Not Appalachia


In urban Oregon, the usual massive turnout. In rural Oregon, the atmosphere is different than West Virginia:

After Obama took a shellacking in last Tuesday's West Virginia primary, some analysts suggested the loss showed the Illinois senator was having problems connecting with blue-collar, working-class voters.       

None of that was in evidence Saturday in this Douglas County timber town -- the first stop in a weekend of campaigning in Oregon for Obama, who holds a large lead in polls leading up to Tuesday's primary election.

YouTube here. One detail:

A few kayakers held their paddles and tried to keep their kayaks straight as they watched the candidate, who stood on a makeshift platform.

(Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty.)