The room was filled with supporters of Congressman Kurt Schrader of Oregon's 5th congressional district. If voter registrations are to be considered a measure of a districts competitiveness then the 5th is by far the most competitive in the state. Democrats currently hold about a ~5% registration edge over the Republicans, add another 25% of the voting population as belonging to NO party or a minor party and you have an interesting race depending on who returns their ballots in the mail.
Congressman Wu, Blumenauer and Senator Ron Wyden all stopped by to lend a hand at the event and warm the crowd up for Congressman Schrader. What I love about Congressman Schrader is his down to Earth attitude towards everything. The main event was Joe Biden and I'll have more on what he and Congressman Schrader said later this weekend. I need to absorb it all in first.
The bottom line for Democrats this election year is to keep your spirits up. The Vice President spoke about polling numbers and how he knew that in order for the country to get better, the polling numbers of the administration would have to take a punch. Governing isn't pretty and it ain't always easy, but the steps that have been taken over the last two years have helped us fight the recession and move forward as a society. Lots of great first steps on health care, energy, and getting tough on Wall Street. There is a lot more work that needs to be done.
More to come soon.