The latest announcement is Governor Jay Inslee of Washington state. Senator Patty Murray was my choice for that state. That's because unlike Inslee-one year older than she-she doesn't have a state to run. With Democrats still in the minority in the Senate she doesn't even have a committee to run. With 14 years in the House and 6 years and counting as Governor Inslee, 69 by the election, is the third oldest and most qualified of the 9. Therefore he could win the nomination or drop out after Iowa. If he starts winning a lot of states it will mean that a faction of the Democratic Party rarely mentioned and hard to quantify are voting for him: people who want the best possible President. With the obsession of nominating people from new categories Democrats have rarely thought about who should win lately, just happy to elect the first something. First President from Washington state, the Pacific northwest, the northwest should be enough. The only Washingtonian to make a serious bid for the White House was Democrat Scoop Jackson in 72 and 76. Jackson was a different type of Democrat, always reminding people that Russians-not just Soviets but Russians-are different than us. It will be interesting to see if Inslee, in his 20s when Jackson died, reveals fond memories of him. That would be an effort to reach the remaining conservatives in the party, a niche sufficient to keep him in the race through super Tuesday. The first likely result is that everyone ignores Delaney. They can't ignore Inslee. When Delaney is eliminated those wishing to vote for a white Gentile man will have a good one and be joined by those looking for the best candidate. Everyone agrees that Californians are weird, but we're divided on whether those from Washington and Oregon are also weird. Still there is a west coast perspective on things and Inslee may be able to present it more credibly than Harris, taking votes from her. If she drops out early he and Bernie will fight over California on super Tuesday. Finishing second behind Bernie will be declared a victory. If she remains he could take the win there and knock her out, looking very strong indeed. Since Bernie won Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Colorado and other states he now has a rival there. Should Inslee take some of those states he'll be the giant killer even if he remains third or fourth in the race overall. The south is still up for grabs and a white male Gentile has as good a head start as anyone, so Inslee could be a prohibitive frontrunner in March and battle for northern cities too. On the other hand, as a sitting Governor he has the least time to campaign, needs to work sometimes, might face emergencies others never think about. Coming from the west coast to New Hampshire, South Carolina, even Iowa is a long trip that could wear down an old man. The biggest cause of early exits is lack of planning. Often a person who does not fare well in Iowa stops immediately even though New Hampshire looked promising because he has minimal support on the ground. Often someone who does well in Iowa gets nowhere in New Hampshire because he had only one week. In his case, one vote behind Delaney in Iowa ends the race, less than 15% average Iowa and New Hampshire ends the race, no wins on super Tuesday ends the race. Iowa is his best chance of the first 4, but he has to outflank Harris, Klobuchar and Delaney, keeping them behind him everywhere (except Harris in Nevada) then get all their support as they exit.