Wow, what a week. Over the space of four days, Idaho Democrats shattered all kinds of records including the Taco Bell Arena attendance record (14,169), the Qwest Arena attendance record (6,500), and the Idaho Democratic Presidential caucus attendance records (and how!). Here are a few YouTube videos to help you relive the Obama speech and the Ada County caucus.
Tim Egan of The New York Times wrote one of the best major media pieces published about the Idaho caucuses. "Having gone through their Hope versus Experience argument, Democrats are moving on to the numbers phase, looking for advantages in the fall," he said. "If they want to parse the Geography of Hope, they can do no better than study what happened in red counties on Tuesday."
One of the most creative caucus coverage blog posts came from the Royal (Northwest) Mounted Valise, which wondered, "If Hillary is a PC and Barack a Mac, what is McCain? Maybe, an IBM running Windows 98?"
It goes without saying that the hyper-energized Barack Obama campaign - and the candidate's 11th-hour Idaho visit - were largely responsible for Tuesday's massive turnouts. Sisyphus (writing at 43rd State Blues) and Sharon Fisher (writing at New West) have thoughtful posts about what the Idaho Democratic Party might do to capitalize on this new energy.
Here are some other links to Idaho caucus coverage from across the state: IdahoRocks (Boundary County, plus dispatches from Bonner and Kootenai counties); MountainGoat Report and the Unequivocal Notion (Canyon County); Paleomedia, The Arbiter, Fort Boise, New West, (Ada County); We Have Failed ...(Gooding County) ... if I missed any, please feel free to note 'em in the comments.
Finally, we have four states plus one territory voting in the Democratic race this weekend: Louisiana, Nebraska, Washington state, and the Virgin Islands today, and Maine tomorrow. Use this thread to discuss those results and what they may mean for the road ahead.
Update 2/14/08: It's a late entrant, but I like this piece by Michael Ames at HuffPo about why Idaho digs Obama the most.