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A Big Day for Endorsements

By Shailagh Murray
Endorsements may or may not mean much, but they often say something. Here's the line up of new backers that Sen. Barack Obama gained today, in addition to

  • The Los Angeles Times: "Just because the ballot features two strong candidates does not mean that it is difficult to choose between them....We strongly endorse Barack Obama."
  • The Yale Daily News: Calls Obama "honest and brilliant," although he's a Harvard man, and both Clintons went to Yale law school.
  • Alma Rangel: Wife of Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (N.Y.), a prominent backer of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • California Service Employees International Union: Formerly with John Edwards, now ready to mobilize its 600,000 members on Tuesday for Obama.

  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon: The bicycle-riding, bow-tie wearing leftie said he made up his mind after attending a retreat this week with House Democrats and heard tales from his colleagues of the "energy, enthusiasm and optimism" Obama was generating on the campaign trail.
  • Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and another former Edwards backer. A king of highway pork, the 17-term veteran lawmaker is the sixth member of the House to announce for Obama in recent days.
  • Chicago Sun-Times: Hometown paper stays loyal even though it's been hammering Obama for his ties to embattled developer Tony Rezko.

    Clinton, who had been piling up endorsements of all kinds at a much faster pace until recently, also expanded her list today:

  • The Denver Post: Cites Clinton's "long record in public life and her thoughtful proposals to deal with America's most pressing problems."
  • The Bollanos Brothers: Rick, Louis, Ben and Bill are prominent veterans' rights activists from Texas, a March 4 state that could become an unlikely Democratic battleground.
  • Gloria Molina: The Los Angeles County supervisor had been aggressively courted by both candidates.

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    rhejie - I suspect Ted Kennedy knows what Obama will do because he and his buddies will be calling the shots. Ted knows he can't tell Hillary what to do - but taking the kid under his wing will give him influence.

    It's a power grab by Kennedy - a way to live out his own presendential dreams through the kid. Me, I just see a Dick Cheney figure in Kennedy for Obama - I want someone who is going to think for themselves.

    Hillary all the way!

    Posted by: lubijou | February 3, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

    I expect Shailagh gets satisfaction from the ridiculously gullible sheep who show up here after each of her excrement tosses to exclaim how it makes Sen Clinton so awful, hopeless, evil, greedy, ugly, dishonest, etc. It's a little sick to watch. If only it were not taking place in such a central part of our political discourse, but rather on a street corner where it belongs.

    Posted by: zukermand | February 2, 2008 10:04 AM | Report abuse

    Why are people calling it "Clinton Dynasty?" 1 person who been a president and 1 running does not make it a dynasty. I don't understand the nastiness that's being thrown Hillary's way. A woman who did all public service and want to do more. But of course, just like any media outlet, hollywood stars and so forth is glorifying Obama who hasn't really done anything yet. I don't even know how people like Edward Kennedy can assure us that Obama can change politics, economy, etc. Do you have a crystal ball Ted? People pleaaase let us for once use our heads. This is reality NOT a movie.

    Posted by: rhejie_linker | February 2, 2008 5:12 AM | Report abuse

    I am from the Netherlands and for the first time I wish I could vote. I am very impressed with Obama and so are my family and friends back home. (Why I'm not a citizen? I'll never will give up my Universal Health Care Plan that comes with my nationallity).

    Posted by: EZhomebuy | February 1, 2008 10:04 PM | Report abuse

    Caroline Kennedy's endorsement underlines the kind of true story that makes the U.S. THE exceptional country and nation in world history. The Kennedys' long-term influence on our beloved nation as shown in Obama's candidacy serves as that shining beacon in a world made dark and cynical by the diirty and apparently successful political tactics played by the Clinton dynasty. Thank you to the Kennedy family for their continued service to the nation.

    Posted by: shirleylim | February 1, 2008 10:00 PM | Report abuse

    Not that spouses don't disagree, but did you really feel that Alma Rangel's endorsement was worthy of mention after Charlie's incredibly biased and offensive remarks? Alma Rangel's endorsement is as impressive an achievement as Clinton's narrow "victory" over "uncommitted" in Michigan.

    Posted by: junkmail | February 1, 2008 8:32 PM | Report abuse

    O B A M A !!!

    If you're a Democrat, the most important question that should be: who can win the election? I think it's Obama.

    As the Chicago Tribune noted: the only thing Hillary can unite is the Republicans.

    Her nomination will gavinize the Republicans base giving them a real chance of victory in November.

    So, (whether you like Hillary or not) the real choice for Democrats is: who do you prefer:

    President McCain?
    President Obama?

    Posted by: kevinlarmee | February 1, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

    Positive vision, the second coming etc. etc. etc. Am I in church or trying to consider who would be the best President to clean up the mess of the Bush Cheney administration? I'll have vision later. Bush promised the identical thing 8 years ago and look where that got the US. I'll depend on someone who will know how to fix it now, and who has a long proven track record and can be depended on to work more on returning the US to its high standing than empty promises of high ideals of utopia. Unless every member in the House and Senate is changed then his dreams will all come to naught with the mood that will continue to be pervasive in Washington. He will get nowhere and the illusion he ran on will fade quicker than his rise from obscurity to potential president. Hillary is my choice.

    Posted by: justmyvoice | February 1, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

    How on earth did Hillary even get this far? There is no way she can win the election, as it will take a positive vision to inspire voters en masse. Obama is head and shoulders the better candidate.

    Posted by: gmundenat | February 1, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

    To the Undecideds,

    Sen. Obama is growing the party beyond anything we Democrats have seen in recent history. Sen. Clinton is intelligent and ground-breaking in her own right, but Sen. Obama has something the party has lacked - since before Regan - the ability to grow the party. This growth is not just good for Dems, its good for America because consensus is necessary for Washington to govern properly.

    Please don't send us back to the partisan bunkers we lived in through the Bush-Clinton era. Please vote to fix Washington by redefining the terms of debate. Respectfully, please vote Obama.

    Posted by: maq1 | February 1, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

    I think Clinton's campaign is now auto-destroying itself.

    Some unfortunate comments from Clinton surrogates have been done during the last couple of days(I won't mention them here). That means they know now they are really loosing it...

    Posted by: laplumelefirmament | February 1, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

    I'm starting to get the impression that Clinton's a sinking ship.

    Posted by: BABucher | February 1, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

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