Potential sleeper candidate Joe Biden picked up two more state legislator endorsements this morning. From a Biden for President campaign release:
“Today, Sen. Joe Biden received endorsements from two key Iowa elected officials. State Representatives Dennis Cohoon of Burlington and Eric Palmer of Oskaloosa become the 15th and 16th Iowa State legislators to endorse Sen. Biden.
“I am supporting Sen. Biden because he’s the most prepared to be president from Day One,” said Rep. Cohoon. “And as a high school special education teacher for thirty years, I know Sen. Biden can accomplish the education reforms we need to get kids in preschool earlier and give them the opportunity to go to college.”
Rep. Palmer stressed Sen. Biden’s experience in world affairs and his commitment to civil rights: “The Des Moines Register talked about knowledge and experience in their endorsement. To me Joe Biden exhibits real knowledge and experience in foreign affairs and his understanding of the constitution, both qualities not exhibited by this White House. As Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, I am particularly impressed with Sen. Biden’s expertise in constitutional law, which will be critical to getting America back on track.””
Like the release says, that brings his endorsement total to 16. And trust me, that’s a lot in the state legislator race and puts him just behind Clinton and Obama. That bodes well for Biden in terms of organization and contacts. State legislators have strong local connections that help them get elected in the first place. Their opinion matters if nothing more than to help Iowans pick a solid second choice.
Now, don’t get me wrong, these endorsements aren’t going to catapult Joe Biden into the top three. But they could help him a lot. If any of the three front-runners do poorly in terms of rural organizing or see troubles in viability, Joe Biden could see a boost. And with his Iraq policy and seriousness he still captures Iowans’ attention to at least listen to him. The question is what kind of crowd will show up to the caucuses on January 3rd.