Obama.
  • Amber Clontz
  • Steve Scanlin: "In this, I look like Mr. Obama."

As a walking poster board for President Obama’s re-election campaign, Steve Scanlin waved happily to his fellow Democrats at Saturday's Ada County Presidential Caucus. His shirt’s graphic showed ‘The Contender’ cover of Time magazine, where candidate Obama, arms crossed, gazes to the future.

Scanlin tipped his Obama ball cap and joked, “In this, I look like Mr. Obama.”

“I got this shirt four years ago in Oregon,” said Scanlin, a Boise attorney, claiming the shirt was still in fine condition after 100 washings.

Scanlin's political scrapbook was full of anecdotes, like the time that he was campaigning in Winnemuca, Nev. The 2008 political caucus in the small Nevada town resulted in an even tie between Obama and Hillary Clinton.

“Only in Nevada do they break the tie with a deck of cards,” said Scanlin with a laugh. Clinton supporters drew a three, and Obama supporters drew a jack from the deck, winning the caucus.

Scanlin is hoping to be an Obama delegate at Democratic National Convention. If chosen, it would be his fifth trip to a convention as a national delegate.

“Of course, the economy is on everyone’s mind,” said Scanlin, who insisted that the No. 1 issue will be health care.

“I’m sick of people calling it Obamacare. It’s the Affordable Care Act,” said Scanlin.


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