May 2nd, 2008 09:54 EST
Superdelegate Joe Andrew Switches Support To Obama: Et Tu Brutus?
When Bill Richardson, who served as the United States Secretary of Energy and as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations under Bill Clinton, endorsed Barack Obama, the Clinton camp went ballistic. James Carville compared the governor of New Mexico to Judas, oblivious that he was letting the world know that the Clintonistas consider Hillary a Messiah figure.
The Clintons inspire fear but not love; if Hillary pulls off a miracle and wins the White House, Richardson better look at both side of the street before crossing and he'd be well advised not to make any mistakes on his tax returns. (Just a joke, I don't subscribe to the right-wing conspiracy theories of the Clinton camp as a Mafioso-type organization.)
Bill Clinton helped advance Richardson's career, but he is a brilliant politician who would have thrived without the support of the Clintons.
Another Clinton loyalist and superdelegate has announced that he is supporting Barack Obama:
"A Clinton-era Democratic National Committee Chairman announced today he is switching his allegiance from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama
Joe Andrew, who was appointed by Bill Clinton to lead the Democratic party from 1999-2001, planned to announce the switch at a news conference in his hometown of Indianapolis.
The Obama campaign released a 10-page letter from Andrew explaining his endorsement and making the case to fellow convention superdelegates that the time has come 'to heal the rift in our Party and unite behind Barack Obama.'"
Quotation from Mike Dorning/The Swamp
Joe Andrew is no Bill Richardson and he does owe his career to Bill Clinton; Andrews' endorsement of Obama is a real slap on the face to the Clintons. Carville has already used the Judas analogy, what will he say now: Et Tu Brutus?
Hillary Clinton is perhaps the most polarizing figure in the history of American politics; she is incapable of uniting the disparate camps of the Democratic coalition.
Only Barack, who transcends politics, can unite the Democratic Party and win the general election.
But the question of who can best unite the Democratic Party is moot; Barack deserves the nomination by virtue of his insurmountable lead in pledged delegates and his significant lead in the popular vote.