“He has the résumé, he looks qualified, and he has done things and fought for things that Democratic primary voters care about,” Shrum said. “You have to go somewhere from there. Elections are not rewards for past performance. What’s his argument?”
In Iowa last week, Gary Gelner, Hancock County’s Democratic Party chairman, recalled being amazed by Obama when he visited the state as a little-known candidate in 2007.
“The guy could sell refrigerators to Eskimos,” he said. “He was one of those guys who impressed us out of the gate.”
Gelner was certain that he had seen the governor speak somewhere in the past year, perhaps in person in Iowa or maybe on television. So many pols have rolled through over the years, he said, that he just couldn’t be sure.