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Five Ways the Richardson Endorsement Boosts Obama

By Dan Balz
Endorsements rarely determine the outcome of presidential races, but the decision by New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to announce his support for Barack Obama today is nonetheless an important boost for Obama in his nomination battle with Hillary Clinton.

The endorsement is valuable for at least five reasons. The first is timing. Richardson has ridden to Obama's rescue during what has been the roughest stretch of his candidacy. It comes after the uproar over Obama's spiritual mentor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, which has knocked Obama off stride. It comes after losses in Ohio and Texas, which cost Obama the opportunity to force Clinton out of the race.

It comes also at a moment when the Clinton campaign has become, if not confident, at least hopeful, that there is still a way for her to win the nomination, predicated on perceptions that Obama might be a risky candidate in the fall campaign. Richardson's endorsement won't eradicate all the problems that have sprouted up around Obama's candidacy, but his timing could not have been more helpful.



Second, Richardson sends a signal to superdelegates that they too should back Obama. This may be the most significant aspect of his decision to back Obama. Superdelegates will decide the nomination. There is no way either Clinton or Obama can get to the 2,024 votes necessary to win the nomination without the superdelegates.

Clinton's hope has been to keep those superdelegates on the fence long enough for her to demonstrate that she would be the stronger nominee -- whether by a string of victories in the final contests, by overtaking Obama in the popular vote (now a long shot, absent do-over votes in Michigan and Florida) or by growing doubts about Obama's staying power in the fall.

Richardson empowers other superdelegates to begin moving toward Obama now, or immediately after the primary season ends, to prevent a bloodletting inside the party that could damage the Democrats' chances of winning in November. As he put it in an e-mail to supporters, "It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall." That is a message that could resonate with the Democratic establishment, which is now implicitly in Obama's camp, and prompt other calls for an end to hostilities.

Third, Richardson is close to both Clintons. He served as United Nations ambassador and later as Energy secretary in Bill Clinton's administration. He and the former president famously munched their way through the Super Bowl in February in what clearly was an attempt by the Clinton team to woo and win his support. During a number of debates, Richardson leaped to Clinton's defense when she was coming under attack from Obama or John Edwards.

Though there were reports that his conversations with the Clintons about an endorsement immediately after he left the presidential race did not go terribly well, symbolically his connections with the Clintons will raise questions as to why he decided to turn his back on the New York senator, rather than remaining neutral in the nomination battle.

Fourth, Richardson implicitly helps Obama answer questions about his readiness to be commander in chief. More than any other candidate in the Democratic race, Richardson based his campaign on his foreign policy resume. Along with Joe Biden, he has more experience in that area than any of their rivals. Clinton's ad asking who voters want to answer the White House phone at 3 a.m. clearly hurt Obama, and while a single endorsement from a foreign policy heavyweight won't end questions about Obama's credentials, Richardson's decision to end his neutrality undercuts Clinton's argument that she alone is ready to take on the powers of the presidency.

Fifth, Richardson's support could help Obama improve his standing with Hispanic voters. Clearly an endorsement would have been more valuable before the Texas primary, where Clinton beat Obama by 2-1 among Hispanics. But better late than never. Obama has struggled throughout the primaries to demonstrate consistent strength among Latinos and only in a few circumstances has he done so. If he is the nominee, he will need all the help he can muster to win the kind of majority among Hispanics any Democrat must have to win the White House. Clinton still will be heavily favored to win the Puerto Rico primary in June, but as the first Hispanic candidate for president, Richardson's endorsement speaks to a weakness in Obama's candidacy.

At a time when some Democrats have cautiously pulled back from Obama to see how he weathers the crisis over Rev. Wright, Richardson did the opposite. He told supporters in his e-mail message that he was moved to make his endorsement now because of the speech Obama gave on Tuesday in Philadelphia, which Richardson said demonstrated "the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him." As someone who repeatedly urged a politics of harmony and not hostility during his own candidacy, Richardson said he saw in Obama the kind of leadership the country now needs.

Not even friends of Richardson believe his endorsement will be decisive in the competition between Obama and Clinton. "I would not overstate the importance of any one endorsement," one of those Richardson allies said Friday morning. Obama still must win the nomination on the strength of his own performance from here forward and there was every indication Friday morning that both campaigns are prepared for more serious combat in the coming weeks. But Richardson's endorsement and in particular his warning about the consequences of indefinite conflict may influence other Democrats still trying to decide what to do.

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All of this Obama bashing is unseemly. He has done nothing to warrant such ire. I think his unwillingness to completely disavow Reverend Wright is admirable. I loved his speech in Philadelphia. I had been supporting Hillary, but like Gov. Richardson, whom I respect very much, I have seen that there is potential for a kind of healing with an Obama presidency that won't happen with any other candidate. I now support Barack Obama wholeheartedly, and I encourage all Americans of conscience to do the same.

Posted by: Morgaine | March 25, 2008 2:07 AM

Posted by: scharb | March 23, 2008 4:01 PM

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno18 | March 23, 2008 3:53 PM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 05:25 PM

*****************
I don't just "think" he's a racist, I "know" he's a racist.

He stands in public and acts so innocent while he is having his staff race-bait the other campaigns. One of his staff sat down with a reporter and ask him when were they going to start checking into Bill Clinton's post-white house sex life? His staff, at his request, are always looking for words or something like "fairytale" to throw out as being racist.
I didn't even give the guy's color a second thought until he brought up the race card with that "fairy tale" story.

Obama did not soundly reject Rev Wright. The time to have shown good judgement and left would have been about 20 years ago.
He showed a lack of not only judgement, but leadership as well. He could have approached the Rev Wright and discussed the negative impact his sermons were having on the new generation and ask him to stop to think about them. The fact that his hate message did have impact is evident when Michelle Obama said "she had never been proud of her country before".

I hope you do a little more investigating this man before you vote for him. He is not the person he want you to think he is.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:24 AM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

****
We weren't the most hated until George W. Bush became president because I was in Europe for sometime in 2000.
As to the "Chickens coming home to roost" remark, that was a remark made by Malcolm X. The Rev Jeremiah Wright and his hate for whites reminds me of the Nation of Islam but then his good friend is Louis Farrakan.
I don't want a president who keeps company with radical racists.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:11 AM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

****
We weren't the most hated until George W. Bush became president because I was in Europe for sometime in 2000.
As to the "Chickens coming home to roost" remark, that was a remark made by Malcolm X. The Rev Jeremiah Wright and his hate for whites reminds me of the Nation of Islam but then his good friend is Louis Farrakan.
I don't want a president who keeps company with radical racists.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:11 AM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

****
We weren't the most hated until George W. Bush became president because I was in Europe for sometime in 2000.
As to the "Chickens coming home to roost" remark, that was a remark made by Malcolm X. The Rev Jeremiah Wright and his hate for whites reminds me of the Nation of Islam but then his good friend is Louis Farrakan.
I don't want a president who keeps company with radical racists.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:10 AM

""It comes after losses in Ohio and Texas, which cost Obama the opportunity to force Clinton out of the race.""

Will you stop this and check your facts. With the results of the caucuses, Obama took the most delegates in Texas. Announced by the party. Obama won in Texas. Live with it.

Posted by: wly34 | March 21, 2008 04:01 PM

Sorry, but the people who voted in the Texas caucus had to have already voted in the primary. Clinton won the popular vote. I'm sure that they only used the count from the primary and not the caucus. The caucus was for additional delegates only.

Posted by: gorgegirl | March 23, 2008 5:05 AM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

A lot of these posts are down right embarrasing. Knocking Barack for his minister and his "hateful" speech, makes him racist. Personally, I agree 100% percent with the "chickens coming home to roost" remark. We live in a country where people are just ignorant.Obama's speech on race was just a matter of putting in the face those matters of which people would like to forget...RACE. Any white person who honestly believes that race roblems don't exist in this country are just....whatever. Abroad, America is the most hated country in the world.If you don't believe it, get a passport and head over to Europe. You might get a more enlightened view.

Posted by: dml48221 | March 22, 2008 10:20 PM

If this fat dyed beard POS who owes all his national stature to the Clintons can stab them in the back , the other "politician" delegates rats might dare leave the sinking Clinton ship .

Posted by: borntoraisehogs | March 22, 2008 9:44 PM

Excellent summary. After watching Richardson's speech, I think that it was Obama's Monday speech that finally tipped the scale for Richardson.

Posted by: Brenda3 | March 22, 2008 5:33 PM

Correct me if i'm wrong so
McCain is a war mongering hero with Alzheimer's( who doesn't know the difference between a Shiite and Sunni)and wants a 100 year war in Iraq when the US economy is entering a recession.

Hillary is a lying monster, who will say and do anything to win.She is secretive and is involved in campaign finance fraud.
By all accounts she should be in jail.

Obama is a black racist, who happens to either be Christian or Muslim, but who is definitely anti-Semitic.and by the way he and his wife are unpatriotic.(Really how unAmerican to have a black president)

I think the priority is the economy and ending the war in Iraq. America can no longer afford to be at war and have a recession. So i know who i will vote for in the general election. I don't care what Fox News says.

Posted by: Phoenix4 | March 22, 2008 4:56 PM

Wow, on the whole this thread is about the dumbest I have seen in this election so far. Ar you people really this juvenile? Let's try discussing ideas, voting records, backgrounds, and political histories, all with the equal measure and careful consideration that any self-respecting voter would afford them. Enough latching onto any one story, one personal attribute, one caricature and vilifying these very real and very complicated candidates. We can do better than this name-calling, muck-raking nonsense. How about it guys?! Change begins with you...

Posted by: gregorybarlow | March 22, 2008 4:53 PM

Thanks to the previous commentator who has enlightened us with an interesting article on Reuters.com about Hamas Terror Manifesto shared by Rev. Wright and his congregation.
Read and make up your minds.

Is this the kind of Church that we want to be connected with?

As I have indicated in my comments there are many more news that will come on Obama's connection. So, look carefully at the facts coming out!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 22, 2008 3:49 PM

As my Bible says: BEWARE of the false PROPHETS that will come under disguise to create havoc among us!!!

This left wing religion is nothing more than a CULT and it could equate to any other extremist fundamentalist movement.

So, do we terrorists within this country?
We really need to look at all of this seriously and not be duped!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 22, 2008 3:33 PM

I am Hispanic and I support Hillary's criticism on Richardson because he has earned it. He is a NOBODY that rose to were he is today ONLY due to the efforts of the Clintons.

His coming out has signaled strongly to the Hispanic community that he does not belong to our community. This wannabe has turned his back on his people in New Mexico and Hispanics will remember this.

The whole act is a show of Hypocrisy that will haunt both of these individuals. There is nothing that gets Hispanics more angrier is someone that backs up on his word. I pity him when he returns to his state.

There is NO commonality that substantiates this move because all facts being revealed show that Obama has NEVER done anything to benefit our community, his value system does not support ours and we DO NOT tolerate liars. His 20 year support of fringe and radical individuals that promote hatred, racism and intolerance is not our cup of tea. His exposure of his grandmother in public shows someone with major problems in his values and who would stoop to anything to score a point. These are not our values!!!

So, the BOTTOM line is that the Democratic party is running the risk if Obama is the candidate of major defection because the HISPANICS will NOT VOTE FOR Obama and less for Richardson who has proven what he is!!!
His patronizing of Hillary speaks volume about gender bias or male chauvinism (which unfortunately a problem for some male Hispanics that are uneducated in their roots).

This campaign is NOT OVER by any means and the process must go on. It would cause a major exodus if the will of the people is squashed by these idiot elitists.

And by the way, do your MATH and realize that Hispanics are NOW the largest minority in this country and all the Democrats need is a McCain endorsement. Without OUR vote you would lose this election.

HISPANICS: Do the right thing and vote for the candidate that is best for the HISPANICS: HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 22, 2008 3:26 PM

Obama's efforts to connect to the Republican Party, specifically Bush, and Dick Chaney, of the Halliburton Company, dates back to the Presidents Grandfather, Prescott Bush, and indeed Chaney was once an executive officer of Halliburton.

The American military pounds Iraq with Artillary, bombs, and the like, destroying large sections of cities, and infra-structures, then Halliburton comes in to rebuild. Halliburton and Halliburton associated companies have raked in ten's of billions.

Obama is just like the BIG HALIBURTAN. Haliburton has contracted to build detention centers in the U.S. similiar to the one in Quantanammo Bay, Cuba. Halliburton does nothing to earn the Two Dollars for each meal an American Serviceman in Iraq eats.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Halliburton was scheduled to take control of the Dubai Ports in The United Arab Emiirate. The deal was canceled when Bush was unable to affect the transfer of the American Ports.

Now we see what some might suspect as similiar financial escapading from the Democrats.

Two years ago, Iraq's Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to a start-up security company - Companion- owned by now-indicted businessman (TONY REZKO) Tony Rezko and a onetime Chicago cop, Daniel T. Frawley, to train Iraqi power-plant guards in the United States. An Iraqi leadership change left the deal in limbo. Now the company, Companion Security, is working to revive its contract.
Involved along with Antoin "Tony" Rezco, long time friend and neighbor of Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama, and former cop Daniel T. Frawley, is Aiham Alsammarae. Alsammarae was accused of financial corruption by Iraqi authorities and jailed in Iraq last year before escaping and returning here.

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON --
Recently, Obama's campaign staff have been vetted by the IRS to disclose his connection to the criminal money generating underworld. Besides, his connections to the REZCO MAFIA types, his up-coming tax fraud charges -- Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and disclose Obama's MUSLIM Farrakhan mob connection to Chicago's Trinity United Church of Christ. Its minister, and Obama's spiritual adviser, is the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. In 1982, the church launched Trumpet Newsmagazine; Wright's daughters serve as publisher and executive editor. Every year, the magazine makes awards in various categories. Last year, it gave the Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. Trumpeter Award to a man it said "truly epitomized greatness." That man is Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church are trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. Obama should stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke "GLORK" Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He is MAD!!! --

OBAM YOU'RE NO JFK --

"GLORK" Obama looks like Alfred E. Newman: "Tales Calculated To Drive You." He is a MUSLIM "Glork" He's MAD!!! Alfred E. Neuman is the fictional mascot of Mad. The face had drifted through American pictography for decades before being claimed by Mad editor Harvey Kurtzman after he spotted it on the bulletin board in the office of Ballantine Books editor Bernard Shir-Cliff, later a contributor to various magazines created by Kurtzman.
Obama needs to disclose why he is a MUSLIM "PATWANG-FWEEE" and stop suppoting our intervention in IRAQ. It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek.

Michelle Obama should be ashamed.

"GLORK" Michelle Obama should be ashamed of her separatist-racist connection to Farrakhan and Chicago's Trinity United Church trumpeting Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama as the second coming of the messiah. If Michelle Obama new what her husband -- the Hope-A-Dope, Fonster Monster -- Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama did in Harlem, she would wash her wide-open, Hus-suey loving MUSILM mouth out, with twenty-four (24) mule-team double-cross X-boX-BorraX. He is a MUSLIM "Glork" It's time to introduce this false, fake "GLORK" Xerox - X box Obama and invite the self-indicting thief plagiarizing pipsqueke Xerox - X box to meet the Buffalo "GAZOWNT-GAZIKKA" Police Department Buffalo Creek. He's MAD!!!

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

THE SPEECH --

The Apologia has arrived and once again the self-indicting, separatist-racist Barack Obama AKA Barack Hussein Obama, promises to heal the wounds of the world. The speech is the rude awakening of mass messianism of his campaign. Apologetically, Obama the MUSLIM double-cross X-boX-BorraX has an astonishingly empty two-prawn echelon explanation of his misjudgment.
In the first prawn: with regard to his connection to separatist-racist Rev. Wright; Obama summons voodoo and juju to express slavery as beginning and ending with the Rev. Wright.
In the second prawn: Obama's speech takes credit for Ashley's dream. A dream of unity Martin Luther King, Jr. borrowed from Ashley for his historic "I Have A Dream" speech. In Obama's speech, the connective bond Ashley, the elderly black man and Obama's grandmother share; represents Obama's self-indicting rise to the Harvard Yard. For Obama, the grand flag of language is the semi-fore of words, bestowed upon our nation by the messiah-alumni from Harvard. Obama's Swoon-Song Apologia to the nation represents a failed hymn -- a hymn that fails to heal the nation, repair the world, or make this time different than all the rest. Obama's speech is a brilliant failure.

http://www.halliburtonwatch.org/

Posted by: jreno16 | March 22, 2008 3:17 PM

OBAMA EXPOSED AGAIN, RICHARDSON MUST FEEL STUPID

Obama's Awful Week Gets Worse
Obama Church Published Hamas Terror Manifesto

http://www.reuters.com/article/blogBurst/politics?type=politicsNews&w1=B7ovpm21IaDoL40ZFnNfGe&w2=B7tmRCRJt2YFzDsa7MJ1CblL&src=blogBurst_politicsNews&bbPostId=Cz8ahHIIIQKdWB8CeO57FZmNVBDbjccdKp1jGB3XAwxTwD0HK&bbParentWidgetId=B7tmRCRJt2YFzDsa7MJ1CblL


IF THE ADDRESS DOES NOT OPEN GO TOO REUTERS.COM
BOTTOM RIGHT HAND SIDE.

Posted by: acjinvest | March 22, 2008 3:14 PM

I hoped the Obama endorsement by Governor Bill Richardson, who occupied two important posts in Bill Clinton's administration, would help quell the negative campaigning that has so disrupted the Democratic race in recent weeks.
According to the NY Times, Mr. Richardson was reported to be "dispirited by the tone of the Democratic nominating fight" and he "placed the blame on Mrs. Clinton."
Governor Richardson cited Senator Obama as a "once-in-a-lifteime leader" who would unite the country and restore our nation's international leadership.
HOWEVER, this unexpected endorsement of Obama over Clinton clearly outraged James Carville, an advisor to Senator Clinton and a close friend of former President Bill Clinton. Today's NY Times story, by Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny, reported that Mr. Carville described it as an "act of betrayal."
He is quoted as saying, "Mr. Richardson's endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day Judas sold out for 30 pieces of silver, so I think the timing is appropriate, if ironic."
Along with Bill Clinton's latest subtle but slimy attacks on Senator Obama, and a report that has tied Senator Clinton to what can be described as a religious cult named the Fellowship (see www.alternet.org), this comment should sound the death knell for the Clinton candidacy.
How could any Democrat support Senator Clinton now?
NOTE: The best argument against the uncivil and uncouth slurs others have posted here is to ignore them as inconsequential. We have freedom of speech in this country, but that does not mean we have to listen.

Posted by: LiveFree | March 22, 2008 1:51 PM

** I think Richardson, already knows first hand, from years
** of experience with the Clintons, that this 60+ years old
** wildly ambitious individual, who will do anything, and say anything,
** kill anyone, commit any felonies, and go to any lengths,

This is too rich. Obama was running for President from the moment he arrived in Washington, and he formally announced after two years!
Obama is as wildly ambitious as they come. But so what, anybody crazy enough to run for president is wildly ambitous.

And Barack just brought-out the brass-knuckles move in killing the revote in MI. He is in no position to talk about "politics as usual." He is going to be hit back on this, taking votes away from people is a stink that blows back.

Posted by: HuckFinn | March 22, 2008 1:34 PM

One common question is "how could Obama subject his children to such divisive sermons...?" Nothwithstanding putting the inflammatory words in its proper context, a church having 8,000 plus members has a CHILDREN'S MINISTRY that has separate activities for youth. Kids are not part of the regular service. The ironic thing is that the media has to look at CHURCH SERMONS to try and bring down a presidential candidate.

Posted by: kathomas1 | March 22, 2008 1:26 PM

** No doubt Gov. Richardson's endorsement is very helpful,
** but it may have already made a decisive direction for this campaign
** if he had come out earlier before Texas Primary.

What about New Mexico, his home state? Clinton carried N.M. by slight margin.

His endorsement doesn't matter a hill of beans now.

What matters is that FL & MI are not holding revotes. Obama has scored huge tactical victories. In fact, it's over, Obama is getting the nomination.

The problem is that the divisions in the Democratic Party have gone too far. The Obama folks have complained about Hillary's negative ads, but they ignore the nasty (& frequently unfounded) vitriol hurled at Clinton. I don't want to refight all the battles, but a significant number of Clinton supporters are going to drift to McCain.

I have voted straight Democratic for every office, in every election, for 32 years. This year I will vote for John McCain. Not simply out of spite, I have long admired him. I think I am somewhat unusual, but if just 5% of Hillary supportors are like me, it is fatal to Barack Obama.

I will consider Barack in future election cycles, I think he is a good man. I have problems with his lack of national experience this year. And his supporters have been over-the-top vicious.

I had hoped that Obama would consider Clinton as his VP, I believe that is his ONLY shot next fall. But it seems to not be in the cards. Ms Pelozi intesified divisions in the Democratic PArty in making her pronouncement. She & Howard Dean have been disasterous.

Posted by: HuckFinn | March 22, 2008 1:24 PM

The fact that in PA as in other states Obama's camp actively encourage independents and Republicans to register as Democrat to vote in the primary and then can switch back again points to the fact that his support is not as broad and deep and solid as Obama and his rabid supporters claim. The traditional Democratic voters and Democratic-leaning voters are solidly behind Clinton. This is the kind of voters that Obama will have a very hard time convincing them to vote for him in the general election. These voters will be angry because of the dirty tactics that they perceived to have been used against Clinton by Obama and many simply stay home or vote for McCain. In the general election those independents and Republicans who voted for Obama the primaries and caucuses will desert him. The most likely outcome is that Obama would lose to McCain in a landslide.

Posted by: victorhugo97 | March 22, 2008 1:15 PM

This overreaching attempt to prop-up Obama shows just how far the punditry class has leaned in Obama's direction, as other's have already pointed out.

Earlier this week, Obama's lawyer and MI political allies did some heavy-handed lobbying in MI to kill a revote. How much critical press coverage has there been of that maneuver?

CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED IF IT HAD BEEN THE CLINTONS EXCERCISING THEIR POLITCAL MUSCLE TO PREVENT A STATE FROM VOTING!!?

Every columnist would be hyperventilating over the mendacity of "Billary". And there would have protests, if not rioting, in the streets.

I don't know how Hillary Clinton has survived as well as she has in the face of the media bias. The press has spent four day analysing and praising Obama's speech. Unbelievable. Yet the public seems to be moving her direction.

Between Jeremiah Wright and the disenfranchisement issue, I see Obama as toast next fall in MI, OH, PA and FL. No Democrat can compete in the electoral college without those states.

Posted by: HuckFinn | March 22, 2008 1:07 PM

Stupid is as stupid does. Obama is a racist, McCain is anti-Catholic, Clinton supports pedophilia. Anyone else want to link their candidates with their ministers. Grow up and realize that corporations are preying on your prejudice to gain extra coin. Don't concern yourselves with minor problems that don't affect your lives. When Airbus gets military contracts, when a superhighway is being built to destroy the teamsters, when tax breaks are given to move factories overseas, when exploited labor and environments by countries are accepted, when the American dream of our children living better than us dies, when you're in a war that should not have been fought, you concern yourselves with what a candidates minister said. News flash, the under 35 population has far less prejudice than older Americans. We are continually moving forward on race and it is a minor problem. Grow up and make decisions that affect your life.

Posted by: jameschirico | March 22, 2008 1:01 PM

svreader-you definitely have a grievance with the world.You are consumed with hate and venom. Seek therapy.

Posted by: majorteddy | March 22, 2008 12:39 PM

Fox News is a propaganda outlet of the

Republican Party!

Need I say more????

On blogs, most of the bashing is being

done by the Republicans.

It's not that hard to differentiate a

Republican comment FROM a comment posted by

a true Democrat.

Read between the lines people.

Fight back Dem's!

MSNBC is a much better alternative as opposed to Fox News.

Just ignore Republican PAT BUCHANAN who is a

political analyst and regular contributor on MSNBC and has been

labeled a racist for years in the hearts of many...

.

Fight back Dem's!

Posted by: Iwantmyvoicetobeheard | March 22, 2008 12:37 PM

For those of you basing your dislike for Senator Obama because of his association with Reverend Wright, perhaps you should do your homework. As it turns out, Reverend Wright was quoting Ambassador Edward Peck, a white man. You need to find a new excuse for your opposition to Obama:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/21/meet-the-white-man-who-_n_92793.html

AND

http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2008/03/21/the-full-story-behind-rev-jeremiah-wrights-911-sermon/

Go to those links, read the documentation AND view the videos.

Posted by: YankeeClipper | March 22, 2008 12:31 PM

Totally agree that Senitor Obama is the once-a-lifetime cadidate for US president!
No doubt Gov. Richardson's endorsement is very helpful, but it may have already made a decisive direction for this campaign if he had come out earlier before Texas Primary. I can understand that his relationship with the Clintons costed him, but he already paid them back by keeping silence before the Primary.
I think lots of democrats and superdelicates are in the dilima of breaking their old ties with the Clintons or sacrificing the country's fate.
Be Brave like Gov. Richardson, you can pay them back by servicing the country better!


Posted by: cindyzhu | March 22, 2008 12:09 PM

I believe Bill Richardson's endorsement of Barack Obama is a very important one.
Bill Richardson was a very close and important person in Bill Clinton's White House. They had a very long relationship and respected each other's positions.
Analogous to Obama's relationship with Reverend Wright, they shared a passion to be leaders, agreed on some things and were very close. But when the moment came to form one's own unique views or comply with another's, Richardson and Obama decided to make informed choices and did not allow loyalty to trump common sense and possibly lose an opportunity to bring America to it's former greatness.

Posted by: royale6 | March 22, 2008 12:03 PM

Thanks to Sherbug comments.
Many people on this site are just like people who have decided to be blind just because they are not able to see the evidence that Obama is certainly a great, very great man able to change the face of America.

Obama is not my concern here because he is a great man and if america is intelligent for this time, he should be logically the president of the US and this will be not only the best thing for the US but also for the rest of the world.

I have been quite surprised by the fact that pastor Wright speeches, which are out of the elections context, be so controversial.
I live in France and I am a white man. America has not been always a model, first of all because of it's 3 siecles slavery history and racial segregation and injustice. Do not forget that until the late 70's, black people were not considered as humans in the US since they have no rights!

Pastor Wright condemnation of this past american policy seen from abroad is quite right.
How many of you has been able to condemn that such a country can tolerate even today a terrorist group like the
Ku Kux Klan? (This is a shame and this does not honor what should be called a civilized country)!
Wright is certainly someone in search of justice and it is courageous to point out the darkness side of America.

Every american should be able to do its autocriticism and look at himself in a mirror. Autocriticism is a strenght for strong people!
An american who is able to strongly criticize his nation is certainly more patriotic than those who are strongly embedded in cowardice and are not able to denounce whatever evil!!

Posted by: jojoju21 | March 22, 2008 11:53 AM

Chaos 451- you have illusions of grandeur as to how much power you have over anyone.Your senseless rants only serve to expose how out in rightfield you actually are. Ebubuk- sounds like you never were involved in the Democratic Party anyway.You sound pretty hateful toward minorities._Goldmdm-Obama cannot control his friends nasty words any more than your friends can put a muzzle on what you say.I hope you have some other socially redeeming qualities.

Posted by: majorteddy | March 22, 2008 10:20 AM

I think Richardson, already knows first hand, from years of experience with the Clintons, that this 60+ years old wildly ambitious individual, who will do anything, and say anything, kill anyone, commit any felonies, and go to any lengths, to go back in the White House! She should stop her negative smear campaignes, as she is ruining the Democratic party, and let someone new take the reigne! She is old politics, and we have had nothing but destruction, wars, and poverty with old politicians. Obamma's heart is in the right place, he is not perfect, but I assure you his flaws are not as deep, nor as devious as Clinton or Mc Caine's! Let's try something new! Obamma 2008!

Posted by: MNFR | March 22, 2008 9:59 AM

The problem with you Obama haters is you just want to hate him anyway. Your problem is he's black and there is no way you can wrap your minds around a Black President of these United States of America. No, the sign "Whites Only" has been posted for over 200 years and is not about to come down.

Some of you say Obama is a hypocrite. How is he anymore a hypocrite than Hillary Clinton or John McCain. Some of you say he is arrogant...that's code for uppity Negro and we all know what he consequences are of being an uppity Negro.

When white preachers stand up and rail about the Government on Sundays, then that's good old preaching. When a black minister rails about the government, then he's a militant. People are offended by what Rev. Wright said, but nobody says its a lie. Some of the white people take issue over Rev. Wright saying that AIDS was invented to kill off black people. If anybody scoffs at that, then you obviously don't know about the Tuskegee syphylis experiment that ended only in 1972. Would it be such a stretch to think that our Government would use biological warfare again on a race of people who they considered to be a economic liability? It never ceases to amaze me how white people see other white people as someone to be trusted and they see black people as someone not to be trusted. John McCain stood on stage with Pastor Hagee and accepted his endorsement. Pastor Hagee believes Katrina was condemnation from God, but that's OK, because Katrina killed mostly black people.

Rev. Wright is an ex-Marine. Why would such an unpatriotic man put his life on the life for a country he hated? He could have gone to Canada, changed his citizenship or refused to serve. But, he went and fought in Viet Nam. How many of you here claiming to be so patriotic have ever fought for your country? How many of you here claiming to be such grand Americans have lived in a country that referred to you as Porch Monkeys or Coons or the Black curse of God. If you are white, then you never have. So stop trying to analyze the racism against blacks. You cannot find a reason for something that has no reason. You will come up empty every time. And because you can't find a reason for it, you will conclude that there is no problem and blacks are just making everything up. As for the typical white person comment Obama made, I don't read anything here that is atypical when it comes to black and white relations. All I see here is whites railing about blacks. Pretty typical.

Forget about Rev. Wright. He is not running for President. If you don't vote for Obama, then don't vote for him because he's wrong about healthcare or the war or the economy. Don't not vote for him because he's black.

Posted by: sherbug | March 22, 2008 9:46 AM

BILL RICHARDSON SELLS OUT LATIONS!
OBAMA LOOSES JOBS FOR MINORITIES
Ms. Obama, VP Chicago Hosp, that charges minorities 6 times as much, isn't cold hearted enough; she also caused hundreds to loose their 11.hr jobs, to be more efficient she said! In 05, elected to the BOD Westchester-based TreeHouse Foods, she received $12,000 and $33,000 from a subsidiaries, in Nov announced closing its La Junta, plant, that claimed the jobs of 153 workers, most of them Hispanic! Huge blow to a rural town jobs paid a starting wage of $11hr, Company pays top execs like MICHELLE OBAMA tens of millions a year while destroying middle-class America. Raises the question not only about corporate values but about Barrack Obama's own values. Specifically, while he bashes Wal-Mart, why does his wife, make $45,000 and up a year serving on the board of Chicago comp that pays her a very hefty amount of money while laying off mostly minority workers in economically deprived areas? No. 1 customer is Wal-Mart???
Obamas attack on middle class and minorities- The Crowns and employees of their family-run holding company have given at least $195,000 to Obama's presidential campaign. Maytag shut the Galesburg plant after Labor Day 2004 Union member say senator did little to save jobs in the blue-collar town of 37,000. Obama connection to Maytag: Lester Crown, company's director's records show, has raised tens of thousands of dollars for Obama's campaigns. Maytag shut the Galesburg plant after Labor Day 2004.


Posted by: dyck21005 | March 22, 2008 7:36 AM

As a Hispanic this endorsement by Richardson is disgusting. As Richardson is aware of an ongoing racism against Hispanics that Barack Obama has been condoning for some time.
This is a basic text of a letter. I faxed to Governor Bill Richardson, after learning of his unconscionable.

Attention to; Governor Bill Richardson March 21, 2008

Ongoing Complaint and Notice

You are aware and it can be confirmed with full documentation that during the time you were a presidential candidate you and other former presidential candidates (i.e Senator Chris Dodd) were repeatedly placed on written notice that presidential candidate/Illinois US Senator Barack Obama and co-chair Obama 2008/Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin had been placed on prior repeated noticed that when I a Hispanic American citizen reported incidents of race discrimination towards me by Hormel foods Corp., UFCW, and Target Corp., the agencies the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (four instance, but not limited to) refused and are still continuing to refuse (even to the date) to afford me, a US American born citizen from the state of Illinois, the full language and the same full and equal protections under Title VII that non-Hispanics enjoy as a matter of record. You and other former presidential candidates (i.e., Senator Chris Dodd, who has already made it abundantly clear by endorsing Obama that he doesn't care about Hispanics/Latinos being treated unequally in Obama's own state of Illinois) were repeatedly placed on written notice about presidential candidates/Illinois US Senator Barack Obama's unwillingness to stop ongoing illegal discrimination. In his own state of Illinois as it relates to his Illinois constituents (who happened to be Hispanic/Latino) when they report race discrimination in Illinois, which are facts that can be verified. By endorsing Barack Obama you are helping Obama to facilitate this harm against Hispanic Americans, which makes this ongoing fight against this form of discrimination harder because you are Hispanic. Governor Bill Richardson, you are knowingly selling Hispanics out for whatever Barack Obama is promising you. I am not a governor I am just an average Hispanic American citizen in Illinois and in Barack Obama's own state of Illinois. If you identify yourself as being Hispanic and report race discrimination not as a governor you will run into the same discrimination and obstacles I am fighting against that without dispute prevent me, a Hispanic American natural born citizen, the same rights and language non-Hispanics enjoy as a matter of record when non-Hispanics assert race discrimination in Illinois, and having been placed on repeated written notice by me about this ongoing discrimination in Illinois against Hispanics/Latinos you are now being complicit in this discrimination against Hispanics/Latinos by endorsing Barack Obama as there can be no dispute this obstruction of justice and discrimination is ongoing in my particular case. Barack Obama has given a supposedly historic speech about race recently to defend his pastor's hate of America but Hispanics like me who love America cannot assert race discrimination because of Barack Obama's inaction. This should be more than a simple red flag, but with history on my side and facts that back up the true nature of Barack Obama you endorsing Obama will forever include you with Barack Obama's racist legacy.

cc: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Senate majority leader Harry Reid,
John Edwards

If any good reporter wants they can check this out!

Posted by: Chaos45i | March 22, 2008 5:58 AM

Here are what i observe:

I read a biography about former prez. clinton. prez. clinton and mrs. clinton when they were in yale. mrs. clinton saw that former clinton was a great leader and attracted by his charisma and certainly married him for love and political reason. The only official office that mrs. clinton hold is the u.s senate. mrs. clinton might know a lot about policy and probably observing former prez clinton on how to conduct foreign affair and etc... BUT it is very different from one who knows how to lead and still learning how to lead. Time and time again, mrs. clinton doesn't show the leadship we sought in her campaign. Her top down style has cost her campaign in behind delegate count. For someone who is the established party member should in no way losing this bad. This should tell us something.
Moreover, if mrs. clinton knows how to lead , she should have ventured out and campaign for her own political office and not just being first lady of arkansas gov, and first lady of the United States President. Someone as capable as she, should not be using her husband's credential and rides on his coattail. She should have demonstrated her leadship abilty longtime ago. Furthermore, with 8 years of working on the healthcare policy and still didn't get it right, it does say about that she has not quite learn what is not working. Her top down and close in style in deciding what the policy should be doesn't work (healthcare policy as main evidence). This top down and close in style is evidence on how she runs everything. To have successful healthcare policy, one should go visit the locals, hospitals, clinics, etc, ask them questions, get into details (the reality, the facts of how healthcare institutions, insurance are run), instead of closing your doors and decide what is best.

I do not think that she should get out of the race now. In fact, i think she should stay longer because that is benefical to the party. The reason is that voters would have a better picture of the candidates. In the general election, if the republicans are to use the same ugly tactics, the voters would have already seen it and dismissed it quickly. Seeing the same dirty tactic are old and obsolete ideas. Because those dirty tricks have been vetted and thought it through enough by the media and voters. So this should be good.

The position of POTUS is unique and nobody has the qualified and equivalent experience to say they are ready. All the past president learn on the job for this position from Washington to Clinton.They all learn on the job, just that they have good leadship skills (there were a few presidents who doesnt' have good leadship skills in my opinion). To say that you are in the senate for a long time doesn't mean you have experience to lead because senate position are not leadership experience. The senate position is to study the policies and to see what should be made into law. However, running a senate campaign or any other official campaign does show your leadership skills because one needs to know what is the best direction that your campaign should go, what kind of people that you want by your side, when and how to delivery your message. All of those are decision making closely resemble the task of the president.

One more thing. former prez. clinton has learned how to campaign since he was in high school. No doubt that he has a leadership skill and was a natural leader. But he also honed his skills. former prez. clinton was also the class president in georgetown university (3 times if i remember correctly, in his 3rd year, he worked for senator fulbright ) when he was in his undergrad. he worked under arksansa senator fulbright and campaign for george mcgovern in texas. All those years he learn from others and hone his skills. So no doubt that not only he got better and definitely become an expert or master.
But if you look into barack obama's history, the only campaign before his illinois state senate was campaigning for the president of harvard law review. So including the other campaign that he lost on running for the representative positive in illinios, he run a total of 4 times for official position. ( 1 for president of harvard law review, 1 for representative of illinios, 1 for the illinois state senate and present presidential campaign). Comparing the campaign history of former prez. clinton and senator barack obama, i see clearly the senator obama is truly the natural leader.

Posted by: hopefulgrace | March 22, 2008 5:44 AM

Big cheers to the dude who is actually letting 50 cent determine how he votes. That's some real intellect on display there.

I am through attacking Hillary. She lost. Simply because she refuses to accept it doesn't mean it's so. Obama has shown he can withstand attack, which is what the superdelegates needed to see from him before they voted for Hillary instead. If she is any kind of Democrat, she'll have to suck it up and endorse the Big O pretty soon. Be interesting to see if these sheeple follow her lead or decide instead to doom this country to four years of destruction under a senile president with no control simply because they wanted their girl to win instead. O wait that's right Obama knew a guy that said some stuff. Well THAT'S a reason to renounce the party you claim to have been a member of your entire life.

Posted by: tdbrought | March 22, 2008 4:56 AM

Richarson waited until Tx passed, and then signaled to the Super Delagates it's now OK to jump in and vote how you d--- well please!

Posted by: thinktank | March 22, 2008 4:16 AM

When I read that Pastor Wright cited former Ambassador Edward Peck saying the following on Fox News:

"We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.

"We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.

"We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.

"We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenage and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard working fathers.

"We bombed Qaddafi's home, and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children's head against the rock.

"We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they'd never get back home.

"We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.
"Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.

"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.

"Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism..."

It only seems clear to me that Mr. Peck and Pastor Wright are both unconscious of the Biblical condemnation "whatever you did to your brothers or sisters will not go unpunished. For your sins shall you pay until the third and fourth generation".

So to me you pathetic Americans should be ready, for a country that has never batted an eye for its Governor's sins shall get what it deserves, more than another war to loose under your chosen Governor in chief, most probably by the last name McCain.

Posted by: andesnatural | March 22, 2008 4:09 AM

Bill Richardson is full of hot air when he states that Obama's speech sealed it for him, and he had to support Obama. I feel insulted by that comment that he would think Americans are that ignorant to believe him. He cut a deal to be the VP or another important post in Obama's (fantasy) administration, and then Richardson turned on his friends, the Clintons. what "sealed it" for Richardson is that he feels the Democratic Party will have to nominate Obama over Hillary, or there will be riots, so he jumped Hillary's ship to save his own arse. Dirt sticks to dirt, so Richardson is sticking to Obama. Obama's camp felt Richardson could sway all Hispanics to vote for Obama. I hope they are wrong because Obama is anti-American government, which is spitting in the faces of our forefathers and what has made our Nation strong. For those Hispanics who have come to live in our Nation to make it their Country as well, they must think and realize that this so called "change" Obama and his trance-like followers keep chanting is not a good change. It is a devisive change, which will bring weakness and inner conflict. Obama could not have sat in that dispicable unAmerican church listening to that hate monger for "20 years and counting" if he didn't agree with him. He's now trying to do every desperate thing he can, such as grabbing a Hispanic person (or 1/2 Hispanic person as Richardson)who is in a government position, and who also happens to be a "superdelegate" and promising him the moon and the stars (VP) if he voices support for him. Richardson dropped the Clintons since they no longer were an asset to him and is now another lap dog for the Obamas and Jesse Jackson. This is what our great Nation is being reduced to.

Go ahead, Richardson, praise and support Obama, and McCain will be waving from the platform at you when he is sworn in as our next President -- And smiling as will I and the majority of Americans. Hillary could beat McCain, but Obama -- Wright is just the start of all the trash that is going to rear its ugly head about Obama, and most whites don't really want to vote for a racist, anti-Semite, anti-American government for our Nation's President. Richardson's support of Obama, after knowing this guy voluntarily attended that racist, anti-American church for "20 years and still going", begs me to ask him, "Bill, how do you sleep at night?" Supports a racist and turns his back on a friend. Richardson and Obama deserve each other in the mud.

Posted by: goldmdm | March 22, 2008 4:06 AM

Bill Richardson is full of hot air when he states that Obama's speech sealed it for him, and he had to support Obama. I feel insulted by that comment that he would think Americans are that ignorant to believe him. He cut a deal to be the VP or another important post in Obama's (fantasy) administration, and then Richardson turned on his friends, the Clintons. what "sealed it" for Richardson is that he feels the Democratic Party will have to nominate Obama over Hillary, or there will be riots, so he jumped Hillary's ship to save his own arse. Dirt sticks to dirt, so Richardson is sticking to Obama. Obama's camp felt Richardson could sway all Hispanics to vote for Obama. I hope they are wrong because Obama is anti-American government, which is spitting in the faces of our forefathers and what has made our Nation strong. For those Hispanics who have come to live in our Nation to make it their Country as well, they must think and realize that this so called "change" Obama and his trance-like followers keep chanting is not a good change. It is a devisive change, which will bring weakness and inner conflict. Obama could not have sat in that dispicable unAmerican church listening to that hate monger for "20 years and counting" if he didn't agree with him. He's now trying to do every desperate thing he can, such as grabbing a Hispanic person (or 1/2 Hispanic person as Richardson)who is in a government position, and who also happens to be a "superdelegate" and promising him the moon and the stars (VP) if he voices support for him. Richardson dropped the Clintons since they no longer were an asset to him and is now another lap dog for the Obamas and Jesse Jackson. This is what our great Nation is being reduced to.

Go ahead, Richardson, praise and support Obama, and McCain will be waving from the platform at you when he is sworn in as our next President -- And smiling as will I and the majority of Americans. Hillary could beat McCain, but Obama -- Wright is just the start of all the trash that is going to rear its ugly head about Obama, and most whites don't really want to vote for a racist, anti-Semite, anti-American government for our Nation's President. Richardson's support of Obama, after knowing this guy voluntarily attended that racist, anti-American church for "20 years and still going", begs me to ask him, "Bill, how do you sleep at night?" Supports a racist and turns his back on a friend. Richardson and Obama deserve each other in the mud.

Posted by: goldmdm | March 22, 2008 4:06 AM

Not being an american I was marginally interested in the U.S. election- until Obama made his "Race" speech. I then realized that this was no ordinary politician for no ordinary politician would dare to make such a "risky" speech. Only a man of high integrity, honesty, a man to whom the future of his country matters more than his immediate ambitions, can do that. As a citizen of this planet I hope the americans elect him- for the sake of America and the World. It will then be our duty -us all the citizens of the World- to protect him. As ambassador-governor Richardson said, only once-in-a-lifetime can the likes of Barak Obama come by. God bless America.

Posted by: abdelmalik | March 22, 2008 4:04 AM

Here is what happens when you take texts out of context. Is Hillary a white supremicist from this snippet? If it won't open copy and paste in your search engine.I know the fools will try to say this isn't fair. These are the kids that alway want an unfair advantage to reinforce their self aggrandizing egos.
http://youtube.com/watch?v=wfB1-wwHfVo

Posted by: chiguy20032004 | March 22, 2008 3:16 AM

The Clinton's have effectively brought race to the forefront and have certainly lost most of the American-African vote. If the Clintons were somehow able to STEAL the nomination, Hillary would not win the general election. Perhaps she will pull out now and volunteer to be McCan'ts running mate?! That way when McCain keels over she will be right where she wanted to be at all costs - sitting in the whitehouse!

Posted by: jetjock | March 22, 2008 2:58 AM

All or any of these anti-Obama comments could have been written by Shawn Hannity.

And, for the most part, they are racist.


jps

Posted by: mgrfin | March 22, 2008 2:44 AM

I heard all of Richardson's speech earlier today, and it was GREAT !! Richardson obviously has a real appreciation for Obama's qualities of honesty, courage and eloquence, and he has much confidence in Obama's abilities to be a very effective president on many fronts.

It is significant that Richardson chose Obama over Hillary.... he knows the Clintons very well, and the Clintons put much pressure on him for his endorsement.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | March 22, 2008 2:36 AM

I heard all of Richardson's speech earlier today, and it was GREAT !! Richardson obviously has a real appreciation for Obama's qualities of honesty, courage and eloquence, and he has much confidence in Obama's abilities to be a very effective president on many fronts.

It is significant that Richardson chose Obama over Hillary.... he knows the Clintons very well, and the Clintons put much pressure on him for his endorsement.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | March 22, 2008 2:36 AM

I heard all of Richardson's speech earlier today, and it was GREAT !! Richardson obviously has a real appreciation for Obama's qualities of honesty, courage and eloquence, and he has much confidence in Obama's abilities to be a very effective president on many fronts.

It is significant that Richardson chose Obama over Hillary.... he knows the Clintons very well, and the Clintons put much pressure on him for his endorsement.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | March 22, 2008 2:36 AM

Pennsylvania Primary- Hillary vs. Barack:
The Google Factor...

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=57

Posted by: davidmwe | March 22, 2008 2:33 AM

It seems that all the screaming is coming from only one of the Dems camps (the "Inevitable One"). The negative campaigning dividing Dems, GOP and all of us every election cycle can be perpetuated this year by a vote for Hillary. I'm sure McSame will do it too in the fall. OR we can behave like adults, move away from this and become one America.
I would like the Hillary camp to explain how 26 out of 40 states votes, the popular vote and the delegate count totals don't "count" . . . In the "Democratic" party?!?. And, economically, how a poorly run campaign can say they'd do a good job with the US economy?

Posted by: royale6 | March 22, 2008 2:12 AM

I am shocked by the anti-Hispanic comments by the Clinton camp, I thought the kitchen sink strategy was aimed against Obama the candidate, not against all minorities in general!
This blog has enough hispanic-bashing candidates to make anyone sick, but especially when you consider that she has already tried to play the race card against Barack and now she turns around and uses it on a Hispanic governor who dares endorse Obama when she thought she could take the Hispanic vote for granted...
I'm more disgusted with her than I was with Romney, but just because I expected more from her.

No wonder Obama got the endorsement, the Clintons think they own the Latino vote, and Richardson let them know that it's not for sale. As a respond to one of the earlier posts, yes, Richardson speak Spanish very well!

Posted by: eljefejesus | March 22, 2008 2:09 AM

CORRECTION TO ARTICLE: Hillary did not "win" Texas. In the final analysis, after all the votes and the caucuses were counted, Obama got more delegates, and it's DELEGATES that count in the nominating process.

Posted by: MarthaP1 | March 22, 2008 1:57 AM

The user "svreader" from FOX News is sending hundred of hate-based comments on this site. svreader and other employees from FOX News should be banned from sending hate-based comments outside FOX News.

PS. svreader is definitively a paid employee by FOX News because he has the same rhetoric as Hannity and Limbaugh, and he is spending his entire day sending hundreds of hate-based comments on this site: who else could afford this than a paid employee from FOX News.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 22, 2008 1:54 AM

The user "svreader" from FOX News is sending hundred of hate-based comments on this site. svreader and other employees from FOX News should be banned from sending hate-based comments outside FOX News.

PS. svreader is definitively a paid employee by FOX News because he has the same rhetoric as Hannity and Limbaugh, and he is spending his entire day sending hundreds of hate-based comments on this site: who else could afford this than a paid employee from FOX News.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 22, 2008 1:48 AM

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 03:08 PM

Thanks for taking the time to make your post. I couldn't have said anything that well. This is a sad time in America when the liberal media can push an unfit candidate into office to satisfy their own desires.

Posted by: notagain | March 22, 2008 1:13 AM

McShame and McClinton are quickly headed to the doghouse. Two peas in a pod, these empty-headed old school political insiders are woefully inadequate in the leadership quality department. Have you heard McCain speak extemporaneously? He's intellectually on par with Bush! At least HC spins and spews her desperate confabulations using complete sentences. President Obama.... has such a nice ring to it! Thank you Gov Richardson. Brave new world, we are ready, here we come.

Posted by: Dahveed1 | March 22, 2008 1:04 AM

A GRAND BARGAIN FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY UNITY

It is clear, with Politico.com reporting that even Hillary's campaign is coming to the rational conclusion that she has--at best--a ten percent chance of winning, that uniting the Democratic Party around Barack Obama is imperative.

Here is a solution that allows everyone to take something from the table, which is what it is going to take for the Party to begin the healing process.

A deal should be struck whereby Hillary agrees to withdraw from the race, and Obama agrees to let most of the Florida and Michigan delegations be seated at the convention.

Hillary could then claim a victory of sorts, as making this the "price" of a dignified exit would allow her to say she is putting the Party's prospects in November above her own ambitions.

It would also help the Democrats win those two states in the general election.

It requires noblesse oblige from both sides.

Obama clearly has it.

And if Hillary takes the deal, it would do a lot for her restoring the family legacy that this ugly campaign, and especially Bill Clinton's role in it, has so tarnished.

Martin Edwin Andersen
Churchton, Maryland

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | March 22, 2008 12:59 AM

The user svreader works for FOX news and is recommending his own comments. What a spinner and a scumbag!

Posted by: Logan6 | March 22, 2008 12:56 AM

We democrats have such strong feelings about our particular candidate, but we need to think about this. When I hear things like, If my candidate doesn't win, I'll vote for McCain, I wonder what happened to us. We're saying that if I can't have my way, I'll vote to kill my children and grandchildren in a war I don't believe in. If I can't have my way, I'll vote to not have healthcare and that will mean that many people will suffer and die at home in America. If I can't have my way, I don't care what happens to my family, my community, my state, my country or my world. I have to have my way because everybody but my candidate is a lying, evil demonic person. We have allowed ourselves to be carried away by the toxicity of our own anger. Let's all take a breath and quit baiting each other in the blogs and in the world outside. The lives of many are at stake. It could be my grandson who has to live with legs lost in roadside bombing. It could be your child who becomes seriously ill and whose insurance is cancelled. It could be---and in fact it is---happening to people near to us every day. Each of our candidates has a vision that appeals to us, but the other democratic candidate has a lot to offer our country even if we don't like them. Let's commit to campaigning for our choice, but remembering that the other side represents more of Bush-like. The lives we save could be our own---and our children's.

Posted by: karela | March 22, 2008 12:55 AM

Obama supporters are in denial.

They just don't "get it"

The fact that Obama allied himself with someone who spouts anti-white, anti-semitic, and anti-American rhetoric is a "deal breaker"

Its the number #1 topic of water cooler conversation around the country.

Most "Typical White People" had no idea that stuff like this has been going on.

People are really, really, angry about it.

Obama's supporters try to spin it into being about a single sermon.

Its not.

Its about a 20 year relationship.

Its about Obama choosing Wright to be his "Spritual Advisor"

It's about Obama's lies.

Its about Obama talking out of"both sides of his mouth.

Obama presented himself as a paragon of virtue and someone on a higher ethical plane than other candidates.

He's repeatedly shown through his actions that he isn't.

He's like a human chameleon.

He turns into a completely different person depending on what group of people he's with.

He's lied to us and fooled us over and over.

America doesn't trust him anymore.

He's toast.

He deserves to be.

The real Barry Obama is a really bad guy.

Posted by: svreader | March 22, 2008 12:52 AM

Seriously, everybody should check out the long excerpt of the Wright speech on "chickens coming home to roost". If you are open minded when you see it you will understand why Obama couldn't--and shouldn't--completely disown the guy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdlnzkeoyQ
Almost made me want to go to church myself.

For those who don't see it, suffice it to say, he was quoting a former U.S. Ambassador (whom he had seen on Fox news of all places), and he was in no way crowing about the tragedy. He was talking in a moving way, and yes, about violence begetting violence. You don't have to agree with it, but it was Christian in the deepest sense. And not something to apologize for. Criticizing American policy is not un-American.

Posted by: sethbullock53 | March 22, 2008 12:45 AM

No one has asked Catholics to disown the Catholic Church because the Pope served as a Youth for Nazis in his early years. AND the Nazis were truly a genocidal abomination. Although we find Wright's out-of-context comments unacceptable, there can be no doubt that he is a patriot who loves America, having served in the Marine Corps for six years and sacrificing his life to help the poor and dispossessed in his community. We should also be viewing You-Tube vidoes carrying his Christian, uplifting sermons. Jesus drove the Pharisees out of the Temple, and used intemperate language in reprimanding the villains in his society. But Christians understand and have learned from his language.

Posted by: shirleylim | March 22, 2008 12:37 AM

"Five Ways the Richardson Endorsement Boosts Obama" ?????

Yeah, sure and it is also bringing the price of oil down!

Bill Richardson just did a 'chicanada' and as such was expected and inconsequential!

Posted by: trace-sc | March 22, 2008 12:27 AM

Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.
Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.

Got it?????

Posted by: svreader | March 22, 2008 12:23 AM

AMEN...mikel7

svreader and JakeD...as Hillary-supporters (supposedly Democrats) would you vote for McCain over Obama? If so why? I've heard a lot of Obama-hating for the sake of hating. Each blogger I read who says they will vote for McCain if Hillary is not the nominee is blaffling to me? What policies of Obama don't you agree with that would make you vote for McCain? Obama and Hillary have many similiarities on alot of issues. Hell, they are in the same political party!

Obama in 08!

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 22, 2008 12:18 AM

The deranged, hate driven narative being spewed to destroy Barack is a reflection of our times. Why have the morons who made up the 60 million fools casting their ballot for the drunken idiot in the White House become so quiet? Are you ashamed, trying to hide? Why don't you acknowledge your complicity to an occupation without end and the resultant destruction of the of economy?

Posted by: shiva7 | March 22, 2008 12:16 AM

mike --

Nobody cares about Obama's Speech.

We care about what he does, not what he says.

We know he can taks the hide off a steer.

We also know he talks out of both sides of his mouth, and that he's all hat and no Cattle.

We've had enough of that with Bush.

We don't want to hear any more Barry Obama sales pitches.

We've heard enough of them for a lifetime.

Do you get it yet???

Posted by: svreader | March 22, 2008 12:15 AM

Obama should not have to weather any storm, what about Clinton GO TO YOUTUBE AND LISTEN TO REVEREND WRIGHT'S ENTIRE SPEECH, FOX NEWS WITH THE CLINTON'S HELP PUT OUT A SMEAR CAMPAIGN, AT NO TIME IN THAT SPEECH DOES HE SAY GODDAMN AMERICA, IN THE SPEECH HE STATED A FOOTNOTE WHICH MEANS THAT IT WAS NOT A PART OF HIS SPEECH, HE WAS QUOTING FORMER AMBASSADOR EDWARD PECK THAT WAS A CONTRIBUTOR TO FOX NEWS, SO PEOPLE READ, LISTEN AND LEARN, THE WHOLE CAST AT FOX NEWS SHOULD BE FIRED F OR RACE BAITING, WITH JUST SOUNDBITES, I AM SHOCKED AT CNN AND MSNBC, GO TO YOUTUBE, YOUTUBE.

Posted by: theloanqueen1 | March 22, 2008 12:12 AM

Can't let this one go--mul, you are either stupid or thie biggest fool here. Obvious;y you did not see or read Obama's speech because, like so much other crap posted here, that is not what he said about OJ or his grandmother. I am a typical white person and yes, there are times when I have to fight a slight unease when I may come across some black men walking my way. It may be because a couple black guys sapped me on the street one day for no reason. Or maybe because growing up I had to hear about how bad "colored people" are, how dumb they are, how I heard all the ni**er jokes. Don't tell me you have never felt that way in the slightest. Happily, that nonsense is dying out, but it will be another generation or two before it goes completely away, if ever. You are the kind that will keep perpetuating the stereotype.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 22, 2008 12:05 AM

Barry Obama's not a Democrat, he's a Disaster.

If he got the nominnation, Democrats would flock to McCain.

Nobody's going to risk the world on Chicago Barry Obama.

I'm a Democrat, but I'm an American first.

I don't want Barry to hit the wrong button.

It might be the last thing any body on earth does.

We can't afford that.

The good news is that Obama's not going to be the nominee.

Not in this universe.

He's blown his chance.

Its over.

Posted by: svreader | March 22, 2008 12:05 AM

MLK had a dream. Exactly forty years ago on April 4th, that dream was extinguished.

RFK had a dream. Exactly forty years ago on June 6th, that dream also was snuffed out.

I know. I was there. Supporting MLK, campaigning for RFK.

I knew these men. They literally put their lives on the line for their country. And they lost, but their legends live on.

So when former activist friends of mine told me awhile back about this new star on the horizon, Barack Obama, I checked him out.

I read his excellently written tomes, caught him on C-Span when I could, caught some speeches before his candidacy.

So my take on this man was formed long before this potentially fatal blow to his dream of becoming President had surfaced.

My conclusion, based on a life of experience and that feeling you get in your gut, is that Obama , for good or ill, is a product of his times.

An MTV, micro-wave, quick-cut, flash in the pan, generation; more impressed with flash than substance. There more to one's character than how they act & appear on television.

My grandkids, for pete's sake, are more savvy in front of a camera than I could ever hope to be. They'll never know what a rotary phone, TV tube, typewriter, non-digital world was like.

According to that criteria, Barack Obama cannot hold a candle to these truly great men of the past.

When I view Obama's polished performances, I think more of Ronald Reagan, a veteran actor who could charm the masses, than of Robert Francis Kennedy, who would walk the streets, without the mass of press coverage, amongst the people, with little regard for his well-being.

Contrary to now popular theory of today, he was far from beloved by many, & took the abuse from his detractors head on, whose life was threatened on many occasions.

He said life would be meaningless if he had to be surrounded by guards to protect him from the very people he had hoped to lead.

I have voted in the last ten presidential elections, often for the lesser of two evils.

But I have always voted for the man whom I trusted.

Disregarding the events of the past week, I will be voting for the man who has literally put his life on the line for his beliefs, for this nation, for his comrades, a true test of character, John S. McCain.

He's not young, he's not flashy, not very telegenic, definitely not a rock star. When asked if he was at Woodstock, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, he replied that he was tied up at the time.

Now that is a man of principle. He of all the candidates most reminds me of these legends of the past.

God BLESS America.

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 11:59 PM

NEWSFLASH --

Hillary was Bill's top advisor.

Now, Hillary has Bill, one on the best Presidents in recent US history, as her advisor available 24/7/365.

Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that comes with the best President in recent US history as a "hot spare"

If the phone rings at 3:00am, President Hillary Clinton will have Former President Bill Clinton right next to her.

The decisions will be hers, but she'll have him to provide the perspective only a former President can bring to difficult situtations.

All Barry Obama will have is his EGO, Rev. Wright, and Michelle the undergrad

We've had enough OJT with Bush.

Its time to send in the "A" team.

Its the big game, and we need our best players.

Not the guy who's best at "Playing people"

Its over for Obama.

Thank God!!!

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 11:58 PM

MLK had a dream. Exactly forty years ago on April 4th, that dream was extinguished.

RFK had a dream. Exactly forty years ago on June 6th, that dream also was snuffed out.

I know. I was there. Supporting MLK, campaigning for RFK.

I knew these men. They literally put their lives on the line for their country. And they lost, but their legends live on.

So when former activist friends of mine told me awhile back about this new star on the horizon, Barack Obama, I checked him out.

I read his excellently written tomes, caught him on C-Span when I could, caught some speeches before his candidacy.

So my take on this man was formed long before this potentially fatal blow to his dream of becoming President had surfaced.

My conclusion, based on a life of experience and that feeling you get in your gut, is that Obama , for good or ill, is a product of his times.

An MTV, micro-wave, quick-cut, flash in the pan, generation; more impressed with form than substance. There more to one's character than how they act & appear on television.

My grandkids, for pete's sake, are more savvy in front of a camera than I could ever hope to be. They'll never know what a rotary phone, TV tube, typewriter, non-digital world was like.

According to that criteria, Barack Obama cannot hold a candle to these truly great men of the past.

When I view Obama's polished performances, I think more of Ronald Reagan, a veteran actor who could charm the masses, than of Robert Francis Kennedy, who would walk the streets, without the mass of press coverage, amongst the people, with little regard for his well-being.

Contrary to now popular theory of today, he was far from beloved by many, & took the abuse from his detractors head on, whose life was threatened on many occasions.

He said life would be meaningless if he had to be surrounded by guards to protect him from the very people he had hoped to lead.

I have voted in the last ten presidential elections, often for the lesser of two evils.

But I have always voted for the man whom I trusted.

Disregarding the events of the past week, I will be voting for the man who has literally put his life on the line for his beliefs, for this nation, for his comrades, a true test of character, John S. McCain.

He's not young, he's not flashy, not very telegenic, definitely not a rock star. When asked if he was at Woodstock, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, he replied that he was tied up at the time.

Now that is a man of principle. He of all the candidates most reminds me of these legends of the past.

God BLESS America.

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 11:57 PM

One last thing, mnjo said Obama made a statement about hillary's "time of the month." Care to enlighten us when he supposedly said that? With every statement said by the candidates being used for fodder by the media, not one word of that have I seen anywhere. I believe that this is another clinton campaign lie.
Funny how the biggest liars always say that the other guy is the liar.
Obama has never knocked clinton on a personal basis. He has questioned and knocked her Iraq votes and other policies, which is what you do during a campaign. Nowhere has he said she wasn't ready to be president. More than I can say for her, John McCain's unpaid press agent.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 21, 2008 11:53 PM

svreader,
Which is why you said when you said; "I am going to vote for McCain and leave the democratic party".
Enough said.

Posted by: paul94611 | March 21, 2008 11:52 PM

New flash - Incompetent Obama campiane now saying Obama is white.

I agree that he is mostly white but in this society all we care about is skin color.

First it was White (Racist) Grand Ma on Tuesday - Adds now up in PA showing his grand mama (typical white chick).

Now Obama says OJ did it. And was "ashamed" about reaction in 'his' community (I am not making this up). Do you need to get a law degree to know what the hell this guy is talking about.
I thought we were going to have national talk about race in this country. I did not know I was going to be figuring out where Obama fits on our national race chart. He is the Michele Jackson of American Pol.

GD Michigan

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 11:45 PM

Talk about liars and hillary takes the cake. She has done nothing but lie throughout this campaign, about her experience, about her rivals, about Obama in particular.
She has no foreign policy experience. Her trip to Bosnia, where she, even today, claimed she was under fire at the airport. Total lie! Never happened. There are photos of her being greeted on the tarmac, a greeting she said had to be cancelled becuase hse was dodging bullets. With all the press along you thhink someone might have written a story about the First Lady and daughter being under fire. Sinbad, on that same USO trip, said their biggest fear was where they were going to get something good to eat.
Her brokering the Northern Ireland treaty? Another falsehood. Prime Minister Trimble said she had nothing to so with the treay, she was no more than an observer. I took a trip to Ireland once, spent more time there than she did. By that token, I have more foreign policy experience than hillary.
She claims she's won all the big states, like they wouldn't vote for Obama in the Fall. He's won the smaller red states where she wouldn't have a chance of winning. Besides, it's president of the United States, not the Big States. If Al gore or John Kerry had won one more little state, we wouldn't have had eight years of bush. How is she going to campaign in those little states after telling those people they don't count now?
Ms. Phony cries about Obama's winning caucuses, like those voters don't count. Yet she raised hell in the Nev caucuses, trying to change the state party rules. Just like she's trying to in Fla and Mich. When she won Nevada, anybody hear her say the caucuses weren't fair?
Any of you hill loyalists believe she would be trying so hard to seat the Fla and Mich delegates if Obama had won there?
She is the one saying only she and John McCain have C in C experience, that Obama isn't ready, yet she pushes the idea of a Clinton-Obama ticket. Somehow he'd be ready after the convention, but not before, right? Clinton-Obama ticket. What a joke. The woman who is trailing in elected delegates, the popular vote, in states won, losing super delegates every day (and yes, losing Richardson is a big blow no matter how her campaign tries to spin it) and her supporters tell Obama to give up, he lost. Hey bush, give up, Kerry won! Her own campaign now says that it is all but impossible for her to win. Richardson, by his endorsement, is telling her it's over, to get out and let the party heal and get ready to fight McCain.
But hillary doesn't give a damn about the Democratic party. She's out for hillary. Ask yourself this, and be truthful (hard as it may be), if she weren't married to a popular former president and if NY had a residency requirement to run for the senate, would she be the senator from anywhere? Would she even be on a ballot? Hell, no! She, like Giuliani, believed the crown was due to her. She can't accept the fact that someone has come from nowhere to beat her. Giuliani, on the other hand, had the decency to drop out. Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!

Posted by: mikel7 | March 21, 2008 11:44 PM

Obama's words cannot cancel out Obama's deeds.

Its the depth and kind of relationship that Obama had with both Rezko and Wright that is critical.

Bill had his picture taken with Wright.

Obama chose Wright as his "spiritual advisor" and went to Wright's racist church for 20 years.

Hillary had her picture taken with Rezko.

Obama had Rezko as a major campaign contributor, helped Rezko secure government contracts, was given a $300K discount on a house he bought from Rezko, lied repeatedly about his relationship with Rezko on national TV, and failed to do his job representing the citizens of his district by not following on repairs to slums in his district that Rezko received $100M of government money to do.

The argument advanced by Obama supporters that because Bill had his picture taken with Wright we should excuse Obama's 20 year relationship with Wright or that because Hillary had her picture taken with Rezko we should ignore Obama's repeated lies about about his relationship with Rezko, the transactions between Obama and Rezko, and the fact that Obama never followed up on the slum repairs that Rezko was supposed to do, is a red-herring.

Their argument is simplistic and nonsensical.

Comment on: In Hillary Clinton's Datebook, A Shift at 3/20/2008 11:38 PM EDT
The depth and kind of relationship that Obama had with both Rezko and Wright that is critical.

Bill had his picture taken with Wright.

Obama chose Wright as his "spiritual advisor" and went to Wright's racist church for 20 years.

Hillary had her picture taken with Rezko.

Obama had Rezko as a major campaign contributor, helped Rezko secure government contracts, was given a $300K discount on a house he bought from Rezko, lied repeatedly about his relationship with Rezko on national TV, and failed to do his job representing the citizens of his district by not following on repairs to slums in his district that Rezko received $100M of government money to do.

The argument advanced by Obama supporters that because Bill had his picture taken with Wright we should excuse Obama's 20 year relationship with Wright or that because Hillary had her picture taken with Rezko we should ignore Obama's repeated lies about about his relationship with Rezko, the transactions between Obama and Rezko, and the fact that Obama never followed up on the slum repairs that Rezko was supposed to do, is a red-herring.

Their argument is simplistic and nonsensical.

So are they, and Obama, the most of all.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 11:43 PM

Dear Pennsylvanians,

From one rustbelter to another, please do not forget, who gave you NAFTA. Both Hillary and Bill pushed to send your jobs somewhere else. Please go to the polls and thank them for us all.

Posted by: wolfi101 | March 21, 2008 11:42 PM

Obama needs to go to confession.

He's got a lot to confess about.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 11:42 PM

Where are you people from? I go to church I don't go to church to gossip or catch up. I go to church to hear the word of God NOT the word of the preacher The WORD OF GOD. Do you americans remember him? How dare you all be so callous about lives lost on both sides. Not only American lives have been lost. The people of Iraq are living people. Who gives America the right to be judge and executioner? Who gives America the right to judge? Who gives American the right to judge some one's character? Who gives America the right to decide who lives or dies? If I don't agree with your views are you gonna bomb? If I don't denouce disown Rev. Right are you gonna say I am a racist? Who have any of you diswoned or denounced for being improper? Why should Obama be called upon to disown his pastor? Who are Americans to look look at Obama any differently that any other canidate? Who and what has Hillary been associated with in her past? You all Americans are really funny. Your country is in the dumps and all you all can do is judge Obama. You should be glad you actually have a canidate who goes to church. America needs some church.

Posted by: dmel25 | March 21, 2008 11:35 PM

Paul --

You don't have a clue who I am, who the real Barry Obama is, or who you are youself.

You've hit the trifecta.

You think I'm a Republican?

Take a look at this...

Panels Issue Subpoenas to Former Bush Aides - washingtonpost.com at 6/13/2007 3:23 PM EDT
Republicans support Bush because they think he'll save them money.
They don't look carefully or think deeply and therefore don't realize that he's turned a huge budget surplus into a giant deficit that we'll all be paying off for years and years. Bush is like the guy who steals your identity, bank account, and credit cards, bankrupts you by buying cars for himself and his friends, and then sends you a $2 Tie.

Republicans are so happy about getting the $2 Tie they don't notice or think about the fact he's cleaned out their accounts and bankrupted them.

And this --

Comments: Eugene Robinson - An Egghead for the Oval Office - washingtonpost.com at 6/2/2007 6:00 PM EDT
We stand at a crossroads. In one direction is light and reason and life, in the other darkness, superstition and death. The choice is ours to make, as individuals, as a country, and as a planet.
We must save ourselves, but to do so we must face reality, on its own terms, and we can only do so through reason.
Fantasy and wishfull thinking are not valid options. The last six years have shown that. They have cost us our reputatation, our financial well being and the lives of our soldiers.

We need a president like Al Gore who is a responsible adult and who has the intelligence and the temperment to address the difficult problems we face head on and solve, not spoiled children like Bush, Cheney, and Rove who run away from reality and live in a fantasy world while their actions destroy the real world for the rest of us.
Time is running out.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 11:25 PM

Obama breathed the Revs white hatred for 20 years. So did his daughters and wife. But now, magically, he is clean.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 11:20 PM

Obama's wife and kids knew he lied. How could he face them. His wife cried when he finally came clean.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 11:16 PM

I guess it's a small thing when a presidential candidate lies to the American people twice in two days. After all, honesty is a character no one cares about. Expediency rises above veracity. In Obama's case survival was at stake. His image had been the clean politician, the one that could call for togetherness with credibility. Much was at stake. To be an undetected liar would not be so bad.

But his wife and children knew. The people who attended Chicago Trinity Church knew. Hundreds of people knew. He decided he must come clean. Maybe he could get away with it if he threw down a challenge. He would throw down a new conflict between the races. The resurrected and heightened racial contention would be a smoke screen to the lie. He might, if he was lucky, be haled as the one who brought a long needed debate to America. All would forget he was a liar.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 11:12 PM

Richardson wants to be Vice President. And the likelihood is that Obama -- prince of politics -- has promised him the post. Patrony lives on. Change? Words? No, just business as usual.

The most STUPID thing I ever heard is that if you don't vote for Obama you are racist.

Posted by: suzanneanastazia | March 21, 2008 11:12 PM

svreader,
The closet republican.
A my way or the highway kind of pragmatist.
Someone that cares not a wit for womens civil rights or the right to choose.
A citizen who respects the use of force so much that he wants to sing and shout, bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran on January 20, 2009 arm n arm with John McCain. Obviously, svreader is an armchair patriot who has or will never serve his nation under arms.
I am sure that he will be practicing this version of Why should God bless America that was sung at the family values debate last year to the tune of God bless America.
Here are the lyrics to svreaders favorite song, entitled.

Why should God bless America?
She's forgotten he exists
And has turned her back
On everything that made her what she is

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sin and heal our land

The courts ruled prayer out of our schools
In June of '62
Told the children "you are your own God now
So you can make the rules"
O say can you see what that choice
Has cost us to this day
America, one nation under God, has gone astray

Why should God bless America?
She's forgotten he exists
And has turned her back on everything
That made her what she is

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sins and heal our land

In '73 the Courts said we
Could take the unborn lives
The choice is yours don't worry now
It's not a wrong, it's your right

But just because they made it law
Does not change God's command
The most that we can hope for is
God's mercy on our land

Why should God bless America?
She's forgotten he exists
And has turned her back on everything
That made her what she is

Why should God stand beside her
Through the night with the light from his hand?
God have mercy on America
Forgive her sins and heal our land

svreader,
A WaPo troll finalist for his undying support of the democratic party and its ideals. Strike that. Substitute; His undying support of the personality of every woman whom he worships.
Many of us cannot decide which one of you are better conveyors of Hillary's talking points. You or patty in sd.
Ultimately, you both would rather toss your sisters and daughters a hangar than work within the party to achieve the goals you desire.
Or, as many of us suspect you have no goals other than kneeling at the alter of the cult of personality you have created in your mind.
svreader, a citizen who believes their own spin as much as the candidate he worships.
many of us had held out hope that you would be able to look past your disappointment at your candidate coming up short this time and support the party.
it is indeed unfortunate that you are not a democrat or an independent or even a republican. You are just a lost soul existing vicariously through your personification of a politician.
Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Posted by: paul94611 | March 21, 2008 11:11 PM

Americans are so funny!! Democrats (as stated in the posts) would rather vote for Mccain than Obama even if it means that you loose more men and women in Iraq Even if your economy falls. Even if you can't find jobs or get to remain in the US. Speaking as a proud Caribbean native. We here in the beautiful tropics know that your country is in trouble. How come you all over there can't see it?

Posted by: dmel25 | March 21, 2008 11:08 PM

THE NEW DREAM TICKET....McCAIN/CLINTON

G...D....OBAMA AND G...D...RICHARDSON.

I am a mixed breed myself. Half Hispanic Half White....I am furious over Obama's positions and relations with Wright, Ayers, Rezko...and no telling how many others. His obvious disgusting remarks about his "typical white" grandmother make me SICK TO MY STOMACH.

Shame on you Richardson for turning your back on your state and your "so called" Hispanic people.
I DISOWN YOU RICHARDSON!!!

Now I'm going to do what any "TYPICAL HALF WHITE WOMAN" will do and that is continue to support the only democrat really able to compete in November. If Clinton can't persuade the "sit on the fence" superdelegates then I will throw my support to McCain.

Posted by: democratd | March 21, 2008 11:08 PM

Who says the white male voting block has shifted dramatically in just one week against Obama.

Not I, mon ami, just a composite of the top five national polls looking at that particular vital niche. The one NO politician can afford to lose in the general election.

And exactly what will change this angry block of working class whites? As of now, unless Jesus appears on Easter Sunday & endorses Obama, it's a lost cause.

And you all know who they are. They're the people you see every day who think blacks, true or not, have already gotten more rights than they do.

Like I said, Dems, good luck in 2012!

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 11:05 PM

infuse --

The mirror is clearly under your nose.

You only see yourself.

The rest of America has woken up.

Rev Wright is the #1 topic of watercooler conversations.

Its not nice to fool people.

They get really upset when someone does that to them.

Barry had lots of people fooled.

That's not the case anymore.

Barry Obama's not gong to get elected to anything.

Now that his Teflon Shield is gone, he's rusting right in front of our eyes.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 11:03 PM

Hilary Hilary Hilary, I am so tired of hearing about Hilary and all that she has done, about how she would be a great president, is it because she is a woman? Has anybody that supports her checked on what it is she has done? Do the people that support her not look at all the bad things that this woman, and her so called past experience's in the White House really are? She is full of lies, and has not from what I have been seeing done all to much but lie. She was on t.v., talking about how Obama's team was lying to the Canadians, when in their newspaper it clearly states that it was in fact her own team telling them to take what she has to say with a "grain of salt", and yet for some unknown reason she is still spreading a lie? Then to sit there and say she won Texas, when Obama should be given the credit for that state..... And my favorite is when she is trying to decide that Michigan and Florida should count, I recall reading that she kept her name on the ticket because she believed that their vote matters, oh please...... rules are rules and just like everyone else in the world we all must follow them including the people that moved their voting to earlier, knowing it was against THE RULES. The Clinton Campaign came to Wyoming, well I should say first it was going to be just Bill and Chelsea but when it was found out that Barack was coming and people complaining about Hilary not caring about the little states that she decided to come, it was quite humorous as they decided to take all the children out of the local schools here in Fremont County and take them to see Bill,guess they had to make it look like he had so much support here in Wyoming. (We are a small community so I guess they had to make it seem like a big deal), there was an article in the Casper paper stating how a interpreter for the deaf was not given the access to make sure EVERYONE heard what Bill had to say, she took it upon herself to get a folding chair and stand on top of it so the deaf can see her. This goes to show the lack of respect and compassion that the Clinton party has for the Handicap. Hilary shows no support for the Native American people (thats what they call us) not once have I ever, even with Bill's time in the White House felt that she would be concerned for the Native people, heck it wouldn't surprise me that after I post this that all of a sudden (like recently) that she will show that the Native voices will be heard. I fully support Barack Obama, he is a man that can lift us out of this hole we are in , he believes in all races around the world, and he stands up for what is right. And yes, he does believe that the Native American people should be heard as well!

Posted by: mariajarvisbarnes | March 21, 2008 11:03 PM

Why is it when reasoned and fact-driven debate fail, extremist people, media, politicians naturally resort to blaring emotional arguments, innuendo, and diatribes?

Because emotion short circuits reasoned thought. It automatically resets a simpleton's brain into 24x7 rage mode, turn on filters for all evidence contrary to one's belief system. That's when ideology takes over, where the end is predetermined, and puts all of us down the slippery slope, since hard facts are moot. Numbers and reason become fungible. Feelings and perception are crowned king.

And politics get reduced to one-liner sideshows with inane schoolyard-like cat-calls of "he's... not black enough", "...a flip-flopper", "...a *reverse* racist", which all conveniently goes to cover over the hard facts that we're 3 trillion peso-dollars in a bloody red hole; 4,000 troops have died for god knows what; to households now earn $1,000 a year less since W took office - the first time ever that's happened in American history.

It's a typical right-wing scheme which uneducated people fall for time and time again. Recall gay marriage or the flag amendment. Or abortion and ban on stem cell research. The GOP did nothing on those "key" issues after the elections. But it sure did get them elected.

And talking about morality... count the cratefuls of Republican hypocrites and criminals who have been exposed and prosecuted these past 7 years even with W's lame-duck Justice Department. Or tally how much crap the Chinese get away with under the guise of free (certainly not fair) markets with W that come at the expense of American consumers.

And Republicans are now for a Patriot Act. It's apparent that in 7 short years, the conservative mantra of "keep government out of people's lives" is dead and buried along with Buckley already.

Europe had their fascists and nazists. And like them I suppose we're bound to follow and put up with southern right-wing folk led by for all intent and purpose Republican subsidiary Fox Corp muddle the nation straight into 2nd-rate irrelevance.

There's obviously many a tons to be said about these past 7 years. Obama needs to speak up loud and proud and not be tied down to these emotionally charged and hallow issues. And straight-up tell it like it is and how it's gonna' change with a new sheriff in town.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 11:03 PM

Sorry dyend. You're living in a house of mirrors. The images you see are all about you.

The majority of white people see Barack Obama as inspirational and a great hope for unity in America. But we also understand that racists will never vote for Obama. And we don't really care. We don't need your vote.

Barack Obama has this thing all wrapped up. Get used to it.

Posted by: infuse | March 21, 2008 10:42 PM

If Obama supporters think for a minute, or HOPE, since they love it when their Black Messiah Barack uses that word, that the majority of white people are going to forget this racist come November, then your more gullible than most.

Bush beat Obama endorser Kerry for less.

Well, there's always 2012!

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 10:36 PM

I'm waiting to see what Dan says on Washington Week in Review, if he's on this week.

I'm really dissapointed that Dan's fallen for Barry's sales pitch -- hook, line, and sinker.

Dan should have been the first one in the press to dig into Barry's background and come up with the stuff we're seeing now.

It would have saved everyone a lot of trouble.

Reporters should never be cheerleaders.

The two don't mix.

Ed Murrow would have seen right through Chicago Barry Obama.

He would have shown America just how big a fraud Barry Obama really is.

They don't make'em like Ed Murrow any more.

That's America's loss.

We need muckrakers.

They made America great.

They're the "white blood cells" of America's body politic.

They keep it healthy and strong.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 10:34 PM

HRC is done. Even one of her campaign advisors said as much. Those inside her campaign, even with their intense bias give her only 1 chance in 10 to get the nomination. That's one FAT CHANCE.

No wonder gamblers are betting 3 to 1 that Obama wins. And those are people who put their money where their mouths are. Not like svrepeater, (non)thinker, iowagushers and others who put sheer desperation and bitterness where their mouths are.

Barack Obama has this thing all wrapped up. Get used to it. We accept your threats to leave. GO!

Posted by: infuse | March 21, 2008 10:30 PM

If Obama supporters think for a minute, or HOPE, since they love it when their Black Messiah Barack uses that word, that the majority of white people are going to forget this racist come November, then your more gullible than most.

Bush beat Obama endorser Kerry for less.

Well, there's always 2012!

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 10:29 PM

Has anyone checked out Richardson's beard color? It got remarkably darker since super bowl videos showing him with Bill Clinton (it was very salt and pepper last month). Could he be "younging" himself up fishing for something big?

Dan

Posted by: denise.e.turner | March 21, 2008 10:27 PM

Now that White America knows what Barry Obama and Rev Wright think of "typical White People", we've realized that Barry Obama isn't the cuddly warm guy we thought he was.

Between Obama's history of hard-drug abuse, Obama's lies about Rezko, Obama's Slums, and now Rev Wright, we've seen more than enough of the Real Barry Obama to realize we really, really, don't want him.

The longer this drags on, the worse its going to be for him.

Barry Obama's history has finally caught up with him.

The truth will be the end of Chicago Barry Obama.

Barry's the world's biggest con-man.

America doesn't like to be conned.

Even "Typical White People"

We're not as dumb as Barry thought.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 10:23 PM

NEWSFLASH: Racist whites won't vote for Obama.

When they start to make up 51% of the country, then the Dems will worry. Won't happen because the youth vote (of all races) will make up the gap in the general election.

America is moving in a new direction. Deal with it.

Posted by: kathomas1 | March 21, 2008 10:22 PM

Fact check: Obama never said anything about "that time of the month". That is a lie, and this discussion thread is full of them.

Posted by: Vaughan1 | March 21, 2008 10:19 PM

There's a new video which shows even more of what what Obama's "spiritual advisor" thinks about America, and what Obama took his wife and kids to hear and see when they went to the racist church that he was a member of for 20 years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jc2FCJ7zWEQ&feature=related

Call it "Barry Obama's Video Toaster"

Watch it. He's toast.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 10:17 PM

All these people calling Obama racist clearly don't get the concept--they must have been sent here from Drudge or Fox. They are the racists, it is so sad to read this garbage.

Posted by: Vaughan1 | March 21, 2008 10:14 PM

This campaign is about the future. About the opportunity to heal America. About the opportunity to unite.

But those "just words" fly tens of thousands of feet over the combined heads of the McCain supporters whose vile hatred reveals their bitterness for life. You can choose to move on, or you can choose to sit in your filth.

It doesn't matter to most of us. Barack Obama has this thing nailed down. You might as well get used to it.

Posted by: infuse | March 21, 2008 10:10 PM

Obama supporters are in denial.

They just don't "get it"

The fact that Obama allied himself with someone who spouts anti-white, anti-semitic, and anti-American rhetoric is a "deal breaker"

Its the number #1 topic of water cooler conversation around the country.

Most "Typical White People" had no idea that stuff like this has been going on.

People are really, really, angry about it.

Obama presented himself as a paragon of virtue and someone on a higher ethical plane than other candidates.

He's repeatedly shown through his actions that he isn't.

He's like a human chameleon.

He turns into a completely different person depending on what group of people he's with.

He's lied to us and fooled us over and over.

America doesn't trust him anymore.

He's toast.

He deserves to be.

The real Barry Obama is a really bad guy.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 10:08 PM

This is a message for all those filthy hypocrites. how many of you can sincerely say that he or she has no black sheep in the family? By black sheep, I mean any non-conformist (or unorthodox if you wish) member of the family.
Can I also ask how many times do any of you crucify an embarrassing son, brother, sister or uncle?

It is not uncommon for one to be a 'man of God' and yet have burglars, rapist, killers, arsonist etc as a family member. How often have people been judged responsible for the failings of their kins? A man does not need to feel guilty for the ills of others when it is common knowledge that he does not share the opinion of the ill-doer.

The fact that senator Obama chose to give a courageous and honest opinion about a 'powder-keg' subject does not diminish his standing before all reasonable men and women. In fact, he should be given credit for not running away, like most typical politicians would have done, from such an important matter.

For those who come from such perfect family where no sinner abound, I challenge you to cast the proverbial first stone and castigate Obama to death. But I will tell you one thing: Your day of reckoning is by the corner and like all filthy hypocrites you will rue the day you let your hatred dominate your sense of fairness.

By the way, does it occur to anyone that Obama was not supported by the African-Americans until Bill Clinton stir up the honest nest by poking fun at Jesse Jackson and Hilary indirectly suggested that Martin Luther King was not such a great man? In fact, I remember that many Afro American leaders openly criticize him as not a black candidate for he drew the bulk of his support from the white middle class!

Posted by: slyfas | March 21, 2008 10:06 PM

Do blacks really think that white people who work for a living & don't make millions a year as liberal pundits on TV will view Obama's racist speech on Tuesday as great?

What Obama's speech & his twenty year religious affair with the hate-monger Rev. Wright has done is open wide the wound of racism & poured salt in it.

Whining & moaning by blacks, blaming white people for their lot in life, then telling whites that they have to understand their black liberation theology just ain't gonna fly.

Obama's mask of the smiling black man, cajoling whites to get their votes, then mugging them after the election, has been ripped off. Underneath, we see a racist politico, and his anti-American wife who willingly bring their two young daughters to a church which tells them to hate white people.

Good luck in November!

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 10:02 PM

I totally agree, myskylark. Richardson is such a loser, even in his own state, but so politically hungry to be back in the reins of power that he'll, like Obama, throw the people who gave him his start under the bus in order to achieve his goals of power-and a possible run for the Presidency in the future. Well, traitor is as traitor does-he may yet live to regret his decision, because it's for sure he won't be in any Dem administration-Obama may be the Dem. candidate but he will NOT get anywhere near the WH-large swaths of the Dem. party will do a turncoat and work ardently to support the Republicans-yep! That would be me!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | March 21, 2008 9:59 PM

Obama's supporters think he's "Jesus"

Everybody else knows he's a total fraud.

When will Obama's supporters wake up and realize he's nothing like the image in their minds?

The real Barry Obama is the world's greatest con-man.

I can't wait for the Washington Post to wake up and realize that they've been "played" by him.

Newspapers don't like that.

They don't like it at all.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 9:49 PM

there is really no reason for the meanness exhibited on this post against Sen Obama

Don't vote for him if you don't want to

But he is a self made person - biracial, grew up without a father and a lot of odds against him

He is am amazing American story--
-------------------------------------
The outright lies posted here are exactly why people tune out of politics - they are worried about bigger issues andhow it affects their lives -- and don't need the meanness and stress so many of you appear to strive on

Posted by: awb75 | March 21, 2008 9:45 PM

The vast majority of these comments vividly reflect the negativity that anti-Obama people hold in their nervous systems.
Obama will win if the country has enough purity of consciousness to support him.
He is a light that dispels darkness. If the darkness is too thick, he will fail. It will be a shame, but as always, we, as a nation, as all nations, get what they collectively deserve.
Go deep within; contact the light and it will help the Obamas of the world prevail.

Posted by: jrcsamad | March 21, 2008 9:42 PM

The vast majority of these comments vividly reflect the negativity that anti-Obama people hold in their nervous systems.
Obama will win if the country has enough purity of consciousness to support him.
He is a light that dispels darkness. If the darkness is too thick, he will fail. It will be a shame, but as always, we, as a nation, as all nations, get what they collectively deserve.
Go deep within; contact the light and it will help the Obamas of the world prevail.

Posted by: jrcsamad | March 21, 2008 9:41 PM

Bill Richardson was an obscure politician until he was tapped by Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Then he was brought into Clinton's cabinet as Energy Secretary. These appointments gave Richardson the resume and the gravitas to go one to become Governor.

What an ingrate! One would think he could at least have stayed neutral, instead of stabbing Hillary in the back.

My own belief is that Richardson is still angling for the nod to fill the VP slot on the Democratic ticket.

He's a jackal, and he should be ashamed of his ingratitude and disloyalty.

Posted by: myskylark | March 21, 2008 9:40 PM

This endorsement has little to do with votes in the remaining primaries. Obama will win the elected delegate race no matter what in the remaining states. This is about the swaying superdelegates and this endorsement helps Obama with that.

Posted by: zbob99 | March 21, 2008 9:39 PM

Yes svreader

Poor Obama would have to be a constitutional law scholar at the Univ of Chicago if he wasn't in public service.

Don't kid yourself; we need him more than he needs us.

Hillary: are those tax records coming?

Posted by: dawnmcmillin | March 21, 2008 9:36 PM

SVwanker: It must be lonely down there in your mother's basement with the internet as your only friend.

Posted by: marSF | March 21, 2008 9:36 PM

It's not going to be Richardson for VP. Richardson is far more likely to be Secretary of State, a job he can handle far better than most Democrats because of being UN Ambassador.

Posted by: infuse | March 21, 2008 9:35 PM

ebubuk: Did you listen intelligently to Obama's speech - whatever gave you the idea that he insinuated OJ was guilty or not, he used that as a instance of the racial divide. Blacks refused to believe OJ was guilty, whites refused to believe he was innocent. God, ignorance is truly bliss.

Posted by: Kentake | March 21, 2008 9:35 PM

ebubuk: Did you listen intelligently to Obama's speech - whatever gave you the idea that he insinuated OJ was guilty or not, he used that as a instance of the racial divide. Blacks refused to believe OJ was guilty, whites refused to believe he was innocent. God, ignorance is truly bliss.

Posted by: Kentake | March 21, 2008 9:34 PM

ebubuk: Did you listen intelligently to Obama's speech - whatever gave you the idea that he insinuated OJ was guilty or not, he used that as a instance of the racial divide. Blacks refused to believe OJ was guilty, whites refused to believe he was innocent. God, ignorance is truly bliss.

Posted by: Kentake | March 21, 2008 9:34 PM

Its funny how a story can be known, but all of a sudden the press "discovers it"

That's what's going to happen with "Obama's Slums"

The poorest of the poor, who depended on Obama to look out for them, froze in unheated slums in his district that Rezko got $100M to repair or rebuild but didn't.

Its a reall big deal.

Its bigger than any of the other scandals regarding Obama so far.

It shows how little he actually cares aboutu anybody but himself.

It shows who the real Barry Obama really is.

Its why I started blogging here in the first place.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 9:34 PM

Did Obama REALLY make a statement about HRC re "that time of the month?" What a nasty little s--t he is!

I'll tell you exactly what Barack Hussein Obama needs, and it ain't an endorsement from some washed up Dem. candidate either! IT'S A SHRINK. That man has got more "issues" messing up his head than nearly anyone I can think of in public office-and it isn't pretty to see. No wonder he was so fond of snorting cocaine, with all his head trips about how poorly he's been treated, seeing that he is a Harvard Law grad and worked for a silk-stocking law firm and all-he was quite underprivileged!

And doesn't he still smoke cigarettes? That's what we want in a President, huh? Someone who would make comments like that about a fellow candidate, a deceptive, disgenuous, angry black man seething beneath the surface, a former cocaine-snorter, and example to the kids cancer stick user as well.

Holy Moley! The Dem. super-delegates better get rid of this fake PR creation pronto, unless they want whole scale disaster on their hands!

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | March 21, 2008 9:32 PM

Did Bill Richardson win ANY delegates in the primaries? If he didn't win any then what makes his endorsement so wonderful and important. Anyone really believe Hispanics are going to vote for Obama because of Richardson? Maybe in New Mexico he might get Obama a few votes at best. Come Monday, Obama will again be hammered on Wright and his "typical white person" comment. Don't think this is the end of Obama's troubles. There are plenty of upcoming issues he will have to address and Hillary's hatchet men and the conservatives aren't going to give him a minute's rest from now until November. Obama doesn't stand a chance in November without the white vote and he has lost a huge portion of it and it isn't coming back to him. Also, many of Hillary's supporters will NEVER vote for him in the general election.

Posted by: MikeJ9116 | March 21, 2008 9:29 PM

This is a huge endorsement aimed to signal a message to the superdelegates. The fact that Bill Richardson went for Obama despite the fact that he was part of Bill Clinton's administration and that the Clintons made a lot of pressure on him to get his endorsement tell a lot about few things: the low estime he has for Hillary and her negative campaign, and the high estime he has for Barack as the future of the party. Bill Richardson will now be a great asset for Barack for the nomination and during the general election.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 21, 2008 9:29 PM

Obama supporters are in denial.

Between Cocaine, Rezko and Wright, Obama's hit the trifecta.

He couldn't get elected Dog-Catcher.

Its over.

He needs to drop out ASAP if he wants to have any chance of any job of any kind in the future.

There's a mountain of stuff people have been holding back that will come out if Obama doesn't drop out.

"Obama's slums" is an even bigger story than Wright is.

The real Obama is a really bad guy.

His past is catching up with him fast.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 9:29 PM

CHANGE OBAMA??????

Was your Rev. Wright going to be the Whitehouse Clergy????

Were all of America going to hear sermons from the Whitehouse Lawn ??

Why I ask this is because of your closeness to Wright as your mentor when you were planning your Whitehouse bid. Your planning is like a roadmap that most of us Americans are viewing closer as to how many new signs are showing up. The last one was a Interstate sign, straight to Africa, via Wright. You haven't denounce Wright but you describe your mother as a " typical White Woman ". You need to be clearer about what is a " Typical White Woman " is. Is this something the country can look forward to maybe from your wife Michelle the female perspective.
The one that says for the First Time I Am Proud Of My Country.

Obama can you "yourself" be responsible for anything or is it always going to be the "the typical white woman or male " problem that is at fault. You see no fault in yourself.

Posted by: wakeupamerica | March 21, 2008 9:23 PM

Sexist OBAMA. Obama's sexist behavior towards Clinton ("she's likeable enough", "that time of the month", "when the claws come out"), and his dismissiveness of her considerable political experience, are additional behaviors that have turned me away. Dishonesty and arrogance is a disastrious combination in my view.

Posted by: mjno | March 21, 2008 9:20 PM

ere591: I just have to think back to the 2000 Republican primary season to realize that McCain is not Bush. I don't think candidate B would fly, given that issues of disenfranchisement are already circulating. Can you imagine what happens when a candidate that no one voted for steps in? Nope. This one needs to get settled between the two contenders. My wife, a Democrat, is torn by the issue (is crisis a better word?) of arrivng at a nominee. I would not have believed in Janaury that a REpublican would have a chance. THe only way for that to happen would be for the Democrats to self-distruct. Low and behold, it looks like a political China Syndrome!

Posted by: ccarter333 | March 21, 2008 9:18 PM

The Richardson endorsement is an important step towards the inevitable.
Will it lead to yet another round of kitchen sinks attack from the Penn/Wolfson/Ickes cohort?
One must recall that before the Wright controversy, Obama was accused of being a secret Muslim by the Clinton camp (vide link below) and described as an irregular parishioner who nominally attended Wright's church.
http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/Obama_2.htm

Posted by: Suvarnarekha | March 21, 2008 9:16 PM

If all the McCain supporters, and the "if Hillary loses im voting for McCain" supporters were required to enlist themselves or their children in the Armed Forces to help fight the "100 Year War", Barack's first name could be Saddam and he'd still win with at least 90% of the popular vote.

Hypocrite Republicans and closet bigot Democrats will support a government official with absolutely no desire or intention to sacrifice any of their personal comfort to support the person's policies.....because they are too ignorant to realize that their comfort will be compromised regardless. How much does it take to fill up your F-150?

And Obama's pastor's 10-year old speech makes him a racist....so we should vote for another 4-8 years of economic turmoil, war abroad and severely weakened national security?

Just a thought - how would the economy look if all the money spent in Iraq was invested stateside? I have a feeling we'd all be making it rain and driving Bentleys right now.

But no, we want America to become a third world country - so lets just elect the old white guy, line Dick Cheyney's pockets some more, and flush our kids' futures down the toilet.

Posted by: metcapventures | March 21, 2008 9:15 PM

svreader, stop wasting time and space: leave the Democratic Party and don't let the door hit you on the way out! Remember, you wrote McCain a cheque in my honor. In short, svreader, git to steppin'!

Posted by: meldupree | March 21, 2008 9:12 PM

lots of hate out there, Obama for me!

Posted by: clo | March 21, 2008 9:09 PM

A simple challenge to all Obama-bashers here who would like to think that they are persons of intellectual honesty and integrity.

Have you listened to Jeremiah Wright's sermon? I mean the whole sermon - not just the out-of-context punchline fed to you by the hatemongers at Faux? Here it is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvMbeVQj6Lw&feature=related

Listen to it at least half-awake and you just might catch on that he is talking about American GOVERNMENTS - meaning administrations - that over the years have sometimes been good (Lincoln, Truman in part, and Clinton) but more often been awful, and frankly, criminal (he's right, actually). It is in this context that he used the "D" word. He's referring to the governments, not the fundamental concept of the country - though arguably the people who elected those governments are not off the hook, as too often they were only reflecting common sentiment.

I think that one day, when you grow up intellectually and morally, you may just have to admit to yourself that Wright - though fiery and hard for you to hear right now - was absolutely spot-on. Perhaps you will decide to be on the right side of history on this one. Or not.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 21, 2008 9:06 PM

A lot of democrats are scared that the Democratic Party will be split in two: between Obama and Clinton supporters. Many are threatening that they will not vote for the other candidate. That means McCain will sail to the White House without any meaningful opposition. I have a suggestion: if this competition seems to end in a draw between Obama and Clinton, the delegates, DNC and party leaders should have a plan B. Recruit a dark horse like Gore or another man/woman black/white/Latino that will unite the Democratic ticket and has an excellent chance of beating McCain. Any one there? Gore with his environmental initiatives, Noble peace prize under his belt, cheated in 2000 election, will be a good one. They way things are going it will be a disaster; McCain will win not because he is the strongest candidate. He will be the choice of many dispirited democrats. If they can't run their party, how will they be expected to run the country with all these problem hangover created by Bush and Cheney team in the last seven or eight years. Cheney thinks the voters are a bunch of suckers and he does not care of what they think when he was interviewed in ABC. He is an arrogant tyrant. It is good he and Bush will be replaced soon. Good riddance. But McCain will be Bush/Cheney shadow. Nothing will be gained. That is why a plan B is needed

Posted by: ere591 | March 21, 2008 9:04 PM

I like Richardson, and I recognize this endorsemnet has as much to do with the potential VP as it does anything else, but I see no fault in that.
Maybe it is my Republican common sense, but I don't have a problem with a guy who supports who he believes in while at the same time hoping to have a chance to work with Obama.
Honestly, some of these comments suggest to me that many people expect candidates (and former candidates) to be of such perfect character as to have far more scruples than the commentors themselves.
Yes, I want McCain to win, but it even bothers me that the Democratic Party is imploding over this campaing for the nomination. Of course Clinotn & Obama want the nod. Of course they are tempted to use every trick in the book. Does this surprise you? Would you be different? If so, perhaps that is why you didn't run in the first place. Obama lacks experience. Clinton lacks appeal. McCain lacks memory. One of them will president in ten months. There are no perfect candidates, just choices.

Posted by: ccarter333 | March 21, 2008 9:04 PM

Don't mind the trolls. It's part of a new Mark "Born in a Cesspool" Penn strategy at the Clinton campaign.

To try and sway public opinion they have a new policy of going on all the papers and all the blogs and posting as much inflammatory demagoguery as they can. Just like them, after even appealing to Limbaugh for help in Ohio and Texas.

Even her own campaign staff are starting to see the writing on the wall, and most not only dislike Penn, but loathe him as much or near as much as GWB. But they soldier on, for whatever reason.

Posted by: george_albert_thomas | March 21, 2008 9:04 PM

For all of you ideologues and children who are just old enough to vote I want to remind you about some ANCIENT HISTORY...1972.

Remember: GEORGE MCGOVERN...I'll repeat this for those of you too young or too infatuated to READ. "GEORGE MCGOVERN"

Look it up because he LOST TO RICHARD NIXON.
And Obama will lose to Grandpa.

Thanks to YOU infatuated, stupid ideologues we can all but count on Grandpa becoming our next President.

Why?

Because NO ONE IN HIS RIGHT MIND (and believe it or not that includes CENTRIST DEMOCRATS AND SWING REPUBLICANS necessary for VICTORY.

You will have a GLORIOUS defeat.

and we will be stuck in the muck for another 4 years

or possibly for an eternity.

thanx.

Posted by: jato1 | March 21, 2008 9:03 PM

If the Richardson endorsement isn't important, why did the Clintons seek it?

Where are the tax records and the earmark requests?

I was concerned about Wright's "chickens come home to roost" sermon. So, I decided to listen to it for myself. Did you know that Wright was quoting the former US Ambassador to Iraq????

If you want to think for yourself too, you can find the actual sermon on Roland Martin's blog. I think you will be surprised.

Posted by: dawnmcmillin | March 21, 2008 9:00 PM

And thank God Obama will tax the rich; that is, those making over $35,000.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:59 PM

Richardson-WHAT A JOKE! Another BIG-TIME LOSER LIKE KERRY! Why, his own STATE didn't even vote for him, how the hell is he going to help Obama carry ANYTHING? Sheesh-Gimme a break! That's truly laughable-just wait a couple of days, it'll be RICHARDSON, HUH? Who asked him to be here?

Wow. The Obama-Zombies are really grasping at straws here, aren't they? Well, that's understandable. It's kind of deflating to know that your fraudster guru Obama views you as "typical white people" even while he tries to lecture to the "typical white persons" about THEIR racism-never his! Yeah, I'd say you all have some REAL problems ahead with that crazy dude! Ha Ha! But not on my vote you don't!

Posted by: farfalle44 | March 21, 2008 8:56 PM

Hasn't this guy Richardson been watching the news recently? This endorsement defines the guy. Too bad, dude, your agenda is showing.

Posted by: Lazarus2010 | March 21, 2008 8:53 PM

12% of pop Black, 24% of pop Latino, add in a few white people and OBAMA and Richardson can WIN!!!!!!!!!! Watch out white people their going to take over.

Black women NOT for OBAMA!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: jyc777 | March 21, 2008 8:52 PM

So Rev Wright is in Africa hiding in Obama's grand mother's closet in Kenya. Well, TMZ will find him sooner or later. I can see Chris Matthews ( Obama's fag*got lapdog) and others from MSNBC interviewing Rev Wright very soon. The only commentator on MSNBC who sounds impartial is Pat Bucchanon...

Posted by: vs_sv | March 21, 2008 8:50 PM

Richardson's endorsement is interesting, but not particularly meaningful in the ways that the author states. More importantly at this point in time are the endorsements for Clinton from the high ranking officials of Pennsylvania, Indiana, N.C. and Puerto Rico. When she defeats Obama in these states, Richardson's sound bite will be ancient history and fall into the category of "who cares?" and "who is he?"

Posted by: mo897 | March 21, 2008 8:46 PM

The anti-Obama rants are getting noisier. But that's what we all expected when they saw their nominee's chances hit the basement. Even a Hillary supporter said today that her BEST chance to win the nomination is only 1 in 10! FAT CHANCE!

The McCain supporters here and elsewhere can't stand their candidate either. But they just love dirty tricks. And they all are taught dirty tricks from the cradle. But unknowing to them, this campaign is about unity in America; a topic that flies 30 stories over their combined heads.

Posted by: infuse | March 21, 2008 8:45 PM

Remind me never to invite Richardson over to dinner...He has a way of biting the hand that feeds him.

Begin Quote...

"How was your meal, Bill? (after eating the Clinton's food for 15 years) Well, Barack, the food really stank. She can't bake a cookie worth a darn. And the bar-b-q was really skanky. Unlike at Rudys of Albuquerque...I could hardly eat Bill's brisket.

...However, I did a good make-believe and chowed down the works. They really are stinky folk.

It took me 15 years to find that out...Well, perhaps I just faked it all.

Now I wanna support U, Barack. Perhaps we can go to that Church of yours and get a really good help'n of good old American, made in USA freedom of speech...plus a couple of good old "Damn USA's' from that preacher guy of yours."

close quote

Posted by: jato1 | March 21, 2008 8:36 PM

Obama will take good care of the blacks in Africa too. His bill, S2433, titled World Poverty Act, would send $845 billion to the UN. That's almost twice the cost of the Iraq War

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:34 PM

Two years ago, Bill Richardson was my early choice based mostly on his resume (McCain was on the list, Obama on the radar). BR disqualified himself early, not so much for his poor campaign skills and debate performances (campaign/debate skills are not necessarily proof of qualification to be President) as his claim to be able to foretell the future by unequivocally stating he'd have all the troops out of Iraq within 6 months (I generally have little respect for such "pledges" of any sort).

My favorite changed to Biden (and I really liked Obama as Biden's VP)...but when that proved unrealistic, the list shortened to Obama, Clinton and McCain, with Obama ahead because he seems to be the only one of the three with a chance at true greatness (higher risk of Carter-esque failure too...but what's life without risk?).

Obama's still ahead, but I could vote for Clinton too, and I'm still willing to let McCain convince me. Tiebreaker may be that I would really like a President who's smarter them me. Obama is. Clinton may be, but she's certainly no dumber. McCain, as much as I admire his moral judgment (and gut instinct, when he's not pandering to his right wing)...I'm not at all certain. I could have graduated higher than last in class rank from the Naval Academy (by the way, never even a question with Bush).

Richardson's endorsement at this time, does help...not least in changing the Story from J. Wright.

As he described in his first book, Obama may have sincerely come to his religious faith as an adult in Chicago, with at least the influence of Jeremiah Wright. Certainly it was a convenient church and religion for an ambitious young Black politician of that time and place (and one who had to answer concerns about "not being Black enough"). I don't consider that a disqualifier...at a certain level of office, every candidate understands he or she must profess some religious belief as a prerequisite for running for election. I'm fairly certain a healthy percentage of political officeholders don't actually hold the supernatural beliefs they profess, but understand that's the price of being in the arena.

Obama's rationale seems justifiable (no matter how eloquently stated--and when did eloquence come to be a crime?). The current wing-nut theme, mirrored in many of the comments here, is disingenuous. I've seen, repeated over and over, what certainly seems to be less than two minutes of (undeniably vile) extremist comments from Wright. How many of us would want our worst two minutes of the last 20 years broadcast over and over for a full week? (and how many of us have the life experiences and motivations to be extreme, of a Jeremiah Wright?). I've never heard of a scintilla of evidence of any hint of support for those extremist views, by Obama.

Of the arguments against Obama based on this episode, the only of any validity is that Obama's judgment can be called into question. That's worth discussion (and relevant to all three candidates). What is disingenuous is the right-wing talking point that Obama is completely and forever untrustworthy, because of his long-term continuing association with a Christian church that is nearly completely within the African-American mainstream, but from which exists two minutes of video displaying extremist political views.

This argument continues to be repeated on talk radio and Fox, made only by those who would not support any Democratic nominee, ever (except for Coulter-like Faux-support of Clinton of course) (and the 2nd part of the meme is that since Obama is so eloquent, he must have no real argument).

Everyone, my advice is to please make your choice based on your understanding of the ability, intelligence, views, positions, judgment, and moral strength of your favored candidate, not on someone else's distortions.

Posted by: malis | March 21, 2008 8:34 PM

I don't think Gov. Richardson will be Obama's VP. I think if will be Bob Graham. Graham has a LOT of experience, is respected and popular within the party, was also right on Iraq (he did his homework and read the NIE), has foreign policy credibility and immediately brings FLA into the Dem column. I think that would be the best move not only politically, but in terms of governing. I think Obama loses FLA otherwise -- it's a state that went for HRC (whatever the circumstances) and has voted for Bush twice. If I were Obama, Graham is the FIRST person I call after I win the nomination.

Posted by: gbooksdc | March 21, 2008 8:32 PM

The person who benefits most by Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama is Bill Richardson.

Knowing that Obama cannot win in November getting the veep spot with Obama puts Richardson in the best possible position for a presidential run in 2012, so it makes good sense for him to endorse Obama in hopes of getting the veep spot.

Actually, of all the people who started out running for president this year, Governor Richardson was the best prepared and qualified.

He lacked Obama snake oil oratory, and Hillary's better known name, but he was still the best.

Richardson in 2012!


Posted by: wj_phillips | March 21, 2008 8:30 PM

The significance is that Richardson probably represents the attitude of many of the remaining supedelegates. I think there will be steady stream of endorsements for Obama in next few days and weeks until Hillary finally crys UNCLE! What a glorious day that will be! Hallelujah!!

Posted by: zb95 | March 21, 2008 8:30 PM

The Trinity church is teaching blacks they are being suppressed by white America. That is what it is teaching. Obama and his family sat there for 20 years taking it in. This means that perhaps Obama not only has a beef with whites, he also may have a subliminal sense of insecurity.

Black will never get anywhere until they kick the idea discrimination is an impenetrable barrier. While blacks have this false belief, continually reinforced by the Trinity church and other like it, whites hope the best for them.

A few days ago I heard a black minister tell his congregation they would soon be having their pay checks written by Latinos. How true it is. Latinos work hard. The have no ingrained sense of hopelessness.

Just the other day I passed a famous old deli that was just bought out by a Mexican family. We bought sandwiches there. All the Mexican Americans there were excited about how well the business was doing. The initial financing for this venture was saved from long, hard work doing day labor for $10 per hour.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:30 PM

The significance is that Richardson probably represents the attitude of many of the remaining supedelegates. I think there will be steady stream of endorsements for Obama in next few days and weeks until Hillary finally crys UNCLE! What a glorious day that will be! Hallelujah!!

Posted by: zb95 | March 21, 2008 8:29 PM

cheerssdk-I notice that you are a Hillary follower and in your note you make no less than six derogatory statements toward the nonwhite portion of our population, from pineapples to Mexicans to Blacks. I just can't figure out why Hillary is chewing hubcaps. Can you?

Posted by: majorteddy | March 21, 2008 8:29 PM

The Trinity church is teaching blacks they are being suppressed by white America. That is what it is teaching. Obama and his family sat there for 20 years taking it in. This means that perhaps Obama not only has a beef with whites, he also may have a subliminal sense of insecurity.

Black will never get anywhere until they kick the idea discrimination is an impenetrable barrier. While blacks have this false belief, continually reinforced by the Trinity church and other like it, whites hope the best for them.

A few days ago I heard a black minister tell his congregation they would soon be having their pay checks written by Latinos. How true it is. Latinos work hard. The have no ingrained sense of hopelessness.

Just the other day I passed a famous old deli that was just bought out by a Mexican family. We bought sandwiches there. All the Mexican Americans there were excited about how well the business was doing. The initial financing for this venture was saved from long, hard work doing day labor for $10 per hour.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:29 PM

All those white folks who voted for Obama and have 401k will get an unpleasant supprise at retirement time.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:19 PM

All those white folks who voted for Obama and have 401Ks will get an unpleasant supprise at retirement time.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:17 PM

Obama proposes to increase the capital gains tax rate from 15 to 28 percent. With the typical yearly rollover in 401Ks taxed at 28 percent, after 30 years a 401K will be worth 42 percent less under the 28 percent rate.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:14 PM

I doubt if Richardson's endorsement means much to voters but it may be a pretty big deal to the superdelegates and no, Hillary wouldn't be saying he's irrelevant if he'd endorsed her. She'd be happy as a clam today. For 80% of the SCARED, ANGRY white bloggers out there....COME on, you weren't gonna vote democratic anyway now were you? Vote for McCain and get 4 more years of disaster. Keep those paranoid racist comments coming. I'm white and I'm happy I voted for Obama.

Posted by: carlkauffman1 | March 21, 2008 8:12 PM

This endorsement is only important to politicos ... next week the voters will have forgotten all about it.

Posted by: paris1969 | March 21, 2008 8:11 PM

My mom, white and 74, hoped Richardson would be the nominee a while back but is now enthusiastically supporting Obama. She was very happy with the Richardson endorsement today. To all the Clinton supporters for whom this loss feels personal, I can relate. But a dear friend of mine convinced me that any Democrat is far more desirable than McCain and stressed the need to support the Democratic nominee. In the clear light of reason, I accept this argument, will vote Democratic in November and encourage everyone to be conscious of the need for party unity. Our Republican opponents will be campaigning to continue the war, lower taxes for the rich, support the shift of jobs overseas and do nothing to guaranty health care for all Americans.

Posted by: markshepherdstown | March 21, 2008 8:08 PM

Obama made clear in his Philadelphia speech that he wants to be president of an African America. For example, he acknowledged that some whites suffered from Affirmative Action, but said they should blame big corporations for it, not blacks. A bizarre conclusion unless Obama is focused on justifying black advantage!

Obama also revealed a serious character flaw. He criticized his grandmother (a typical white grandmother) to a national audience. He criticized her again yesterday. And the purpose of the criticism was to bolster his view that whites are suppressing blacks.

These point out two important distinctions between Hillary and Obama. Hillary is not burdened with bitterness over how blacks were treated prior to 1960 Selma. And Hillary is like normal people who protect members of their immediately family, much less expose them to public ridicule.

Posted by: rodhug | March 21, 2008 8:06 PM

mikel7, that was a fair post even if I don't agree. Consider what would happen to any other candidate that characterized someone as a "typical black person" whose racial attitudes were "bred into them". Why does Obama get a pass?

Furthermore, even if you give him his due for describing the attitudes of a generation past, he failed to address the present institutionalized racism, affirmative action, merely mentioning it in passing when acknowledging white grievance.

My main problem with Obama is that he has absolutely no history of taking a principled stand on issues where he has a vote and his claim of bipartisanship is belied by his history of not joining bipartisan efforts in the Senate during his tenure.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 8:03 PM

It is not over until the fat woman sings. Why are these so called democratic leaders whom most are former losers when it comes to presidential primaries and elections are sending signals to HRC to quit. She has the right to fight it out as long as Obama does not have the magic number of 2025 delegates. So Kerry, Kennedy, Pelosi, Richardson, and etc. etc. if they don't support her they should have the deceny to shut up and wait for the outcome like all of us. Let the Clinton team run their campaign any way they see it fit. All these former Clinton Administration official who are jumping to Obama any way are had been mediocre mid level functionaries or at best opportunists. Richardson is pandering to be Obama VP or Secretary of State but it is not going to happen with Reverend Wright controversy on Obama neck like a noose tighting every day; it will be either Clinton or God unwilling McCain. Obama is a damaged good thanks to his reverend of 20 years. Period.

Posted by: ere591 | March 21, 2008 8:00 PM

One last thin, this phony hand over his heart anthem thing. There is no law that says you have to have your hand over your heart, only that you respect the flag. Obama does. Go to any football, basketball, baseball, etc game and watch when the anthem is played. 99% of those attending DO NOT hold their hands over their hearts. Call them un-American and see what happens to you. Obama also explained that his wearing a flag is nothing more than phony patriotism by some who are trying to look "patriotic." He does not disrespect the flag. John McCain does not wear a flaq pin. Guess he isn't patriotic, either.
'night again, phonies.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 21, 2008 7:59 PM

Who?

Posted by: thc1138 | March 21, 2008 7:57 PM

Did all you Obama opponents post defenses of Obama's Kenyan father, Grandma Sarah, and Muslim relatives-- when THEY were "thrown under the bus" in the vicious muslim smear campaigns?

Posted by: Christine6 | March 21, 2008 7:57 PM

bhatgirl:
"Some people are concerned that certain candidates will compromise one of more of these inalienable rights.

THAT would be tyranny which is exactly why the colonies declared independence against the British crown."

which candidates? surely none of them could do this so well as the current president, though I fear mccain will try really hard.

yes, I know the rest of the document quite well but the rest of the document was not at all my point, my point was that the founding fathers put for the notion of self evident truths, that idea in and of itself was what I was speaking to.

but your point is a very valid one, frankly a very patriotic one, that we are responsible for keeping those rights alive for generations that follow and my point about Barack is that if this is all a rouse and he intends to harm those rights, he's screwed because he has gotten us to wake up an pay attention, neither he nor anyone else will take those from us, even if they try.

shrink2
we have learned the depths to which our foes have sunk, we know what level they play 'think' work. so we know that to win and make this a better country we will not be able to use logic, or intelligent, thoughtful discourse, that is reserved for those of us who already get it, we need to reach out to the people with the stuck caps lock key and drag them out of the sewer, elevate their minds to at least some form of thought.

I get your real point though, it takes a worthy adversary to teach you in the way I meant, someone who really loves to think who disagrees with you in very valid ways, can make your own arguments much stronger, sadly I am hopelessly without such a foe in this realm. if only hillary or mccain were fiercely better in a much different way, like if mccain were a true republican, fiscally conservative, less government, government out of my f'ing business, etc... he'd have some backers that could actually make me conflicted about my vote.

for example, from what I was able to learn, I would have voted for Ron Paul over Hillary. He just seemed like he would achieve more of what he set out to do, and all but one of his objectives were agreeable to me. I'd give anything to see him in the VP slot for obama.

Richards support is not a shot at the VP slot. he was conflicted like alot of people are, he loves the clintons, loves alot of the good stuff that happened in bills term, and I think he honestly wrestled with this for along time, I don't know him well but even if he was a bad governor, maybe he is trying to start fresh every day, maybe inspired by obama, he said, starting now, what is the best thing I can do for my country?

not, what can it do for me.

just words.

Obamas speech in philly will likely go down in history as the most important speech of this century, I know its early but we either get what he is saying or were are really in trouble and one day we will remember that this is where things changed or we will remember that this is where we totally blew our last shot that the America our founding fathers dreamt of.

Posted by: staffordworks | March 21, 2008 7:56 PM

Richardson's endorsement will certainly encourage Hispanic DeClintonization. What remains to be seen is how far Richardson will actually Obamafy and start singing harmony in the choir.

Posted by: g-lo | March 21, 2008 7:51 PM

Got to love the haters and the misinformers here. Like the one who (in all caps) said the DNC fixed the S. Carolina primary before the Fla. primary for Obama. At the time those dates were approved by the DNC, Obama wasn't even on the radar screen. For utucurious, utoodumb. Says Obama is in favor of killing babies. Got news for ya, Clinton is, too.
As for all the "throwing his grandmother under the bus" bunch, either you did not read/see the speech or you are too dumb to see that his speech was against racism by briinging it out into the open. Seems like the only racists here are those accusing Obama of being one.
As for the "typical white person" talk, I heard it live and agaoin, he is right. He did not say that whites are racist, but there are ingrained prejudices that have yet to be fully overcome. Remember that the next time you wonder why a black man is hanging around an ATM machine when you are there. Or when you lock your car doors while driving through a "bad" neighborhood. Or when you see a group of black kids coming down the street and hope they don't say anything to you or wish they would stop playing their jungle music. Are you racist? No, but you still have a thought somewhere inside.
As for why Obama "became" a Christian, he was raised in both religions, at an age when he felt lost he heard an uplifting sermon on hope that made him completely Christian and there wasn't an ounce of hate in that sermon. I don't understand born-again Christians, like bush. How are you born again if you were already baptized a Christian? Kinda like I was born again as a man, even though I have been a man all my life.
Sorry for all you Clinton supporters whose candidate has tried every dirty trick in the book to win the nomination she beleives she is owed. Why. Obama has more legislative experience than she has.
Good night, phonies.

Posted by: mikel7 | March 21, 2008 7:46 PM

Another factor here is that Richardson also has influence over the 40 or so latino SD's who have not endorsed yet.

Posted by: zb95 | March 21, 2008 7:45 PM

I think 'Thinker' is David Duke...

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 7:43 PM

"It comes also at a moment when the Clinton campaign has become, if not confident, at least hopeful, that there is still a way for her to win the nomination,"

Get real. Any one of the delegates or super delegates can switch over any time they wish just as the black caucus did way back when all of 1.5 months ago.

Personally, as combat wounded veteran I resent anyone who would casually explain away a person that is so derogatory about the military people who either died or as I was were wounded, by basically saying I should ignore his remarks. That he did not immediately and unequivocally condemn these remarks and the person who made them will absolutely never under any circumstances get my vote. I would wager to say that millions of military people, both active and retired, see this the same as I did. Here is a guy who has gained wealth at the expense of those willing to die for him and he would say these things?

Just my opinion.

Posted by: RetCombatVet | March 21, 2008 7:42 PM

clawrence35

I told you a long time ago I respect you.
You know I respect you more than you respect me.

So what do you want to discuss?

Make a point

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:42 PM

Why isn't the headline on the WashPost front page "Ricahrdson Endorses Obama" instead of the more lame "An Important Boost for Obama"? Many readers would not even notice that headline as significant. Many in the media want Clinton to win this race or at least keep it going. But it won't matter. We are nearing the end of the Clinton campaign. This major endorsement signals the supers are ready to endorse Obama en masse.

Posted by: zb95 | March 21, 2008 7:41 PM

"Thinker", you are Exhibit A.

Go think for David Duke, he is tanned (>?), fit, and ready. Angry white men who are sick of the special status of the negros need a political patron like you. Pull out your wallet. Put your money where your mouth is.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:38 PM


A BOOST alright. Another hand up his puppet. That's why they all like him so much.

He's got plans for the trolls - things they can't imagine. He'll be so rid of them after they've been useful.

Obama isn't loyal to anyone white. He BELIEVES in his "spiritual mentors" words. He sat, sang and clapped to them for TWENTY YEARS of poison. He brings his children there. It's a warped black identity he found. Way extreme after his white mom and grandparents were the only ones to care about him. What a thankless ... think the white haired trolls are going to be more appreciated than mom ? Nope!

Here is Obama talking about hoodACwinking the white guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuB_W8o_UsU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAjvlqJTWB4&NR=1


God Bless America. Really, really, really.


Posted by: Thinker | March 21, 2008 7:38 PM

shrink2 once again attempts to dismiss the concerns of those with serious reservations given Obama's lack of experiences, lack of accomplishments, lack of judgment, no record of being an agent of change, lack of credibility, and lack of leadership as people with IQ's of below 70.

We're stupid. We're racist. We're typical white people. We're scared of Obama.... the new politics. Attack your fellow American and ridicule their legitimate concerns. Never question why they don't live up to their responsibilities and hold oversight hearings on NATO. They don't have share in the sacrifice - giving lip service is enough to addressing the serious issues this nation faces.

Obama - and his supporters - disgust me more and more every day that goes by. They don't want a discussion on race. They don't want to discuss anything of any consequence. They want to hide behind a Hollywood back-story of an individual to avoid the utter lack of qualifications or record to solve the many problems this nation faces.

Posted by: clawrence35 | March 21, 2008 7:38 PM

I am from Texas and I never saw this election as a race issue until I went to caucus for Hillary.I at that point saw in my own eyes that this was truly a race for the White House.The African Americans were there to support Obama and the Caucasians and Latinos were there to support Hillary.I couldn't believe my eyes.Was this really a race thing or just coincidence?I had seen all the news articles and media coverage stating that the race for the White House had become a racial issue.I didn't want to believe it but until I saw it with my own two eyes.
I believe that Hillary is the right person for the job as Commander in Chief at this time.However unless she is able to pull a lot of strings this could be the end of the road for her and I am very aware of this.However and unfortunately this race for the White House is going to split the democratic party in half.Hillary's supporters are all about Hillary and Obama's supporter are all about Obama and very very few are even considering to vote for the other.With this race for the democratic nomination going all the way to the convention what ever the superdelegates decide to do is going to upset the other half of the democratic party and I have a feeling that in return they will vote for McCain in November as a vote against the nominee not as a vote for McCain.As a kinda of told you, you couldn't win slap in the face move.So in conclusion it is going to be up to the superdelegates to decide I can only say is that the current President was elected to his first term via the Supreme Court and there was no repercussion to any of them on the supreme court.Then in '04 GWB won the election in my opion fairly.Even though he is still an idiot but I didn't vote for him either time.So I just pray and hope that the superdelegates do what is right for the country and not what they believe would be the right thing for their personal political gain.

Posted by: jwb092373 | March 21, 2008 7:37 PM

anewdesign

Well his only choice was to go Barak or go Republican.

The Cliontons created a racial litmus test.
Richardson said no. I guarantee you that is what happened.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:33 PM

Rev. Wright is currently touring Africa (in the footsteps of #43?) and unavailable for comment. God damn it.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 07:14 PM

He will be in Tampa FL, 35 miles away from me, for a three-night revival starting Tuesday. I would like to go hear him and support him, but the likely media circus might make it more trouble than it would be worth.

Posted by: flarrfan | March 21, 2008 7:32 PM

Where was Bill Richardson before the Texas Primary? His endorsement of Obama could have won Texas and ended this mess. Richardson sat on his thumb with his index finger to the wind gauging his own personal political agenda. Now that its clear Hillary cant gain a majority of the elected delegates he backs Obama. I am an Obama supporter and the last thing I want to see is a backside kisser like Bill Richardson be VP.

Posted by: anewdesign | March 21, 2008 7:30 PM


A BOOST alright. Another hand up his puppet butt. That's why they all like him so much.

He's got plans for the trolls - things they can't imagine. He'll be so rid of them after they've been useful.

He has a pattern like that. If no one has noticed.

Obama isn't loyal to anyone white.

Posted by: Thinker | March 21, 2008 7:30 PM

Where was Bill Richardson before the Texas Primary? His endorsement of Obama could have won Texas and ended this mess. Richardson sat on his thumb with his index finger to the wind gauging his own personal political agenda. Now that its clear Hillary cant gain a majority of the elected delegates he backs Obama. I am an Obama supporter and the last thing I want to see is a backside kisser like Bill Richardson be VP.

Posted by: anewdesign | March 21, 2008 7:29 PM

The haters come out of the woodwork when they see that they're losing.

Posted by: Lilly1 | March 21, 2008 7:27 PM

SCROLLING, scrolling, scrolling....

BORING.

Senator Obama gave a great speech this week, and neither Clinton nor McCan't seemed to notice.

Questions?

Yes. How about this one: If Clingon supporters (yes, that typo was on purpose) think their candidate DESERVES the nomination, why didn't she give a similar speech on gender?

Seems to me that the Clintons (I was a supporter of Bill Clinton's presidency) have decided tha is not in their best interest. Why?

Because it doesn't RESONATE with the electorate. This liberal white male has had it with the 'if you're not my friend, you're my enemy' years of the Bush administration.

And we want a change in leadership. It's not a gender war, it's not a racial war, it's not any type of war...

It just is.

And, as grown-ups, it's time to stand up and take a bow.

Obama 08

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 7:27 PM

tjski

Just look at Tiger Woods.

There is Zero interest in his golf career in the entire Asian world.

Everybody thinks this is just another black person dominating another sport.
Can you imagine, China? Chinese people do not know Tiger Woods. He is black.

No one thinks that the incredible beauty of genetic mix is our salvation. I do of course, but that is obvious.

Once a member of light skinned race has a child with a dark skinned race, only Geraldine Ferraro thinks it is an advantage. We have a little way to go.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:26 PM

If you don't want to vote for Obama, then, by all means, don't do so. I really don't think he would want you to vote for him unless you thought he was the best Democratic possibility.

Everyone is free to vote as they see fit, it's the American way. How you vote says more about you than it says about the candidate.

Posted by: PortlandOR | March 21, 2008 7:25 PM

Nice, Gov Richardson has my respect, but not my support. His lack of understanding about ignoring the rhetoric of a racist is astounding.

I am a typical white person, if I were to say that all of you that are African American are typical black people, you would so make me eat a can of 'you are a racist'.

AIDS was not created by the US Government to kill people with a higher melanin content.

How you could sit in the pews for 20 years and ignore this is beyond reason. Oh wait, I forgot about the double standard.

Clinton's pastor utters racist remarks - Bye Bye Hillary

McCain's pastor says that rich black men control the US government and they are holding back the whites
Bye Bye John!

Yea for the double standard!!!!

Posted by: parnum | March 21, 2008 7:25 PM

It is a shame that Bill Richardson chose to endorse Barach Obama. Perhaps it was because he was impressed by Obama's speech and really thought it was from the heart. However, Barach Obama did not give some sort of inspirational speech intended to unite the country. Barach Obama has spent several years attending a black activist church headed by a black nationalist minister and has no problem with having done that. Now he is vetted out on that and is trying to push his personal, black activist, platform as something that is good for the country as a whole, which it is not. It is very obvious to me that Barach Obama is trying as hard as he can to dig himself out of the hole that Jeremiah Wright Jr. put him in and Obama's main goal is to win an election, which has nothing whatsoever to do with race relations in America. Obama is a very eloquent man and after hearing one of his speeches you may well feel that you've found Jesus, come again, and achieved deliverance. However, when the speech is over and you walk out into the world you suddenly discover that it is the same imperfect world that you left behind when you walked into the auditorium ,to hear Obama's speech, and nothing at all has changed and is not likely to in the future. Thus, it is time to wake up and smell the roses and vote for John McCain who can actually make a difference and achieve the change that America hunger's for.

Posted by: jrbj_999 | March 21, 2008 7:20 PM

puck13, look at your cartoon on page 26 of this week's (3/24) New Yorker. That person is you. You are famous!

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:20 PM

I'm just amazed at so many "Obama is a racist" posters.

I have to question all their analytical skills. Their conclusions are built on the most mushy headed thinking that completely overlooks a most patently obvious fact that undermines their entire argument:

Barack Obama is not purely a black man.

That's a fact.

I repeat, Barack is not purely a black man.

He is mixed race. His mother was white and his father was black. He was raised by his white mother and white grandparents. These are undisputed facts. He is rooted in both worlds.

To conclude that Barack has somehow completed a genetic striptease and culled away his white genes and his white history and now wishes harm to his mother and grandparents and other white relatives is a preposterous leap across a logical canyon of Knieval proportions.

But that hasn't stopped many from making it. Ain't freedom grand?

Posted by: tjski | March 21, 2008 7:20 PM

"Fourth, Richardson implicitly helps Obama answer questions about his readiness to be commander in chief. More than any other candidate in the Democratic race, Richardson based his campaign on his foreign policy resume."

It's a sad state of affairs when the post of commander-in-chief is apparently equated to foreign policy making. I know the U.S. is in two wars and has bases in more than 130 countries (Chalmers), but this semantic imprecision is representative of an overreliance on military responses, and, yes, a militarism thoroughly permeating American society.

Posted by: poGhoh3K | March 21, 2008 7:16 PM

bhatgirl

Opinions are fine,
hate speech, no.

The thing we worry about (those with IQs over 70), is that ever since the Reverend Wright spewed his hate speech on TV, the white people who have always resented the "especial status of colored people" decided they could do the same thing and it had to be ok.

It is not. Now that all of Clintons' and Obama's racists have said what they have to say, it is time for the rest of us to get back to leading the country to a new path.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:16 PM

I have vote in 11 presidental elections.
Democrat always,including state & city elections. I will not vote for Obama.
He is not qualified to be President.
If he serves his Senate term & gets re-elected I would certainly consider him.
He needs more experience, he's not running for the debating team or the cover of GQ Magazine. He's a wonderful speaker, attractive candidate....but someone."please show me some experience".
I don't mean the words, change,the future,move foreward,yes we can,etc.
A perfect day for Richardson to stab his mentor in the back for his own gain. (VP)
maybe. Good Friday

Posted by: puck13 | March 21, 2008 7:16 PM

Bill Richardson was a much better candidate than Barak Obama and it is a shame he was ignored by the media and got lost in the lemming stampede to Obama. However, Barak Obama claims he will create change and by directly undermining all existing structures with his subversive behavior of the residents of Florida and Michigan, he carves a hole into democracy and the Democratic Party. All in the name of personal gain and power! It begs the question if the Democratic Party can afford to lose the Presidential election and the respect of the American people due to Obama's presidential campaign effort to win at all costs.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | March 21, 2008 7:14 PM

Rev. Wright is currently touring Africa (in the footsteps of #43?) and unavailable for comment. God damn it.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 7:14 PM

Came across some Stephen Colbert-ish humor on http://www.wedictionary.com and hopefully it takes away some of the vitriol between us Democrats.

I just don't know how McCain can claim to be strong for national security and yet doesn't give a hoot about the economy. We won the cold war simply because the Soviet Union was broke. China is rising because they are rich and can really afford to build up the military. China now has more than $1.5 TRILLION in foreign reserves. And when they present that money to us, what are we going to give back to them? A few fighter planes? bombs anyone? advanced technology? or a few choice plots and real estate? We sure as hell don't have any DVD players or big screen TV's to sell them.

After W's re-election in 2004, a British news paper headlined "How can 55 million people be so dumb?!" We can't afford another Republican administration. The World can't afford another Republican administration.

I am for Obama, but I will be very happy with Hillary. Just no McCain!

Posted by: wwtt | March 21, 2008 7:13 PM

It is a virtual schoolyard here. Lord of the Flies. Name calling. Infantile rudeness. Childish one-liners.

We've had it too good for too long and thus afforded the current luxury of narrow-minded, self-centered and extremist wishful thinking and worldviews. In the process, tearing down the America built by all the generations before of true American patriots who fought for moderation with the foresight to establish a foundation with checks & balances to offset mob rule (as evident here), governed by evidence, and respected science and reason.

America is not perfect - we have damned ourselves in so many ways over the years. We were once a great power because good ideas, good people, and good policies led the way. Now all signs economic to military show that we're failing and fast becoming a second-rate power in an increasingly multi-polar world. Not a surprise when numbers and facts are fungible, collaboration is a sign of weakness, and when we are paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything but mediocre.

I happen to agree with a couple of smug Brits who've mocked our infantile state of politics today. Though it's only fair to remind folks that the Brits were once more arrogant when the sun shone everywhere across the earth that was their Empire. Only when the Empire sunsetted into a drivel of its former self did the English tone down their domineering ways. Not to mention Britain led the first forays into Iraq and set the stage for what we unraveled with W stupidly decades later.

Wrt Obama, I was once a Hillary supporter because of Bill's economic acumen during the 90s. I've seen her and Bill speak where I work in person, and they are mighty impressive. Words do matter since they reflect what you think and how critically you do so. It shows underlying assumptions, judgements, and ideas in ones head that lead to concrete actions (right-wingers, please don't act surprised that actions result from thoughts or one's lack of).

Being a political and economic cynic of the first order, after listening to Obama over the past 2 years, I've recently come to admit that I'm impressed. If you listen to his speeches or writings in their entirety, not just regurgitate Fox News snippets or sound bites like a troll, he actually critically thinks things through and weighs both or three or more sides of a problem to arrive at a really thoughtful meaningful place of where we need to go. Based on reality and a diverse set of experiences and judgements, not bound by dogma.

FDR, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all considered political lightweights. All bios I've read of FDR and Lincoln showed how harshly political rivals and critics of their time mocked and tried to tear them down. Granted, there was no Fox News then, but at the end of the day they perservered because of the timeliness of their ideas, not because they were the loudest or the biggest bully who relied on fear to win.

And that is what distinguishes Obama. He attacks his opponents, sure, if you call pointing out areas of disagreements that. But at the end of the day, he is looking and pointing forward. Where we should be going. Trying to persuade and setting big goals. And not resorting to fear... by realizing that we need to be the nation where the sum is greater than our parts.

McCain and Hillary reflect the same ol' politics of fear and personal destruction, and are trying to replay the same politicking playbook and triangulation schemes that's worked for tin politicians for decades now. In stark contrast, Obama reminds me of Lincoln, who always fought for *all* Americans as one nation, never resorting to fear, as he knew it would tear the nation apart at the root in the end.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 7:12 PM

It is a virtual schoolyard here. Lord of the Flies. Name calling. Infantile rudeness. Childish one-liners.

We've had it too good for too long and thus afforded the current luxury of narrow-minded, self-centered and extremist wishful thinking and worldviews. In the process, tearing down the America built by all the generations before of true American patriots who fought for moderation with the foresight to establish a foundation with checks & balances to offset mob rule (as evident here), governed by evidence, and respected science and reason.

America is not perfect - we have damned ourselves in so many ways over the years. We were once a great power because good ideas, good people, and good policies led the way. Now all signs economic to military show that we're failing and fast becoming a second-rate power in an increasingly multi-polar world. Not a surprise when numbers and facts are fungible, collaboration is a sign of weakness, and when we are paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything but mediocre.

I happen to agree with a couple of smug Brits who've mocked our infantile state of politics today. Though it's only fair to remind folks that the Brits were once more arrogant when the sun shone everywhere across the earth that was their Empire. Only when the Empire sunsetted into a drivel of its former self did the English tone down their domineering ways. Not to mention Britain led the first forays into Iraq and set the stage for what we unraveled with W stupidly decades later.

Wrt Obama, I was once a Hillary supporter because of Bill's economic acumen during the 90s. I've seen her and Bill speak where I work in person, and they are mighty impressive. Words do matter since they reflect what you think and how critically you do so. It shows underlying assumptions, judgements, and ideas in ones head that lead to concrete actions (right-wingers, please don't act surprised that actions result from thoughts or one's lack of).

Being a political and economic cynic of the first order, after listening to Obama over the past 2 years, I've recently come to admit that I'm impressed. If you listen to his speeches or writings in their entirety, not just regurgitate Fox News snippets or sound bites like a troll, he actually critically thinks things through and weighs both or three or more sides of a problem to arrive at a really thoughtful meaningful place of where we need to go. Based on reality and a diverse set of experiences and judgements, not bound by dogma.

FDR, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all considered political lightweights. All bios I've read of FDR and Lincoln showed how harshly political rivals and critics of their time mocked and tried to tear them down. Granted, there was no Fox News then, but at the end of the day they perservered because of the timeliness of their ideas, not because they were the loudest or the biggest bully who relied on fear to win.

And that is what distinguishes Obama. He attacks his opponents, sure, if you call pointing out areas of disagreements that. But at the end of the day, he is looking and pointing forward. Where we should be going. Trying to persuade and setting big goals. And not resorting to fear... by realizing that we need to be the nation where the sum is greater than our parts.

McCain and Hillary reflect the same ol' politics of fear and personal destruction, and are trying to replay the same politicking playbook and triangulation schemes that's worked for tin politicians for decades now. In stark contrast, Obama reminds me of Lincoln, who always fought for *all* Americans as one nation, never resorting to fear, as he knew it would tear the nation apart at the root in the end.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 7:12 PM

It is a virtual schoolyard here. Lord of the Flies. Name calling. Infantile rudeness. Childish one-liners.

We've had it too good for too long and thus afforded the current luxury of narrow-minded, self-centered and extremist wishful thinking and worldviews. In the process, tearing down the America built by all the generations before of true American patriots who fought for moderation with the foresight to establish a foundation with checks & balances to offset mob rule (as evident here), governed by evidence, and respected science and reason.

America is not perfect - we have damned ourselves in so many ways over the years. We were once a great power because good ideas, good people, and good policies led the way. Now all signs economic to military show that we're failing and fast becoming a second-rate power in an increasingly multi-polar world. Not a surprise when numbers and facts are fungible, collaboration is a sign of weakness, and when we are paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything but mediocre.

I happen to agree with a couple of smug Brits who've mocked our infantile state of politics today. Though it's only fair to remind folks that the Brits were once more arrogant when the sun shone everywhere across the earth that was their Empire. Only when the Empire sunsetted into a drivel of its former self did the English tone down their domineering ways. Not to mention Britain led the first forays into Iraq and set the stage for what we unraveled with W stupidly decades later.

Wrt Obama, I was once a Hillary supporter because of Bill's economic acumen during the 90s. I've seen her and Bill speak where I work in person, and they are mighty impressive. Words do matter since they reflect what you think and how critically you do so. It shows underlying assumptions, judgements, and ideas in ones head that lead to concrete actions (right-wingers, please don't act surprised that actions result from thoughts or one's lack of).

Being a political and economic cynic of the first order, after listening to Obama over the past 2 years, I've recently come to admit that I'm impressed. If you listen to his speeches or writings in their entirety, not just regurgitate Fox News snippets or sound bites like a troll, he actually critically thinks things through and weighs both or three or more sides of a problem to arrive at a really thoughtful meaningful place of where we need to go. Based on reality and a diverse set of experiences and judgements, not bound by dogma.

FDR, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all considered political lightweights. All bios I've read of FDR and Lincoln showed how harshly political rivals and critics of their time mocked and tried to tear them down. Granted, there was no Fox News then, but at the end of the day they perservered because of the timeliness of their ideas, not because they were the loudest or the biggest bully who relied on fear to win.

And that is what distinguishes Obama. He attacks his opponents, sure, if you call pointing out areas of disagreements that. But at the end of the day, he is looking and pointing forward. Where we should be going. Trying to persuade and setting big goals. And not resorting to fear... by realizing that we need to be the nation where the sum is greater than our parts.

McCain and Hillary reflect the same ol' politics of fear and personal destruction, and are trying to replay the same politicking playbook and triangulation schemes that's worked for tin politicians for decades now. In stark contrast, Obama reminds me of Lincoln, who always fought for *all* Americans as one nation, never resorting to fear, as he knew it would tear the nation apart at the root in the end.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 7:12 PM

It is a virtual schoolyard here. Lord of the Flies. Name calling. Infantile rudeness. Childish one-liners.

We've had it too good for too long and thus afforded the current luxury of narrow-minded, self-centered and extremist wishful thinking and worldviews. In the process, tearing down the America built by all the generations before of true American patriots who fought for moderation with the foresight to establish a foundation with checks & balances to offset mob rule (as evident here), governed by evidence, and respected science and reason.

America is not perfect - we have damned ourselves in so many ways over the years. We were once a great power because good ideas, good people, and good policies led the way. Now all signs economic to military show that we're failing and fast becoming a second-rate power in an increasingly multi-polar world. Not a surprise when numbers and facts are fungible, collaboration is a sign of weakness, and when we are paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything but mediocre.

I happen to agree with a couple of smug Brits who've mocked our infantile state of politics today. Though it's only fair to remind folks that the Brits were once more arrogant when the sun shone everywhere across the earth that was their Empire. Only when the Empire sunsetted into a drivel of its former self did the English tone down their domineering ways. Not to mention Britain led the first forays into Iraq and set the stage for what we unraveled with W stupidly decades later.

Wrt Obama, I was once a Hillary supporter because of Bill's economic acumen during the 90s. I've seen her and Bill speak where I work in person, and they are mighty impressive. Words do matter since they reflect what you think and how critically you do so. It shows underlying assumptions, judgements, and ideas in ones head that lead to concrete actions (right-wingers, please don't act surprised that actions result from thoughts or one's lack of).

Being a political and economic cynic of the first order, after listening to Obama over the past 2 years, I've recently come to admit that I'm impressed. If you listen to his speeches or writings in their entirety, not just regurgitate Fox News snippets or sound bites like a troll, he actually critically thinks things through and weighs both or three or more sides of a problem to arrive at a really thoughtful meaningful place of where we need to go. Based on reality and a diverse set of experiences and judgements, not bound by dogma.

FDR, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all considered political lightweights. All bios I've read of FDR and Lincoln showed how harshly political rivals and critics of their time mocked and tried to tear them down. Granted, there was no Fox News then, but at the end of the day they perservered because of the timeliness of their ideas, not because they were the loudest or the biggest bully who relied on fear to win.

And that is what distinguishes Obama. He attacks his opponents, sure, if you call pointing out areas of disagreements that. But at the end of the day, he is looking and pointing forward. Where we should be going. Trying to persuade and setting big goals. And not resorting to fear... by realizing that we need to be the nation where the sum is greater than our parts.

McCain and Hillary reflect the same ol' politics of fear and personal destruction, and are trying to replay the same politicking playbook and triangulation schemes that's worked for tin politicians for decades now. In stark contrast, Obama reminds me of Lincoln, who always fought for *all* Americans as one nation, never resorting to fear, as he knew it would tear the nation apart at the root in the end.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 7:12 PM

It is a virtual schoolyard here. Lord of the Flies. Name calling. Infantile rudeness. Childish one-liners.

We've had it too good for too long and thus afforded the current luxury of narrow-minded, self-centered and extremist wishful thinking and worldviews. In the process, tearing down the America built by all the generations before of true American patriots who fought for moderation with the foresight to establish a foundation with checks & balances to offset mob rule (as evident here), governed by evidence, and respected science and reason.

America is not perfect - we have damned ourselves in so many ways over the years. We were once a great power because good ideas, good people, and good policies led the way. Now all signs economic to military show that we're failing and fast becoming a second-rate power in an increasingly multi-polar world. Not a surprise when numbers and facts are fungible, collaboration is a sign of weakness, and when we are paralyzed and unable to accomplish anything but mediocre.

I happen to agree with a couple of smug Brits who've mocked our infantile state of politics today. Though it's only fair to remind folks that the Brits were once more arrogant when the sun shone everywhere across the earth that was their Empire. Only when the Empire sunsetted into a drivel of its former self did the English tone down their domineering ways. Not to mention Britain led the first forays into Iraq and set the stage for what we unraveled with W stupidly decades later.

Wrt Obama, I was once a Hillary supporter because of Bill's economic acumen during the 90s. I've seen her and Bill speak where I work in person, and they are mighty impressive. Words do matter since they reflect what you think and how critically you do so. It shows underlying assumptions, judgements, and ideas in ones head that lead to concrete actions (right-wingers, please don't act surprised that actions result from thoughts or one's lack of).

Being a political and economic cynic of the first order, after listening to Obama over the past 2 years, I've recently come to admit that I'm impressed. If you listen to his speeches or writings in their entirety, not just regurgitate Fox News snippets or sound bites like a troll, he actually critically thinks things through and weighs both or three or more sides of a problem to arrive at a really thoughtful meaningful place of where we need to go. Based on reality and a diverse set of experiences and judgements, not bound by dogma.

FDR, JFK, Abe Lincoln were all considered political lightweights. All bios I've read of FDR and Lincoln showed how harshly political rivals and critics of their time mocked and tried to tear them down. Granted, there was no Fox News then, but at the end of the day they perservered because of the timeliness of their ideas, not because they were the loudest or the biggest bully who relied on fear to win.

And that is what distinguishes Obama. He attacks his opponents, sure, if you call pointing out areas of disagreements that. But at the end of the day, he is looking and pointing forward. Where we should be going. Trying to persuade and setting big goals. And not resorting to fear... by realizing that we need to be the nation where the sum is greater than our parts.

McCain and Hillary reflect the same ol' politics of fear and personal destruction, and are trying to replay the same politicking playbook and triangulation schemes that's worked for tin politicians for decades now. In stark contrast, Obama reminds me of Lincoln, who always fought for *all* Americans as one nation, never resorting to fear, as he knew it would tear the nation apart at the root in the end.

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 7:12 PM

Daviddavidson, since you like to quote Dr.King (as do I), here's one that ran in a WaPo column today. It speaks to today's situation just as much as it spoke to the Vietnam War generation, and it reads to me as a more sanitized version of Rev. Wright's oft-viewed "G-D America" clip:

"God didn't call America to engage in a senseless, unjust war. . . . And we are criminals in that war. We've committed more war crimes almost than any nation in the world, and I'm going to continue to say it. And we won't stop it because of our pride and our arrogance as a nation. But God has a way of even putting nations in their place...[God will say:] And if you don't stop your reckless course, I'll rise up and break the backbone of your power."

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 21, 2008 7:07 PM

Why is saying "God Damn America" so unpatriotic, yet lying to get us into a needless war, into huge needless debt, letting your corporate cronies engage in war profiteering not?

Comparatively, having a pastor that utters questionable remarks isn't even on the scale.

People seem to forget that church is more than merely and audience for a preacher. It's a community of friends and family you don't easily abandon.

We shouldn't let these smears of un-patriotism work anymore. Look where it's got us: mired in a war and on the verge of an economic depression. We've suffered enough at the hands of all these so-called patriots like Bush, Cheney, and ilk.

Posted by: akcasu | March 21, 2008 7:07 PM

Here's how I hope the roll-call shapes up for 2009:

President: B. Obama
Vice President: E. Richardson
Attorney General: J. Edwards
Secretary of State: J. Biden
Secretary of Defense: Richard Lugar

Senate Majority Leader: H.R. Clinton
Chairman Foreign Relations Committee: Chris Dodd (replaces Biden)

Posted by: Felipe_M | March 21, 2008 7:03 PM

Can someone tell me what an Obama-hater is? When is someone bashing Obama?

Is it hating or bashing to not agree with his politics?

Obviously name calling falls under either category, but certainly reasonable minds can disagree on the issues.

Sometimes, however, I do get the feeling (from both sides) that to criticize a candidate's views or point out a weakness, (or to even have the thought to disagree) on the issues is akin to a personal attack or is "wrong", "ignorant", etc. Am I missing something?

I mean this IS still the USA, where people can have and express different opinions about everything, isn't it?

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 7:01 PM

Here's how I hope the roll-call shapes up for 2009:

President: B. Obama
Vice President: E. Richardson
Attorney General: J. Edwards
Secretary of State: J. Biden
Secretary of Defense: Richard Lugar

Senate Majority Leader: H.R. Clinton
Chairman Foreign Relations Committee: Chris Dodd (replaces Biden)

Posted by: Felipe_M | March 21, 2008 7:01 PM

Don't worry abqcleve, she was already gone. nycLeon is still trying.

So, Leon, what would it take for you to support Obama, should he win the D nomination? [If you even think you could, you are unlike the great number of Clinton people who waste their time ranting at us, the Obama cult, kool aid, Wright is a reverse racist, zzzzzzzzzzz, crickets, crickets].

So?

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 7:01 PM

See, Carrie, that hatefulness is exactly what I am talking about. Barak put down all of Hillary's endorsements. You are so blind to your new diety. Politics and government are not about trendiness and who is the popular "jock"- it is about competence and ability to lead- not ability to stir up a bunch of twenty somethings with no life experience that have been suckling off of mommy and daddy for too long that they need "change". Instead, talk about issues and ideas please. If you look at my previous post- you'll see an aknowlegement of the meaning of the endorsement- all of you obamopaths sicken me and are driving me away from the party I have supported since 1984 (even though if any of you expressed any interest in politics before it was probably to vote for
W

Posted by: nycLeon | March 21, 2008 6:59 PM

Can somebody tell us where is Rev. Wright right now ?? He cannot have disappeared from the face of this earth unless Obama's people have taken care of him, literally. MSM needs the help of TMZ who can track any body anywhere :-)

Posted by: vs_sv | March 21, 2008 6:56 PM

The Truth about Wright's Comments: They were made by a US Ambassador! Time for the media to apologize to Obama and Pastor Wright. The excerpt below was taken from an article on Huffington Post.

So, how about it, NYT, WaPo, Fox, CNN, MSNBC...

Why do we have to read about this in a web post rather than in a comprehensively objective investigative MSM story on the blatant falsity of the neo-con slime machine? Some are suggesting corporate media self-interest kept the truth from coming out in the dead-tree media...give me a reason not to believe it.

Posted by: flarrfan | March 21, 2008 6:55 PM

hillary says gov richardson's endorsement is insignificant,however she sent BILLY BOB down to seek his endorsement.i really can't see gov richardson picking a loser to endorse. if he felt that hillary had a chance on winning he would have chosen her or remained on the sidelines.

Posted by: ronaldtennillegeorgia1 | March 21, 2008 6:55 PM

I would like to know why the majority of Hispanics voted for Hillary in New Mexico?

And after these news were revealed, those that had voted for Obama are running to the Hillary camp!!!

So, don't waste your time sidetracking the issue.

We know it!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:55 PM

Sigh..... I tried......

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 6:52 PM

I am a supporter of Hillary.
Still I understand that this is politically good for Obama. I think there is a chance that Richardson will be the VP nomineee if Barak is the nominee as Barak can't win if McCain gets >40% of the Latin vote and without Richardson that is very unlikely. Additionally, Richardson has the foriegn policy experience and the leadership experience and was probably the best overall candidate (although Russert kills him in questioning- but only Beltway people give a damn what Russert does...)

I do wish he hadn't made the endorsement- and I would not call it brave- it secures his spot as the likely VP nominee- politically smart for him too. I still think Obama is our weaker candidate for the general election and I hope something happens so we can have Hillary- but I accept if Barak is our nominnee- I just wish that his supporters were less dogmatic and snarky and more aware and politically savvy. They constantly turn me off with their bandwagon jumping and slogan repeating.

Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | March 21, 2008 6:51 PM

governor richardson is surely as good as most anyone who is in politics, for crying out loud - who knows about anyone anymore but you can tell somewhat by what someone does spontaneously...i don't for the life of me understand the edwards, both of them, not weighing in early - it was clear On The Train that they could spit nails at the clintons, as many of us have come to feel... for the hillary campaign to say his endorsement isn't significant: all i can say is Take Note, Latinos and Latinas... the clintons use and abuse and cast aside even their own staff 10 years ago, she dissed Iowa after losing and said Iowa never decided AnyThing - well, wrong AGAIN, HRC...if bill richardson could be "insignificant" to the hillary campaign - so is EVERY hispanic, known or unknown to them... bill could have watched the superbowl with lots of people - he Went TO the governor's house... highly, ahem, Significant, don't you think? thanks for waiting to now, Governor Richardson, so barack has had a chance to show how he does without such a Significant Endorsement... against a candidate who tries to pit women against men, whites against blacks, brown against blacks and blacks against blacks... the clintons need to conduct their civil war At Home, where it belongs.

Posted by: carriesheridan | March 21, 2008 6:51 PM

I am a supporter of Hillary.
Still I understand that this is politically good for Obama. I think there is a chance that Richardson will be the VP nomineee if Barak is the nominee as Barak can't win if McCain gets >40% of the Latin vote and without Richardson that is very unlikely. Additionally, Richardson has the foriegn policy experience and the leadership experience and was probably the best overall candidate (although Russert kills him in questioning- but only Beltway people give a damn what Russert does...)

I do wish he hadn't made the endorsement- and I would not call it brave- it secures his spot as the likely VP nominee- politically smart for him too. I still think Obama is our weaker candidate for the general election and I hope something happens so we can have Hillary- but I accept if Barak is our nominnee- I just wish that his supporters were less dogmatic and snarky and more aware and politically savvy. They constantly turn me off with their bandwagon jumping and slogan repeating.

Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | March 21, 2008 6:51 PM

The only point that can be proven on Dan Balz commentary is that yes, indeed, this was a desperate and strategic ploy to divert the isue at hand that will bury Obama: lack of Judgement, Credibility and Honor and Integrity!!!

We have seen the real truth about his lack of true family values in exposing a dear relative just to score a point. And the so eloquent speech is one that is not sincere but an orchestrated manipulation to confuse. He failed majorly to address the real issues at hand.

Let me advise you that there will be major revelations to surface that will fall flat on the faces of a lot of you.

This is an election and not a TV show and we need to look at the candidate that brings forth all of the atributes needed to make a good President and Obama is a major risk that I see we cannot afford!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:50 PM

Seems to me that the only thing that Richardson did was to hand over his resume for VP. Too little, too late....

Posted by: kjbj47 | March 21, 2008 6:49 PM

Holy god! It looks like so many of Hillary's supporters are so so upset by this endorsement! It really must mean a lot to them!

Posted by: thisworld | March 21, 2008 6:49 PM

Holy god! It looks like so many of Hillary's supporters are so so upset by this endorsement! It really must mean a lot to them!

Posted by: thisworld | March 21, 2008 6:48 PM

Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton

Are you Clintonistas serious?

Bill Richardson knows they are done.

What was he supposed to do?

Help people by drowning on a sinking ship?

Political martyrs are dangerous, but in the long term, more for their own cause than the opposition.

Don't you feel sorry for the suicide bombers? Good bye latina, enjoy being used and abused by the Rebublicans. Go to them now, they want you.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 6:48 PM

I respect Richardson, and with all of his previous ties to the Clinton's it must have been a very strong conviction on his part to come out for Obama. This is reality: Obama is going to end this primary season with a lead in delegates, states, and popular vote. Clinton cannot win the nomination without stealing it from the voters. For that reason alone, I hope this is the start of the superdelegates coming to their senses and ending this battle before it irrevocably divides the Democrats and does further damage to the general election prospects. We need a unified party, and the longer this goes on the less likely we are to get that. I am very disappointed with the lack of leadership from Howard Dean. And I do blame him for creating the whole mess with Florida and Michigan. If those State Democratic Committes broke the rules, then the Committees should have paid the fine, not the voters.

Posted by: rose_la | March 21, 2008 6:47 PM

Hispana, First, you claim that the nealy 80% of all New Mexico Hispanics who voted for Richardson in '06 will now turn on him because he's a "coward" (i.e., disloyal); then you say Hispanics won't stick to Hilary just because of loyalty. ??? Have you read Ruben Navarette's column about Obama's response to the smears of the past week? I live and work in New Mexico and most people I've spoken with, including Hispanics, Navtive Americans, "Anglos," and African Americans have expressed admiration for Obama's realistic and heartfelt view of race in the US, and especially today, Governor Richardson's courage in standing beside Obama despite the unwarranted beating he's taken this week.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 6:46 PM

JakeD: "Monday, March 24th is the DEADLINE to register for the Pennsylvania primary."

That's why I'm heading up to Harrisburg tomorrow with quite a few other Obama supporters to register new voters. (I wonder how many Hillary supporters are doing the same thing?) Wish us luck!

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 21, 2008 6:44 PM

The most important issue is the war. Clinton voted for it without even bothering to read the NIE and never spoke out against it until it became politically popular to do so. She will not be any better at ending it than McCain. Disgruntled Republicans like myself will support Obama.

Of course, the thought of Bush, Clinton, Bush, Clinton makes me sick too!!

Posted by: junk | March 21, 2008 6:38 PM

To the previous commentator on Hispanics following Clinton only out of loyalty and Richardson being a man of honor and integrity let me advise you that any support that Richardson had in New Mexico will EVAPORATE with this coward act!!!

We DO NOT follow Clinton only because of Loyalty but because of her actions to help us and because in comparison with these 2 individuals she has TRUE Leadership, sound Experience, determination and CREDIBILITY!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:37 PM

Frgaryw,

I'll take a stab at answering your questions (and I'm no expert, so if something is wrong, other posters please correct me)

1. Unless Hillary gets EVERY pledged delegate in the remaining primaries/caucuses (and this is unlikely for a reason I will get to in a moment), she cannot "catch up" to Obama in pledged delegates.

Why it's unlikely is due to the apportionment system used by the Democrats to award delegates. The Republicans have a winner take all system.

2. Anyway, Hillary could (and I mean COULD) get enough superdelegates to overcome Obama's leads in the pledged delegates AND get Michigan and Florida's delegates seated (they're not being seated now because those states broke national party rules by moving up their own primary dates.)

As for Bush, he may have LOST the popular votes, but that's not what counts in Presidential elections. It's really the Electoral College that votes for the President, rather than the people voting directly. This system was created so that the voting power of smaller or less populated states would not be outweighed by larger or more populated states. The electors in the college usually go with whoever wins the popular vote in THEIR state.

I haven't really been around long enough to know how our nomination process developed. Once upon a time, Presidential candidates did not choose running mates. The VP was simply the Presidential candidate who came in second (so the VP could be from a different party than the President)

As for those who post on any message thread, you get people who actually want to comment on the article; people interested in discourse; people who come on just to rile up other people; and I would imagine people who work for a campaign and/or feel very strongly about their candidate and feel the need to defend their own candidate (or attack the other candidates).

I don't know if posters are required to divulge if they work for a candidate. I would hope they have better means to promote their candidate of choice than posting on the internet.

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 6:36 PM

Hispana, I think I've just demonstrated that your facts are a little off. Let's assume for a moment your "statement" is correct about Richardson having little influence among Hispanic voters in PA and PR. What are your thoughts about Dan Balz's other points about the immense value Richardson's announcement brings to Obama (his article is the main reason for this blog, after all)?

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 6:36 PM

March 21, 2008
The full story behind Rev. Jeremiah Wright's 9/11 sermon

By - Roland S. Martin, CNN Contributor
www.rolandsmartin.com

Posted: 10:09 AM ET
As this whole sordid episode regarding the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright has played out over the last week, I wanted to understand what he ACTUALLY said in this speech. I've been saying all week on CNN that context is important, and I just wanted to know what the heck is going on.
I have now actually listened to the sermon Rev. Wright gave after September 11 titled, "The Day of Jerusalem's Fall." It was delivered on Sept. 16, 2001.

One of the most controversial statements in this sermon was when he mentioned "chickens coming home to roost." He was actually quoting Edward Peck, former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of President Reagan's terrorism task force, who was speaking on FOX News. That's what he told the congregation.
He was quoting Peck as saying that America's foreign policy has put the nation in peril:
"We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.
"We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.
"We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.
"We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenage and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard working fathers.
"We bombed Qaddafi's home, and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children's head against the rock.
"We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they'd never get back home.
"We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.
"Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.
"Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism. A white ambassador said that y'all, not a black militant. Not a reverend who preaches about racism. An ambassador whose eyes are wide open and who is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice upon which we are now poised. The ambassador said the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have. But they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them. And we need to come to grips with that."
He went on to describe seeing the photos of the aftermath of 9/11 because he was in Newark, N.J., when the planes struck. After turning on the TV and seeing the second plane slam into one of the twin towers, he spoke passionately about what if you never got a chance to say hello to your family again.
"What is the state of your family?" he asked.
And then he told his congregation that he loved them and asked the church to tell each other they loved themselves.
His sermon thesis:
1. This is a time for self-examination of ourselves and our families.
2. This is a time for social transformation (then he went on to say they won't put me on PBS or national cable for what I'm about to say. Talk about prophetic!)
"We have got to change the way we have been doing things as a society," he said.
Wright then said we can't stop messing over people and thinking they can't touch us. He said we may need to declare war on racism, injustice, and greed, instead of war on other countries.
"Maybe we need to declare war on AIDS. In five minutes the Congress found $40 billion to rebuild New York and the families that died in sudden death, do you think we can find the money to make medicine available for people who are dying a slow death? Maybe we need to declare war on the nation's healthcare system that leaves the nation's poor with no health coverage? Maybe we need to declare war on the mishandled educational system and provide quality education for everybody, every citizen, based on their ability to learn, not their ability to pay. This is a time for social transformation."
3. This is time to tell God thank you for all that he has provided and that he gave him and others another chance to do His will.
By the way, nowhere in this sermon did he said "God damn America." I'm not sure which sermon that came from.
This doesn't explain anything away, nor does it absolve Wright of using the N-word, but what it does do is add an accurate perspective to this conversation.
The point that I have always made as a journalist is that our job is to seek the truth, and not the partial truth.
I am also listening to the other sermons delivered by Rev. Wright that have been the subject of controversy.
And let me be clear: Where I believe he was wrong and not justified in what he said based upon the facts, I will say so. But where the facts support his argument, that will also be said.
So stay tuned.

Posted by: ayuk_o | March 21, 2008 6:34 PM

Thank you Gov. Richardson!

We need to keep the momentum going.

Stay positive, hopeful, and stay strong!

Please keep donating to his campaign and keep up the great work.

Ready to Rock 'n Roll.
Obama '08

Posted by: Mooncurtain | March 21, 2008 6:32 PM

That wasn't Bill Richardson on the stage with Obama. Actually, it was Latin music giant Charlie Palmieri. The whole thing was a trick to fool and embarrass Obama orchestrated by the Hillarist Enemy. Cuidado, Sr. O! Vienen ahí los hilaristas!

Posted by: filoporquequilo | March 21, 2008 6:32 PM

Hispana, you are a funny lady.

There is a part for you: Republican.

There are lots of Republican latinas.

Go there.

They will use you up, but they sure will agree with your views.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 6:32 PM

Let's have a show of hands. If you're Obama-bashing in this forum and voted for George W. Bush in 2004, raise your hand. Let's see, that's 1, 2, 3...OK, let's just say most of you. Not a particularly impressive track record for judging character.

Posted by: stee1962 | March 21, 2008 6:31 PM

Though it's hard for many irrational anti-Obama wing nuts to believe, the vast majority of Americans out there do not vote based on a 10 second sound clip of what a candidate's pastor said. The MSM really blew it on the Rev. Wright "story". It is telling that even Mike Huckabee defends Obama on the issue.

Posted by: katefranklin60 | March 21, 2008 6:31 PM

As an AA I had faith that Wright was animated as I am have seen whilst growing up in this type of church.
I read on another post about an elderly Euro-American that he looked in the speeches that were causing "all the fuss"

He said after finding the church and watching several broadcast that he'd enjoyed the services and would visit again. Now I was really shocked.

Now after just viewing the offensive sermon myself I am not surprised that the sermon was mild and that Wright was actually quoting a white ambassador with the now imfamous "chickens come home to roost" Wow!

Would Fox, CNN and MSNBC all lie to us just for ratings? YES and I cannot wait until the chickens go to roost on THEM.

You've got to view the entire 8 min sermon for yourself; Shaming is not enough for these networks; We the people must stop watching them. They shoud be like NPR they're tthe only one to have the courage to show the daily death toll of American Service persons... a daily reminder of the cost of this war.

Ya gotta see the speech it is at Huffington and called
Meet The (White) Man Who Inspired Wright's Controversial Sermon

Posted by: quecuwkiff | March 21, 2008 6:30 PM

There are a significant number of Hispanics in Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico with 3.5 million voters. Richardson will not make an impact in any of these areas!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:30 PM

I can't believe even today people can be conned by Clinton lying machine.

Posted by: vivekkchauhan | March 21, 2008 06:04 PM

Pay attention here...it's not Clinton, it's the Hannity/Limbaugh/McBush neo-con slime machine. If Dems do not focus their energy on their real enemies, November will be another bitter loss no matter who the nominee is. Dems, independents and moderate Repubs who sit back and let the neo-cons define the rules will be sitting back complaining about McBush until 2012.

Posted by: flarrfan | March 21, 2008 6:29 PM

JakeD - Do you have a life? You've changed nobody's opinions on these boards, you've expressed no intelligent discourse, and you seem to have statements that spread the greater course of the past year (from all hours of the day). I'm glad you feel so passionately about posting comments on free boards, but at least you could hone your skills and try to get paid for your dedication to this cause. Or...are you working hard in your cubicle? All you've done for me, and people in separate circles who laugh about your comments with me, is galvanize those who want your type of personality put in a clown suit and made to dance for nickels. Please, give yourself and others some respect, and do something productive. Or at least represent yourself in a way that makes people want to listen to your side of things instead of polarizing issues and stirring up anger. You're your party's own worst enemy - and two of the three (Clinton is the unfortunate outcast) show the nation's desire to get away from divisive politics. You are a black eye for America, and the reason that terrorists feel they have justification in their hatred of us. It's not hard for them to dislike you. I'm a fellow American and you make me scratch my head. (And to stop your knee-jerk rhetoric - that they'd hate us no matter what - there are countless pages of good reasons for them to hate us, and until we begin respecting them and treating them like competent (albeit dangerous) human beings, we have no right to demand they respect us or treat us like comptetent (albeit dangerous) human beings. Only a fool believes that peace means throwing the last punch. And I will believe we can win this war the minute the Islamic world goes to Israel and thanks the Jews for moving in - because to them we are simply trespassers on their homeland, and if China came to the U.S. to help us run our country (by force)by instating communistic rule over all of us, don't doubt their media would be going buckwild over our terrorist factions here.)

Posted by: JRinBellingham | March 21, 2008 6:29 PM

An Open Letter to Governor Bill Richardson

Governor Richardson,

Today I am ashamed to say that I held you in high esteem as a man, a politician and as a person.

However, your endorsement of the unpatriotic, race baiting, un-Christian and poor judgment led (Rezko, state appointments, suspect earmarks and REV. WRIGHT) Barack Obama makes me question your judgment.

The Obama campaign has race baited since Iowa and all of us in the African American community know it.

In addition, 20 years of attending and being under the mantle of the ministry of an American hater tells me that Obama lacks judgment for leading this country.

Were you threatened like the CBC members who were told they would lose their seats by Jesse Jackson, Jr. if you did not endorse him? Or were you paid off like other superdelegates with contributions to your upcoming campaigns?

Either way you have joined the list of non-thinking Americans and shown all Americans that you like Obama talk of a new political order; however, you do not live the new order you speak.

I am ashamed of you, but maybe this is why your candidacy did not take off to Americans, they saw through you like I see through you now.

God Bless America

Posted by: kghaceo | March 21, 2008 6:29 PM

cybervote,

Have you ever considered the fact that Richardson has been following the campaigns, saw the dishonesty of the Clinton campaign as compared to the organized and 'high-road' campaign run by Obama? Even Clinton supporters cannot turn a blind eye to the deceitful, dishonest campaign the Clintons have been running - are you saying that all Hispanics stand by Clinton no matter what? Excusing all her lies? It does not speak very well of the Hispanic people in general if they see someone running for the highest office in the country lying through their teeth - and still voting for them. Richardson has shown himself in this action to be a man of honor and integrity - the question is...will the Hispanic people also stand for honor and integrity? Or will they support a candidate who lacks those qualities simply out of 'loyalty'...

Posted by: ndolan622 | March 21, 2008 6:27 PM

Excuse me, Hispana; New Mexicans self-identified as Hispanic voted for Richardson gubernatorial re-election at about an 77% clip. He's running about 70% approval in NM right now. (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2006//pages/results/states/NM/G/00/epolls.0.html) Wanna restate your "fact"?

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 6:27 PM

Richardson can only reinforce Obama's standing with the hate America liberal democratic crowd. However, Obama is firmly in their camp now, so I don't see it as a positive. As far as the Hispanic vote, they are not going to vote for Obama. That said, another slap in the face for the Clintonistas is a good thing. Wait to the dog fight at the convention and see if Richardson will hold his ground. I seriously doubt it.....

Posted by: steve4 | March 21, 2008 6:26 PM

His next book will be:

"The Audacity of a Dope"

It's about how a third-rate ex-candidate turned his back on his friends because they could no longer help him.

Posted by: johndoe9994 | March 21, 2008 6:26 PM

JakeD:

Yeah, I figured I already got a robo-call from Hillary, so I might as well get the form from her website as she apparently has my home phone number already.

McCain/Rice would be interesting -- except for the problem that Dr. Rice has expressed several times that she has no interest in running for elected office. And, gauging from the hate spewed on these boards, with very good reason.

Posted by: mnteng | March 21, 2008 6:25 PM

To: vivekkchauhan;

Obama does not have better academic credentials than Clinton at all. Where did you get that info from?

Obama does not have more elected office and community service experience. Where did you get that info from?

Obama has not introduced more bills in the US Senate according the the US Senate Legislation and Records. Where did you get that info from?

Obama did not start from scratch and end up this far against all odds. Where did you get that info from? He got this far from the dodgy IL political machine headed by Tony Rezko and from the media's biased undying love and fawning for him, and from caucus wins which clearly suits his demographic as many in the over 60 age group cannot caucus for 2-3 hours. You can add his refusal to care about the voters of FL and MI has also helped him.

Obama is not a unifier at all, and is far more dividing than Clinton since the Rev. Wright controversy. Republicans and Independents have dropped from him in massive numbers in the past week according to current polls.

Hillary Clinton was an advisor to the Clinton administration that created a record surplus, record reduction in crime, record low unemployment, a record high in the poverty level etc., etc., etc., and her husband left office with a record high approval rating. Do I want more of that you ask? Absolutely.

Wake up yourself. Hillary 08!


Posted by: Stephanie78 | March 21, 2008 6:24 PM

Let it be clear that Hispanics are NOT FOOLED EASILY, WE ARE DISCERNING and have a STRONG SYSTEM OF VALUES and this com move by Richardson and Obama will be repudiated by the Hispanic community. Richardson's limited credibility has flown out of the window and you have wasted your time!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:23 PM

Meet the man who inspired Reverend Jeremiah Wright's now famous tirade about America's foreign policy inciting the terrorist attacks of September 11.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/21/meet-the-white-man-who-_n_92793.html

A MUST READ!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dropbrianaline | March 21, 2008 6:21 PM

Sorry chunkylimey,

"Whites" no more like being stereotyped as a monolith more than any other group of people.

And you are doing just that in your post: Lumping all "whites" together as feeling guilty or having a chip on their shoulders.

But that's okay. You're (likely) just a typical snobbish, tea-drinking, Brit with bad teeth who probably misses the days of the British empire and finds consolation for it at the bottom of a pint.

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 6:21 PM

The Richardson endorsement will surely help Obama a lot. But he is raising enthusiasm in his own right. A friend volunteered in Portland Oregon today and found out that showing up in the middle of the morning to direct people is far too late, They've been around since midnight. Here's his account:

http://tpzoo.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/obama-travels-in-oregon-picks-up-a-key-endorsement/

Posted by: old_europe | March 21, 2008 6:21 PM

staffordworks, good post. But...

Tell me again about listening to enemies, for they will always teach you more than your friends. Do these Clinton supporters who call Obama a monkey teach us something we did not already know?

White Biogts in the Democratic party needed the Wright relationship to justify
their revulsion. Now they know why they despise him, it is not that he is half black or really smart. It is that he has a "reverse racist" supporter.

What did we learn?

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 6:21 PM

I never thought I would see the day when "conservatives" cried racism.

Posted by: OneFreeMan | March 21, 2008 6:19 PM

Hey Democrats,

Why hate each other? Hillary isn't that bad, but Obama pretty much has it wrapped up. Let's all take a chill pill and let the math play out. McCain and Obama both respect one another, and there's no need to go nuclear commenting on an article. Put things in perspective.

Posted by: joybdr | March 21, 2008 6:19 PM

Hey Democrats,

Why hate each other? Hillary isn't that bad, but Obama pretty much has it wrapped up. Let's all take a chill pill and let the math play out. McCain and Obama both respect one another, and there's no need to go nuclear commenting on an article. Put things in perspective.

Posted by: joybdr | March 21, 2008 6:19 PM

observation:

Most blacks are racist; Obama is not.

Posted by: dontrain | March 21, 2008 6:18 PM

turkishd, WOW is all I can say! You have certainly risen to the occasion in a way that opens eyes! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I thank you, too, future President Obama, for opening up such discourse! This really needed to be done!

Posted by: ndolan622 | March 21, 2008 6:18 PM

"The truth is in the tapes. And the tapes will never end."

Ummm. . .more like the truth is in the tapes, but Fox aren't playing "the tapes," they're playing clips from the tapes (admittedly endlessly).

No one is attacking white males per se. Obama supporters (and as a Kucinich fan I don't necessarily fall into this category) are, on the other hand, frustrated with obstinately stupid people of either gender or any race who continue to obsess over 3-5 minute clips and repeat the mantra "He listened to this for 20 YEARS! He let his children listen to this HATE!"

Over and over again, this blind and deaf outrage from people who can't bring themselves to learn about who Rev. Wright is or what he's done for poor and sick people of all races. Obama supporters and fence-sitters like myself are shocked and digusted by the holier-than-thou attitudes calling this man a hateful bigot when they themselves have likely done little or nothing to help out the disadvantaged and needy of ANY race. A great many of these people labelling Wright as anti-American have probably never served in the military as he has. This makes them hypocrites, on top of being stupid.

The same people bashing Obama for attending these church services conveniently ignore the fact that there were white congregants sitting in the audience while Wright was giving his supposedly racist sermon, congregants who presumably continued to attend his sermons on future occasions.

I have nothing but love for the average white male.

However, because of the severe ignorance of the people maintaining the retarded beliefs outlined above, I will continue to attack them regardless of their race or gender. Stupid people have brought this country down long enough, and George Bush, King of the Idiots, has served his two terms already! Enough!

Posted by: pennycentury | March 21, 2008 6:17 PM

As someone with a great interest in American Politics, (and as a UK national living in England, I hope I have no axe to grind, so) I wonder if you would be kind enough to allow me to make some observations.

1. Senator Obama is, it would appear quite some way ahead in the race. Can Senator Clinton really catch up at this stage? Or is the Clinton political machine as devious and scurrilous as some of my American friends like to portray it as being?

2. I'm delighted to note that some of the multiple posters exhibit a level of eccentricity that should grant them UK citizenship overnight.

3. I am astonished by just how simplistic some of the arguments are that are employed here.

4. err, the current President. How did that happen? Are you really going to allow petty arguments to allow that to happen again?

5. For an 'advanced' democracy - how on God's green earth did such a Byzantine system evolve? I'm even beginning to think our democracy might not be that bad....

6. How do we know that some of the bloggers who regularly post here are not 'plants' by one campaign or another. Would such people be required to tell us that they were in the employ of a particular candidate?

7. I understand the rightful sense of ownership that some of you feel. But really, sometimes some of these posts are just rude!

8. I really do wish you all luck. Remember that the person you elect has a huge impact on the rest of the world. Please, please be responsible. Whilst I know that the economic, federal, healthcare and other issues are important, if not crucial, the person you elect this Autumn will help shape the world for the next four or eight years.

Posted by: Frgaryw | March 21, 2008 6:16 PM

Endorsements really dont matter..but they dont hurt either. maybe 1 percent gain in votes..but Florida was lost by just a couple thousand. Obama still needs to explain the Wright issue more clearly. Or post some videos showing Wright's nicer sermons or get Wright to admit he was wrong.

Posted by: cmsatown | March 21, 2008 6:16 PM

I loved Bill Richardson for president and admire him greatly. However his endorment would not influence me at all to support Obama.

A DC Latina

Posted by: lynn5 | March 21, 2008 6:14 PM

If Richardson's endorsement wasn't a big deal, why did Hillary (and Bill) Clinton pursue it so strenuously?

Posted by: smc91 | March 21, 2008 6:14 PM

McCain/Rice '08

Has a nice ring to it . . .

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 6:13 PM

The timing of Richardson's endorsement raises questions about what might be promised to Richardson in order to make it worthwhile for him to:

1. show his disloyal to the Clintons who have been his allies and supporters in his political career
2. show that he did not care about his state voters and his Latinos community
3. show his poor judgment and sense of patriotic by endorsing Obama who believes in anti-american and hate-filled Wright's teachings.

In the long run, this endorsement does not have big impact since the Latinos have supported Clinton even when Richardson was a candidate.

Posted by: cybervote | March 21, 2008 6:13 PM

All of this propaganda today about the Richardson endorsement should be only viewed as a strategic ploy of sidetracking the issues that are currently bombarding Obama. It proves to us that once again deviousness is an art in the Obama camp.

I agree with commentators here about Richardson being a plain excuse of a wannabe Hispanic. WE DO NOT SUPPORT RICHARDSON IN THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY and this move has sealed the distrust that we have on him. This man was nothing and thanks to the generosity of the Clintons he has come up in the ladder. HE IS ABOUT HIMSELF and does not care about us. With his actions today goes his CREDIBILITY and frankly 2 birds of a feather can fly together.

We pride ourselves in loyalty and the actions of this man are totally callous and self-serving. So, he would be seen for what he really is.

This man has failed tremendously to pass a test in our community and it is trascending his MALE CHAUVINISTIC bias!!! So, his actions equate Obama's throwing his grandmother in the bus!!! Do a little research and check Richardson's record on Harassment and you could be enlightened!!!
He dares to try to coerce Hillary to quit!!!

So, Richardson in selling your soul to the devil, you have lost any glimmer of credibility you had in the Hispanic community and elsewhere. What a fool Obama is to run to this individual that would cause ZERO impact among Hispanics.

As far as Hillary, she will continue until the will of the people is all cast!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 6:12 PM

As stated elsewhere, Richardson's strategic decision to wait until after Texas to make this endorsement shows how weak his commitment is to Obama's candidacy. It's too late for it to matter in the upcoming contests, but Richardson is throwing his hat in the ring for the VP nod if Obama decides to run a pure ethnic/left liberal candidacy for the general election.And that may be Obama's only shot to beat McCain after the Wright debacle. If Obama runs as the ethnic/minority champion (because he blew his shot at being the candidate who "transcends race") it's a Hail Mary candidacy and McCain probably wins unless we dip into deep recession.

Posted by: dyinglikeflies | March 21, 2008 6:12 PM

Staffordworks wrote:

We hold these truths to be self evident.

Stafford do you know what "truths" the Declaration of Independence refers to? This statement alone suggests there is more. And there is. Much more.

The truths are that men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, LIFE, LIBERTY and THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS.

Some people are concerned that certain candidates will compromise one of more of these inalienable rights.

THAT would be tyranny which is exactly why the colonies declared independence against the British crown.

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 6:10 PM

Good job, mnteng. Honestly, the link was working earlier this week. Maybe I overloaded them with referrals?

P.S. to Stephanie78:

Thank you for pointing that out. I would also like to substitute "R.M.S." for "H.M.S." in the record above (I must have been thinking Pinafore ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 6:10 PM

McCain/Rice is best for this country at this time. The axes of evil will not respect Mrs Clinton thay will challange Barack John McCain is the only person that thay will be afraid of. And this country will be protected. Besides the way the Democrats are fighting thay have already given him the Keys to 1600 Penn Ave.

Think about!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: mlhkfh | March 21, 2008 6:10 PM

Gov. Bill Richardson's endorsement is a nice addition to Senator Obama's list of endorsements. The Democratic primary is a roller coaster ride and the Presidential election will also be a roller coaster ride. Please sit tight and watch the commotion, it is not over yet. As rocky as it may be, I believe that Senator Obama will be the Democratic nominee and he will win the election in November.

We should take care when talking about racial issues, it is a sensitive topic for everyone. Different ethnicities, racial groups and all folks from a disadvantaged ECONOMIC CLASS have different experiences. We have already dwell too long on the subject of race and Rev. Wright's comments which it now appears were only two or three 30 second clips out of thousands of sermons he preached. What he said was wrong but we should move on. Just as White folks do not want to be blamed for the sins of their forefathers, let's not blame Senator Obama for Rev. Wright's comments or the behavior of others. We all know that America's history on race is not pretty, but at some point we all will have to find some common ground. I am more concerned about the economy, national security and the national debt to name a few.

Just a thought? - Where do we want America to be in ten or twenty years? Will America still have the ability to compete with the rest of the world?

Posted by: felicitymason | March 21, 2008 6:09 PM

Clinton supporters are out to lunch. If somehow "secures" the nomination, she will lose, and BADLY, to Senator McCain in November.

Posted by: Gipper1 | March 21, 2008 6:09 PM

We have had a religious fanatic in office for almost 8 years - - we do not need another one of those. Even though I am a democrat of liberal views there is NO way I would vote for Obama.

Posted by: holger_dansker | March 21, 2008 6:08 PM

As a white male who once (in the 1970s) WAS a victim of reverse discrimination, I am proud to say that my vote for president goes to Barack Obama. His Philadelphia Address is going to live as one of the great utterances on the America's bedeviled history of racial distrust and hatred. And yes, I have read the Rev. Wright's sermon, and I understand what he was saying. He was prophetically speaking truth to power like Jeremiah in ancient Jerusalem--and thank you, Senator Obama, for using this whole sorry pseudo-scandal as a teaching opportunity, recalling us to the "better angels" of our nature.

Obama stands in the tradition of Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King. We will be honored to have him our president.

For all those spewing venom on this blog: you sound like so many copperheads carping about the Gettysburg Address, or National Review scribblers complaining that Dr. King was a Communist.

Get over it.

Obama 08!

James Miller
Earlysville, Virginia 22936

Posted by: jm917 | March 21, 2008 6:08 PM

I cannot tell you how arrogant and insulting the notion that those of us who have serious reservations about Senator Obama's experiences, credibility, judgment, and lack of demonstrated leadership is by many of his supporters.

I am not scared of Obama. I am not scared of empowering a black man. And I do not presume that anyone can define a typical white person, or of what a typical old person is.

I am certainly an imperfect person, but my soul does not need saving, and I will not vote for Obama because he is the most unqualified individual to ever seek the presidency of the USofA. Because I do not believe he is qualified to be a platoon leader, much less the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces.

I can only hope that those who support Obama stop trying to characterize those of us who oppose him as full of fear. I have nothing to fear of Obama, except the empty promises that Obama is going to restore bipartisanship like Bush had promised, that experience doesn't matter like Bush stated when he ran against Gore, or that the similar statements of faith in his life look so much like Bush believed as well. I am sick of incompetence and self-righteous arrogance from the failed leaders of this nation.

Posted by: clawrence35 | March 21, 2008 6:08 PM

JakeD:

OK, so you got me off my butt to register. I click on your link and get this message:

"This page is currently down for maintenance.

It may not be fixed until after the voter registration deadline of March 24, 2008."

Thanks a bunch! So, I did what every self-respecting Independent would do -- went to HRC's website and downloaded the form. ;)

Posted by: mnteng | March 21, 2008 6:07 PM

You just know he promised him the VP position. He will do anything to win at this point.

Obama dedicated his book...20 years of his church going life...and about 2,000$ a week to a hate spewing bigot....he calls "like a uncle to me"....

And I am supposed to be worried about Clintons judgement?

If it takes him 20 years to figure out his pastor is a bigot ...how can we trust his judgement on anything.

The media will let this die down and let him throw everything but the kitchen sink at us ( form letters from prayer breakfasts, passport breeches from January..puhleasse!) to make us forget he is a complete phony.

Blah Blah ...Hope.. (hate)... Blah Blah... Change.. (same old thing)... Blah Blah ... Hope and Change..( just another politician)... Blah!

This guy has no chance against McCain now and he and his wife have helped solidify the mistaken belief that liberals "hate" America.. Thanks Obamabots!!!

NOBAMA 2008 Hypocrisy Tour.
Featuring his #1 Hit
"Words Matter"

Keep hope alive the superdelegates do what is right and vote for Hillary!

Posted by: cleocat | March 21, 2008 6:06 PM

The article implies that John McCain is a real threat and obstacle to Obama getting to the white house. Are they serious! The ci tizens of this country will not allow our government to continue down this road we've traveled. If big business tries to pull this off, there will be hell to pay in this country. I feel something in the air folks and it ain't a parade.

Posted by: josepholson | March 21, 2008 6:06 PM

Thank you, Mr. Richardson. It is good that the conservative blather, while still loud and obnoxious, is dying. Their venemous hatred is now on par with watching a trapped cobra who we can admire behind a glass wall - used for rat control and entertainment, instead of as some subversive immitation of Christ. Now lets hope that the Dems can run a good enough show that we never let that ridiculous thing out again, so that America can become better, and never again just get cozy with the notion that we already are better. It is, after all, the act of becoming better that makes a person admirable(yes?), and not just the state of being better?

Posted by: JRinBellingham | March 21, 2008 6:05 PM

You know who is really your friend when you are in trouble not when things are going well. Richardson showed us today what the meaning of friendship is. Insults, dismissive comments and pure harted will not take away this superdelegate.
One may not like Obama but he has the delegates, the numerical advantage when it comes to popular vote. With 10 contests left and no revote in Florida and Michigan, it's safe to say that Hillary is not going to get nominated. The choice is between McCain and Obama. Those democrats who'd rather vote for a republican will be responsible for 100 years of war in Irak and four more years of tax cuts for the rich. You get what you vote for.
To my fellow commentators, please stop the insults. You can make your case without demonizing others. Respect. R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Posted by: info22 | March 21, 2008 6:05 PM

Time for sv reader to straighten up and fly straight. Put your Bud Light hat back on the right way.

White males who have loathed the special status colored people enjoy can finally unite behind the Ferraro/Clinton banner. Tell the truth. If Wright can say he hates you, you can say you hate too!

Just get away from the Democratic party.

Tell us about the virtues of the Bush/McCain innocence. Ok to be racist and proud of it. Get there, you are close enough. Stop flirting with the Republican party. They want you.


Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 6:04 PM

I can't believe even today people can be conned by Clinton lying machine. Let's compare her to Obama:
Obama has better academic credentials and performance than Clinton.
Obama has more elected office and community service experience (15 years) than Clinton (8 years).
Obama has authored more bills in 3 years in US senate than Clinton in 8 years.
Obama started from scratch and reached here against all odds. Clinton is here being the spouse of a governor and a president.
Obama is a uniter and Clinton is a divider.
Obama has succeeded (however small) being bipartisan and Clinton has falied big being too partisan. Her health plan failed last time and the democrats lost both houses. Do you want her to repeat that?
Wake up! Obama'08.

Posted by: vivekkchauhan | March 21, 2008 6:04 PM

"Evangelists are eating their bread soaked in Navy and Iraqi BLOOD"

You mean that "figuratively", right? 'Cause I don't know any right-thinking Evangelists soaking their bread in U.S. Navy blood.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 6:03 PM

Posted by: chunkylimey | March 21, 2008 05:59 PM

I agree with your view. So perfect when you say current nominees (McS(h)ame and Obama) are better off.

Posted by: depository.spam | March 21, 2008 6:02 PM

To hwilfongjr:

Yes the Titanic did only run into one iceberg, but that's a very simplistic view. The Titanic's rudder was too small to manoeuvre around the iceberg. The Titanic was travelling much too fast. The Titanic only had a single hull instead of a double hull. The flood compartments on the Titanic were too low. They are the reasons that caused the Titanic to sink, and not the iceberg.

The reason that Barack Obama will sink is one Rev. Jeremiah Wright who is a staunch supporter of the Minister Louis Farrakhan. It makes sense now that Michelle Obama is not a proud American because she had heard many of these anti-America sermons, and Obama's speech did not address or explain the Rev. Wright in enough depth. He is unelectable.

Barack Obama has not won enough of the major critical states for the Democratic Party, and he trails McCain in a number of them in the current polls such as MI, FL, NJ, OH and PA. Bill Richardson is only one endorsement and he made it clear earlier this month that he was going to endorse whichever candidate is leading in the delegate totals. It will be forgotten in a couple of days as any endorsement is.

Posted by: Stephanie78 | March 21, 2008 6:00 PM

Re: The Typical White. I'm not American but lived there for 4 years, was married to a WHITE American and lived in mainly white neighborhoods. Most of those people offended by "Typically white" are in fact TYPICALLY WHITE Americans. People with a HUGE chip on their shoulder about white guilt, who see anyone pointing out the burden of guilt as being against them. Just a fine example of how the majority of white Americans are still seriously culturally immature to their white European counterparts who after Nazism and other GOP like political movements have grown up and faced racism head on and realize that it's fine to have been the bad guys but not to live in denial. The Obama haters are mainly the kind of person who can't even accept that America whilst being the greatest nation on earth might still have some faults. America's worst enemy is not Al Qaeda but the people inside who resist all criticism (ie anyone dumb enough to think that a Clinton or a Bush is a good leader - Obama or McCain is an improvement on those families).

Posted by: chunkylimey | March 21, 2008 5:59 PM

John Stewart, an American singer/songwriter who campaigned with Senator Robert F. Kennedy and marched with the Rev. Martin L. King speaks more eloquently than anything I can say. The video is Hillary-Survivors and can be viewed at www.youtube.com. We lost John in January and he is greatly missed. But we have his thoughts on the election to inspire us and keep us focused on what this election is really all about...the people.

Posted by: goodmanjt | March 21, 2008 5:58 PM

stop shouting. shut up and listen. listen to your enemies for they will always teach you more than your friends. I like the policies that both Clinton and Obama hope to put in place. I used to like some of what McCain stood for but he seems to have really bought into what W. stands for which any sane person now knows is not a good thing.

However, it has been in the way Obama has campaigned that I have grown personally. I liked him from the second I first heard him speak in 2002 and I think that what he brings to this realm is so powerful that his taking the oval office is secondary.

Even if you are a devout republican or old school democrat (because I don't think we have any old school republicans left) -- for the record I am anti-partisan not just non partisan or independent, I think the presence of political parties undermines any true democracy -- if you are a fundi wingnut or a pinko commie wingnut if you just listen to Obama, really listen to him, he can help you get more of what you want.

He says something in almost every speech he makes that others do not, he says 'we'. He keeps telling us that 'we' can make the changes that 'we' want to make, and not by putting him in office, if you listen carefully he doesn't let us off the hook there, you cant just vote for him and figure you have done your share.

He told me to go home and read to my kids.

He tells me all the time, that he is human, flawed, makes mistakes. people keep trying to tear him down for his flaws as if he were trying to hide them, he doesn't.

how'd you feel about the governor of NY 3 months ago? anyone 'that' perfect is LYING

And if you think Obama is racist, listen to Mike Huckabee's interview on the subject, hats off to you Huck! very very nicely put and see that's my point, I think Obama brings that kind of intelligent thoughtfulness out of us all

I think if you listen to him, but vote for McCain, you will be a better citizen, and you will push to get more of what you expect out of McCain, you will not just wash your hands at the polling exit. You will stand up and say, McCain, I voted for you so that you would get our financial mess back in order, now do it!

Bush could not have won were it not for the evangelical vote, all he had to do was bald face lie and say he is a devout christian, much like most ex-coke addicts do, why real christians aren't insulted is beyond me. but I have a family member among that group, there was not one other issue that really mattered to them, they did not vote for Kerry because he would not put people on the bench to reverse Roe V. Wade

7 years later and (thankfully) W. lied. but still, if I were them, I would be outraged, that false promise was the only reason most people of that group voted for him and he did not deliver.

Obama is teaching us to ask alot more of ourselves, he's asking us to get our hands dirty, if you think he is too young or too this or too that or you are a dork and actually about his middle name, whatever, listen to our forefathers:

We hold these truths to be self evident.

those are very, very powerful words, why? because for the first time, they put forth the notion that the personal failings of the author cannot invalidate real truth. real truth is enlightenment that cannot be tarnished by the delivery person.

If he gets elected, he has made it clear, he cannot fix this country, he cant even make a dent, he has zero backing from any of the most powerful people in DC, no giant corporations funding his every whim, no deeply entrenched cronies to push through his agenda, its going to be a very very rough ride with not much help from capital hill, but if he has our help, if we act on self evident truths, like, what if he asks us to pick one day this week and not drive our car all day, just to make a dent in the energy problem, to send a message to saudi arabia, we can do that, we can, not him, only we can have that much impact.

With that truth you don't have to trust him or his experience, you have to trust your own judgment of the truth, your own ability to bring about meaningful change.

He has given himself to us as the existential politician, if he seems to lack substance its because WE are his substance, for the first time in a very long time, he gets it that he is there to represent US, not him, not his friends and he has asked us to hold him to that task.

so if he is full of it, if he is weak, if he is racist, he wont harm us, he has fired us up with the notion that this is OUR country, we the people and no matter what he or anyone else does from here on, no one is going to take it away from us again.

Posted by: staffordworks | March 21, 2008 5:56 PM

1. Clinton BOMBED countries 7 times day before each Monica's court appearance.

2. Bush FOX shows "Terror Level" from Yellow to Orange when Bush Laden OIL Co. needs

3. Evangelists are eating their bread soaked in Navy and Iraqi BLOOD

4. Republicans want Iraqi war and IRAN war and $6 GAS

5. Hillary negotiated Monica, Wright, Kosovo, NAFTA

6. Hillary ABUSED Bill Richardson's support and after all Hispanics voted, she dumped him in the dissert

7. Hillary has more NO than YES of Voters

8. McS(h)ame can DIE any day and leaving control to Maniacs (one of them will be VP like Dick)

9. Bill Clinton wants FOOLS to vote Hillary and legislate his next round of PLEASURES

10. Amen. American in the CLOSET can only view American media which does not do NEWS (facts) but does Propeganda showing unrelated things as if related.

Posted by: depository.spam | March 21, 2008 5:56 PM

"his timing could not have been more helpful"

How about 3 weeks ago? An endorsement prior to the Texas primary could have given Obama a much larger share of the Hispanic vote, which he won handily in Maryland and Virginia. Had he pulled 51% in Texas, this race would be over.

Posted by: AxelDC | March 21, 2008 5:56 PM

So the feelings of white males are it for dyend. The tragic march of the single issue "reverse racism" crowd to the party that owns the issue.

Just go get under the Republican tent.
Cheney knows you and he loves you.
Jeb Bush will be glad to call you kids in the next oil war, sad he couldn't join them.

Some republicans think democrat refugees are dupes though. They will use your vote, but their chits are all sold out.

Good luck over there. Keep being fascinated with your victim status.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 5:55 PM

Thanks, abqcleve. Incidentally, I grew up in Albuquerque, class of ABQ High, 1993. Coincidence? I think not.

I would have been pleased to vote for Hillary Clinton at the outset of this campaign, and given her initial advantage in cash and name recognition, I thought she would win the nomination. I would also have been happy to vote for Bill Richardson, who I think has done an excellent job of administering my former state. But after listening to Obama talk, and after seeing the way he has attempted to conduct his campaign, I really think this guy's just got more talent for persuasion and compromise than the other two. IMHO, that's a big dose of what this country could use right now. We aren't going to make intractable problems tractable by insisting that the other guy is just plain misguided; that judgment should be reserved for folks (like many in the present administration) who are frequently exposed to evidence contradicting their opinions but contrive means of ignoring what is fairly plain to most. Those types we should probably ignore. The problem is that, as each day passes, people in the Clinton camp begin to look like the intractable ones, even as I regret the degrading comments many Obama supporters make about them.

As difficult as it is to urge someone who is obviously qualified to serve as president to drop out of the race, I think it would be destructive to the Democratic Party if Hillary continues much longer. Since I am convinced that the enactment of Republican ideology has had a major role in the decline of our country's fortunes over the past eight years, I think what hurts the Democratic Party may well by extension contribute to harming the nation further. People are becoming entrenched in their rhetoric to the point of forgetting that we are desperately in need of someone who will restore a semblance of American dignity abroad, someone who is not wedded to supply-side fantasies but is willing to address the massive failure to create a viable demand-side movement, someone who is prepared to make the tough choices in balancing national security against civil liberties without resorting to sloganistic, fear-mongering threats.

The fact is that Obama fills those roles at least as well, if not better, than Hillary does. Since he has drawn more support, and done so with less of a head start, only the most die-hard opposition can deny that Democrats have given as much of a nod to him as they have to her. Hillary can no longer win the nomination outright. Anything she does that enables that win, like convincing the superdelegates to buck the popular vote, or pushing for revotes in Florida and Michigan, smells at this point like a desperation maneuver. A candidate with a clear mandate would not have to resort to such machinations; and since Hillary can't achieve that mandate, she shouldn't stand in the way of someone who may be able to on the sheer force of his personality alone.

To the Hillary patrons who find this an insulting dismissal of their candidate, I assure you that such is not the case. Hillary is a good senator (I live in her state now and have no complaints) and certainly has a place as a leader of the Democratic Party. But a man with Obama's intelligence, temperament and capacity to organize and lead is a rare treasure, and to pass him by on the grounds that have found expression in this forum strikes me as extraordinarily shortsighted.

Posted by: turkishd | March 21, 2008 5:55 PM

I am thinking ahead to an Obama Richardson ticket. Richardson will be able to balance out the experience issue. With him on the ticket, the people who are talking about "experience" are going to have to admit that they would never vote for a person of color, whether he be black or otherwise.

Given what the Republicans are running -- an advocate for a 100 year war and the bombing of Teheran, a man whose backers advocate the slaughter of Jews by a returned Jesus -- I would take my chances with Obama.

Posted by: karenfern | March 21, 2008 5:54 PM

I am thinking ahead to an Obama Richardson ticket. Richardson will be able to balance out the experience issue. With him on the ticket, the people who are talking about "experience" are going to have to admit that they would never vote for a person of color, whether he be black or otherwise.

Given what the Republicans are running -- an advocate for a 100 year war and the bombing of Teheran, a man whose backers advocate the slaughter of Jews by a returned Jesus -- I would take my chances with Obama.

Posted by: karenfern | March 21, 2008 5:54 PM

I am thinking ahead to an Obama Richardson ticket. Richardson will be able to balance out the experience issue. With him on the ticket, the people who are talking about "experience" are going to have to admit that they would never vote for a person of color, whether he be black or otherwise.

Given what the Republicans are running -- an advocate for a 100 year war and the bombing of Teheran, a man whose backers advocate the slaughter of Jews by a returned Jesus -- I would take my chances with Obama.

Posted by: karenfern | March 21, 2008 5:54 PM

I am thinking ahead to an Obama Richardson ticket. Richardson will be able to balance out the experience issue. With him on the ticket, the people who are talking about "experience" are going to have to admit that they would never vote for a person of color, whether he be black or otherwise.

Given what the Republicans are running -- an advocate for a 100 year war and the bombing of Teheran, a man whose backers advocate the slaughter of Jews by a returned Jesus -- I would take my chances with Obama.

Posted by: karenfern | March 21, 2008 5:54 PM

I am thinking ahead to an Obama Richardson ticket. Richardson will be able to balance out the experience issue. With him on the ticket, the people who are talking about "experience" are going to have to admit that they would never vote for a person of color, whether he be black or otherwise.

Given what the Republicans are running -- an advocate for a 100 year war and the bombing of Teheran, a man whose backers advocate the slaughter of Jews by a returned Jesus -- I would take my chances with Obama.

Posted by: karenfern | March 21, 2008 5:54 PM

Obama offers the nation what it desperately needs: maturity, integrity, tolerance, and a return to civility -- yes, even, especially, with those we disagree.

Many of the above comments underscore this point. The vitriol and smear tactics the GOP and Bush administration have espoused for so long have "jumped the shark." It's time to put an end to the playground rhetoric of small-minded bullies and babies who have dominated our politics for too long.

It's time for Americans with intellectual, emotional, and spiritual maturity (of both parties) to unite and do the right thing. It's time we Americans started showing our class instead of empty bravado.

It's time for a change.

Posted by: akcasu | March 21, 2008 5:53 PM

Obama Fans: If Hillary had been going to a "white centered" church for 20 years; the fundamental theology of the church was one of white versus black; the pastor of the church often made racist remarks against blacks; the pastor of the church gave David Duke a lifetime achievement award; and Hillary considered this pastor her "mentor and spiritual adviser"; would you give her the pass that you are giving Obama. I doubt you could answer this question honestly, so I'll tell you what would happen: The righteous indignation of Obama and the media would rise up, the demand would be made that Hillary withdraw from the nomination process immediately, and Hillary's political career would be over, period.

Posted by: theplanner | March 21, 2008 5:52 PM

Obama should have taken the Wright episode as a golden opportunity to really show how out of touch Hillary and McCain are with a significant segment of the American population.

I would have proudly admitted my 20 year membership with the church and its congregation. And then I would have gone on about how the minister's rage shows how common people are upset over some of America's past policies. And we all know that everyone disagrees with something.

The next step would be to show how Hillary and McCain are out of touch with typical Americans because they don't have any long-term associations with a diverse group such as Obama has with the congregation. Hillary and McCain want to be the President but they are ignorant of the common man's concerns. They live in ivory towers, isolated from the very people that they claim to want to represent. They are like
Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI living in the marble halls of power far removed from the people whom they want to govern.

I would then go on to explain how I've seen with my own eyes the effects of laws and policies formulated by the lobbyists and special interest groups in Washington. And then give an example or two of their harmful effect on the people in the church.

Then I would personalize it with stories of family and friends (with their approval).

The next step would be to show how that time with the church and Wright has reinforced my commitment to meet with the various foreign leaders on our crap list so that we can resolve some of our international problems. We can't afford to fight $Trillion wars for the next hundred years.

And then close with the question: If Hillary and McCain are so isolated from the American people, how can they ever hope to solve our many domestic and foreign problems?

Posted by: redrider26p | March 21, 2008 5:51 PM

I think it's obvious why Richardson decided to back Obama: for the reasons he stated. Obama delivered a clear, well-reasoned response to the hit job put out on him by Fox News, and, in so doing, won over more of the electorate. He also persuaded Richardson, a man of considerable power and influence, that his approach to dealing with race in this country would be principled, empathetic and sensible.

Moreover, it just came out Wright's controversial comments about America, taken out of context by Fox in its airing of them, were a direct quote from a fox News interview of Edward Peck. Peck, a former ambassador to Iraq and deputy director of Ronald Reagan's anti-terrorism task force, and a man who happens to be white, said the the following on Fox News:

"We took this country by terror away from the Sioux, the Apache, Arikara, the Comanche, the Arapaho, the Navajo. Terrorism.
"We took Africans away from their country to build our way of ease and kept them enslaved and living in fear. Terrorism.
"We bombed Grenada and killed innocent civilians, babies, non-military personnel.
"We bombed the black civilian community of Panama with stealth bombers and killed unarmed teenage and toddlers, pregnant mothers and hard working fathers.
"We bombed Qaddafi's home, and killed his child. Blessed are they who bash your children's head against the rock.
"We bombed Iraq. We killed unarmed civilians trying to make a living. We bombed a plant in Sudan to pay back for the attack on our embassy, killed hundreds of hard working people, mothers and fathers who left home to go that day not knowing that they'd never get back home.
"We bombed Hiroshima. We bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye.
"Kids playing in the playground. Mothers picking up children after school. Civilians, not soldiers, people just trying to make it day by day.
"We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff that we have done overseas is now brought right back into our own front yards. America's chickens are coming home to roost.
"Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. And terrorism begets terrorism..."

Posted by: oawest | March 21, 2008 5:50 PM

To theplanner: It would be hard to disagree that James Cone's theology is hateful and despicable. However, by introducing a source of inspiration twice-removed from Senator Obama, you're really clutching at straws and taking the "guilt-by-association" thing over the top. The inference is feeble. If I have something in common with someone who has something in common with George W. Bush, it doesn't make me an arrogant idiot.

Posted by: stee1962 | March 21, 2008 5:49 PM

Dan, Dan, why do you guys keep up the "Clinton won Texas" thing? She didn't.

And michaels, whoever your are, Clinton "overwhelmingly" won New Mexico? Uh, I guess you don't remember that it was so close it tooks weeks of counting ballots to determine who won.

Man, it's hard arguing with people who make up their own facts.

Posted by: phillygirl2 | March 21, 2008 5:47 PM

hwilfongjr:

Even I didn't stoop to saying Richardson is as fat as H.M.S. Titanic.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 5:47 PM

There is just way too much hostility and hate on both sides of the fence in all these rants. There is going to be a national election soon. Are all of you going to be able to shed some of this hatred and agree on a candidate?

Posted by: michaels | March 21, 2008 5:47 PM

Turn out the lights, the party is over.

Posted by: gthstonesman | March 21, 2008 5:47 PM

As a white person, I always knew many of my race were bigots and were "waiting for the cover of others" to make racist remarks.

None of this matters. White bigots, mostly lower income, never vote.

On election day, white bigots are usually cashing their welfare checks, avoiding child support, or getting arrested for DUI.

White bigots need someone to blame for their failures.

And who better than a black guy, who is smart, educated, and has achieved greatness, thru hard work and ambition.

I wish I could push a button and send some of the people of my race, "back to Europe" or wherever they came from (many many year ago via the Mayflower)


Posted by: bobnsri | March 21, 2008 5:46 PM

Obama has proven himself to be a hypocrit. It is not about the preacher or the sermon. It is about the audacity of his lies. It is about him claiming to be better and above the fray when in fact he is no different and this makes him worse then the rest. Clinton deserves our support and she should get it along with the nomination.

Posted by: TALVES | March 21, 2008 5:46 PM

Bill Richardson is one governor Billary couldn't buy. Billary have already paid Michigan, New Jersey and Pennsylvania governors to pay for a re-vote in Michigan but the couldn't sweet talk Richarson. Good for him. Dam, this week started out bad for Barack but he ends it on top. He is back up in the polls, on Larry King and 360 with Anderson, the historically speech and now an endorsement of a superdelagate. I love it, Billary your time in the white house ended in 2000 and McCain you might be dead by November! lol

Posted by: bobby20 | March 21, 2008 5:46 PM

I like the earlier post I read that said the good ship Clinton had taken a torpedo hit today and was now trying to sell it as a new below-decks swimming pool!

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:46 PM

Hmmm...a week ago Democrats here were parroting the talking points of their own candidate to try to tear down the other. Now they're parroting the Hannity/Limbaugh/McBush neo-con talking points. What's going on here?

To answer my rhetorical question, IMO a lot of Democrats are falling for a classic McCarthy-like smear by character assassination and guilt by association. The neo-con's will smear and laugh all the way to November, no matter who the Dem nominee is, unless and until some latter-day Murrow or Welch dare to speak out and say, "At last, sir, have you left no decency?"

My comparison of the current smear campaign to McCarthyism has been labeled "nonsense" on another thread. I would only note that those who don't remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Posted by: flarrfan | March 21, 2008 5:44 PM

We understand the Clinton campaign is pooh-poohing the Richardson endorsement of Obama is only one endorsement, and therefore not that important.

Yeah, well the Titanic only ran into one iceberg....

Posted by: hwilfongjr | March 21, 2008 5:43 PM

1. Obama won Texas on total delegate count, so please stop propagating the spin that Hillary won.

2. Throw in the Republican cross-over vote and claims that she won the popular vote is suspect.

Sure a close race boosts ratings, but I expect more accuracy from The Post.

Posted by: akcasu | March 21, 2008 5:42 PM

Dr. James Cone continues to envision the actuality of equality among people, challenging white and black churches alike to recognize U.S. capitalism's oppressive character throughout the world.

In a timely question first written in 1977, but as effectively appropriate today, Cone asked, "What does black theology have to say about the fact that two-thirds of humanity is poor and that this poverty arises from the exploitation of poor nations by rich nations?"

Influenced by a broad range of social critics and womanist theologians, Dr. Cone has expanded his race critique by asking pressing questions regarding the relationship of racism with not only classicism, but with sexism and ecological destruction as well.

Posted by: pennycentury | March 21, 2008 5:42 PM

BLog,blog, blog...

There is one inescapable fact which no one can argue with, even though they will try.

The white male voting block is still the MOST determining factor as to who will be elected President.

The polls, and no matter what any one tells you have a high degree of predictability when taken as a composite, are showing white males deserting Obama in droves.

Unless Obama can turn that vital group around he will lose. Plain & simple.

And from the looks of it, Obama supporters attacks on this group are only worsening the prospects that the white male block will change its mind by Fall.

The truth is in the tapes. And the tapes will never end.

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 5:41 PM

Richardson's endorsement really must have rocked the boat. Otherwise, all these Billary supporters wouldn't be here looking for his blood. It really shows just how important his endorsement is, contrary to what they claim so clumsily.

Posted by: thisworld | March 21, 2008 5:40 PM

Obama trying to distribute a photo of Rev Wrong and Bill Clinton is so PATHETIC bordering on DESPERATION. Keep it up Obama and watch how you perform in the next 10 states. Time for you to pack up and go back to Chicago/Hawaii/Jakarta/Kenya and take your Rev Wrong to preach with you...

Posted by: vs_sv | March 21, 2008 5:40 PM

This electorial race has been media driven and anyone who has paid attention has wittnessed a constant swell of racism brewing from the start. And in the process we have leaped back to the most racist state of the unioun since Jim Crow.

It started with the question "Is America ready to elect a Black man for President?". If you repeadedly ask the question, then you've just answered yourself.

It progressed to pictures of Obama in Kenyan garb. Then to inferences of him being a Muslim by constantly repeating his middle name.

Then when it became clear that he was overtaking Clinton AND McCain in the polls, the very same media that engineered the "Stop Hillery Express" switched tracks and launched an all-out attack on Obama by connecting him not only to Rev. Wright, but to Farrakhan, Meeks, Sharpton, Jackson, the Black Panthers, Malcom X, and any other well-known, much-hated Black figure they could think of.

The saddest part is, America bought it wholesale. America is so terrified of the idea of electing Obama, that no one is paying attention to the endless war, sky rocketing gas prices, the failing economy, forclosures, health care, unemployment, global warming, and the horrid Bush administration. Like Cheney said, "So...?"

Posted by: vze3c9qt | March 21, 2008 5:40 PM

You can listen to Reverend Wright's sermon in its proper context on Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/03/21/meet-the-white-man-who-_n_92793.html

Posted by: listener1 | March 21, 2008 5:40 PM

stepmaverick: why don't you check out barackobama.com and find out for yourself. Then, when you've done a little homework, we'll welcome you back to this forum to discuss specific issues you will probably have. Happy reading.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:40 PM

What I can't get over is how much disparity there is in the reaction between Obamas minister and those such as Farwell. Farwell ws in deep with the republicans for years.

He too damned America.. Damn Gays..Yet it was all over looked. They took his money and accepted his support.

I guess the religious and racial is the perfect blend to undermine Obama.

Our country is showing it's true weakness and underlying "old habits".

If McCain wins we are in a world of hurt. When Bush entered office I predicted war. If McCain gets into office, I predict the next World war.

The world is truly watching us, and we must answer the call to change. It is time for America to rise above RACE and RELIGION and think about HUMANITY.

I give Obama crdit for his race thus far, yrt I feel he allowed himself to be dragged into some issues he need not have.

He will pay a heavy price. However, now he has an opportunity to show his worth by bouncing back.

I see opportunity here.

This is getting interesting..


Posted by: vance1 | March 21, 2008 5:39 PM

I think it is foolish to imagine that all those who come to read this story are for Obama. It is foolish to imagine all Americans support him. It is foolish to imagine that no democrat supports him. But for those who support him, we believe he will be good to us - and those who do not support him.

Posted by: Cherrypicker | March 21, 2008 5:37 PM

No way Jose! The only one more likely to influence me is the cadidate, not someone else who may have an agenda. If Obama's actions, experiece and competency can do that, fine. Otherwise, no way. By the way, does Obama have a plan for solving the country's woes 'cos if he does, I have yet to see it! Talk I know, he has plenty, way too plenty!

Posted by: stepmaverick | March 21, 2008 5:36 PM

kazou: Great suggestion! I just added Mr. T's voice to my TomTom GPS and it's the best! "Hey, fool! I told you to toin left! Don't make me have to jump outta this machine!" Add Mr. T to anything and it rocks!

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:36 PM

A vote for Hill is a vote for Bill - an untreated sexual pervert back in the Whire House. Hillary has yet to apologize to whe women she bashed to shield Bill. How can women ignore what she has done. How can women ignore how she is now trying to get votes from Michigan and Florida to cheat her way into the nomination. Let us allow the Clintons to slowly withdraw into history with their legacy of perversion and lies.

Posted by: speedycampbell | March 21, 2008 5:35 PM

A vote for Hill is a vote for Bill - an untreated sexual pervert back in the Whire House. Hillary has yet to apologize to whe women she bashed to shield Bill. How can women ignore what she has done. How can women ignore how she is now trying to get votes from Michigan and Florida to cheat her way into the nomination. Let us allow the Clintons to slowly withdraw into history with their legacy of perversion and lies.

Posted by: speedycampbell | March 21, 2008 5:35 PM

Dear paragraph 3 ("Richardson's ...timing could not have been more helpful"),

please go consult with paragraph 10

("Clearly an endorsement would have been more valuable before the Texas primary...But better late than never")

Richardson or Edwards could have ended this thing by endorsing before the Two Step. Now we're stuck with pounding on one another for another few months.

Posted by: fourhourelection | March 21, 2008 5:34 PM

Thank you, Bill Richardson. Those of us who are working on improving our country needed some good news. Americans who think the hope of improvement is a fairy tale and Americans who think this country (or any other) is already perfect (singing la la la with their fingers in their ears) sometimes make so much noise they drown us out. With your help, we can prove that those two groups don't really outnumber us; they're just LOUD.

Obama 'O8

Posted by: DoTheMath | March 21, 2008 5:34 PM

Let's have a show of hands. If you're Obama-bashing in this forum and voted for George W. Bush in 2004, raise your hand. Let's see, that's 1, 2, 3...OK, let's just say most of you. Not a particularly impressive track record for judging character.

Posted by: stee1962 | March 21, 2008 5:34 PM

Whatever you say endorsements are not as important as the ideal of equel citizenship.

Wake up Americans! You CANNOT IGNORE voters from Florida and Michigan. Otherwise the Democratic candidate will not have MORAL LEGITIMACY.

Isn`t it possible to get federal money if that`s the problem? Most important must be to maintain the ideal of equel citizenship. Then vote for the candidate who will have the best chance to reach the MAIN DEMOCRATIC GOAL - TO BEAT McCain. European

Posted by: Roy3 | March 21, 2008 5:34 PM

You so called democrat Obama haters crack me up. I can guarantee even Hillary would vote for Obama over McCain. You should really reconsider your misguided loyalty and try thinking about your country over your hasty irrational hatred.

Posted by: sgaiken | March 21, 2008 5:34 PM

It is disappointing that Richardson would endorse Obama, who only selectively opposes discrimination and bigotry as his sophomoric speech on racism in U.S. history demonstrated. Obama's speech was clearly calculated to deflect attention from the fact that his minister and "spiritual mentor" of twenty years is a vicious racist, anti-Semite, homophobe and misogynist who supports the terrorist Muammar Qaddafi!
We, the American people, were duped by the charismatic freshman Senator from Illinois and aren't inspired by his pompous rhetoric any longer, nor do we need him as our self-appointed leader on matters of race. Race relations per se, were NOT the issue; Obama's affiliation with a racist, Black Nationalist, anti-American extremist was. And despite Obama's best efforts, it remains so. His speech has persuaded many of us that he is a manipulator and fraud, having made apparent the fact that he is not the conciliator he pretends to be. Rather, he gives excuses for and defends cavorting with vile bigots.
Obama's use of the issue of race as a subterfuge to divert the attention of the media and the American people whenever valid criticisms of him are raised. This inhibits honest discussion about the fact that he lacks coherent and practical policy positions. Yet many of us see through his transparent ploy. His selective opposition to bigotry makes him as inconsistent on the issue of irrational prejudice and discrimination as he is on every other point of policy (i.e.: defense, the economy, foreign policy, etc.). We can't afford to make the mistake of putting Obama in the White House. It is bizarre that Bill Richardson didn't recognize all of this. Perhaps he isn't the critical and progressive thinker I took him for. Let's hope more of the liberal Democrats who comprise the majority of Obama's support sober up by August.

Posted by: mmcneal | March 21, 2008 5:33 PM

Some of Hillary supporters here got it right, for once by saying that what Richardson wants is VP position. You are dead right on that. That's why he is backing the person who he believes will become the next president.

Posted by: thisworld | March 21, 2008 5:33 PM

I like NM Gov Richardson. He's the kind of guy you could drink beer with... tell stories - laugh about UFOs.

Would I vote for someone cause my beer drinking friends recommend him?

NO WAY ! ! !

I always vote with my wallet. I'd get stuck with the tab if I didn't.

What's in your wallet?

Posted by: mcohill | March 21, 2008 5:33 PM

The "theology" that Wright teaches at his church is nothing like Christianity as most people understand it. The brand of theology which Wright has been teaching Obama and the others at his church is called "black liberation theology." Wright admits this and it is stated on the church's website. Black theology is based upon the premise of the white oppressor against the black oppressed. This is why, for example, that Wright refers to Jesus as black, and his killers as white. This is the only way the story of Jesus fits within this brand of "theology." Rev. Wright cites James Cone, another proponent of black liberation theology, as his theological inspiration. Here are just a couple of James Cone's quotes: (1) "To be Christian is to be one of those whom God has chosen. God has chosen black people." (2) "While it is true that blacks do hate whites, black hatred is not racism." (3) "All white men are responsible for white oppression." (4) "Theologically, Malcolm X was not far wrong when he called the white man "the devil." (5) "If there is any contemporary meaning of the Antichrist, the white church seems to be a manifestation of it." (6) "Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community ... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love." *** These teachings are fundamentally racist and divisive. Obama has chosen to belong to this racist church for 20 years, and now because of exposure by the press, he tries to fool the American public once again.

Posted by: theplanner | March 21, 2008 5:32 PM

"You Americans really are a 'Goddamn' sad pathetic lot! You voted in the half-wit that is GW Bush twice and now your country is in the gutter economically, internationally and nationally. While you bleed money into a war you will never win your infrastucture is falling apart with bridges collapsing and killing innocent Americans. But are you really innocent? When you support senseless idiots for leaders. And do your level best to break down the only decent choice of a president in decades down with illogical and divisive schoolyard arguments. Shame. But good to know that ultimately, America gets what it rightly deserves. Very good to know."

The country is bleeding billions of dollars into a war that threatens to economically destroy it, and americans are still playing a game of racism and not recognizing the fact that they need a sensible, intelligent and calm individual to move forward.ITS UNBELIEVABLE.

Posted by: cchyne | March 21, 2008 5:32 PM

Bill Richardson and Chris Wallace. You never know who is going to do the right thing on any given day.

I finally figured out how to not be annoyed by svreader and cheersdk: Read them with a Mr. T accent and pity the fools.

Corollary to Godwin's Law: when somebody mentions Billy Mumy and the cornfield, its time to move on.

Go dems, and to the cornfield with imposters.

Posted by: kazou | March 21, 2008 5:32 PM

For Obama to win the general election he must allow Florida and Michigan to hold a primary. Something that he does not want to allow because it would be embarrasing for him to get beat and that would be the end of his campaign.
The media has portrayed him as a victim of the mean Clinton Campaign. It is time for Obama to quit his whining and face the music. He is all rhetoric and no substance. He cannot beat McCain.

Posted by: felixalvarado2002 | March 21, 2008 5:31 PM

turkishd: that's two terrific posts in this thread! Well done! You give many of us hope for the electorate!

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:30 PM

A couple of questions:

1. Dan Balz wrote: "There is no way either Clinton or Obama can get to the 2,024 votes necessary to win the nomination without the superdelegates." Are that many votes needed even if the FL and MI delegates are not seated?

In other words, is the target a specified number of votes OR a percentage of those delegates seated at the convention?

2. As I recall, 4-6 weeks ago Obama supporters were saying that superdelegates should follow the voters in their states, for otherwise they would be "stealing" the nomination process from the people.

A majority of the voters in Richardson's NM voted for Clinton. Same with MA, RI, and CA. Has anyone asked Richardson, and the other superdelegates from those Clinton states who are supporting Obama (especially Sen. Kennedy), about this notion of "stealing" the nomination process from the people?

I think the "stealing" argument is bogus, as the superdelegate concept was clearly envisioned as an extra-democratic mechanism. Otherwise, why have it? That said, "stealing" was the argument of Obama's supporters, and (so far) hypocrisy is something that has generally drawn press scrutiny.

Posted by: igorok | March 21, 2008 5:29 PM

A lot of typical white people here who are so scared that someone that doesn't look like them, may just become president. Obama is the only honorable candidate of the three. Hillary has a habit of not being truthful, McCain is a dummy on the economy and wants 100 years of war. The worst they can say about Obama is what someone else said which he may or may not have even heard. Even at that, he didn't throw him under the bus which is admirable in my book. Obama is the only candidate who will repair the divide between the party's.

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 21, 2008 5:29 PM

To jweber91:

One more state that I forgot to mention. Clinton currently leads McCain by double digits in the critical Democratic state of NJ, while Obama trails McCain there. If the general election was held tomorrow, then McCain would beat Obama in FL, NJ, OH and PA and that would mean a win for McCain. You said that Obama would beat McCain in NJ and PA, but the polls do not suggest that at all, and Obama also lost by plenty to Clinton in NJ, and is trailing Clinton by 26% there in the most recent poll in PA.

Posted by: Stephanie78 | March 21, 2008 5:28 PM

The Clinton legacy is near dead, just like Hillary's campaign. People are tired of the Clinton's politcs of destruction.

Posted by: info4 | March 21, 2008 5:28 PM

Thanks to dropbrianaline for posting the article about Ambassador Peck and attempting to place Jeremiah Wright's words in their proper (larger) context. The conclusions he drew from Peck's words may have been inelegantly expressed, but they are nonetheless entirely on point. A major obstacle to our foreign policy success for the past eight years has been a belief on the part of foreign policy makers, reinforced by a similar belief in the electorate, that when America attempts to do good in the world its occasional ham-handedness or outright casual cruelty in doing so will be accepted by the people toward whom the attempt is directed. In fact, few ancillary negative effects of good deeds go unpunished (Wright is an excellent example of this, as his past service to his country and his leadership of TUCC and contributions to charity have been wholly ignored by those rushing to label him a racist).

This is not to say that we shouldn't pursue our interests in the world. It is, however, to recognize that in so doing, we are indeed raising unwelcome chickens that may one day return to roost with us. A proper approach to foreign policy balances that risk against the importance of the goals we pursue, rather than branding any constructive criticism of our approach as unpatriotic or anti-American. Are we all to be pilloried for saying openly that our government and our nation have done things badly in the past? That doesn't sound like an American way of doing things.

Posted by: turkishd | March 21, 2008 5:27 PM

I did not think Richardson was so STUPID. He hopes if Obama wins he might might be the VP candidate. Even then I would not vote Obama, and in the future I would not vote for Richardson if I could, and I'm Hispanic.

Posted by: southernrican | March 21, 2008 5:27 PM

Still hanging tough for Hillary. I guess richardson won't be her running mate.

Posted by: nugentja2 | March 21, 2008 5:27 PM

I am constantly amazed by the vast ignorance and bigotry displayed by my fellow Americans. For the first time in my life (I'm an educated white woman), I am excited about a Democratic candidate. I am not sure that Americans are astute enough or wise enough to deserve Senator Obama as their President, but, I will proudly vote for Senator Obama in the Pennsylvania Primary on April 22nd. and in the General election in November. His eloquence and grace can lead us in a new, liberating direction. I pray that Americans will awaken from the nightmare of the past 8 years and do the right thing, vote for Barack Obama.

Posted by: denisestro | March 21, 2008 5:26 PM

I am constantly amazed by the vast ignorance and bigotry displayed by my fellow Americans. For the first time in my life (I'm an educated white woman), I am excited about a Democratic candidate. I am not sure that Americans are astute enough or wise enough to deserve Senator Obama as their President, but, I will proudly vote for Senator Obama in the Pennsylvania Primary on April 22nd. and in the General election in November. His eloquence and grace can lead us in a new, liberating direction. I pray that Americans will awaken from the nightmare of the past 8 years and do the right thing, vote for Barack Obama.

Posted by: denisestro | March 21, 2008 5:26 PM

Bill Richardson is a loser-probably was promised the VP slot and help paying his campaign debt-if he couldn't get Hispanics to vote for him during his campaign,do you really think they are going to abandon Hillary?

Posted by: allen.zigman | March 21, 2008 5:26 PM

To those of you who think Obama is racist:

Read, if you know how, the entire speech. Or watch and LISTEN to the entire speech.

Don't take soundbites out of context. His speech was one to bring about conversation and unity. He bravely called out the elephant in the room.

It's about CULTURAL DIVIDE. Religious scholars -- black, WHITE, Christian, Jewish, etc. -- will all tell you that Wright's painful commentary is pretty typical of an African American sermon.

Their sermons are loud, where ours are soft, and they can take a critical eye to their nation in hopes of improving it. Like it or not, that's a type of patriotism. It's like calling out your kid on sloppy homework in order for them to do better in the future.

Obama was a member of that congregation because he supports the African Americans in that community in which he serves.

This is not to excuse Wright in anyway. Obama soundly rejected him. Wright's tirade was, well, disgusting to my mind. But I do not view this country through the lens of slavery and bigotry. I am White.

Obama understands White & Black because he is White & Black. Unless you have a similar bi-racial experience, you cannot judge.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 5:25 PM

OK to my fellow white people -

If your parents or grand parents are Racist and you have an occasional (non PC) thought voting for Obama will not change any of that.

That is not a reason to vote of a 2 year senator we still know little about with 2 wars and economic problems. In fact Obama is playing on that by being both White upper class (thats is up bringing) and a "Nice Black man". Like all pols he is playing on both fears and hopes of the Masses - in this case - the Masses of latte liberals. The fear he is playing on is (am I just a typical white person). If that is why you are voting for him - you are.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 5:25 PM

ndolan622:

I don't agree with svreader, either, but I will fight to the death for his right to free speech.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 5:24 PM

It's a good thing Gov. Richardson endorsed Obama. The Democratic message is essentially the same from both candidates. Certain entities within the media, the Clinton campaign and others politically concerened have given those inclined to focus on Obama's color and background the perfect reason(s)they need to justify not voting for Obama. These entities have made is easy for these voters overlook their inner fear and have provided them with talking points like mistrust, anti patriotism, anarchy and more... It seems that many on this blog are seizing that opportunity. However, Gov. Richardson is expressing his belief that this election is about putting a person in the Oval Office that is going to lead this country to achieve economic well being for all Americans. That's the goal here, right? This isn't on Clinton's radar, what is she going to do after she forces us to accept her version of health care? McCain, well he wants to have a war, and by his own admission isn't very good on the economy. Obama has the insight, the vision and the goal to make life better for all Americans. If ever there was someone to get behind no matter who you are, it's Obama. Forget the stereotype. Focus on the goal.

Obama 08

Posted by: gpeagle271 | March 21, 2008 5:23 PM

michaels: uh, no, Obama won two of NM's three congressional districts, but lost the 3rd when some party officials inexplicably took the ballot boxes home overnight, thereby losing chain of custody. Clinton won the state by a margin of 1,100 votes, 48.8% to 48.0% (http://politics.nytimes.com/election-guide/2008/results/states/NM.html)

Do you feel good about lying so pathetically in a public forum?

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:23 PM

mnteng:

You're welcome : )

rbull:

I (Still) Like Ike!!!

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 5:22 PM

Wow, Bill Richardson and all of his 5 supporters? Are you serious? Mr. Richardson is an outstandingly fine man, with major accomplishments to his credit. That being said the voters could care less about him. Evidence? Look no further than his presidential bid. This is a contrived benefit by the mainstream media who are so beholden to Obama that they have lost all sense of balance. Obama is the liberal George Bush, all bluster and horse manure, and the media has given him a free pass. Worse the voters themselves have not learned, that rhetoric is rhetoric, and nothing else.

Posted by: mattwhitcomb | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM

Only Mrs William Jefferson Clinton can unite the country? How is that done with her consistently high negative approval ratings of 45-52% ????

Posted by: Peter_Mariuz | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM

svreader - If you have something of consequence to post here, please do so. Otherwise, move on! Get a life!

Posted by: ndolan622 | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM

There IS a bottom line to this.
There was a ban in the senate to ban the use of cluster bombs.
Hillary voted against it.
Now, considering how many of the victims of those horrible devices there have been, it would seem a no-brainer.
Especially for someone like Hillary who is sooo big on children.
Well, I guess if they aren't blonde and blue-eyed or they have "Citizen of the United States" on their birth certificate, they just don't count.

Obama in '08

p.s. he voted FOR the ban

You shall know them by their works (or lack thereof.)

Posted by: bear90 | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM

CHEERSDK:

If part of your "argument" is based on an ad hominem attack on Bill Richardson for his weight, then YOU are NO BETTER than Hillary and her "kitchen sink" tactics.


You should be embarrassed .

Posted by: Vadillo | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM

RE: Parsley and McCain

See Parsley is just a typical white person and similar to a crazy old uncle who sometimes says the wrong thing. He's just a product of his generation. We need to come together and unite to solve the world's problems: Republican, Democrat, black, white, green, purple, all of us. Let's get on with the issues and put all this pettiness behind us.

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 5:19 PM

In Obama's supporters eyes, he can do no wrong.

They really are a cult.

Democrats are making a big mistake if they think people will stick with the party out of party loyalty.

If Obama becomes the nominee, mainstream Democrats will vote for McCain and leave the party en-mass.

Howard Dean is like the ancient fools that said the moon was more important than the sun because during the day it was already light outside.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 5:19 PM

OPTION 1:
=========
32% Still support $4 GAS and ready for $6 GAS, continuation of IRAQ war, IRAN WAR from 9/11/08 and "Terror FOX Dick Osama Bush".

OPTION 2:
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Legislate Bill Clintons White House PLEASURES this time as they used Bill Richardson so long to capture all Hispanic votes telling them that Borders will be open and NOW Calling Bill Richardson's support does not matter and ZERO as all Hispanics VOTED.

OPTION 3:
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AMERICAN should continue to sit in Closet like SCARED KITTEN eating Bread soaked in Blood of Navy men in IRAQ and Iraqi blood and pay $4 for Bush OIL Company.

Is this all a Citizen of WORLD Leader GOT?

Posted by: depository.spam | March 21, 2008 5:17 PM

BARACK OBAMA SAYS "THE TYPICAL WHITE PERSON" IS SCARED OF BLACK. That is a Quote from National Radio.

OBAMA MUST THEN BELIEVE THAT "THE TYPICAL BLACK PERSON HAS BEEN PERSECUTED BY 'THE TYPICAL WHITE PERSON'"

THIS IS REAL. THIS IS A QUOTE. HE WAS TALKING ABOUT HIS GRANDMOTHER, "A TYPICAL WHITE PERSON"

BARACK OBAMA IS BOTH - WHITE AND BLACK -
LUCKY HIM - HE GETS TO PLAY TWO RACE CARDS
Barack Obama has no measurable knowledge, history or experience,and zero integrity. Your wife and your preacher hate America. Who else is closer? Or do you not listen to your wife, either?

Obama has no clue what he intends to do in Iraq - his advisor couldn't even stay on ONE point with clarity of intent/plan. Obama talks pretty, but he has no clear aim ar agenda under his rhetoric. He has his people/advisor/whoever talk large for him (he can then conveniently denounce whatever they have said on his behalf, later). Meaning, we are not voting in Obama - we are voting in well-trained polling savvy advisors to make the decisions. Obama is just the slick mouthpiece.

Have we already forgotten the ugliness of Obama's preacher's prejudic and hate messages? Obama is not black - he is not white - he is invisible. He has no integrity, and we all now know it. All of a sudden he denounces his own church and preacher of 20 years...WHY? Because he disagrees with their preachings? Because as an American it turned his stomach to hear a person say "It's not God BLESS America, it's GOD DAMN AMERICA". That never bothered Obama. He only made his decision to back away from his advisor/preacher of 20 years, AFTER and only long after the entire nation said "Excuse me, preacher man, what you screech is Hate, Prejudice, Victimhood and Anti-American slander". Obama's attendance at this church clearly shows a sickness of soul and a dangerous anti-American intent.

Obama as president? His America-hating wife at his side? His inflamed screaming preacher on the other side? And who standing behind? Jesse Jackson? The faithful of Farrakan? Who else? The masses of people who identify with the idea that they are "Victims" of America? Yet, are given, like myself, every open door to walk through - IF you work hard and sacrifice what you must. This is the only country in the world where you can be born "dirt-poor" like me, and go on to acheive, work and live the life of your dreams. Dreams. That's what the disenfranchised masses of Obama's crowd seem to lack. A Desire is not a Dream. A Wish is not Work.

I am a Democrat - I will not vote for him. I am of-color - I will not vote for him. I am the product of a childhood spent in extreme rural poverty, then government housing "projects" - I will not vote for him. I belong to a Christian church (no holy roller by any stretch) - I will not vote for Obama. I am a single mother - I will not vote for Obama.

Obama's agenda: PRO-BLACK AND HIS OWN GRANDSTANDING AMBITION

OBAMA STEP DOWN. THIS COUNTRY HAS HARD WORK TO DO.

Posted by: DemocratForPeace | March 21, 2008 5:16 PM

Governor Richardson should be applauded.

He didn't endorse because of the speech, but it was the final push. It was an historic, honest speech. To deny that is foolish. Richard is acknowledging its significance.

Richardson has been leaning Obama for quite some time, but has a long, close history with the Clintons. So he was naturally torn.

However, Richardson knows full well the longer this primary goes on, the more likely McCain will be president. The only thing that will happen if the Dem. primary doesn't wrap up is that the Dem. party will implode spectacularly.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 5:15 PM

To those of you judging obama based on the pastor's comments and any comments by obama in the process of explaining this complicated issue:

I would say it is very shallow and laughable, this country is electing a president. you need to come up with a more sensible, concrete evidence that Obama's action is anti-america or a danger to the country. The comments by the pastor, as stupid as it is, is not uncommon. I am sure lots of people say it privately or publicly. Does that mean they are planning to attack America? no I do not think so. the best you can say is they are not patriotic. The enemies of America are those people who are trying to diminish the hopes of the country by not voting for the right person based on foolish reason. You think you love your country by attacking the wrong person, who may be the best chance for America. Good luck. I am very sad and really tired of seeing and hearing more negatives based on one negative speech by irrelevant person.

Posted by: zinico2003 | March 21, 2008 5:14 PM

Obama has the Audacity to Hope that we are all stupid enough to forget that he lied about NAFTA, that he lies about his "continual" opposition to the Iraq war, that he plays the race card whenever things get too hot (for which he was busted by Tim Russert in one of the debates), that he is uncomfortably close to the indicted slumlord Rezko, that he has been going to a church for 20 years whose racist and anti-American pastor he calls his "mentor and spiritual advisor," that he has been exposing his innocent children to this hate speech for most of their lives, that he will throw his own grandmother under the bus to further his goals, and that he is now trying his best to disenfranchise millions of voters in Michigan and Florida to further his political ambitions. Yes, he has the Audacity to Hope . . .

Posted by: theplanner | March 21, 2008 5:14 PM

Had he endorsed Clinton we'd hear praises from the Clinton fans. That's cool. I'd probably hate if Clinton got a "big" endorsement. Actually, I would probably move on to the next article instead of posting hateful garbage.

I would remember that we all have the right to support who we want. Personally, I can't understand a vote for Hillary Clinton but that's my opinion and I respect what others feel. The true test of maturity is having the ability to do that. So I must conclude that many of you (i.e., svreader) are teens?

Posted by: mytwokids78 | March 21, 2008 5:14 PM

as proven by (appropriately named) Scruffy1970.

Posted by: rcdpphoto | March 21, 2008 5:14 PM

as proven by (appropriately named) Scruffy1970.

Posted by: rcdpphoto | March 21, 2008 5:13 PM

I'm white, and I thought Obama's insights about the racial fears, resentments and prejudices that white people struggle with were absolutely right on the mark. Rev. Wright is an imperfect person--just like my own dad, who was known to utter racial epithets but who also befriended and helped blacks when he had a grocery store on the edge of the projects. We're never going to have peace and justice in this country unless we start trying to understand one another and get past the issue of race. Obama has unique potential to lead us in this direction. That's why I voted for him.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 21, 2008 5:13 PM

I'm white, and I thought Obama's insights about the racial fears, resentments and prejudices that white people struggle with were absolutely right on the mark. Rev. Wright is an imperfect person--just like my own dad, who was known to utter racial epithets but who also befriended and helped blacks when he had a grocery store on the edge of the projects. We're never going to have peace and justice in this country unless we start trying to understand one another and get past the issue of race. Obama has unique potential to lead us in this direction. That's why I voted for him.

Posted by: pjkiger1 | March 21, 2008 5:13 PM

Talk about trying to have your cake and eat it too...

Here we have the Obama campaign rationalizing the anti-American and hateful racist statements of his spiritual mentor and family pastor for nearly 20 years, while stating that his own grandmother's internal racist stereotypes makes him cringe, and that she is the typical white person.

We have Senator Kerry stating that Obama can speak to the Muslim population and appeal to their better instincts in way that no other American can because he is black (never mind that the last two secretary's of state are black), but they have vilified Ferraro for observing that America is caught up in the concept of a black man being able to heal our own shameful racial history.

We now have Obama surrounding himself with American and Flags of our Military branches after demeaning those who wore a lapel pin as an empty display of ones own patriotism.

We have Obama claiming that words have larger meaning, they are not just words. We then have him stating that our brave men and women who have paid the ultimate price in the war on terror have WASTED their lives, and in NH he claimed that the US was indiscriminately bombing villages in Afghanistan.

We have Obama and his campaign avoiding questions for over two years of his career political patron's, and federally indicted friend, involvement in an admitted 'boneheaded' real estate transaction were he appears to have benefited by a $300,000 price reduction on his home purchase. Yet they deflect any ethical questions by the old political trick of questioning others.

We have a candidate who claims to be an agent of change who has consistently supported some of the most corrupted leaders in his home city and state, and has no record of delivering any significant 'change' in his life.

We have Obama ridiculing an honorable man who has given so much to his nation for a few misstatements in Iraq, yet Obama has still failed to do his job and conduct an oversight hearing on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on NATO involvement in Afghanistan, despite the threat by the Canadian government (who Obama thinks has a president and not a prime minister and a government that his campaign staff members assured that any discussion on NAFTA shouldn't be taken seriously, it's just words and campaign rhetoric) that if other NATO counties don't step up, they are going to have to withdraw their forces.

But the press, and party leaders like Richardson, are going to attempt to pass him off as something different and a leader. The American people are not going to be fooled. This man, Barack Obama, is unelectable. If the Clinton campaign and the Democrats don't stop treating him with kid gloves, they are going to loose the Whitehouse yet again, and may even fracture the Democratic Party to the point of disrepair. No endorsement of Obama is going to help him at this point.

Trying to change the subject or claiming you have superior judgment due to one speech does nothing to erase the ugly relationship with Rev. Wright and Rezko, and any attempt only shows what poor judgment and how disingenuous Obama actually is about being able to bring this nation together and solve the many issues this nation faces.

Posted by: clawrence35 | March 21, 2008 5:12 PM

To jweber91:

You are wrong. Obama will NOT beat McCain in FL, OH and PA if you look at the current polls, and the Democrats must win those states to win in November. Clinton is much closer to McCain in those states, and if the superdelegates are fair dinkum (serious) about winning there, then Clinton must be the preferred candidate. Clinton may also win in TX and TN in November, and she will win in AR as well.

You mentioned that Obama won in SC, GA, VA, LA, MO, but he won't beat McCain in any of those states in November, while his win over Clinton in MO on Super Tuesday was a practical dead heat. According to current polls, Clinton is both stronger in electoral college votes than Obama, and in a match-up with McCain, and I expect that to become even stronger if she wins in PA next month.

Posted by: Stephanie78 | March 21, 2008 5:12 PM

Good begets good. You would have to be a racist, to some degree, not to see the greatness in this man called Obama.


Posted by: rcdpphoto | March 21, 2008 5:12 PM

Obama's campaign was over when the Black Klan reverend had his comments posted all over the news. Obama is burnt toast and should be thrown out. It will be either Hillary or John for President. I could never vote for a lying racist like Barry Hussein Obama.

Posted by: Scruffy1970 | March 21, 2008 5:11 PM

Meet the man who inspired Reverend Jeremiah Wright's now famous tirade about America's foreign policy inciting the terrorist attacks of September 11.

His name is Ambassador Edward Peck. And he is a retired, white, career U.S. diplomat who served 32-years in the U.S. Foreign Service and was chief of the U.S. mission to Iraq under Jimmy Carter -- hardly the black-rage image with which Wright has been stigmatized.

In fact, when Wright took the pulpit to give his post-9/11 address -- which has since become boiled down to a five second sound bite about "America's chickens coming home to roost" -- he prefaced his remarks as a "faith footnote," an indication that he was deviating from his sermon.

"I heard Ambassador Peck on an interview yesterday," Wright declared. "He was on Fox News. This is a white man and he was upsetting the Fox News commentators to no end. He pointed out, a white man, an ambassador, that what Malcolm X said when he got silenced by Elijah Muhammad was in fact true: America's chickens are coming home to roost."

Wright then went on to list more than a few U.S. foreign policy endeavors that, by the tone of his voice and manner of his expression, he viewed as more or less deplorable. This included, as has been demonstrated in the endless loop of clips from his sermon, bombing Hiroshima and Nagasaki and nuking "far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon and we never batted an eye."

"Violence begets violence," Wright said, "hatred begets hatred, and terrorism begets terrorism."

And then he concluded by putting the comments on Peck's shoulders: "A white ambassador said that yall, not a black militant, not a reverend who preaches about racism, an ambassador whose eyes are wide open and is trying to get us to wake up and move away from this dangerous precipice... the ambassador said that the people we have wounded don't have the military capability we have, but they do have individuals who are willing to die and take thousands with them... let me stop my faith footnote right there."

Watch the video (the relevant material starts around the 3:00 mark):

So it seems that while Wright did believe American held some responsibility for 9/11, his views, which have been described as radically outside the political mainstream, were actually influenced by a career foreign policy official.

Who is Peck? The ambassador, who has offered controversial criticism of Israeli policy in the West Bank but also warned against the Iraq War, was lecturing on a cruise ship and was unavailable for comment. But officials at Peck's former organization, the Council for the National Interest, a non-profit group that advocates reducing Israel's influence on U.S. Middle East policy, offered descriptions of the man.

"Peck is very outspoken," said Eugene Bird, who now heads CNI. "He is also very good at making phrases that have a resonance with the American people. When he came off of that Fox News, a few days later he said they would never invite me back again."

And what, exactly, did Peck say in that Fox News interview that inspired Wright's words?

Here are some quotes from an appearance the Ambassador made on the network on October 11, 2001, which may or may not have been the segment Wright was referring to. On the show, Peck said he thought it was illogical to tie Saddam Hussein to the terrorist attacks on 9/11, and that while the then-Iraqi leader had "some very sound and logical reasons not to like [the United States]," he and Osama bin Laden had no other ties.

From there, Peck went on to ascribe motives for what prompted the 9/11 attacks. "Stopping the economic embargo and bombings of Iraq," he said, "things to which Osama bin Laden has alluded as the kinds of things he doesn't like. He doesn't think it's appropriate for the United States to be doing, from his perspective, all the terrible things that he sees us as having been doing, the same way Saddam Hussein feels. So from that perspective, they have a commonality of interests. But they also have a deeply divergent view of the role of Islam in government, which would be a problem."

Posted by: dropbrianaline | March 21, 2008 5:11 PM

Oh, WOW! WOW! and WOW!

Posted by: weglito | March 21, 2008 5:11 PM

They are still counting votes in TX. The have to have a state convention to really count dels.

The vote is not over cultist.

Hillary won the popular vote by 3 percent.

NM was close but Hillary Won.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 5:11 PM

As a Latino American, I find it totally ridiculous and insulting that many pundits ASSUME that because Bill Richardson has endorsed Barak Obama, I am all of a sudden going to support Senator Obama. It's a slap in the face. I'm smart enough to decide ON MY OWN, where my vote will go eventually.
The fact that Governor Richardson is Latino has no bearing as far as I'm concerned.
I didn't support the Governor when he was running and his endorsement (of Senator Obama) will not change how I vote.

Posted by: txslatino2003 | March 21, 2008 5:10 PM

Mr. Balz is correct. Endorsements are important.

Rev. Wright and Sen. Obama's 20 year endorsement of each other has spoken volumes.

This "typical white person" will not be voting for Sen. Obama.

Posted by: furtdw | March 21, 2008 5:10 PM

So you're "a DEMOCRATS," ebukbuk2004? That explains your whacky posts: you belong to your own imaginary political party.

Posted by: VoiceofReason5 | March 21, 2008 5:09 PM

This is so interesting. So because of the speech Obama gave, Richardson is endorsing Obama? That is so sad. Sounds like a little kid's story. No wonder why he lost in his bid for the presidential election.

Unfortunately, this will not help Obama. Americans are smarter than that.

Posted by: eurama2000 | March 21, 2008 5:09 PM

"Fifth, Richardson's support could help Obama improve his standing with Hispanic voters."

Well, now isn't this lumping all "Hispanics" together?

Typical.

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 5:09 PM

To Cheersdk near the top...WOW! Bill and Hillary called Bill Richardson just three days ago asking for his endorsement no doubt thinking it would be an exclamation point to the Rev. Wright issue. I gotta feeling Richardson told them to F-off and went with his heart and his soul in his endorsement for Obama today. So STFU about Richardson being a ZERO. Like Obama, he's showing some stones and telling the most corrupt husband-and-wife political team in U.S. history to go take a hike.

Posted by: markiebee001 | March 21, 2008 5:08 PM

LouiseFletcher -

"Is it accurate and good journalism to say Obama lost Texas when he in fact acquired more delegates there?"

You have to forgive the Post. Their wire feed has apparently been down for weeks now. Not only are they totally unaware that Obama won Texas, they are ignorant that he picked up several delegates in California due to late vote counting, and they have yet to acknowledge the huge story that Obama courageously publicly released his earmark requests. Clinton has not had to follow suit because our psychotic media thinks that Jeremiah Wright is running for president and therefore deserves round the clock coverage.

They're lame, they're mostly useless. They're our media.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 21, 2008 5:07 PM

Funny, i've yet to here any Obama folks say that this Superdelegate should be bound by the wishes of his constituency. New Mexico voted overwhelmingly for Senator Clinton.

Posted by: michaels | March 21, 2008 5:07 PM

Thank you Governor Richardson. Richardson is a model governor and a great mind when it comes to foreign policy and domestic policy for that matter. He could have done the easy thing and endorsed his long-time friend, but he knows that the only candidate who can move the country past the kinds of small-minded, hate-filled politics reflected in many of the above posts is Obama. The country is ready to move ahead and restore its position in the world.
Go Obama 08

Posted by: joseph.hill | March 21, 2008 5:07 PM

rplat: are you so bitter that you don't see that Richardson took a huge risk in announcing his support in the immediate wake of the Rev. Wright silliness? The "winning team" took big hits in the polls last week, though I think you're seeing the tide turning with this endorsement as well as the accolades of people like Reuben Navarette, a pretty conservative guy who wrote a beautiful column about Obama's response to the TUCC hit job. And, uh, nowhere in his statement does Richardson "trash" his good friend Bill Clinton. Quite the opposite: it's obvious to anyone with half a brain that this was a very difficult decision. As Richardson has said today, the tipping point for him was Obama's superb and courageous handling of the smears.

I agree with the previous poster that Richardson has clearly signaled in an important way to other super delegates that it's time to stem the bleeding.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 5:06 PM

rat-the: SENATOR McCain is at present dreaming of how to extend our war in Vietraq into Vietran.

Posted by: Garak | March 21, 2008 5:06 PM

Great post ACR.
The cheap shots and wasted rantings about Barak Obama from the bleeting sheep that post such drivel, is from the frustration of knowing that a black man, yes, I said a 'BLACK' man will be our Democratic nominee. They are soooo scared.

Posted by: jstucken | March 21, 2008 5:06 PM

Clinton lost Texas

Posted by: Carlo40 | March 21, 2008 05:00 PM

Cultist the vote in Texas is not over. Even by your 8 year old logic no one has lost yet.

She won the popular vote by 3 percent.

GOP is looking for some more members.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 5:05 PM

Clinton lost Texas

Posted by: Carlo40 | March 21, 2008 05:00 PM

Cultist the vote in Texas is not over. Even by you 8 year old logic no one has lost yet.

She won the popular vote by 3 percent.

GOP is looking for some more members.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 5:05 PM

To Blue doctor and others, you will not find "typical white person" in Obama's speech from Tuesday.

Obama used this phrase himself when he called in to a Philly sports radio talk show, yesterday.

Here is the quote and the audio clip:

On WIP, Obama said: "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes come out in the wrong way, and that's just the nature of race in our society."

For the audio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxmEz8H33ZI

And if you don't like youtube, you can find it on many many other blogs today.

Later Obama's spokesperson "clarified" that Obama was speaking about people of his grandmother's generation.

Well, gee, why didn't he just say from the start that old white people are racist?

Posted by: bhatgirl | March 21, 2008 5:04 PM


Obama will end these pathetic losers' political career in 2008.

Johny Kerry, Teddy Kennedy and Deval Patrick. What a boost that endorsement be? Obama lost MA by a landslide.

Chris Dodd, Mr. less than 1 percent endorsed Obama right before Ohio primary. Another landslide loss for Obama.

Patrick Kennedy of RI endorsement resulted in another landslide loss for Obama.

Nancy Peloci's jab of Hillary didn't affect California one bit.

Now this foot note Bill Richardson is pandering the VP spot even though Latinos voted for Hillary 70%.

Posted by: jsindc | March 21, 2008 5:04 PM

Based on the comments, Obama seems to attract supporters who are nice, whereas Clinton and McCain seem to attract people who are mean.

Either that, or people start out nice but when they start following Clinton or McCain they become mean. I haven't figured that part out yet.

Posted by: bbb444 | March 21, 2008 5:03 PM

Saying "all the Democrats I know won't vote for Obama" is a weak statistic because I can easily neutralize it by saying that all the Democrats that I know WILL vote for him. Consider this. Whenever there is a recession, the political party in power loses the election. Over 70 per cent of Americans believe that we are now in a recession. Since John McCain campaigns on continuing the war and continuing the economic policies of George W. Bush, the Democratic nominee will stand a very good chance of winning the White House in November.

Posted by: lhummer | March 21, 2008 5:03 PM

The right-wing has a age-old winning formula to contaminate and bias the news en masse. Fox News has the most sensational headlines which other news outlets subsequently follow. Because it helps media companies with loss-leading news orgs sell more ads and actually have a good stab at profitability. Which predictably ends up becoming one singular message which gets repeated over and over until it dominates the airwaves.

Given our political amnesia and naive lack of historical perspective, it's no surprise people have forgotten the swiftboating or the McCain had black kidding baloney that've happened by now. And now we have Wright's words means Obama is racist meme replayed a thousand times to the same effect, well-packaged and nutshelled to just roll off an average-Joe's tongue. And thus perception becomes reality.

At the same time they relentlessly reported on Obama's pastor, most network journalists also ignored Rick Parsley, a televangelist who McCain called his "spiritual guide" when accepting his endorsement last month.

Parsley has said:
I do not believe our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand our historical conflict with Islam. I know that this statement sounds extreme, but I do not shrink from its implications. The fact is that America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed...

Ignoring McCain's spiritual advisers while going after Obama's is what we expect from FOX, which is more a GOP mouthpiece than a real news organization. But when real news outlets follow FOX's lead, we have to hold them accountable. Otherwise, FOX will continue to elevate smear after smear against Democrats into the mass media in 2008.

At the end of the day, this all feels like a big societal lord of the flies moment, where we succumb to our own complacency and incomptence, and deservedly become a second-rate power. Only then will we learn. Just look at what happened to England. Or France. Or Spain before that. It only seems human. Question is, does history *have* to repeat itself?

Posted by: ted_hu | March 21, 2008 5:00 PM

Clinton lost Texas

Posted by: Carlo40 | March 21, 2008 5:00 PM

jweber91:

You are not only correct, but you are correct on a stunningly obvious point that has only been minimally mentioned in the Media.

CA, NY, and NJ will go blue no matter what, so it's the swing states that matter. Fact is, Clinton and Obama can each claim about 3-4 swing state victories.

I'd actually give the edge to Obama, because bringing new states into the mix trumps victories in states will usually or sometimes win, and Obama will very likely be the favorite in Virginia in the general, as well as 1-2 western states, and possibly 1-2 other southern states.

Posted by: ChrisDC | March 21, 2008 5:00 PM

Bill Richardson made a reasonable endorsement of the only decent candidate in the race. Some want to argue that his move was about getting a position in an Obama administration.

Guess what? He already served under Clinton #1 and both Clintons were begging for his support. It stands to reason that if he is in it for political gain either candidate would offer the same options. It just goes to show that he made a choice based on who the BEST candidate is.

And for those of the conservative side whining and groaning about how Obama doesn't have the experience; who are you trying to fool? Yourselves?

G.W. Bush had no serious experience beyond ruining a few businesses handed to him by family and friends before being co-owner of a sports team. As anyone knows, the Governor of Texas doesn't even really run the show by themselves due to the weird system in that state. And conservatives voted him into office twice effectively stating that no experience is necessary to win their support.

Posted by: jbettert | March 21, 2008 4:58 PM

Cultist stop telling HRC to get out of the race. The is a typically white thing to do.

Get people to vote for you man and there will not be a problem. IF you don't HRC will get the nod.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 4:58 PM

Now to respond to someone with substantive comments. Although I can understand where daviddavidson is coming from, I must point out the characterization underlying his post: it casts Jeremiah Wright as a stone-cold racist, "infecting thousands . . . with naked hatred." It should be noted that this characterization is based upon a total of three minutes' worth of footage out of more than twenty years spent preaching at a majority-black church (yes, white people go there too) in the middle of Chicago, not exactly a hotbed of racial tolerance.

David argues that an uncle who makes a passing racist remark at the dinner table is qualitatively different than a preacher who condemns America's treatment of blacks en masse. Having had an uncle who was in the habit of referring to Arabs as "animals" and "subhumans" (this from a Jew, no less!), I can tell you that such comments are disturbing wherever they originate; but when they come from a family member or close friend, one whom you cannot just put away from yourself as if they were an offensive musical album, pure denunciation is virtually no one's response. And given that Wright's comments occupy all of three minutes in twenty years of preaching, why is the offense David obviously takes at them not also "passing"? It is as if by uttering the words "God damn America," which he later qualified by adding "for treating our people as second-class citizens," Wright somehow became a modern Hitler, only awaiting his opportunity at power before shipping off all the offending white folks to the camps. David actually makes this point by implication by invoking "communities in Europe seventy years ago." This comparison is, as I hardly need to point out, ludicrous.

We are likely to see and hear many more offensive things of similar natures during the course of this campaign and beyond. I have listened to Sean Hannity declare "war" on liberals, as though we ought to be machine-gunned in the streets; I have listened to liberal commentators who, although less prone to initial bouts of extremism, have occasionally responded as though they really thought conservatives were a subversive sect of American life that ought to be excluded from public discourse. But guess what? All this "standing up" to each other over our various disagreements doesn't foster solutions. To stand up to someone, in the sense in which David and others appear to be using the phrase, is to deny the validity of their points in total; it is to refuse compromise. It's exactly that absolutist view of things we've spent the last eight years suffering through.

Really, if you can't understand the bitterness behind Wright's comments, you aren't getting out enough. You don't have a black friend from Chicago who got pulled over every time he drove around the city for no other reason than that he was black, sixteen years old, and had a car -- and the assumption on the part of the police was that he must be dealing drugs. You don't have a black friend who cites the AIDS myth at you (yes, it's a myth) in the same breath as he recalls the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, or the Army's plutonium experiments on unwitting soldiers. You haven't had the frank discussion about race, with the people who are most affected by the issue, that Obama is urging you to have. If you did, you would probably not subscribe to the beliefs Wright expressed, but you would likely have some understanding of why he expressed them. And if you have failed to have that conversation, never taken it upon yourself to ask people of other races how they perceive this nation, why blame Obama for noting your failure? Why blame Obama for not taking a step that, upon having such a conversation, you might yourself not desire to take? Think about it: if you have enough black friends, you are likely to have a few who espouse these feelings. But they're you're friends. Will you merely agree to disagree, as Obama has done with Wright, or will you command them never to darken your hearth again? Will you obscure all that is good about them, all that made them your friends, even if they have helped your country (for example, by serving in the Marines), even if they have helped your family, even if you have known them and their foibles for twenty-odd years, all on the basis of some isolated, intemperate statements?

Posted by: turkishd | March 21, 2008 4:57 PM

I hope all you so-called Democrats who will vote for McCain enjoy the continuation of this war, enjoy no healthcare, lose your homes and support the corporate welfare that the Republicans so love. You get the Government you deserve and you evidently want more George Bush. So be stupid and outraged - this is what I expect of the average American voter - laziness and ignorance.

Posted by: msdillo | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM

Actually, the same thing happened in NH. Clinton won the populate vote, but Obama won more delegates. However, which story do you hear?

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM

It appears to me that Richardson is trashing his old buddy Bill in hopes of getting on the winning team . . . but what do I know, I'm just a "typical white person".

Posted by: rplat | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM

I didn't know that the WashPost attracted so many trolls. And in such variety. You have Hillary dead-ender trolls, standard issue Republican oppo-research trolls and Confederate trolls. Sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. Maybe there's not much difference.

Posted by: ACR | March 21, 2008 03:49 PM

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Well said. They do not show up in the nation's other major newspapers...perhaps due to moderator's oversight.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | March 21, 2008 4:55 PM

Referencing the second paragraph about Clinton wining Texas: Did not Obama win more delegates in Texas than Clinton? If so, and this is what I have read following the final tally that included the evening caucus-like voting also, in the second paragraph, since delegates are the more important of the two indicators of 'winning' with popular vote being the other, wouldn't it be more accurate to report that Obama won the Texas delegate vote whereas Clinton won the popular vote. Ask Al Gore which one matters the most.

Posted by: jslevin | March 21, 2008 4:55 PM

If Bill Richardson's endorsement is as insignificant as the Clintonites now claim, then why did Bill & Hill & their surrogates court him so assiduously, by some accounts calling 10 times a day and Bill going out of his way to fly to New Mexico to watch the Super Bowl with him?

I think Balz hit the nail on the head. Richardson's endorsement may not sway many rank-and-file voters, but it's a huge deal to superdelegates. Richardson was one of the most important remaining "neutrals," a highly respected figure among party insiders with positive ties to both camps. He's signaling other superdelegates that it's time to stop the bloodletting and rally around the eventual nominee. Clinton has no plausible path to the nomination except to run such a savagely negative, scorched-earth campaign that it completely destroys Obama, but that will also destroy the party and at that point the nomination is not worth having for either candidate. Rumor has it the Obama campaign is lining up a string of similar heavyweight endorsements, while the Clinton camp is on the defensive, battling furiously to hold them in neutral. If two or three more figures of Richardson's stature come out for Obama, look for the floodgates to open. This is huge, and no amount of denial and spin from the Clinton camp can change that.

Posted by: bradk1 | March 21, 2008 4:54 PM

It comes after losses in Ohio and Texas, which cost Obama the opportunity to force Clinton out of the race.

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How about a little truthful reporting for a change WP. Clinton did not win Texas. She won the popular vote and Obama won the delegate count. That pretty much makes it a draw.

Posted by: katie11 | March 21, 2008 4:54 PM

All Obama needs to do to win the nomination is to continue referring to his opponent as 'The Clintons'.

A two-headed monster makes a better foil.

Posted by: rearden215 | March 21, 2008 4:54 PM

Lucille4 may be one New Mexican willing to see Richardson depart to a cabinet post in DC, but the vast majority of us--70% at last poll--think he's doing a terrific job here. We would miss him but would have no doubt he'd make a great VP or Sec State.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 21, 2008 4:54 PM

Hillary Clinton should exit the race NOW and gracefully concede that Barack Obama has an unsurmountable lead for the nomination. There is indeed no way she can win it short of securing the support of a majority of the superdelegates, and Richardson's action today almost certainly signals that such support is not forthcoming.

The longer she continues to "fight" for the nomination, the more mud is going to be flung and the deeper the divisions among Democrats are going to go. Just look at the vitriol on display in this blog! The only beneficiary of this fight-to-the-death mentality is going to be the Republican Party--and yes, if the vitriol continues to flow, it is going to be very hard to unify the Democratic Party around EITHER candidate come fall. And it's not as if there are deep policy questions at issue--all that seems to be at stake is whether the nomination should go to a woman candidate or a black candidate. The stakes are too high--the danger is too great that McCain will actually Bushwhack the country and the world for a third horrible term of war and economic distress.

Just look at the childish name-calling and shameful hatreds being unleashed by disappointed (supposedly) Democratic partisans in this and so many other blogs! (Actually I suspect that many of these usual suspects are Republican and right-wing moles, but look at how easily Democrats and independents are being led into mutual, hurtful insults by this manipulative hogwash!)

I know that there are fears that Obama may prove to be too weak a candidate to withstand the Republican hate machine. I know that the superdelegates must be pondering that very carefully. But the longer (supposed) Clintonistas dish out attacks worthy of Atwater and Rove, the longer Obama is going to be weakened. And for what purpose.

Endorsement by enough superdelegates to ensure Obama's nomination at this point is NOT the same thing as his nomination. That will not occur until August. If it should happen that scandal or other very negative revelations about Senator Obama surface between now and Denver--things, that is, that would make him unelectable--then the superdelegates can certainly reverse their endorsements. Senator Clinton or even an alternative candidate--I'm thinking Al Gore--could be put forward AT THAT POINT as our nominee, and selected as such by the convention.

But give Obama a chance NOW to pull the Democratic Party together, to fight back against the Republican attack machine, and start getting this country ready for his election to the presidency. Hillary, you CAN'T win the nomination under present circumstances. Do yourself, your party, and your country a favor and withdraw gracefully. Give Obama his chance. Personally, I think that all the evidence is that Obama will rise to the challenge--that we have in him a man of potential greatness. But the longer all this vitriol continues to spew, the greater the danger that ALL DEMOCRATS will suffer the consequences.

Nancy Pelosi, John Edwards, Al Gore, Jimmy Carter: what are you waiting for? Help put an end to this madness! If Obama truly stumbles between now and the Denver convention, then we can correct the "mistake" in time. That is, after all, the reason we have superdelegates--right?

Time to circle our wagons and start fighting the real battle: the struggle to rid this country of the legacy of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove, and Alberto Gonzales (and ten thousand other clowns and villains around them)!

Posted by: jm917 | March 21, 2008 4:53 PM

I for one look forward to the Obama/Richardson 08 ticket, and hope that Sen Clinton will stop using McCain-provided videos to slime our Democratic nominee before it's too late.

Not that I have much hope of that, it's as if she feels she "deserves" the office ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | March 21, 2008 4:52 PM

Stephanie78
While you try to make a convincing argument on because Clinton won the big states she should be the nominee, the fact is that regardless of who wins, the democrats are going to win these states, except for Texas. With Obama, they still win NY, Mass, NJ, Mich, Ill, Pa, Calif. What Obama has done is to win in states where Clinton cannot win, such as SC, GA, VA, Lou, MO, etc. I think your argument makes a stronger case for Obama getting the nomination vs. Clinton.

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:49 PM

REPOST TO CORRECT TYPO --

If Gore endorses Obama I and every other mainstream Democrat will lose all respect for him.

Barry Obama reminds me of Billy Mumy on the onl Twilight Zone Episode "Its a good life"

"Its a good thing you did, Barry, A really good thing!!! Plesse don't wish us into the cornfield!!! Please!!!"

The real monster in this election is Barry Obama.

He's just got everybody too scared of being accused of being a "racist" to call him on what he's done and all the times he's failed to stand up and do the right thing.

If Barry Obama becomes President, God help America.

Barry won't. That's for sure.

He's bad news.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 4:49 PM

There will be no political Easter for the HRC campaign. Enough is enough. Obama/Richardson '08 to win!

Posted by: lockmallup | March 21, 2008 4:49 PM

TO ALL THOSE residents of PENNSYLVANIA, (courtesy of mnteng and, weirdly, jakeD):

YES, it has been said that all politics are local, but in this case maybe not.

Check the prior post by mnteng. Not a PA resident myself, but I'd suggest you check out PA's rules - as it does apparently make a difference.

I'd suggest you register D for the primary, because it seemingly does matter. In the general election, it will not.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 4:49 PM

I think we are getting close to having a truly great president. That said, who do you think I support and why?

Posted by: PaulTinker | March 21, 2008 04:45 PM

I say obama.

Because you are a typical white person like is Grand Ma.

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 4:48 PM

Bill Richardson made a grave mistake. He knows exactly what I say. His politicaly life is dead.

Posted by: NoWorry | March 21, 2008 4:48 PM

Bill Richardson made a grave mistake. He knows exactly what I say. His politicaly life is dead.

Posted by: NoWorry | March 21, 2008 4:48 PM

All this, as the Republicans laugh all the way to the White House.

Posted by: wly34 | March 21, 2008 4:47 PM

Wow. The crazies are out in full force these days.

Anyway, I'd like to remind anyone in PA what JakeD above said:

Monday, March 24th is the DEADLINE to register for the Pennsylvania primary -- if you are currently registered Republican or Independent -- you can always switch back after the primary:

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

And I would also like to add that Senators Clinton, Obama, and McCain all seem like nice, temperate people compared to some of those commenting on these boards.

I support Obama, but I feel no need to flame up the boards with anti-Hillary rants. Really, if you have a problem with a candidate, just say so and tell us why. All this all-caps, schizophrenic ranting only hurts the candidate you support.

Posted by: ChrisDC | March 21, 2008 4:47 PM

Who CARES about Richardson's Endorsement. Weak, Very Very Weak.

NOBODY CAN BELIEVE WHAT OBAMA HAS TO SAY ANYMORE..... HE'S A LYING RACIST !!....

Posted by: jmj350 | March 21, 2008 4:46 PM

If Gore endorses Obama I and every other mainstream Democrat will lose all respect for him.

Barry Obama reminds me of Billy Mumy on the only Twilight Zone Episode.

"Its a good think you did, Barry, A really good thing!!! Plesse don't wish me into the cornfield!!!"

The real monster in this election is Barry Obama.

He's just got everybody too scared of being accused of being a "racist" to call him on what he's done and all the times he's failed to stand up and do the right thing.

If Barry Obama becomes President, God help America.

Barry won't. That's for sure.


He's bad news.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 4:46 PM

Especially those who base their vote on a tie worn during an endorsement. What next??

Posted by: wly34 | March 21, 2008 4:46 PM

bluedoctor, the "typical white person" remark came in a radio interview yesterday. Searching Obama and typical in a few places on the web will reveal it.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 4:46 PM

I think we are getting close to having a truly great president. That said, who do you think I support and why?

Posted by: PaulTinker | March 21, 2008 4:45 PM

For the poster who thinks Richardson is a "wannabe latino" here's some info from Wikipedia

Bill Richardson was born at the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, California to María Luisa López-Collada Márquez (born 1914) and William Blaine Richardson Jr. (1891-1972), a banker. He lived and worked in Mexico City for decades. It was his mother who largely took care of him during his youth. He has a younger sister, Vesta. Just before Richardson was born, his mother was sent to California, where her husband's sister lived, to give birth because, as Richardson explained, "My father had a complex about not having been born in the United States."[2] Three of his four grandparents were Mexican citizens, and he identifies himself as Hispanic.[2][3] Richardson, a U.S. citizen by birthright, was raised in Mexico City.

Posted by: harrow1212 | March 21, 2008 4:45 PM

jubran1, quick question:
Which country is yours? Cuba?
I am a Floridian as well, and as a Floridian I am Red as my blood, because democrats never did anything for our state, besides let all your cubans get in and bring the crime, drugs and prostitution they brought.
So, I am sorry to tell you, but Florida is way bigger than Miami-Dade, so your link won't work.

Posted by: mp2007 | March 21, 2008 4:45 PM

"Fifth, Richardson's support could help Obama improve his standing with Hispanic voters. Clearly an endorsement would have been more valuable before the Texas primary, where Clinton beat Obama by 2-1 among Hispanics."

Dude in your pro obama full O you forget there are very very few Hispanics left in the Dem primary Calender. Save PR and I doubt they care what Richardson thinks.

You are a Typical White person.

Primary BAD Obama GOOD

Posted by: mul | March 21, 2008 4:44 PM

Not to worry, 80% of the spewers on this board, whether for Obama or Clinton will not vote on election day.

Posted by: wly34 | March 21, 2008 4:44 PM

A ma who wears a tie like what Bill Richardson wore when he endorsed Barack Obama hasn't got much sense or taste. The man's speech was so full of cliches and trite thinking that his speech had actually contributed to hastening the end of the world by boredom.

Posted by: GeorgePS | March 21, 2008 4:44 PM

Some say: "It is time for democratic unity. It is time for democratic leaders to stand up and put an end to this divisiveness and decide on our nominee based on the fact that his lead is insurmountable."

I think the people need to decide not the DNC! The people need to elect a President not some Party!

Posted by: stephen | March 21, 2008 4:43 PM

It was just a matter of time for a Richardson endorsement, and it has little to do with who he thinks is the better candidate. The day before Clinton's wins in OH, TX and RI on Super Tuesday Jnr, Richardson said that whoever had the most delegates at that time should be the nomination, so it was obvious that he was going to endorse Obama.

If Clinton was ahead at that time, then she would have received his endorsement, and if the media had not helped Obama as much as they have in this contest, then she would have been ahead at that time, and even further ahead if wins in FL and MI are counted. Richardson cares only about ending this race, and Clinton is doing the right thing by taking this as far as she can.

She has won the critical states of CA, FL, MA, MI, NJ, NY, and OH, and she will win in PA. Obama has won only IL which is not enough, and he is unelectable following the Rev. Wright fiasco. The states that Richardson could help Obama in have already been decided, and the Latino people are very loyal and unlikely to be swayed by endorsements.

As with any endorsement, John Murtha included which hardly received any news earlier this week, it will be news for a couple of days and then forgotten. On the other hand, I certainly hope the Rev. Wright story will not be forgotten, and nor should it be, although I'm sure the media will attempt to push it aside in their attempt to elect Obama on behalf of the people.

Posted by: Stephanie78 | March 21, 2008 4:43 PM

Posted by: amcruz2001 | March 21, 2008 4:43 PM

Obama had tried to lure John Edwards with VP but failed.

I believe Richardson just dug a hole to bury himself. He is adding fuel and get himself into trouble.

The racial issue is over already, but this had led us into knowing Obama better, that's why Obama is losing his leading edge and becoming un-electable. I am surprised Richardson couldn't see it.

If someone need to compare Ferraro with Obama. You'll find Obama is more racial, more divisive. A person who is not racial will not have all these racial issues deeply rooted in his mind.

Obama mentioned about the White anger with "affirmative action", what is he going to do about it? Bringing up all the known issues is not equal to solving them. Does Obama has a solution to all the issues in his speech?

I can only consider the speech is long; because it is just not good enough for me. It is more about a few stories and his personal feelings and I see no changes.

Posted by: nlcwei | March 21, 2008 4:43 PM

Wow. Clinton campaign turns into a new safe haven for the reverse racism rage. Sorry, no more room under the Republican tent. You can vote Republican, but they don't want the D refugees. They are already aware of the trap the band of "angry white victims of reverse racism" represent. Their chits are already out.

Oh where will you go, the Hillary didn't win party? A sad affair. She should have dumped Bill.

Lots of us know Wright to be more dangerous than Barak Obama thinks he is, but, on balance, to have a racist supporter sure does not differentiate any of the three candidates. It was the Clinton people who tried to set Obama up as a false idol, just so their mud would stick.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 4:42 PM

Can the supposed "Florida voters" please spare us their rhetoric? Even assuming for the sake of argument that you're actually 1) Florida residents and 2) Democrats, what do you think you're going to do in November? Make Florida go even REDDER than it did in the last two elections?

Posted by: christoffel | March 21, 2008 4:42 PM

Obama wants to talk about RACE - well the "RULES" - that you all seem to so proudly hang your self-righteousness on - are in fact AFFIRMATIVE ACTION RULES DESIGNED TO PLACE THE BLACK VOTE IN SOUTH CAROLINA AHEAD OF THE WHITE VOTE IN FLORIDA.


All the Obama supporters do not want to talk about this.


THE DNC HAS GONE COMPLETELY MAD AT THIS POINT - THE WHOLE POINT IS THAT THE BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE TO BE MAGNIFIED - THE CAUCUS STATE DELEGATES HAVE TO BE MAGNIFIED - AND WHEN ALL THAT WORKS LET'S THROW OUT THE VOTES OF MILLIONS OF WHITES IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN - THAT WILL FINALLY GIVE OUR CANDIDATE A MAJORITY.


Who is kidding who?


Seriously. HILLARY DESERVES +70 DELEGATES OUT OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA, OBAMA'S TOTALS NEED TO BE ADJUSTED TO DE-MAGNIFY THE CAUCUS STATES WHICH HAVE GIVEN HIM +70 OUT OF THOSE STATES - BY ALL RIGHTS THIS RACE IS 140 DELEGATES CLOSER THAN YOU SEE IN THE MEDIA DELEGATE COUNTS. FROM THAT POINT, LET THEM VOTE.

Posted by: Miata7 | March 21, 2008 4:40 PM

Obama wants to talk about RACE - well the "RULES" - that you all seem to so proudly hang your self-righteousness on - are in fact AFFIRMATIVE ACTION RULES DESIGNED TO PLACE THE BLACK VOTE IN SOUTH CAROLINA AHEAD OF THE WHITE VOTE IN FLORIDA.


All the Obama supporters do not want to talk about this.


THE DNC HAS GONE COMPLETELY MAD AT THIS POINT - THE WHOLE POINT IS THAT THE BLACKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA HAVE TO BE MAGNIFIED - THE CAUCUS STATE DELEGATES HAVE TO BE MAGNIFIED - AND WHEN ALL THAT WORKS LET'S THROW OUT THE VOTES OF MILLIONS OF WHITES IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN - THAT WILL FINALLY GIVE OUR CANDIDATE A MAJORITY.


Who is kidding who?


Seriously. HILLARY DESERVES +70 DELEGATES OUT OF MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA, OBAMA'S TOTALS NEED TO BE ADJUSTED TO DE-MAGNIFY THE CAUCUS STATES WHICH HAVE GIVEN HIM +70 OUT OF THOSE STATES - BY ALL RIGHTS THIS RACE IS 140 DELEGATES CLOSER THAN YOU SEE IN THE MEDIA DELEGATE COUNTS. FROM THAT POINT, LET THEM VOTE.

Posted by: Miata7 | March 21, 2008 4:40 PM

Senator Clinton carried New Mexico by a very slim margin and it took some time for all the votes to be counted. Obama actually won the caucus in two of the three Congressional districts. Richardson still got some votes and if you add his and Obama's, you have more than Clinton's. Governor Richardson has ancestry that includes New England WASP and Nicaraguan roots on his father's family tree and Mexican on his mother's. He campaigned on his varied resume which did include foreign policy, congressional and cabinet experience. And it was nice to hear from a Democrat who knew a lot about baseball too who actually got to play on the Field of Dreams in Iowa.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | March 21, 2008 4:40 PM

To Bluedoctor, it wasn't in his "Race" speech, it was in a subsequent interview about that speech....

Obama Talks More About 'Typical White Person' Grandmother
March 20, 2008 2:24 PM

In an interview with sports radio 610 WIP in Philly early this morning, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said "the point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't. But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know, well there's a reaction that's in our experiences that won't go away and can sometimes come out in the wrong way. And that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it."

You can hear it here, about 2:30 into the clip...
http://www.redlasso.com/ClipPlayer.aspx?id=8a521134-e10b-4bfb-8aec-690d61794d50

Posted by: govtDr | March 21, 2008 4:40 PM

The question was asked frequently today, why Gore does not come out to endorse Obama. Everybody knows he hates the Clintons and will endorse Obama anyway, but Al with his giant ego requires a big audience. Of course he has to make a speech about it at Denver.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | March 21, 2008 4:39 PM

As a Latina, independent and having kept close analysis of the politics of this all, none are progressive enough for me. But objectively speaking, the analysis in this article is CORRECT, and Latinos are not married to the Clintons. Hindsight being 20/20, we now know the Clinton politics were pretty status-quo. Hillary is too much of a war-hawk. Despite any weakness in Obama, he's progressive enough and doesn't carry the baggage of Hillary, McCain, etc. And he's smart! The Rev. Wright issue turned out to be a plus, because his message was correct, tho you might not have liked his choice of words. Where's the condemnation of McCain's acceptance of Hagee's endorsement, with Hagee being racist, zionist, and misogynistic in his preachings? Hypocritcal and white-supremacist if you don't blast that endorsement. Whether you like it or not, Obama's integrity, message and inspiriational qualities have been superior enough to cross-over to a plural public. I'm not in love with all his policies, but I dread more the policies and rhetorical hype from the others that's certainly more rightist.

Posted by: dxg13pol | March 21, 2008 4:39 PM

I find it disturbing how the Clinton camp feels it is necessary to resort to the same nasty divisive Carl Rove tactics that the republicans have thrived on and only serves to tear apart the democratic party. How long can you ignore the truth that Clinton cannot overtake Obama's lead and that her sense of entitlement will only serve to destroy the chance for democrats to take back America from the war mongering oil barons who have lead us into economic ruin?

Richardson is a 5 time Nobel prize nominee and those of you who attack him in an attempt to diffuse the importance of his endorsement are an affront to common decency and fair play. If he is so horrible and unimportant, why was he an important part of the previous Clinton administration and why did they try so hard to get his endorsement?

Clinton supporters need to wake up to the fact that she has lost and that the only thing they can achieve with their negative attacks is to put McCain in the white house. It's time for democrats to join together behind Obama so that we can take back America and have a government for the people as our founders meant it to be.

I am a proud descendant of those who founded Plymouth colony and a great great great great great grandson of William Henry Patterson who signed the constitution. I am also proud to support Barack Obama for president as he has shown that he truly believes in American ideals and has the power to bring Americans together so that we can recapture the dream that has been lost due to the greed and immorality of those who have run our country into the ground.

It is time for democratic unity. It is time for democratic leaders to stand up and put an end to this divisiveness and decide on our nominee based on the fact that his lead is insurmountable. It is time for Americans to stop responding to tabloid style politics and focus on the issues. It is time for democrats to take back America and restore us to a position of world leadership!

God Bless America and all those who are strong enough to speak up against injustice, intolerance and greed!

Posted by: davidstein | March 21, 2008 4:38 PM

yea, there certainly is a lot of hate on this board. I'm back to supporting Obama. You guys keep driving me back to him. Go Obama, but stay clear of the haters, like these guys and that preacher friend of yours. I'm letting you slide on that one.

Posted by: johng1 | March 21, 2008 4:37 PM

Why is obama a fraud as so many have suggested. I'm a resident if Illinois; Obama has represented me for quite some time now. He is overwhelmingly popular becouse of his practical approach to solving real problems. Check out the police interigation law he wrote for my state that has been a model for the rest of the states. Pleas do some research and see that he has indeed acomplished a lot, and I can honestly say the residents of the state of Illinois are better off becouse of him. There is a reason he is so popular here; we're not stupid poeple. Please see what he's done, educate yourself, then make a thoughful decision before you vote. Thanks for reading.

Posted by: amcruz2001 | March 21, 2008 4:37 PM

The fact that there is no election of delegates in Michigan and Florida is troubling. However, the fact is that both states knew what they were doing when their democratic leaders moved up the primaries. It is a shame, but the voters should be angry at their party leaders, not Obama for their votes not being counted.
I also have a question for everyone. How many people believe that if the shoe were on the other foot, Clinton was ahead, and the states having their delegates denied were Illinois and Wisconsin. How many think Ms. Clinton would be gung ho for a revote in those states? Lets be real here!!!

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:37 PM

This Hillary supporter doesn't care who endorses or anoints Senator Obama. He is a do-nothing Senator, with great speeches, no action.
If Obama is the nominee, and the Florida votes were not counted, we are going to have a gigantic Registration Change drive of Florida Democrats to Florida Independents. The site to get the Registration form is:
http://www.miamidade.gov/elections/Library/webappform.pdf

We love our country more than our party.

Posted by: jubran1 | March 21, 2008 4:36 PM

this wright thing look like a set up by the clintons to d-rail obama from his point of action.i would not puit it pass them on the evil they have within to get the nomination...

Posted by: bkmale4fun | March 21, 2008 4:36 PM

It is sad and dispiriting reading most of the previous comments. The lack of respect, the descent into unpleasant name-calling, the untruths and inuendoes. The thinking of some seems to be "why insult just one person, when I can insult two, or three or four?" I support every posters' right to voice his or her opinion, but fail to understand what benefit comes from negative or hateful posts.

All of that being said, I am for Barack Obama because he speaks to the American people as adults, telling it like it is. He does not take campaign money from lobbyists - has that ever happened before? He truly wants to appeal to the good that is in the American people, and there is much of that out there. He wants to transcend race, believing that his being African American should count for as little as John Kennedy's being Catholic did in 1960. He believes that the white blue collar workers who have lost jobs due to out-sourcing and closures have much in common with poor blacks who try to work two and three Mc-jobs to help their families survive. Other people, the Clinton or McCain campaigns? want to distract Americans with the unacceptable utterances of Senator Obama's pastor. Obama is no more Islamic with Hussein as a middle name than Dwigt Eisenhower was Jewish with David as a middle name.

Nelson Mandela came out of Robben Island Prison after 27 years in jail. He was not accused of having "no experience" before he was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was seen as a healer of the racial divide, his policy of reconciliation might well be a model for those in the US who, sadly, still seek to divide us on racial grounds.

Posted by: rbull | March 21, 2008 4:35 PM

See how the Clintonian Nazi Party is treating the Latinos and Bill Richardson now? Until yesterday, Clintons were pretty much half-mexican, they were "los amigos de los latinos", now they are cursing, and calling Bill Richardson names, and calling for a mass deportation! Doesn't surprise me as they did the same with the African-Americans, as most of the Clintonians now behave like KKK knights...
My question is: what will this Mafia couple do when they get re-elected and Americans start to diverge of them lying and stealing people's money again? They probably build some concentration camps, and will have Hillary crying on TV and saying all the opposition to her is bad and must die, because she is a woman, and her husband cheated on her... At least Bush used to get warrants to look into someone's passport files, the Clintons just go and STEAL the files, don't even bother to ask... Clintonians are throwing our country on the brink of a civil war, with all their hate speech. It's time for America to stand up and expel this Clinton cancer of our political life, once and for all!

Posted by: mp2007 | March 21, 2008 4:34 PM

Richardson offered to back Clinton. However, he wanted a quid pro quo. He was flatly and angrily turned down. That was the ethical, if not the politically expedient, thing to do.
So now Richardson endorses Obama. I don't know whether he was offered the job he wants, whether he did so in a fit of pique or if he just wanted to climb on the Obama bandwagon hoping for future favors. I hope he got some kind of commitment, because Obama already owes too many, too much. In any event, I lost all respect for him months ago.

Posted by: stan2 | March 21, 2008 4:34 PM

WHILE I DO FIND ADMIRABLE CHARASTICS IN SENATOR MCCAIN, HE IS VERY LIKELY TO GET US INTO A WAR IN IRAN, PAKISTAN AND AFRICA WHICH WILL BE OUR UNDOING. THIS LEAVES ME ROOTING FOR A DEMOCRAT WHICH HAS TO BE OBAMA AS HILLARY CLINT CAN'T POSSIBLY WIN IN NOVEMBER FOR TWO REASONS 1 MILLIONS OF AMERICANS DO NOT WANT BILL NEAR THE OVAL OFFICE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES 2 SOME OF THE THINGS JENNIFER FLOWERS REPORTED BILL AS SAYING ABOUT HILLARY MAKE HER UNELECTABLE. I WON'T GO INTO THE SPECIFICS BUT WILL POINT OUT THAT THESE CHARACTERIZATIONS OF HILLARY BY BILL ARE APPEARING ON THE NET AND ARE BOUND TO BECOME PART OF THE PUBLIC DIALOGUE MAKING ELECTION OF HILLARY AS PRESIDENT IMPOSSIBLE.

Posted by: saintpeterii | March 21, 2008 4:34 PM

JakeD:

Thanks for the constant reminders to register in PA. Gotta get off my butt and really decide whether all politics are local (and register R) or national (and register D). Choices, choices -- and only a couple more days to make them.

Posted by: mnteng | March 21, 2008 4:33 PM

can anyone tell me when Obama became a Christian? Was it in his mid-20's. Was it a political ploy just like everything that he does? Like cherry picking the votes. WHY IS AFRAID TO HAVE ELECTIONS IN MICHIGAN AND FLORIDA? HE IS DECEITFUL, CALCULATING AND A FAKE.

Posted by: utworcurious | March 21, 2008 4:32 PM

Dang JakeD, I think you are right. It is illegal in Ohio, but not in Pa. (which must mean there must be something wrong with Ohio to be so ethical)

Beat by a Rovenite - darnit!

But, were you scared?

Posted by: ubflamed | March 21, 2008 4:32 PM

Bill Richardson is not a household word?
Bill Richardson is a little known politician?
Bill Richardson is little known outside of New Mexico?

Only if you haven't read a newspaper, watched the news or kept track of politics for the past 16 years. He was ambassador to the UN. He was Secretary of Energy-both under Bill Clinton. Yet he still endorsed Obama. Maybe he knows the Clintons better than the rest of us.

Posted by: SueB2 | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

This wouldn't happen to be the same former-presidential-candidate from New Mexico Bill Richardson who just last month said that the superdelegates should vote the way their state/constituency voted in the primary, would it?

I mean, given that New Mexico went for Clinton in the primary, as did the (in general) the Hispanic constituency...

I do hope the Obama-ites now stop with THAT line of reasoning on the Supers, if they are willing to ignore it when it's to their benefit.

Posted by: govtDr | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

Yes BlunderBush, the reason we have W as president is, the Gore and Kerry campaigns were (a quote from Dr House), run by idiots!!!

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 02:49 PM

AND

logicaldoubtofhumansanity | March 21, 2008 03:51 PM

Both of you stated your anger with Obama's comments or feelings about the "typical white man". I have read his speech word for word twice. Nowhere, I repeat nowhere did Obama mention anything about "typical white man" or "typical white people" or any variation upon that.

I feel frustration that people are reading opinion articles for their news rather than getting the news for themselves. If people were reading the news for themselves, America would be a lot better off.

Posted by: bluedoctor | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

Wow there is a lot of hate on this board.

What if every news channel selected the three worst comments you ever wrote on one of these boards and played them over and over, four times and hour, for a week straight?

What if that's all anyone knew about you?

Would you look like a good person, or would you look like a hater?

Then, what if a hundred media pundits and a million anonymous bloggers referred to you every day for the next year, summing up your entire life's work by the content of your three worst comments?

Would that make it the truth about you?

Think about it.

Posted by: fairbalanced | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

cheersdk,

"Pesos in the pocket"?!?

Sounds like you have some race issues to resolve there. This kind of rhetoric is precisely what Clinton does not need at the moment. Latinos rescued Clinton when she was on her heels in Nevada and then did the same again in Texas, and now a Clinton purported Clinton supporter is in a blog trashing on a Latino leader with racial epithets? Bad course of action, if you ask me. On the heels of Ferraro's racially charged statements, this kind of rhetoric will only sink Clinton's campaign even faster.

Besides, have you looked at what the dollar is doing in the money markets lately? If the dollar sinks any lower in the Forex markets, there might be a lot of people wishing they had pesos, euros, pounds, Canadian dollars, or anything else in their pockets, which would render your nasty metaphor mute anyway. ;)

Posted by: blert | March 21, 2008 4:31 PM

Thank you Dan for your cogent articulation of how Richardson's endorsement will help Obama's candidacy. I think you are right on target and I think that the endorsement is a huge step in securing the nomination and presidency for Obama.

Posted by: verycreative | March 21, 2008 4:29 PM

platypus_chutney, UR2CYNICAL! ;-) I LOVE the rhetorical PRACTICE of capitalizing ALL letters in random WORDS! It gets me STOKED! I also FEEL apPENding other NAMES to the names of our UNCANDID-
-ates--e.g. Hillary HITLER Clinton and Barack Obama BIN LADEN--or coming up with cool NICK(((@Nite)))NAMES like the MURDEROUS John McLAME really racks up the SMART points!!! Politics isn't COOL, RATIONAL thinking--its PASSION and MISSED apostrophes, PEOPLE!!!! CAPS LOCK 4EVUH!!!! And REMEMBER. WHICHEVER candidate U support, just VOTE, OK? Keep an OPEN mind, and VOTE OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!

Wow, that actually hurts to proof...

Posted by: kingpigeon | March 21, 2008 4:29 PM

Have any of the folks who are critical of Rev. Wright seen more than snippets of the "chickens" sermon? If they had, they would realize that he was quoting the former Ambassador to Iraq - and deputy director of Reagan's task force on terrorism on HIS views of how America's foreign policy has put America in peril.

Taking the Reverend's words out of context is a traditional right-wing looney trick. And, as usual, it is working because American's are too lazy to do any research. We hear a YouTube outtake and we believe the worst.

Does anyone wonder why we were so ignorant as to select George W. Bush?

Posted by: BlunderBush | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

More mindless drivel from Balz.

Perhaps he'd care to explain exactly why Puerto Ricans should feel some sort of solidarity with the Mexican-American BillRichardson.

And, perhaps he'd care to chime in whether it's good public policy to encourage pan-ethnic solidarity, as BR did a while back. Here's the audio:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=MiszkrzoOs0

And, if Balz ever decides to do any real reporting, he can look into how BR shilled for a pan-American group even as he was running for president:

http://nomoreblather.com/bill-richarson-registered-foreign-agent

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

Hillary and her supporters are running their 'so-called' campaign right out of the REPUBLICAN handbook.

Disgusting.

You should be ashamed of yourselves and if you're calling yourself a democrat, I'm almost ashamed to call myself one.

Face it, Clinton is history. She's yesterday, so yesterday that when I look at an old Calendar I see her face on it.

Posted by: jeffrey | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

Have any of the folks who are critical of Rev. Wright seen more than snippets of the "chickens" sermon? If they had, they would realize that he was quoting the former Ambassador to Iraq - and deputy director of Reagan's task force on terrorism on HIS views of how America's foreign policy has put America in peril.

Taking the Reverend's words out of context is a traditional right-wing looney trick. And, as usual, it is working because American's are too lazy to do any research. We hear a YouTube outtake and we believe the worst.

Does anyone wonder why we were so ignorant as to select George W. Bush?

Posted by: BlunderBush | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

LADIES & GENTLEMEN ...THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA...BARACK OBAMA!!!! DEAL WITH IT!!!

*(the above message was for all the HATEFUL Obama haters) For the supporters of Senator Clinton who have conducted themselves like civilized adults. I respect your right to choose and support the candidate that best speaks to your concerns. But for JakeD, SVreader and the other trolls just DEAL WITH IT AND STFU!

Posted by: tjfrmla | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

I tend to think that Richardson's endorsement of HBO has enhanced the effects of BHO's decisive Tuesday Speech, not as Dan said, "Richardson has ridden to Obama's rescue during what has been the roughest stretch of his candidacy. " That is, although the degree of comprehension and grasp of BHO's thoughts are vary, most of the audience have seen BHO an outstanding figure with huge moral strength and immense ability to take pressures and overcome the crisis. While people are still digesting his speech, they have to respect his leader qualities, which is very important (BHO's newness used to be a double sword). The fact that BHO has made the crisis an opportunity to have had his talent and characters shine has already predicted his victory in the general election. B. Richard's endorsement served as a big help in starting the final stage of the path to the nomination. N. Pelosi's position has been quite clear long ago. She has been repeating that Denver floor fight would not happen, and that superdelegates would not overturn the pledged delegates's will. She re-declared it firmly right last Sunday when the Wright incident was hottest and FL/MI re-do had not yet died. Clearly, She will endorse BHO. So the majority of the remaining superdelegates.

Posted by: pinepine | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

In view of the "pastor controversy", at least now we know that Obama is a Christian. Whatever happened with those comments about him being a Muslim? Anyone?

Posted by: everystep8 | March 21, 2008 4:26 PM

It's interesting how many of you right wing fools are pretending to be democrats...ha ha......It's not surprising considering all you have is John McINSANE..ha ha

Posted by: jus1ked | March 21, 2008 4:25 PM

I am an Obama supporter . . .I am a DEMOCRAT. Until a month or so ago I was truly enjoying what I THOUGHT was a very positive campaign amongst the two strongest democratic candidates. I just want to say this and then I will end my commentary: It is a shame that in 2008 we are still speaking on the issue of race . . that we are so fearful of a persons name and that we have to scruntize an individual down to their very spiritual beliefs or followings. I am sure that had some of 'us' (I include me in the us) had attended Rev Wrights church on more than one occasion, we may have heard different preaching . . . It just happened that the media (which plays a MAJOR part in how society views different races, cultures, sexes, religions, etc. . )picked the America bashing sound bite and have played and replayed it on tv to make Obama and his family appear to be people with no integrity and people who do not love this country. He is running for President of the US. After 8 yrs of tearing down what USED to be a respectable and once feared country, we should be thankful that we have such a diversed candidate that can address other politicians, can bring unity and will bring about change to a country that is still so stuck in the 1800's/ early 1900's. Where are children and families that work and make somewhat decent livings can no longer afford affordable health care. We should be thankful that we have a candidate that does not have the experience or LACK THEREOF (Hillary's so called experience should be inspected and reviewed thoroughly as she is not as EXPERIENCED as she would like us to be and being first lady does not qualify you for presidency)and can bring about a positive change in America. I voted for Obama in the primary and I will certainly vote for him once he GAINS the nomination of the democratic party. People, wake up and give in to your fears. He is AMERICAN . . his wife is AMERICAN. Change should not be scary. It should be elating. You should all be positive. I am because I know with Obama as president, AMERICA will be again become the strong, respected country it once was. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

Posted by: regina.hill | March 21, 2008 4:25 PM

You can find out the real importance of an endorsement for Obama by how desperately hard the Clintons tried to get it.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | March 21, 2008 4:25 PM

cheersdk, svreader, ebubuk2004 and rat-the are constant posters to forums about Obama, where they engage in some of the most intransigent and unthoughtful mud-slinging you'll find in the WaPo's forum spaces. Rather than cogently address any of the reasons why a citizen might realistically not want to vote for Obama, of which there are a few, these posters appear interested only in picking up the fecal droppings of anti-Obama commentators and smearing the candidate with them. Bad enough that ebubuk2004 hasn't even a basic grasp of English grammar (he or she is, by admission, a "DEMOCRATS," although how one becomes a plural in oneself absent schizophrenia is beyond me); cheersdk accuses Bill Richardson of being a "fat lover in the house," which may be the silliest insult ever leveled at a man who was a remarkably good governor of his state (I'm from New Mexico and know Richardson's record well, unlike cheersdk). Rat-the seems to have no intellectual fodder to contribute except to bloviate for John McCain; I wonder if that would be his or her reaction to any Republican candidate. If so, perhaps rat-the ought to consider exchanging his college diploma for a pair of pom-poms. His contributions to the various WaPo forums are no less bubbleheaded, and no more useful, than anything that might come out of a stereotypical cheerleader. As for svreader, he or she at least has some points to raise, although it strikes me that Obama's relationship to Tony Rezko has been pretty well explained away. Nonetheless, to term Obama a "con-man" based on that relationship, or based on the fact that his main offer to the public has been one of promise rather than a laundry list of policy proposals (which are on his website anyway), is nonsensical and distorts the meaning of the label "con-man." Where's the con?

I apologize, as ordinarily I wouldn't waste my time chastizing posters, let alone ones who are not likely to take any of the criticism to heart. But if they are reading, each of the aforementioned ought to understand that it is exactly this kind of blanket negativity and avoidance of nuanced argument that Obama has spoken against. Maybe that's why these four respond so negatively -- perhaps ad hominem attacks are their normal mode of persuasion (counterproductive, you'd think). For the rest of us, ask yourselves, is the analysis of these four posters (if you can legitimately call it analysis) typical of the type of discussion we'd like to have on the campaign? If not, we should all write responses to these folks; it will have the salutary dual effects of annoying them and empowering those who have something thoughtful to add.

Posted by: turkishd | March 21, 2008 4:23 PM

I'm very interested to see people's reactions to Obama's groundbreaking recent speech. Richardson's is typical of those who actually read, or heard it. He came out of virtual hiding to endorse Obama.

The writing is on the wall. Are you going to be whispering your hatred of Obama to your fellow loonies, just as the few living FDR haters do with the object of their dissaffections today? Or are you beginning to recognize that in Obama, we may have someone for the ages, someone not in keeping with the Rogues gallery of the last 50 years?

Posted by: tetraploidhybrid | March 21, 2008 4:23 PM

The Reverand Wright is not running for office, no one cares what he thinks.

And to anyone who says they'll vote for McCain if Hillary can't win (steal) the Primary: Do it, you're not Democrats anyway.

Posted by: jeffrey | March 21, 2008 4:23 PM

Just to help everyone out on the super delegates, here is a web site that lists who they are voting for (unless they are still neutral). If there is a landslide of super delegate endorsements, they have not recorded it yet. The truth is, no one is moving aheader faster than the other.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/vote2008/primaries/superdelegates/search.php

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:22 PM

I can't help from thinking that Obama is a RACIST. I been a Dem for 35 years and will never vote for Obama, and I don't care what Richarson think. I am sure the DNC put a lot of pressure on Richarson, the DNC will do anything to make sure Obama wins. But Obama can never beat McCain, becuase alot of Dems will never vote for Obama.

Posted by: stephen | March 21, 2008 4:22 PM

svliar: You are a joke.

As an openly gay male, your 'handle' of the issues, much less your 'sv' (as in silicon valley) moniker is distasteful.

I find your posts more and more out of this world, no galaxy. And therefore, dismiss them out of hand. It is easy to spot them.

It's 2008, not 1999. Grow up.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 4:22 PM

I can't help from thinking that Obama is a RACIST. I been a Dem for 35 years and will never vote for Obama, and I don't care what Richarson think. I am sure the DNC put a lot of pressure on Richarson, the DNC will do anything to make sure Obama wins. But Obama can never beat McCain, becuase alot of Dems will never vote for Obama.

Posted by: stephen | March 21, 2008 4:22 PM

CAN ANY OBAMA SUPPORTERS TELL ME WHY HE SUBJECTED HIS CHILDREN TO THE DISGUSTING AND DIVISIVE SERMONS OF REV. WRIGHT? WHY DID OBAMA KNOWLINGLY CODDLE SLUMLORD, REZKO? WHERE WAS JUDGEMENT? ABOUT HIS HONESTY, TRANSPARENCY AND CHANGE. WHY DOES HE CODDLE CORRUPTNESS IN ILLINOIS AND WANT TO CHANGE WASHINGTON? WHY DID HE VOTE FOR THE EARLY RELEASE OF SEX OFFENDERS OR TO HAVE PORN SITES CLOSE TO CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS? WHERE WAS HIS JUDGEMENT? FOR 20 YEARS HE EMBRACED REV. WRIGHT AND NOW BECAUSE IT HAS BECOME PUBLIC AND THAT HIS CANDIDACY IS SINKING HE TRIES TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM THE PASTOR. WHY DOES HE SURROUND HIMSELF WITH AMERICAN FLAGS BUT FAIL TO RESPECT THEM. WHY DOESN'T HE SING THE ANTHEM AND PLACE HIS HAND ON HIS HEART? WHY DOES HIS WIFE SAY THAT AMERICANS ARE MEAN AND THAT SHE WAS NOT PROUD OF AMERICA UNTIL HER ADULT LIFE? SUCH HYPOCRITES, DECEITFUL AND CALCULATING PEOPLE SHOULD NEVER BE ALLOWED TO STEP IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

Posted by: utworcurious | March 21, 2008 4:21 PM

Balz writes: "Richardson's decision to end his neutrality undercuts Clinton's argument that she alone is ready to take on the powers of the presidency."

Sadly, that's not Clinton's argument. Her argument is that both she and John McCain are ready, but that Obama isn't.

It's a disgraceful, disloyal argument to make, but it's the one she's making.

Posted by: Bud0 | March 21, 2008 4:21 PM

Sixth - Richardson becomes a serious Vice Presidential candidate.

Just think, Rudy from Fat Albert joins forces with Fred Flintstone -- dream team!

Posted by: farkdawg | March 21, 2008 4:20 PM

nclwtk:

He supports killing unborn children. Case closed (YMMV).

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:20 PM

Bill who?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_richardson

That's who. Mr. Zero.

Posted by: Sweetback | March 21, 2008 4:20 PM

Bill Richardson endorsed Obama because Obama promised him the VP seat if he gets elected.

Posted by: joanthebaptist1 | March 21, 2008 4:20 PM

There are no conservatives talking anything about Obama!!! Obama is being attacked only by the Clintonian Nazi Party and their lust for power!!! Clintons and their supporters represent all that is evil and dirty in this country! McCain fired one of his staff just because the guy published a personal opinion about Obama! The GOP doesn't want a dirty campaign based on personal attacks, edited videos of a Pastor, or Social Security numbers stolen from Passport Files! The ones that use those dirty tactics are the Clintons! Big Mac said he wants to run a civil and clean campaign, and he is fulfilling that. Only the Clintons are out there attacking Obama and stealing his SSN from his Passport files. What will the Clintons going to do with Obama's SSN? I wouldn't wish for this "Bonnie and Clyde" couple to have my SSN, so many frauds, scams and lies they have on file...

Posted by: mp2007 | March 21, 2008 4:19 PM

How many people on this post actually get up and vote? The best news for any candidate is that there are a lot of "talkers" but on the D-Day, very few doers. Let just a little rain fall on Election day, and all the big chatters will roll over in bed and go back to sleep...and that means nobody really needs to listen to the nay-sayers, I am willing to bet 75% don't even have a vote - just a thread on a blog!

Posted by: Digi | March 21, 2008 4:19 PM

James Cone is Jeremiah Wright's Mentor.

James Cone's Black Liberation theology

The theologian explains:

Christ is black therefore not because of some cultural or psychological need of black people, but because and only because Christ really enters into our world where the poor were despised and the
black are, disclosing that he is with them enduring humiliation and pain and transforming oppressed slaves into liberating servants.

Rather than viewing God as a sovereign being who does as he wills according to his purposes, Cone insists God must do what we want him to do, or we must reject him.

What the black community wants, Cone says, is for God to assist in its goal of destroying "the white enemy."

Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him.
The task of black theology is to kill gods who do not belong to the black community

... Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people
to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love.

Posted by: joanthebaptist1 | March 21, 2008 4:18 PM

I will never vote for Obama as long as I live.

If he gets the nomination, I will vote for McCain and seriously consider leaving the Democratic Party.

He's a con-man and a fraud.

I want no part of him.

He's not the kind of man I want as President.

I don't care what color he is.


Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 03:30 PM

LMAO....You will vote for a guy who doesnt know the difference between Shia & Sunni, Arab & Persian??? You might as well sell your soul to the devil too!

Posted by: areid45 | March 21, 2008 4:18 PM

Well JakeD, spreading the word that Obama's middle name is Hussein is not a little known fact. After several speeches, it is known all over the web. At this point, I think your perpetuating use of it comes across as hatred, vs. dislike. If you hate Obama, then definitely, do not vote for him. He can, and probably will, win without your vote.

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:18 PM

Ever think that perhaps what Wright meant was not damn the US but shame on the US for not realizing the promise and ideals of its very own constitution. In flowery impassioned pastor speak.

Posted by: davisduhr | March 21, 2008 4:17 PM

I dare any of you reading these blogs to compare the tone of the Obama supporters to those of Clinton's. Obama writers are overwhelmingly positive (can you say change) vs. Clinton's writers are almost all negative (can you say same ol' politics). If you don't believe me, give another read.

Posted by: sjones | March 21, 2008 4:17 PM

ubflamed:

Which "law" (you know, from among the ones actually written down) do you believe I could be prosecuted for interfering with an election by telling people when the deadline to register to vote?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:17 PM

I Dare the many people on this blog who never have a good word to say about anyone and never anything really new, to exercize their brains if they have any and come up with new and concrete arguments against Obama. In my book, all this I'll never vote for him doesn't fly, you wouldnt vote for him if he was JC. Take all the closet racism, all the jeolousy, and all of the spite and take it elsewhere

Posted by: nclwtk | March 21, 2008 4:16 PM

I Dare the many people on this blog who never have a good word to say about anyone and never anything really new, to exercize their brains if they have any and come up with new and concrete arguments against Obama. In my book, all this I'll never vote for him doesn't fly, you wouldnt vote for him if he was JC. Take all the closet racism, all the jeolousy, and all of the spite and take it elsewhere

Posted by: nclwtk | March 21, 2008 4:16 PM

I really wish reporters would stop saying Obama lost Texas; he won more delegates and that's what this thing is about.

Posted by: ljenny | March 21, 2008 4:15 PM

The most impressive thing about too many of these comments is how much hostility, ignorance and, yes, racism, exists in this supposedly civilized national capital city and the US. Take a deep breath folks, Barack Obama is indeed the candidate of a lifetime, a breath of fresh air; you don't have to vote for him, he'll win anyway because he's the only candidate who's going to seriously and smartly address issues like Iraq, health care, global warming, and America's overall well-being. If McBush is elected I plan to leave the country--I will not submit to interminable war and stupidity. Obama is a very smart and educated man; for people to call him a fraud or judge him by his pastor's outrages is utterly laughable and absurd.

Posted by: cjburke2 | March 21, 2008 4:15 PM

And besides, HRC's landslide of superdel endorsements this week makes Richardson's look pathetic, doesn't it? NOT!!

Posted by: laboo | March 21, 2008 4:14 PM

jweber91:

The reason is because I enjoy spreading little known facts -- for instance, anyone living in Pennsylvania has until just Monday, March 24th to register to vote in the primary -- you can always switch back to Republican or Independent later:

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:14 PM

I see this article was on the Republican troll list. How else do you explain the first dozen 'I hate obama' posts immediately after being published? Really, Rovenites, at least put a few 'Go obama' comments in there to make it look real =)

I am a Rovenite. I am a Rovenite. ^^

Go Obama!!!

OH HEY! After Mukasey is out out of his office, let's see who gets prosecuted for interfering with an election by telling one party to sneak into the other party's primary to vote. Oooh, Operation Rushbo Goes to Jailo - Yeah!

Posted by: ubflamed | March 21, 2008 4:14 PM

Hold the phone, as you all know by now from the sign on that I am a very loyal supporter to Hillary.

Bill Richardson is a good man and while I am very disappointed that he endorses Barak, I still like and admire him today as much as I did yesterday.

That said, you also all know that I am not going to ever vote again for a "male" president, no matter who he is, what color his skin is or how cute he is, or even who is pastor is or isn't.

I still believe that if he wins the nomination, he will lose in the general election and it will be his fault for not handling the Wright situation.

Good luck everyone, I have fun posting here and sometime i post stuff just to stir up the sheep in the flock because they are a very sensitive, unseasoned, thin skinned group of posters.

also, as a less educated peon in their eyes, I as a peasant am able to walk the earth, smell the flowers and have a good time in spite of everything

i suggest you all do the same

I am going to miss everyone when this is over, can we still meet and throw mud at each other?

Posted by: lndlouis | March 21, 2008 4:14 PM

"You're likable enough, Bill."

Posted by: gtupelo | March 21, 2008 4:13 PM

You Hillary supporters are basing your opinions on emotions rather than facts, as usual. If you can't state opinions without a lot of hasty comments, don't bother. This was a HUGE endorsement and couldn't have come at a better time for Obama. That is fact, not opinion. Live with it.

Posted by: crobins16 | March 21, 2008 4:13 PM

daviddavidson | March 21, 2008 04:00 PM

Enough with the Jeremiah Wright rant already! NOBODY CARES except of course "typical white people who dislike or fear" other races. So you are damning yourself.

If you personally, were to run for President (and why shouldn't you?) can you bring before the spotlight every woman you have slept with in your lifetime? IS EVERY FRIEND YOU HAVE LILLY WHITE? NON-CRIMINAL? DO YOU KNOW? Could your wife stand personal scrutiny? Did she never say ANYTHING bad to ANYONE? Has she the poise to get up and make a speech to thousands?

And, do you know EVERYTHING ABOUT YOUR PASTOR? What if he turned out to be a pedophile, or what if he was from down south where white pastors used to try to prove in the BIBLE that Black people were animals? DO you even go to CHURCH? ARE you a CHRISTIAN? Your response is as UNCHRISTIAN as REV. Wright's was. REMEMBER, it is NOT AMERICA that is to be worshiped, it is GOD!

IF ALL YOU HAVE TO SAY about OBAMA is that he went to a church that was pastored by an angry black man...you have NOTHING to say...look into the blackness of your own heart, Ask HILLARY AND BILL why the Clinton's had Jeremiah Wright IN THE WHITE HOUSE, (not miles away in a church) and just SHUT UP!

Posted by: Digi | March 21, 2008 4:12 PM

The bitterness of you Hillary Clinton supporters is quite amusing. Please continue with your very entertaining comments.

Posted by: mnero | March 21, 2008 4:12 PM

so, I've noticed the level of discourse here has tanked, even by local standards. What if as an antidote, everyone had to sign their full names if they wanted to call someone 'racist'?

And just to make absolutely certain I'm not misunderstood by a *few* of my enthusiastic fellow commentators here: Obama's not a racist, you dumbass deuchebags.

Posted by: scotevan | March 21, 2008 4:11 PM

The Latino infusion by Bill Richardson is a nod that feels like another Oprah endorsement directed at white women, "its okay you can vote for him," I'm, a woman and I support him. Richardson same, See, I'm Latino, and I support him.

What's okay? Why do we need to be told its okay to vote for someone? Throughout this campaign Obama has had more notoriety from endorsements at crucial junctures of the campaign than any other candidat: well known politicians and media powered notables like Oprah have backed him where he had no constituency.

Add to that astroturfing on behalf of Axelrod, and it's the only reason he has had major caucus wins, not primary wins. What you have is a candidate with one true constituency and the rest is very similar to a Disney stage set; when the show is over, the actors go home.


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Posted by: vammap | March 21, 2008 4:11 PM

I've noticed 2 things during this campaign:

1) The more CAPS LOCK people use in forum posts, the less likely their comments are to be constructive or remotely rational.

2) It doesn't really matter how much events impact the average voter directly. The media is effectively in control of how citizens perceive our candidates. If the media pundits believe the Richardson endorsement is significant, they will frame Obama more favorably in what they write. This will directly impact his favorability with the public.

Posted by: platypus_chutney | March 21, 2008 4:11 PM

I voted for Clinton in the primaries. I have observed as Obama violated virtually every principle on which he based his campaign. I think he's arrogant, conceited, apparently racist, and worst of all, hypocritical.

And yet, when I go to the polls in November, I will have little or no choice but to hold my nose to keep from retching and vote for him. Let's be honest; you don't vote "for," you almost always vote against. And when I compare two unlikeable candidates--Obama and McCaine--I will be forced to vote for the one who I probably dislike more personally, but who nevertheless will being to end the war, not allow for the continuation of Bush's tax cuts, and pick a supreme court justice to counterbalance the dramatic shift to the right.

Most significantly, in voting for Obama, I am not really voting for him at all. Again, I find him a hypocritical jerk with little or no experience, and no significant political accomplishments to his credit. But to the world, and to a great deal of people in America, he is a SYMBOL of change, which may have positive benefits for our country that go way beyond he or his abilities or accomplishments. But symbolism is sometimes more important than substance and creates its own reality.

Outside of symbolism or race, I think Hillary would make a much better president, and she's certainly accomplished a lot more as a senator than he has. But for those on the bourgeois left who drove people like me away from my own party, who have resorted to hateful republican tactics by accusing her of being a neocon or republican, who have called her and her supporters racists, who have used words against Hillary like "hate" and "loathe" and "disgust" while hypocritically professing support for "hope" and "change" and "unity," remember that she has fought as a tireless advocate for children and families; secured funds in NY for victims of 9/11, 9/11 workers and businesses affected by 9/11; worked hard and made a great number of believers at the pentagon; cut through a great deal of doubt and partisanship to forge relationships with members of a republican senate that had once crucified her; was a pioneer for universal healthcare while your so called progressive democrats helped bring her and her cause down which threatened the democratic presidency; fought for greater wages and healthcare benefits in the military; fought to tie congressional salary increases to the minimum wage; fought for a middle income tax credit, and reducing a number of other middle class taxes; fought for and encouraged tigher budgetary restrictions; authored legislation to lower drug coss and administrative costs and increase helathcare for children; fought for and passed legislation for better teachers and higher salaries; and last but not least, and most ironically, in light of Michigan and Florida, introduced the Count Every Vote Act of 2005 to ensure better protection of votes and to ensure that every vote is counted--which we now know is not going to happen.

Posted by: jabeles | March 21, 2008 4:11 PM

Digi:

I have voted in every single Presidential election since 1952 : )

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:10 PM

JakeD
No, however, if Obama's middle name was George, I tend to doubt that you would have called him Barack George. No more than the conservative commentator would have called him Barack George as well. I would be very happy for you to explain to us all why you felt you needed to include it in your comment (I don't see too many others doing so!!). If you do not like him then fine. No need to inject this into this conversation.

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 4:10 PM

Why don't you closet Republicans posting as Democrats take your ball and go home. If you are a Democrat and want four more years of Bush policies for this country vote for McCain. If you want to pack the Supreme Court with conservative idiots like Thomas and Scalia vote for McCain. If you want the working middle class to continue the slide started under Reagan vote McCain.

Posted by: Juked | March 21, 2008 4:09 PM

Wow a lot of weird and angry posts. Can't say I know what the endorsement means, but angry, weird, and political is no way to go through life, son.

Posted by: hyperbanana | March 21, 2008 4:09 PM

Bravo, Logical, excellent post.

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | March 21, 2008 4:09 PM

daviddavidson:

Gotta disagree with one of your major points:

MY grandmother WAS my primary spiritual adviser as I was growing up. There were others, sure, but your logic if flawed.

And outdated.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 4:08 PM

As an African-American Male...please white people get a grip...you sound like this country has never done anything wrong. If you are not going to vote for Obama, fine. But, please review your history...America is not perfect, nor is Sen. Obama.

I voted for Bush...now I will vote for Obama...I even sent him $100. I am planning to send more.

God Bless, Peace & Love!

Posted by: PeaceAmerica | March 21, 2008 4:07 PM

As it used to the Dan Balz' Take is a JOKE.

Posted by: vanitsky | March 21, 2008 4:07 PM

Richardson like Kennedy, Kerry and Dodd are losers who are supporting another LOSER, Obama. ALL CAN JOIN REV. WRIGHT'S CHURCH TO HEAR HIS GOSPEL OF HATRED. THIS GOES TO SHOW THE JUDGEMENT THAT RICHARDS HAS EXHIBITED. OBAMA IS DESPERATE TRYING TO HIDE REZKO'S FILES AS WELL SENDING HIS PASTOR ON A "WORLD CRUISE" TO SHUT UP HIS MOUTH. MEDIA SHOULD INVESTIGATE WHY OBAMA PUT DAVID WILHELM ON HIS PAYROLL. PERHAPS HE IS AFRAID THAT REZKO'S DIRTY TRUTH WILL BE EXPOSED.

Posted by: utworcurious | March 21, 2008 4:06 PM

Ahhh, the smell of desperation is thick amongst the serial anti-Obama posters (svreader) and the serial anti-Democrat posters (JakeD and rat-the).

Clinton will lose. She will lose the popular vote, the delegate vote AND the superdelegate vote.

The superdelegates will rally behind Obama. To do otherwise would show support for the tactics of smear. Richardson is a leader, and showed it today.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2008 4:06 PM

With his experience as governor and in Bill Clinton' administration, Bill Richardson was one of the most experienced candidate running for president. His endorsement of Barack Obama is an important signal to the uncommited superdelegates that it is time to pick the best candidate for the nomination.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 21, 2008 4:05 PM

jweber91:

Am I racist" if I use Hillary DIANE Clinton's given middle name?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:04 PM

nice to see that svreader has crawled out of his penthouse office to mingle with us commoners again.

Posted by: youba | March 21, 2008 4:04 PM

DavidDavidson,

Please spend analyzing these videos for few more days and post something better

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdlnzkeoyQ&feature=related

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 4:03 PM

In the gracefulness that has been an earmark of the Clinton campaign (IRONY>>>PLEASE NOTE) Mr. Penn, not of Penn and Teller, has suggested ho-hum and too late to matter, etcetera. As for herself, has she yet said that she hadn't heard of it???

What a fine thing Governor Richardson has done (hey, wasn't Richardson the name of another stand-up guy who left the corrupt Nixon gang rather than be the enforcer of essentially extra-legal stuff?) to support somebody who has already caused a psychological shift among Americans vis-a-vis race.

This is the moment for others with a conscience and a hope for America to begin to fulfill its promise to endorse Obama. Do you hear me gentlemen???

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | March 21, 2008 4:02 PM

In the gracefulness that has been an earmark of the Clinton campaign (IRONY>>>PLEASE NOTE) Mr. Penn, not of Penn and Teller, has suggested ho-hum and too late to matter, etcetera. As for herself, has she yet said that she hadn't heard of it???

What a fine thing Governor Richardson has done (hey, wasn't Richardson the name of another stand-up guy who left the corrupt Nixon gang rather than be the enforcer of essentially extra-legal stuff?) to support somebody who has already caused a psychological shift among Americans vis-a-vis race.

This is the moment for others with a conscience and a hope for America to begin to fulfill its promise to endorse Obama. Do you hear me gentlemen???

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM

How many people on this post actually get up and vote? The best news for any candidate is that there are a lot of "talkers" but on the D-Day, very few doers. Let just a little rain fall on Election day, and all the big chatters will roll over in bed and go back to sleep...and that means nobody really needs to listen to the nay-sayers, I am willing to bet 75% don't even have a vote - just a thread on a blog!

Posted by: Digi | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM

""It comes after losses in Ohio and Texas, which cost Obama the opportunity to force Clinton out of the race.""

Will you stop this and check your facts. With the results of the caucuses, Obama took the most delegates in Texas. Announced by the party. Obama won in Texas. Live with it.

Posted by: wly34 | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM

I dont think that Richarson will get the VP spot or Secretary of State. he might, however, being Good Friday, get the thirty pieces of silver

Posted by: grandma3 | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM

I dont think that Richarson will get the VP spot or Secretary of State. he might, however, being Good Friday, get the thirty pieces of silver

Posted by: grandma3 | March 21, 2008 4:00 PM

I think Obama has completely missed the point lately. His trying to compare his grandmother to Wright was the last straw for me. It took me a few days to process it, but I think this is why.

*Because you don't choose your grandmother.

*Because your aunt does not spend every Sunday infecting thousands in her community with naked hatred.

*Because your cousin does not have a website where the broader world can download his dinner table rants.

*Because you don't usually give your uncle $22,500 to help him publish his racist hate speech on his church website, Obama did.

*Because many people do confront their aunts, uncles, and grandparents on these things. And say "enough".

*Because when you have a racist family member, you marginalize them in your family. You don't ask them to marry you, baptize your kids, and consult them on moral issues.

*Because your grandmother is not your primary advisor on your spiritual journey to God. Your pastor is. And so what he thinks and what he does is infinetly more important.

*Because an uncle who makes a passing racist remark at the dinner table is qualitatively different than a pastor who preaches to people coming to listen to him, looking for guidance.

*Because the pernicious effect of a pastor preaching hate on the community he is supposed to serve is a deep violation of the public trust in ways that a relative's personal convictions expressed publicly or within a family is not.

*Because a man who sees this and chooses not to act is not a leader and is, in fact, not even a good man.

Here are some words. Take a guess as to whose the are, and when they were said. I'll give you a hint, there is a big statue of lincoln behind the speaker:

"But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust of all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone...

This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the South. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day."

Of course that's the "I Have a Dream" speech. And if watching that on film doesn't make you cry you are not human. His message was always a call to stand up against hate. And here is another one from Dr. King:

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction....The chain reaction of evil--hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars--must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation."

What Dr. King was saying is that we all have an obligation to stand up to the hatred.

*Because Obama sat idly by while his spiritual advisor multiplied hate, and now he wants to be our reconciliator. No.

*Because no matter how well you speak or motivate, you cannot heal a country if people don't stand up in their communities and say "stop." He didn't.

*Because there is a generation of people towards the ends of their lives in Europe and throughout the U.S. right now who saw this kind of hate from the pulpits and the podiums take hold of their communities in Europe seventy years ago and are still dealing with the emotional scars that come from them knowing that they did not stand up and say "no" when they had a chance.

*Because there were generations of Americans who died generations ago and who saw this kind of hate from the pulpits and the podiums take hold of their communities in America for two hundred years and we now look at their failures, their weakness in not standing up and saying "no" as the original sin of our country.
Obama needs to apologize to all of us for failing this central test of character. He cannot lecture me, or anyone else, on racial reconciliation until he learns why he is wrong. He wants to lecture us on racial healing when his lack of action for 20 years is a far greater failing than the cumulative failures of my life. As completely imperfect as I am, I, along with most other people in this country, have never failed a character test as badly as he has done for 20 years.

He and I have the same education. We have been educated in the same classrooms by the same teachers. But somehow I learned to reject that hatred and I learned that speaking out against it is always the right thing to do. He learned to embrace it and give it $22,500. Sorry, he cannot lecture me.

It is not possible to sum up the extent of my disappointment in him

Posted by: daviddavidson | March 21, 2008 4:00 PM

Bill Richardson's endorsement of Senator Obama IS a big deal, no matter how you try to fool yourself.

Mr. Richardson's credentials are impeccable, and his stature in this country and the international community is without doubt.

You can fool yourself into thinking that his endorsement of Mr. Obama is not relevant.

But, you'd be wrong.

Posted by: CaptainJohn2525 | March 21, 2008 3:59 PM

WallyWutMD - my sentiments exactly. Obama has done a remarkable job by himself (together with his staff, of course), but he will be soaring with the party behind him.

I want to pass along this link to a Molly Ivins piece written in 2006 about a year before she died. I think whe would have approved of Obama. http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0120-30.htm

Posted by: AmiBlue | March 21, 2008 3:59 PM

FOX lies again.. please spread this and expose the fraud propoganda network

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOdlnzkeoyQ&feature=related

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 3:58 PM

I find it funny that so many Clinton backers are down playing this endorsement. I agree that it is unlikely that this will have a great effect on Hispanic voters but it will have an effect on the super delegates. Additionally, I wonder if the Clinton supporters would have been nonchalant about a Richardson endorsement, had they gotten it instead? Probabaly not! What about if Edwards had endorsed her last night on the Tonight Show? Does his endorsement matter? Since Clinton backers won't answer truthfully, I take a stab and say that it's worthless unless it's for her!

Posted by: dtsb | March 21, 2008 3:57 PM

Response to:cheersdk | March 21, 2008 03:08 PM

No one agrees with you. Your rant is very Clintonesque!

Posted by: Digi | March 21, 2008 3:57 PM

While Richardson's endorsement certainly will not make or break Obama's campaign, I would ask everyone, how many of the candidates who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race have endorsed Clinton? Oh, that would be zero, natta!! If she was so well liked by the establishment, she would have most of the super delegates wrapped up and we would not be having this conversation.
And for those who still use the word Barack Hussein, you are just as racist as the conservatives who have been calling him this name. Grow up!!

Posted by: jweber91 | March 21, 2008 3:57 PM

Richardson's endorsement won't help Obama much in Pennsylvania -- there aren't very many Hispanics in that state -- but it could help elsewhere down the line.

Posted by: VPaterno | March 21, 2008 3:56 PM

Bill who?

Richardson couldn't deliver the "Hispanic vote" (whatever that means), even to himself, and he's hardly a household name in PA or NC. Not much help there.

In his endorsement speech, Richardson praised Clinton and her experience, which has been a central assertion of the Clinton campaign all along. Obama must have loved that.

The speech then went on to say that Obama would be a uniter. The effect was to remind everyone of the bad week Obama had, a time when for a lot of white voters Obama's relationship with his pastor seemed divisive, not unifying. The speech could also make voters wonder, "Do I want a uniter? Or do I want someone with experience?" Richardson went with "uniter." But the balk of voters might go with "experience."

And finally, the endorsement reeks of ambition to get the VP slot, or as consolation prize, Secretary of State.

Posted by: WylieD | March 21, 2008 3:56 PM

Obama in 08
Usama in 09

Posted by: Ruth3 | March 21, 2008 3:52 PM

We are NM residents and have a low regard for the Gov. He would throw his weight wherever he could get a prize -- we are tired of him in NM. His big endorsement may be a vote for Hillary in the long run. NM went for Hillary as Mass. did. Where are our wonderful politicians that are suppose to be loyal to the "state's" wishes. Give me a break!! Politics as usual and dirtier than usual.

Posted by: Lucille4 | March 21, 2008 3:51 PM

If you loudly and proudly call Bill Richardson a "Zero" or proclaim that you don't know who he is, it merely proves you have spent the past 20 years with your head up your asz. Congratulations.

Bill Richardson is one of the most talented, knowledgeable, experienced, and highly respected leaders in the entire nation. Not everyone loves him, but people who pay an ounce of attention do respect him.

Posted by: Sweetback | March 21, 2008 3:51 PM

We are NM residents and have a low regard for the Gov. He would throw his weight wherever he could get a prize -- we are tired of him in NM. His big endorsement may be a vote for Hillary in the long run. NM went for Hillary as Mass. did. Where are our wonderful politicians that are suppose to be loyal to the "state's" wishes. Give me a break!! Politics as usual and dirtier than usual.

Posted by: Lucille4 | March 21, 2008 3:51 PM

The basis of a presidential election is to democratically nominate a person who can fulfill the roles of Commander-in-Chief, Financial CEO, Social Arbitrator, and State Visionary. He/she has to have vision, guts, financial smarts, and the ability to make social changes that will advance society. As of right now, Obama fits none of the above. He has scant experience in military and financial matters, he is a charlatan as a social arbitrator as illustrated by the Wright scandal, and he is no state visionary.

His ideas of change are either copies of other candidate's ideas or ambiguous. He is a candidate that we cannot define or identify, as his records show nothing of use for us to verify his positions. His mantra of change rings hollow in light of his lack of records.So why do we want to elect him?

Because he is smart? Many politicians are smart, he isn't unique.

Because he will bring change? What change, he either can't even spell it out for us or copies it from someone else. Some change!

Because he will heal this nation? How can he heal the nation when he can't even distance himself from his racist preacher?

Because he may be the first African American to be President? I don't care, even MLK said that a man shouldn't be judged by the color of his skin, but by the basis of his character.

Because he made a speech about race relations in the USA? He threw his grandma under the bus, called his grandma "a typical white person", and essentially called all white people racists in one form or another. If a white person looks scared seeing 2 black men in Baltimore walking straight towards him at 1:00am, there is a reason: homocide in Baltimore is 3rd in the nation. If Obama's grandmother told him to watch himself in the Chicago ghettos, its because she cares for him and not because she is a racist.

Because if we don't elect Obama somehow we are now a racist nation? Don't bring your reverse-racism and white guilt argument in front of my door. I will treat EVERYONE equally. Affirmative Action gave Obama the chance he needs to succeed, its time he is judged by his words and action rather than the color of his skin.

If you want change, know this: even the most drastic changes occur over a period of time. Medical practice changes over decades, engineering concepts take decades to take hold, social changes take decades from idea to practice, and even something as simple as your ipod took over 50 years to evolve from the concept of quantum physics. Your idea for monumental governmental change is naive.

Elect the candidate who will most effectively govern our country, not the one who makes pretty slogans with nothing to back it up.

Posted by: logicaldoubtofhumansanity | March 21, 2008 3:51 PM

BIG DEAL. Richardson, an unknown with the American public, who served in the Clinton administration, endorses the racist fraud OBAMA. I think that speaks very ill of Richardson, in the sense of his loyalty and trustworthiness (not to mention the fact that he is a loser) and does nothing at all for Obama. Perhaps Kerry the Supreme Loser and Richardson can get together after the election to figure out who else they can give the election kiss of death to, huh? Ha Ha! Because we Dems. who are NOT upper middle class white dimwits, (like Caroline Kennedy-a perfect example of same) WILL FORCE THE HAND TO MARK THE REPUBLICAN BALLOT-A VOTE AGAINST OBAMA, NOT FOR THE REPUBLICANS.

Posted by: schmetterlingtoo | March 21, 2008 3:50 PM

I didn't know that the WashPost attracted so many trolls. And in such variety. You have Hillary dead-ender trolls, standard issue Republican oppo-research trolls and Confederate trolls. Sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. Maybe there's not much difference.

Posted by: ACR | March 21, 2008 3:49 PM

"Give me a break!" This fool (Bill Richardson) is a chump, if he really believed in his candidate (Obama), he would have endorsed him long ago or at least before his state's democratic elections.

He didn't, this overweight lover in the house is just looking out for himself pandering for a position in an administration that will turn out to be just a "fairy tale!"

Most of these politicans like Kerry, Kennedy, Dodd are going with this rookie-Obama hoping to gain more access to the corridors of power.

Like Obama's speech about uniting One America, their reasons to support Obama are just TYPICAL. They expect TYPICAL POLITICAL PAYBACK.

Uh huh, I get it! Like 50 cent said Hillary runs New York and she will run the U.S.A.!

God Bless America, God Bless America, God Bless America. Yes, the 2nd word is BLESS, I'll repeat it GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 3:49 PM

Vetting has just started, and blindly supporting Obama is very dangerous for the party. Doing so is equivalent to surrendering to the republican party automatically.

Posted by: work2play | March 21, 2008 3:49 PM

Vetting has just started, and blindly supporting Obama is very dangerous for the party. Doing so is equivalent to surrendering to the republicans party automatically.

Posted by: work2play | March 21, 2008 3:48 PM

Just wait a minute.

Until Hillary Clinton says Richardson's endorsement is important, how DARE you claim it is? Don't you understand that it is Hillary who gets to decide these things...which states are big enuf to be important, which voters -caucus or primary-count, which delegates should count toward the nomination, and of course which party rules should be followed and which are optional.

Posted by: smeesq | March 21, 2008 3:48 PM

I voted for Clinton in the primaries. I have observed as Obama violated virtually every principle on which he based his campaign. I think he's arrogant, conceited, and worst of all, hypocritical.

And yet, when I go to the polls in November, I will have little or no choice but to hold my nose to keep from retching and vote for him. Let's be honest; you don't vote "for," you almost always vote against. And when I compare two unlikeable candidates--Obama and McCaine--I will be forced to vote for the one who I probably dislike more personally, but who nevertheless will end the war, not allow for the continuation of Bush's tax cuts, and pick a supreme court justice to counterbalance the dramatic shift to the right.

Finally, in voting for Obama, I am not really voting for him at all. Again, I find him a hypocritical jerk with little or no experience, and no significant political accomplishments to his credit. But to the world, and to a great deal of people in America, he is a SYMBOL of change, which may have positive benefits for our country that go way beyond he or his abilities.

Outside of symbolism or race, I think Hillary would be a better president, and I am very sorry I won't get to vote for her in November. But symbolism is sometimes more important than substance and creates its own reality.

Posted by: jabeles | March 21, 2008 3:47 PM

edbyronadams, so you agree, Hillary loses?

Posted by: russellblogan | March 21, 2008 3:46 PM

Stop the presses. An open border liberal endorses another open border liberal.

Posted by: birvin9999 | March 21, 2008 3:45 PM

Stop the presses. An open border liberal endorses another open border liberal.

Posted by: birvin9999 | March 21, 2008 3:45 PM

Unlike you rabid Obama haters, most of the Democratic leadership are capable of thinking rationally. The Superdelegate floodgates are about to open. Hillary needs to be forced out of the race as soon as possible. McCain and the GOP have already launched a full scale attack on Obama. They have circled their wagons around the Reverand Wright story and will keep it alive as long as they can. If Hillary were not in the way, then the Democrats would've been able to concentrate on the GOP instead of eachother. If the Democrats can successfully defend Bill Clinton's scandelous presidency from GOP scrutiny, turning what should have been an American Embarrasement into an American Legacy, imagine how easily they could've defended Obama in the wake of Reverend Wright's comments.

Posted by: WallyWutMD | March 21, 2008 3:45 PM

You Americans really are a 'Goddamn' sad pathetic lot! You voted in the half-wit that is GW Bush twice and now your country is in the gutter economically, internationally and nationally. While you bleed money into a war you will never win your infrastucture is falling apart with bridges collapsing and killing innocent Americans. But are you really innocent? When you support senseless idiots for leaders. And do your level best to break down the only decent choice of a president in decades down with illogical and divisive schoolyard arguments. Shame. But good to know that ultimately, America gets what it rightly deserves. Very good to know.

Posted by: invictusplc | March 21, 2008 3:45 PM

Thi is a GREAT moment! I very much respect Richardson & his decision to support Obama made my day!

Posted by: debrigard | March 21, 2008 3:42 PM

LOL! I guess Senor Richardson realized that with Barack Hussein, he could actually be VP, and not just the 51Rst Senator.

Hillary's "NUMBER 2", is pretty Obvious!

Cripes, she can't get Slick to be quiet for 5 minutes even now! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 3:41 PM

Some of you would vote for Bush again if you could over Obama, you are not ready for real change, and don't want it, stay still and let others move forward.

Cherish Life

Posted by: snitchonmurder | March 21, 2008 3:41 PM

What's up with this cheersdk fella? By reading his post you would think that Obama is a republican. With (democrat) friends like these, who needs enemies?

Posted by: everystep8 | March 21, 2008 3:39 PM

Bill Richardson supports Obama, good so does Louis Farakhan, the Black Panthers, Rev. White, Usama Bin Ladin, Saddaam Hussein, Hugo Chavez, Kim Jong Ill, Fidel Castro and his White Grandmother, who apparently must have been a KKK member back in the day with the way Barack Hussein Obama describes her.

Posted by: Ruth3 | March 21, 2008 3:38 PM

looks like the new "boys club" is hsaping up nice

i actually like bill richardson but will still not vote for obama

Posted by: lndlouis | March 21, 2008 3:37 PM

The timing of Richardson's endorsement is even better now than if the endorsement had come before Texas. This shows that he believes the Jeremiah Wright controversy did not make Obama "unelectable" and that the very moving speech Obama gave regarding race was not "just words." I'm sure Richardson understands the race issue very well.

Posted by: china | March 21, 2008 3:36 PM

If Obama did everythig 100% right, he would not get some votes, good thing, because he will not need 100% of all votes to win. Let those who support the same old 8 years, or support another Clinton do over, vote for someone else.Change for the better is real, I hope you will reap some good out of it, and leave the hate behind.
Cherish Life.

Posted by: snitchonmurder | March 21, 2008 3:34 PM

just like Kennedy and Kerry both helped him in Mass...and Maria helped him in California...and Patrick Kennedy in Rhode Island.
The majority of Americans ask "Who is Bill Richardson?"

Posted by: joep1 | March 21, 2008 3:34 PM

i am a latino voting for clinton, because a latino governor or a latino senate endorse obama it doesnt meant i am voting for him too, i am voting for clinton dont matter if a latino person endorse obama

Posted by: ernestto25 | March 21, 2008 3:34 PM

YEP. This is a HUGE endorsement for Obama and couldn't have come at a BETTER time!
http://osi-speaks.blogspot.com/2008/03/speaking-of-obama-new-mexico-governor.html#links

Posted by: KYJurisDoctor | March 21, 2008 3:31 PM

Thank you, LouiseFletcher. That's what I was going to say.

Obama won Texas. And yet, Mr. Balz STILL writes in his posts that he lost the state.

Even if you want to say, "Wait for the delegates to be certified," it would be a lie to keep saying Clinton won. Obama is the projected winner of Texas. And, by the way, your opinion of the caucus portion of our process is irrelevant. That's what the candidates and we had to work with.

As for the ugliness of the above comments, do you really think that will help Clinton's or McCain's chances? Your hate-filled posts (that you "Xerox" on every flipping thread!) do just the opposite and drive voters away.

Posted by: kurtrk | March 21, 2008 3:31 PM

It's pandering pure & simple. Richardson wants VP.
Obama is STILL toast in the general. All the Democrats I know say they don't want him, and won't vote for him. He is a fraud, they all say (and I agree).
The media will continue to shill for their (not so) golden boy, however.

Posted by: amadeus56 | March 21, 2008 3:31 PM

Murtha ran for President? Must have missed that one.

Posted by: RollaMO | March 21, 2008 3:30 PM

I will never vote for Obama as long as I live.

If he gets the nomination, I will vote for McCain and seriously consider leaving the Democratic Party.

He's a con-man and a fraud.

I want no part of him.

He's not the kind of man I want as President.

I don't care what color he is.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 3:30 PM

It WON'T make a big difference in the end, this endorsement, just like all the other endorsements. They last a day or two, and then it will be all over again. C'est la vie. Obama is still as far away as he was.

Posted by: mike-straight | March 21, 2008 3:28 PM

Time to get beyond race and religion, folks.
We have serious problems - the economy, terrrorism, global warming, our place in the global community...let's talk about that, okay??
OBAMA 08!!!

Posted by: sheridan1 | March 21, 2008 3:26 PM

Dan Balz,

Is it accurate and good journalism to say Obama lost Texas when he in fact acquired more delegates there?


Posted by: LouiseFletcher | March 21, 2008 3:22 PM

Black/Latino? I doubt it.


Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 21, 2008 3:12 PM

I still think OJ is Guilty.

I still think obama is RACIST

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 21, 2008 3:10 PM

I am a DEMOCRATS, but I will never VOTE for obama.


He is a FRAUD

Posted by: ebubuk2004 | March 21, 2008 3:09 PM

Obama campaign in the last 72 hours is trying SERIOUS WAG THE DOG TACTICS, they are DESPERATE:

1. First, they release a photo of the great William Jefferson Clinton (a.k.a. Bubba) with IMPASTOR-Rev. Wrong. Big deal, a President of the U.S. meets/greets many people during his/her term. Question here is did he spend 20 years at his church listening to divisive hate speech. Was he married in his church? Were his children baptized by this hate monger?

Obama and his campaign's tactics are TYPICALLY very dirty, TYPICAL of a morally CORRUPT Politician whose message of uniting One America now proving to be a lie. Only Hillary can unite this great country.

2. Second, with this b.s. passport breach news. I'm sure they knew of this long ago, but, Obama's campaign is trying to use it now to sway attention away from his IMPASTOR. It turns out all 3 candidates had their passports breached, big deal, unless one of them made a trip to Cuba, Libya or some other restriced place??? Obama: Any videos out there with Chavez???

3. Today, they get this ZERO Bill Richardson to endorse Obama. A day late and a dollah short or should I say a PESO short, getting his endorsement is like having PESOS in your pocket, that is CHANGE that is not worth much at all!

4. In the meanwhile this BAMA has no problem throwing his grandmother under the Hawaiian Pineapple Tree...reminds me of a song: "Grandma got run over by a reindeer, walking home from our house Christmas Eve, you can say there's no such thing as Santa, but, as for Obama and his IMPASTOR they believe!"

Re: BILL RICHARDSON.

A. What a ZERO, pandering for a V.P. position, staying quiet not endorsing either candidate till he thought Obama would prevail in Texas and Ohio, then, calling for Hillary to quit the race before the people had a chance to speak in Texas and Ohio when it was still virtually tied just as it is now.

B. Zero because Bill Richardson picked up all of ZERO delegates when he bowed out of the race just before his state's (New Mexico) caucus, because he did not want to be embarrassed in his own state.
He didn't have the "cojones" to continue, Hillary does, she wears the "Pant-Suit"!

C. Bill Richardson is a former Clintonista, un-grateful and dis-loyal after Bubba put him on the map. Nobody wants him as a V.P., because being overweight, he is only good to occupy latitudes and longitudes on that map that Bill C. put him on! "HE is the overweight lover in the house, the house...!"

D. Richardson is a wannabe latino (one could not tell from his name) who started to market himself as one after it became fashionable to be "livin' the vida loca"! I wonder if he can even speak the language (Spanish) properly? He can't, just heard him endorse, his accent sucks and his Spanish vocabulary is limited.

E. Bill Richardson's endorsement is like having PESOS in your pocket, CHANGE that is not worth very much!

F. Who was he (Richardson) to tell Hillary to quit the race when there was still "time left on the clock"? That would be March Madness! Americans are not quitters, it's just not the American way. Hillary is a great American and she will be a great President!

God Bless America, God Bless America, God Bless America. Yes, the 2nd word is BLESS, let me repeat it: GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 3:08 PM

I wholeheartedly agree with Gov. Richardson's evaluation that Senator Barack Obama is the ONLY candidate left in the race that has the steady personal temperament and problem-solving abilities that will be required of our next president. Hillary Clinton during this campaign has demonstrated the very same personal instability and very tenuous relationship with the truth that so characterized her own husband's presidency while John McCain can't even keep the protagonists straight as he urges us on to even MORE wars. Get a grip, people, and be SMART. This isn't about race or gender, it's about the future of the United States. And Sen. Obama is the only one who can unite us and move forward. It really is that simple. (The truth always is.)

Posted by: miraclestudies | March 21, 2008 3:04 PM

Richardson's endorsement in weak medicine as an antidote to the corrosive effects of the Wright, "typical white person" acid working on the Obama campaign now.

Still, Obama may pull the nomination out and that VP slot, which already had Richardson's name penciled in probably looks good to him.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 2:49 PM

P.S. For anyone living in Pennsylvania:

Monday, March 24th is the DEADLINE to register for the Pennsylvania primary -- if you are currently registered Republican or Independent -- you can always switch back after the primary:

https://www.pavoterservices.state.pa.us/Pages/VoterRegistrationApplication.aspx

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:36 PM

When will Anne Elise Kornblut weigh in with her thread: "5 Ways Richardson's Endorsement Hurts Clinton"?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:35 PM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

What Business is President McCain taking care of today?

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 2:35 PM

Someone please remind me how many "Murtha Endorses Clinton" threads there were?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:28 PM

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