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Richardson, Endorsing Obama, Looks for Generational Change


Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama D-Ill., right walks out with New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Friday, March 21, 2008, at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Ore., where Richardson announced his endorsement of Obama. (AP.)

Updated 1:59 p.m.
By Jonathan Weisman
PORTLAND, Ore. -- At a thunderous rally in Memorial Colliseum here, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) for president, appealing for peace in the Democratic Party and hailing the moment as historic.

VIDEO | Richardson Endorses Obama (AP)

"Your candidacy is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our country, and you are a once-in-a-lifetime leader," Richardson declared at Obama's side. "You will make every American proud to be an American."

The moment was a calculated effort to try to put to rest the increasingly divisive fight between Obama and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) for the Democratic nomination. Both campaigns had assiduously courted Richardson, one of the nation's leading Latino political figures, ever since he dropped out of the presidential contest.

Richardson made his choice not when it could have mattered most politically, before the tight contest in Texas, but at a time of spiraling accusations and counter-accusations between the Clinton and Obama camps. His endorsement makes him 62nd superdelegate to choose Obama since the Super Tuesday contests on Feb. 5.

Richardson praised Clinton as a candidate and a leader, and he hailed the achievements of President Bill Clinton's administration, in which he served as ambassador to the United Nations and energy secretary.

But, he added, "It is time for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we have against John McCain."

The endorsement is not likely to end the sniping any time soon. Indeed, Clinton campaign advisers dismissed the its significance.

"You know, look, I think everyone has their endorsers," chief Clinton strategist Mark Penn said. Given that New Mexico had already voted for Clinton, "perhaps the time when he could have been most effective has long since passed," he said.

On a day when Obama campaign manager David Plouffe accused Clinton of being too dishonest and untrustworthy to win the White House, Richardson's nod only became new fuel for the sniping.

"He's a good man, and we respect his decision. Senator Obama could use a little good news today. He's sliding in the polls and lashing out like a desperate politician," another Clinton aide said.

But the Obama campaign was determined to make the most of it. Richardson took the stage as if his support for Obama was perfectly natural. He hailed the senator's speech on race for its "eloquence, sincerity and optimism."

"Senator Obama could have given a safer speech. He is, after all, well ahead in the delegate count for our party's nomination. He could have just waited for the controversy over the deplorable remarks of Reverend Wright to subside, as it surely would have," Richardson said. "Instead, Senator Obama showed us once again what kind of leader he is. He spoke to us as adults."

Richardson spoke as a Hispanic American, who, like Obama, had a foreign born parent. He hailed his "steadfast patriotism," hitting back at conservative whisper campaigns questioning Obama's commitment to the country.

But Richardson's support was anything but perfectly natural. A fierce defender of the Clintons, at times, his own campaign for president appeared to be in part aimed at a post, perhaps the vice presidency, in a Hillary Clinton White House.

"Before concluding my remarks, I would like to say that we are blessed to have two great American leaders and great Democrats running for president," Richardson said. "My great affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver."

But he made an appeal to the Democratic Party insiders who will ultimately decide the nominee.

"The 1990's were a decade of peace and prosperity because of the competent and enlightened leadership of the Clinton administration," he concluded, "but it is now time for a new generation of leadership to lead America forward."

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According to Bill Richardson this is pay-back time for having been ignored during his presidential bid. Also, when Richardson was asked about his support for Obama, he replied, "Why not give someone else a chance. It has been Bush, Clinton
Bush . .." THAT WAS HIS REPLY.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | March 26, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

According to Bill Richardson this is pay-back time for having been ignored during his presidential bid, also, when Richardson was asked about his support for Obama, his reply was, "Why not give someone else a chance. It has been Bush, Clinton." THAT WAS HIS REPLY. HELLO AMERICA.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | March 26, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

According to Bill Richardson this is pay-back time for having been ignored during his presidential bid, also, when Richardson was asked about his support for Obama, his reply was, "Why not give someone else a chance. It has been Bush, Clinton." THAT WAS HIS REPLY. HELLO AMERICA.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | March 26, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

According to Bill Richardson this is pay-back time for having been ignored during his presidential bidalso, when Richardson was asked about his support for Obama, his reply was, "Why not give someone else a chance. It has been Bush, Clinton." THAT WAS HIS REPLY. HELLO AMERICA.

Posted by: Cantabrigian | March 26, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

BILL RICHARDSON ( JUDAS) SELLS OUT LATINOS AND JOINS THE WRIGHT RACIAL DIVIDE AGAINST AMERICANS FOR POLITICAL FAVORS!
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 26, 2008 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Here is an entry from the MI / FL petition;

Jocelyn and Michael in Michigan - We are so furious with Barack Obama at this point in time that we have both made a pact NOT to vote for him in November if he is the nominee for the Democrats. We've had enough of this absurdity. We VOTED. And this freshman rookie Senator from Illinois doesn't want our votes to count? To hell with him.

--


There you have it. Sign at;

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/seatourdelegates/signatures.html


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Posted by: straightmedia | March 26, 2008 1:06 AM | Report abuse

-- Richardson told "Fox News Sunday" that he wouldn't respond by getting "in the gutter like that."
"That's typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton," Richardson said. "They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency." --

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...uhm, that's a response, bozo.

Only Bill Richardson, would back Obama after he was
exposed for patronizing a racially divisive lunatic for
20 years.

Only the media, takes him seriously. He earned zero
delegates in his run for president, and is a bumbling
joke at this point.

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Posted by: straightmedia | March 26, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

The Limbaugh story is mostly myth. He came out with that story after it was exposed that some republicans had been doing just the opposite of what Limbaugh now claims. Republicans have been voting in large numbers for Barack Obama in the DEMOCRATIC open primaries, and gaming the DEMOCRATIC caucuses from day one.

Limbaugh is using reverse psychology on you to cover up.

The REPUBLICANS have been trying to choose the weakest DEMOCRATIC candidate to run against in November. And also to prevent the possibility of a Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama DREAM TEAM match up.

I am really surprised the media has not picked this fact up with all their experts, and analyst. It's as plain as the nose on your face. This is why Obama has mostly only been able to win red state caucuses, and primaries. And no big blue states primaries.

If Obama is the democratic nominee for the national election in November he will be slaughtered. Because the Republican vote cheating help will suddenly evaporate.

Hillary Clinton has actually already won the democratic nomination if you remove the republican vote fraud. Does this really surprise anyone after the 2000 and 2004 elections. :-(

They have no respect for the constitution, or the democratic process. They have no SHAME!!!

jacksmith...

Posted by: JackSmith1 | March 25, 2008 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Mr Richardson, Obama is a divider:

Barack Obama is calculating in a rather cowardly way. He is not even reliable. As a matter of fact he really is a divider in a very concrete sense - exact opposite of what he is preaching. Two great states are now separated from the "democatic union" thanks to Barack Obama.

Quotation: "OBAMA´S LAWYERS (daddies) SUCCESSFULLY PREVENTED RE-VOTES IN FLORIDA AND MICHIGAN (my comment: the nicest daddies in the world). That means it would be virtually impossible for Clinton to take a lead in either elected delegates or total primary votes"!

When Obama has grown up he may be able to speak for himself, or...........................?

Posted by: Roy3 | March 25, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Correction:

On Obama, does it take anyone 20 years to realize he is sitting on a cactus?

Olga
Austin, Texas

Posted by: olgaolivia | March 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

On Bill Richardson's betrayal: Shame on him for not listening to his constituency. He doesn't realize he is a public servant!

Does it take anyone 20 years to realize you are sitting on a cactus?

Olga
Austin, Texas

Posted by: olgaolivia | March 25, 2008 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Since Richardson's state voted for Hillary, and since the Obama-ites all clamor for the superdelegates to follow the will of the people, and since Richardson (Bill, that jacket is a bit too snug!!) is a superdelegate, I guess Richardson should cast his superdelegate for Hillary.

Posted by: JHRRNMS | March 24, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Since Richardson's state voted for Hillary, and since the Obama-ites all clamor for the superdelegates to follow the will of the people, and since Richardson (Bill, that jacket is a bit too snug!!) is a superdelegate, I guess Richardson should cast his superdelegate for Hillary.

Posted by: JHRRNMS | March 24, 2008 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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: jreno20 | March 24, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richarson wants a generational change- so does Ted Kennedy and John Kerry and Marion Barry in DC.

Well are they all going to retire? That could start to produce a generational change. Or do they all want to remain important and see that happening if Obama is elected and he needs them and Hillary Clinton doesn't. This generational change thing is mind boggling when it comes from older people who still run for Office.

Ted Kennedy is a whole other thing. I remember him going after a sitting Democratic President for the nomination and not giving in till the convention. Talk about hurting the party.

It is time that we looked at who can win and looked at it realisticaly. Richardson couldn't even win the Hispanic vote against Hillary. So what does he bring Obama? Not much! Question is what did Obama promise him?

Racism is rampant in this country as is sexism and homophobia. But woman make up 54% of the electorate and are the majority of the electorate in many states. African Americans aren't the majority in any state. So if you add Hillary's ability to win women, seniors and the hispanic vote she clearly has the best chance to win in November.

I will support either Obama or Clinton, but to win we need to go with Clinton. Richardson and Kennedy may be doing something that feels good to them but in the end we all lose if we can't win the Presidency. Kennedy and Kerry together couldn't even win the primary for Obama in Massachusetts and Hillary won New Mexico, so let's be realistice here.

Clinton can win in November, Obama can't.

Posted by: peterdc | March 24, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson's endorsement of Obama can have a huge impact with a White-Brown-Black coalition... Here's the analysis of the blogger "showze2"...

If Obama picks a hispanic VP then he is probably certain to win in november?

consider: 30% liberal white vote + 20% hispanic vote + 15% black vote,
that gives Obama 60%-65% of the popular vote.

we could see a liberal democratic landslide in November

that's maybe why Bill Richardson endorsed obama, and that he is a good choice for VP. That's maybe why many uncommited superdelegates will now side with Obama.

______________________________________

However, for the voters, Bill Richardson, and other superdelegates, the Clintons' records in the White House and after the White House speak for themselves...

Under Bill Clinton's presidency, the democrats lost the house, the senat and many other legistlative seats. His presidency was plagued with violations to ethic codes:

- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and associates*
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign contribution case
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- First president to be held in contempt of court
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- First president disbarred from the US Supreme Court and a state court

Before he left office, he seems to have given favors in exchange of money... For example, shortly after beeing pardonned by President Clinton, fugitive financier Marc Rich had his ex-wife giving $400 000 to the Clintons library foundation: Source:
http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,98756,00.html

Since then, he seems to be in much bigger suspicious money deals ... The Clinton foundation received recently a $31.3 million donation after Bill expressed enthusiastic support for the Kazakh leader's, undercuting both American foreign policy and sharp criticism of Kazakhstan's poor human rights: Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/31/us/politics/31donor.html

Bill and Hillary Clinton would be the target of many attacks by the republicans if Hillary is nominated.

Bill Richardson probably took this into consideration when he sided with Obama. Other uncommited superdelegates will probably follow soon.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 24, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Slimeballs Unite.

Posted by: v2rmlh | March 24, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

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 2:57 PM | Report abuse

BILL RICHARDSON SELLS OUT LATIONS AND JOINS THE RACIAL DIVIDE!
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 7:39 AM | Report abuse

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 7:38 AM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, for Richardson, he's too fat to be elected Vice-President in the T.V. age."
Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 01:46 PM

And he is incredibly boring.

Gawd, we need some adults in this campaign.

Posted by: jp31901cg | March 22, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

It's fun hearing Clinton's camp trying to downplay the very nomination they were just begging for, and the Hispanic Presidential contender that they didn't want to endorse Obama.

My favorite line was hearing the Clinton camp call Obama's side deserate and "lashing out"... (LOL!) that was down right hilarious, a leap from reality in which Obama (in the lead) can play roll-reversal with Hillary (kitchen sink desperation)...

Latinos for Obama, Viva Obama!

Posted by: eljefejesus | March 22, 2008 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Obama's supporters are going for him because of his qualities (unifier, near the people, intelligent, articulate, etc.) while Hillary's supporters are going for ther because of Bill (like the latinos), her gender (like the angry feminists) and the color of her skin (like the racists). That's why Obama's supporters are more enthousiastics. And that's why Obama's numbers are going up when voters learn to know him, and that Hillary's number are going down in the same context.

Like Bill Richardson, the remaining uncommited superdelegates will see this and vote Obama.

Posted by: Logan6 | March 22, 2008 2:14 AM | Report abuse

To bbussey: A lawsuit might be the first thing you think of but I don't. There is a process in this country and in Illinois that is availible to all Americans to hold people accountable for violations of Title VII and it is currently not being upheld for me as a Hispanic filing race discrimination charges and Barack Obama knows this but in his good judgement decided to continue to do nothing. Any investigation into this and who knew what when will uncover wrongdoing but not on my part.

Posted by: Chaos45i | March 21, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

WRONG BET!

The governor is clearly submitting his resume for VP or Secretary of State. He should have stuck with the Clintons, he would have had a better chance.

How can he endorsed a candidate that has no chance of winning. He did not see the "GODDAM AMERICA" label hanging in his candidates neck. Maybe he is thinking again of running for president in 4 years. If this is the case then he should pray that his candidate becomes the nominee.

Posted by: tim591 | March 21, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

Chaos45i on March 21 @8:51p,

How have you brought attention of this discrimination forward? Isn't a lawsuit the proper course of action in this case? You don't document what steps you have taken, but it appears you've not followed the proper path to press your claims.

Posted by: bbussey | March 21, 2008 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a report on PBS about Obama's daddy's hometown. Margaret Warner was there interviewing the towns folk about their famous hometown boy. Newsflash: women there prefer Clinton! They are proud of Obama, but think it's even more impressive that a woman could get so far up the male dominated political ladder.

Posted by: thinkwithyourbrain | March 21, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

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 today, after learning of his unconscionable endorsement. Early this morning.

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 21, 2008 8:51 PM | Report abuse

You PROMISE that neither Hillary nor Obama will ever, ever raise the issue in any subsequent court filing?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 7:03 PM | Report abuse

The issue of John McCain's citizenship right to the presidency will never be raised. It is a loser for those raising it, alienating the entire military and a good slice of the civilian population as well.

Nobody with "standing" will go for it.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 6:36 PM | Report abuse

kreuz_missile:

And, I thought the Congress should have decided the Bush-Gore controversy too -- again, I think you and I see eye to eye - but, the best laid plans of mice and men . . .

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Great endorsement.

Richardson has long wanted to endorse Obama. Bill Clinton visited him at home trying to stop him doing that before March 4. This time he finally can speak out his thoughts.

Posted by: Adams3 | March 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

But it wouldn't go to the Supreme Court, and the courts would be extremely reluctant to rule on such a political issue. It would fall to the Congress whether or not to certify the results of the Electors, and both houses would need to reject them with a majority. I don't see that happening, nor do I see the Supremes stepping in a year later when the case reaches them trying to throw the sitting VP out of office. But, again, I also don't see such a situation ever happening because, again, it violates the spirit of the 22nd Amendment and the people wouldn't accept it regardless of the legalisms involved.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Waiting for Hillary to smell the coffee is like waiting for Dan Rather to call Florida. Someone blow a dog whistle, maybe she'll go back to the Senate.

Posted by: gmundenat | March 21, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

As I said, the argument is there, just like the WTC Conspiracy wackos -- I don't buy either one -- and neither will a ROBERTS Supreme Court ; )

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"yet another murky issue for McCain in that regard"

This is really a non-issue. He was born on a US military installation to US parents, he's a natural born US citizen I don't think he's ever been naturalized, has he?). George Romney in '68 would have been another matter, but this one just looks petty and people on the left should really cut it out.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

tchanta,

"One of the most controversial statements in his sermon was "chickens coming home to roost"?

Really? I thought "God, Damn America" was at least slightly more controversial. Just my opinion.

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Kreuz and whatmeregister:

I never said I bought the argument, just that it exists, and it goes a little something like what Kreuz pointed out -- under the 22nd Amendment, Bill Clinton is indeed Constitutionally ineligible to be ELECTED President again -- however, he is not Constitutionally ineligible to be ELECTED (or, even scarier, appointed) Vice-President because the 22nd Amendment was subsequent to, and therefore amended any such prohibition in the 12th Amendment.

Therefore, the 12th Amendment explicitly precluded from being Vice-President those ineligible to be President (i.e. people under thirty-five years of age, those who have not inhabited the United States for at least fourteen years, and those who are not natural-born citizens -- yet another murky issue for McCain in that regard). What is untested is whether the 22nd Amendment's term-limiting provisions prevent two-term Presidents like William JEFFERSON Clinton from becoming Vice Presidents (and, then, horribly -- PRESIDENT again). I would point out that such a scenario certainly violates the spirit of the 22nd Amendment, but the argument still exists there's a bone fide loophole as it does not violate the letter of the law.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

When will WaPO start reporting the truth?
Even Clinton News Network is now starting to see the light. On Anderson Cooper's blog, you can read this:

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.

Posted by: tchanta | March 21, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

But that's just it- he is eligible to hold the office (Per Article 1: No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.), he's just not eligible to be elected to the office- that's the legal gray area that most scholars are still unsure of. By a strict reading, he could ascend to the office without being elected to it. To be clear, the authors of the 22nd Amendment should have stated that they were limiting the time for holding the office, not just the criteria for election, and not just to the office of President.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm, Kreuz, on rereading my last post I think I may have actually made your counterargument for you. Time to find another thread, I think. LOL

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse

100 years is about 50 election cycles. If people are unhappy with our stay in some country, that's fifty chances to change policy.

Of course, perhaps one needs a more effective party than Democrats to get a change in policy. After all, they gained the majority in Congress largely on unhappiness with the Iraq war but didn't end it. In fact they approved the escalation that is now yielding results.

Perhaps they are for change, just not the kind their constituents envisioned.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 5:24 PM | Report abuse



Dallas-area black clergy defend Rev. Jeremiah Wright's message

02:55 PM CDT on Wednesday, March 19, 2008
By GROMER JEFFERS Jr. and JEFFREY WEISS /

The Dallas Morning News
gjeffers@dallasnews.com; jweiss@dallasnews.com

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fiery commentary about America went beyond the usual political discourse but reflected long-held frustrations that African-Americans often release at churches and other social settings, local black pastors say.

It's those stark observations, created by generations of oppression and racism, that Barack Obama attempted to put into context Tuesday for Americans troubled by sound bites of Mr. Wright's sermons that "damned" the United States and blamed the nation's own actions for the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Many black Dallas pastors view Mr. Wright as a longtime hero and mentor, defending his message and bridling at what they call media misrepresentation of it.

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"I have preached at Trinity [Mr. Wright's church in Chicago] and he has preached here," said the Rev. Tyrone Gordon, pastor at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas. "One thing I said to the church on this past Sunday is that a lot of us are taking it personally because it is an attack on the whole black prophetic experience."

But for whites who have never been in a black church, Mr. Wright's words could have seemed extremist and even bizarre.

Mr. Obama tried to shed light on Tuesday.

"Trinity's services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear," Mr. Obama said Tuesday. "The church contains in full the kindness and cruelty, the fierce intelligence and the shocking ignorance, the struggles and successes, the love and, yes, the bitterness and bias that make up the black experience in America."

Supporters acknowledge that the Wright controversy could be difficult for Mr. Obama to overcome, but they say he made a good first step by introducing Americans to the black church experience.

Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, an Obama supporter, predicted that some voters will abandon Mr. Obama because of the presidential contest's sudden racial tone.

"There's a segment of the voting populace with folks looking for an excuse to be against him," Mr. Kirk said. Many black Dallas pastors say Mr. Wright's comments have been misinterpreted by whites unfamiliar with the black experience in America.

"There is a huge disconnect that is rooted in ignorance," said the Rev. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. "Unfortunately, it took the media lynching of Jeremiah Wright for us to once again deal with the unresolved issue of race in this country."

Dr. Gordon, who said he counts the pastor he calls "Daddy J" as a spiritual mentor, rejects any suggestion that Mr. Wright is himself racist.

Traditional black preaching - particularly from men of Mr. Wright's generation - carries a style and cadence far different from that found in most white churches. It is frequently delivered in Old Testament prophetic style, in which sins are recounted, punishment promised, repentance called for - with emotion and entertainment value at a premium.

"Black preaching is provocative and steps on everybody's toes," said the Rev. Sheron Patterson, senior pastor at Highland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas. "Black preaching is cathartic for the preacher and for the congregation."

Black audiences familiar with the style probably hear a more nuanced theology in some of Mr. Wright's quotes than what comes across from the videos filling the newscasts and Web sites.

Take the sound bite that is getting the most play, the 2003 sermon in which he repeatedly said: "God [condemn] America." It's part of a longer passage that condemns the U.S. government for a number of transgressions against blacks, including "treating our citizens as less than human."

And that, some other black pastors say, is a traditional use of the prophetic voice by a preacher named after the Old Testament prophet who condemned the nation of Israel in the name of God.

"Shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?" Jeremiah says, speaking for God. "They shall become as dung on the face of the earth. And death will be preferable to life for all that are left of this wicked folk."

But both the contemporary and biblical Jeremiahs are the truest of patriots, Mr. Gordon said.

"They preached it because they did love their country and wanted their country to be a spiritual leader in the world," Mr. Gordon said. ..........

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | March 21, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Awwww, Kreuz, you gave it away too soon. I wanted Jake to have to find it for himself. But the phrasing of Article XII is quite explicit. Since "no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States," and Bill is not eligible to serve a third term, he cannot serve as vice president either. Note that the term the XII Amendment uses is "constitutionally ineligible to the office," not "constitutionally ineligible to be elected to the office."

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 21, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

"Too many newcomers have deceived me in the past with their enlightened rhetoric, which is forgotten on election day. I do not get this impression from McCain. He may not be especially eloquent or enlightened but I know that what McCain tells me today he will most likely tell me tomorrow, after election day."

Yes, when John McCain tells you your jobs are gone forever and never coming back, you can count on it in his administration. When he tells you that we'll be in Iraq for another 100 years, you can count on that in his administration. When he tells you ke knows very little about economics but is reading Greenspan's book, you can tell exactly how he will perform in the White House. When he sings about bombing Iran....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

You would think that Hillary was the Hispanic candidate after reading the pro-Hillary garbage on this board, or that some Hispanics have more dislike for African-Americans than they do love for their own.

This is the end for Hillary. Soon, Pelosi will endorse Obama debunking the theory that this is nothing more than "the boys secret handshake". John Edwards still might endorse Obama, but he may be leaning Clinton. Still, the nail in the coffin of Hillary will be when Gore endorses Obama.

This IS the Democratic Party rejecting Hillary's lost campaign, and her methods of doing and saying anything to attempt to convince people that she should be given an election that she has so clearly lost.

Bill Richardson is no disgrace to Hispanics. The only thing that is a disgrace to Hispanics are racist Hispanics and as it goes for racists in any culture. Shame on the Clinton Campaign and Hispanics that are disowning Bill Richardson.

This just goes to show how Karl Rove like the Clinton Campaign has become. I remember a time a few years ago when you didn't agree with the Bush Administration then you were branded un-patriotic. Now, the Clinton Campaign is once again resorting to the same kind of tactics...and I say, AGAIN!

You can't just dismiss or disown or degrade the accomplishments of Bill Richardson if you're a Hillary Clinton supporter just because he knows that Obama would make a better president and went against your candidate and her sinking (sunken) ship. The man has been nominated 5 times for a Noble Peace Prize and has more experience than Clinton on Foreign Policy, so please forgive him for not being a racist or giving into Hillary's politics of divide and conquer.

This is the end of the Clinton Campaign, and I'm glad. Could it have died any slower while doing more damage to the party in its sinking than she has allowed it to do?

When Pelosi and Gore and possibly Edwards endorse Obama this will finally prove that the Obama campaign transcends race and gender and finally end this useless election inside the party (which is over, and Hillary lost) and move on to focus on uniting the party that Hillary has divided and defeating John McCain.

Posted by: martinez.anthony.0387 | March 21, 2008 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"Too many newcomers have deceived me in the past with their enlightened rhetoric, which is forgotten on election day. I do not get this impression from McCain. He may not be especially eloquent or enlightened but I know that what McCain tells me today he will most likely tell me tomorrow, after election day."

Clearly, you don't come from Arizona. I do, and know that John McCain is nothing more than a carpet-bagging opportunist. His best time has come and gone.

Posted by: jimcummings | March 21, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Outside the US Obama is the one. To stop the war in Iraq the US president must help make peace between Israel and the palestinians. I think Obama will do this better than Hillary. If, at last!, an american president will put some pressure on Israel, the US wil gain an enormous boost of popularity in the world. Peace, democracy and end of islamic dictatorship is within reach, if you just dare say "no" to Israel. Just a little bit... It not dangerous america, Israel will not bite you!

Posted by: hakan.strom | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Outside the US Obama is the one. To stop the war in Iraq the US president must help make peace between Israel and the palestinians. I think Obama will do this better than Hillary. If, at last!, an american president will put some pressure on Israel, the US wil gain an enormous boost of popularity in the world. Peace, democracy and end of islamic dictatorship is within reach, if you just dare say "no" to Israel. Just a little bit... It not dangerous america, Israel will not bite you!

Posted by: hakan.strom | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Outside the US Obama is the one. To stop the war in Iraq the US president must help make peace between Israel and the palestinians. I think Obama will do this better than Hillary. If, at last!, an american president will put some pressure on Israel, the US wil gain an enormous boost of popularity in the world. Peace, democracy and end of islamic dictatorship is within reach, if you just dare say "no" to Israel. Just a little bit... It not dangerous america, Israel will not bite you!

Posted by: hakan.strom | March 21, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Posted by dotellen on March 21, 2008 02:17 PM:
"... While I will VOTE for whichever Democrat wins, unless there is a woman on the ticket either as the presidential candidate or the vice-presidential candidate, I will not work for, or donate to, the ticket. Women waited longer than black men for the right to vote, and I am not impressed by Obama (and less impressed by BB than I used to be)."

Oh please. Technically, blacks did receive the right to vote before women, but weren't able to exercise that right until 45 years after women did because they were lynched if they tried. Both blacks and women have been disenfranchised in the past, but to say that blacks historically have had it easier than women is laughable and demonstratively false.

A candidate being a woman, or black for that matter, is not a valid mature reason to vote and/or campaign for them. Same thing applies to the vice presidential candidate. You should support based upon the candidate's ability to serve the nation.

To those that continue to disparage Obama with such hateful venom - you show yourselves to be intolerant and with short attention spans, while projecting your own narrow views upon him. You are well within bounds to disagree with what his pastor said, or how he said it. But if you actually listened to Wright's comments objectively, especially in full, in no way are they anti-white or bigoted in any way. They are not even anti-American. They ARE critical of U.S. policies - very strongly so - as which is his right under the First Amendment. Regarding Obama's landmark "A More Perfect Union" speech - if you read or watch it and try to check your cynicism beforehand, instead of simply searching for little "gotcha" snippets, you might see why it had such broad appeal across the political spectrum regardless of ideology.

Second, Obama stated that he hadn't heard in person the aforementioned inflammatory comments specifically. He did *not* say that he hadn't heard *any* controversial comments in his 20 years in the church - most of which had to do with self-reflection and self-inaction as opposed to railing about racial injustices. And think about it - many of Wright's sermons are out there to be seen/heard, and the ONLY clips that were found were 30 seconds of the Hillary clip and the 9/11 clip? Out of 30 years of sermons, three times a week? That's THOUSANDS of sermons, and that's all the opposition found?

And it makes absolutely NO sense to hold Obama responsible for what Wright has said. If that was the case, all of the candidates would have a problem. Voters need to start doing some fact-checking on their own, and stop relying on others with hidden agendas telling them how to think. More voters are doing their homework in this election than ever before. But way too many, including a number of people on these boards, make little if any effort to learn the truth and, as usual, will vote against their own self interests and not even realize it.

Posted by: bbussey | March 21, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

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 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"Wrong. Would you like me to point out the relevant section of the Constitution you overlooked, or can you find it yourself?"

Actually, technically, it is possibly corrct that Bill could be elected VP. The prohibitions of running for a third term as President establish criteria for ELECTION, whereas it doesn't amend the qualifications to HOLD the office, which is the standard the VP is held to. Thus, Clinton couldn't be elected President again, but could hold the office if it fell to him by some other means, while by a strict reading of the Constitution he could be elected VP or hold Cabinet post (or Speaker of the House, etc) where he would be eligible if the office fell to him again. It is a very gray area that has been floated out there and COnstitutional scholars are quite divided on, but I don't see it happening in any case.

Amendment XII
....But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

Amendment XXII
Section 1. No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Many Hillary's supporters will vote for McCain, if Obama cheats his way into nomination."

THe nerve of the guy, trying to cheat by winning the delegates and the popular votes. Who does he think he is....

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: "There is, unfortunately, an argument to be made that William JEFFERSON Clinton can serve as Vice-President (keep in mind that the 22nd Amendment only prohibits people from being "elected" three times as President)."

Wrong. Would you like me to point out the relevant section of the Constitution you overlooked, or can you find it yourself?

Posted by: whatmeregister | March 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse


Richardson can relate to Obama. Both of them have "typical white" mothers.

The democratic party is in a self-destruct mode. Many Hillary's supporters will vote for McCain, if Obama cheats his way into nomination.

Posted by: jsindc | March 21, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

nandssmith:

I'm fed up with Hillary supporters too -- will you join me in pledging to NOT vote for her if she manages to steal the Democratic nomination?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I had another post here, but it somehow disappeared:

For all the hipocritical conservatives out there who now want to use this "typical" remark as fodder, let me ask you, how many times, at an airport, have you given an Arab a second look since 9-11?

The simple fact is we have avoided a serious issue on race in this country because the leaders who should be taking up the argument won't because they know they will be taken out of context and parsed by people looking to play gotcha politics for selfish gain. Instead, we get bad policy aimed at the symptoms, from busing and Affirmative Action to immigration fearmongering and racial profiling. Let's have real people step up to a serious debate, rather than acknowledging it as "important" while allowing surrogates to play the same old games. This is what the new politics Barack Obama preaches is all about- actually having real, substantive conversations and rejecting the old games of the past.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 4:25 PM | Report abuse

"kreuz_missile |Just how white are you anyway? Something isn't right here?"
I am 75% Scotch-Irish, 25% Austrian (my sig should give that away).

brigittepj, Osama is an Obama supporter? Yeah right.

The son of an inactive Muslim with an Arab name who is now a converted practicing Christian rising to be the leader of the United States- the ultimate symbol that our system is superior to theirs. If there was such a thing as the "anti-Christ" in the Qutbist strain of the Islamic faith, Barack Obama would be it.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

bnw173,

There are no purely kind people and there are no color blind people.

The thing I wonder about is this intense rage you and the core of the Clinton support now think it ok to unleash. Like, you were sick of being PC but you sort of had to be, but now! gotcha! You don't anymore because look what Obama's pastor said. Right? Right.

Well we all have to reject racism, in ourselves and in everyone else who espouses it with malice. Wright is a dangerous person, I am sure of that.
Obama is not so sure. I am sure.

But there is a lot more going on in the world today than reverse racism and Bill and Hillary's friends are more dangerous to many more people Obama's.

They are all smart people. They all lie.
The question is whom they will install in positions of power. I think we can safely say that this minister is toast. But what about Bill's friends?



Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson's opinion that it is time for the "next generation" sounds like a reiteration of Obama; a signal that not even Richardson wants whatever the Clintons claim to offer. On the point that the Clintons had their chance to lead us to moral victory and can not be trusted again, I agree. On the point that there is a desire and need for leadership change, I agree. But on the point that it is time to put a representative of an opposing minority in charge on grounds of the need for a change or the need to transfer power to the next generation is something which I believe would prove all too soon to be a mistake. Why? Too many newcomers have deceived me in the past with their enlightened rhetoric, which is forgotten on election day. I do not get this impression from McCain. He may not be especially eloquent or enlightened but I know that what McCain tells me today he will most likely tell me tomorrow, after election day.

Posted by: rabidfoxcontrol | March 21, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

You know whats REALLY funny?

People saying something like "Who cares about Richardson, this bearded pro-latino and pro-illegals loser"

and THEN following that with calling Obama of all things, racist - "and right now sounds like the entire country does not want Obama and his racist and anti-American mindset."

Thanks, edla67. I'm tempted to say something about a pot and a kettle but i'm afraid that you'd hear it and call me a racist too.

Unfortunately, that also pretty much sums up the whole entire sentiment of the FoxNews and Hannity and Colmes set.

-*I*- deserve to be racist but -*YOU*- can't.

bravo.

With people like this we'll revert back to the stone ages before we know it.

Posted by: perryair | March 21, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

: kreuz_missile |Just how white are you anyway? Something isn't right here?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow! How courageous is Bill Richardson? He's joined the Obama Supporters Club? Let's see, there's Rev Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Amedinejahd, Fidel Castro, Ted Kennedy, the New Black Panthers (and the old ones), Osama Bin Laden, John Kerry, That Odinga fellow in Kenya, William Ayers, Tom Daschle, Bernadine Dohrn, Jesse Jackson, Kim Jung Il, Tony Rezko, Al Sharpton, Howard Dean, Rashid Khalidi and Bill Richardson. Did I miss anyone?

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly the opposite of what he said. He cited Wright 14 separate times, and called the statements deplorable time and time again, and nodded today when Richardson said the exact same thing. His point was that his grandmother wasn't a racist- she was typical. I've been there myself, seeing a minority on the street somewhere and having an initial moments apprehension, then a second moment's thoguht criticizing myself for thinking that racist thought in a split second. It is a natural reaction, it is common, and it is based on the past 150 years of Jim Crow, "Brith of an Nation," fearmongering on crime, and de facto segregation of society that we need to work through. The only way that will change is through an adult conversation, npot quoting out of context in order to race bait and belittle the very serious and important conversation. Just because you can't win on issues,you go to these pathetic tactics that won't win over any serious person, It's not racist, it's just pathetic.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Richardson is an embarrassment to the Hispanic community in this country. We knew that he had sold his soul when he tried to coerce Hillary to quit earlier.

Folks, this man came out of nowhere and thanks to the opportunities that the Clintons offered him generously, he was able to achieve what he has today. Any honorable individual would, out of respect, keep his own counsel until this Primary is over. But greed is sometimes too powerful and he yielded to the pressures of Obama without considering his constituency in New Mexico. I am going to see him with his tail in his legs when he returns because he has forgotten that once supported,now the people will let him know what a fool he is!!!

Also I advise you to take a look at his record which could be questionnable due to harassment.

So, two birds of a feather can fly together. If Obama thought that he could gain Hispanic votes, he is a fool and desperate. Obama has never done anything for Hispanics and we would not forget it when casting our vote!!!

Richardson, the Hispanic community would not forgive what you did and we wish you:

GOOD RIDDANCE!!!

Posted by: Hispana | March 21, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

reuz_missile any way you add it, up, down or sideways he called you, me and his grandmother racist. We are the racist but Rev. Wright is not. Isn't that what he said?
Man, this guy, his wife and supporters deny clearly stated facts and say they did not mean what was said. On the other hand they take Clinton and her supports factual statements and make them racial. You can't have it both ways. Which way is it, please.
How does "for the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country" not mean for the first time in her adult life she is proud of her country. I'm tired of this double speak, just like his BS speech. Why would I or anyone else believe a word this guy utters?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Starting to look that way brigitte.
The Clintons are going to take you single topic voters, their core supporters now, the angry white vote (more concerned about "reverse racism" than any other issue confronting this country) onto the ash-heap of their careers. Consider yourself a victim too many times and you become one.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"Obama has used race more than any other candidate in the primary. Dispute that please?"

Prior to this week's speech, when has Obama ever discussed race, besides to say "there is not a white America or a black America, there is the United States of America"?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

And mmarii wins the poll for the first to confirm my suspicion from my 3:13 PM post

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:38 PM | Report abuse

And as Senor Richardson Sticks it to the Clintons, his Former Bosses, the DNC proudly proclaims:

WE are MORE than the Dimocrats. :-)

WE, are the ARISTOCRATS! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Obama reaches out to raise the racial dialogue in this countr and speak about it as adultsy, the Clintonists do their best to lower it and squabble like children. That should tell you everything you need to know...

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:36 PM | Report abuse

shrink2,

So I'm a racist because I support Clinton? Yep, you think just like Barack. Damn that's some powerful koolaid!

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This whole "Obama is a racist" smear is coming straight from the Republican Mouthpiece Fox News and many Clinton Supporters are too biased to even see where their tailor-made arguments are coming from. But to turn the attention back to the GOP nominee: Pastor John Hagee, whose endorsement John McCain was "honored" and "proud" to receive. Hagee says Katrina was God's punishment for homosexuality, Jews are to blame for anti-Semitism, and Catholicism is the "Wh0re of Babylon" and "a cult."1

It gets worse. 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...2


1."Will MSNBC devote as much coverage to McCain's embrace of Hagee's support as it did to Obama's rejection of Farrakhan?" Media Matters, February 28, 2008
http://mediamatters.org/items/200802280018

2."McCain's Spiritual Guide: Destroy Islam," Mother Jones, March 12, 2008
http://www.moveon.org/r?r=3519&id=12363-9070005-Isc5if&t=459

Certainly these statements should be every bit as abhorrent to Catholics, Muslims and Jews but you don't hear Fox, MSM parrots or many Clinton supporters ranting about these "spiritual" men. Why is that?

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | March 21, 2008 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Governor Bill Richardson is more concerned about the Democratic Party than the democratic process in the presidential primaries. We have a closed competition. This race is not over. Senator Hillary Clinton is a strong candidate. Lets wait for pending primaries; including Michigan and Florida. Senator Clinton is a fighter. Keep moving forward!

Posted by: mmarii | March 21, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

"but if, as recent polls suggest, "typical white people" won't vote for Barack"

I am a typical white person. I am voting for Barack. As are many I know. The fact is the Dem primary is over, it's time to move forward to the general election. This nonsense about his remarks ("typical") are more expected low brow politics, and they won't fly because they are nonsense. He wasn't saying "prototypical" or "stereotypical," he meant an average person in everyday life who was not a committed racist or activists, and that is exactly what was stated and implied. You win no votes trying to sell that the American people are too dumb to understand that, maybe it's just you Hillary fanatics who still can't read the writing on the wall.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

My analysis of this and numerous other recent posts:

Posts from Hillary supporters (with very few exceptions) are infantile and spew the media sound bites verbatim the same way a child repeats exactly what they hear their parent(s) say. Independent thinking or context is clearly lacking in these posts.

And the name calling from Hillary supporters is beyond ridiculous and immature: "He's fat", "He's racist" etc.

On the other hand, the posts from the Obama supporters (for the most part) are mature - and grounded in intellect, logic and independent thinking.

I will go with Obama. The Hillary supporters with their ignorant, childish, ugly rants represent everything that's wrong with this country I love.

Hillary supporters have completely turned me off.

Posted by: nandssmith | March 21, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, the Clintons' supporters are hurting today. Scary racist creeps all over the boards. Are you proud of yourselves? Get online and call Obama a monkey? Good thing you are doing this, you'll bring a lot of voters to Bill and Hillary, they're proud of having you behind them.

wmaster you called Bill Richardson an opportunist. So, ahm, what are you saying?
He shouldn't get off a sinking ship?

Right wing Latinos never liked Richardson, so you won't be missed.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Hillary is the corporate DLC candidate who will continue to sell us out, just like when her husband signed NAFTA and helped the Repukes send millions of American jobs out of the country.

I see little difference between Hillary and McSame. They are both corporate and would NOT represent the interests of the people.

I refuse to vote for any candidate who is going to screw me. And Hillary has her strap-on ready.

Posted by: TomIII | March 21, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

My God!! There is so much racist angst directed towards Obama (and Richardson for supporting Obama), that it is really a testament to what Obama addressed in his speech regarding racial divides and acrimony. I
__________________________________________

Are you still using that BS, cover my butt, speech as gospel? My God, he called his grandmother a racist. Sold her down the river to try and get out of a political mess he made himself. HOW LOWLIFE CAN ONE BE. ARE YOU HONESTLY STILL SUPPORTING HIM?
Obama has used race more than any other candidate in the primary. Dispute that please?

Posted by: bnw173 | March 21, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 02:24 PM

2. Second, with this b.s. passport breach news. I'm sure they knew of this long ago, but, Obama's campaing is trying to use it now to sway attention.

Hey Silly... did you see they have all been breached. I guess they all knew and ignored it... It is really sad. You are obviously one of the racist that he is speaking of.

Posted by: adonalson | March 21, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

here svreader -

From today's Dallas Morning News:

The Rev. Jeremiah Wright's fiery commentary about America went beyond the usual political discourse but reflected long-held frustrations that African-Americans often release at churches and other social settings, local black pastors say.

It's those stark observations, created by generations of oppression and racism, that Barack Obama attempted to put into context Tuesday for Americans troubled by sound bites of Mr. Wright's sermons that "damned" the United States and blamed the nation's own actions for the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Many black Dallas pastors view Mr. Wright as a longtime hero and mentor, defending his message and bridling at what they call media misrepresentation of it.

Also Online
Analysis: Barack Obama takes big risk by addressing race conflict

"I have preached at Trinity [Mr. Wright's church in Chicago] and he has preached here," said the Rev. Tyrone Gordon, pastor at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church in Dallas. "One thing I said to the church on this past Sunday is that a lot of us are taking it personally because it is an attack on the whole black prophetic experience."

But for whites who have never been in a black church, Mr. Wright's words could have seemed extremist and even bizarre.

Mr. Obama tried to shed light on Tuesday.

"Trinity's services are full of raucous laughter and sometimes bawdy humor. They are full of dancing, clapping, screaming and shouting that may seem jarring to the untrained ear," Mr. Obama said Tuesday. "The church contains in full the kindness and cruelty, the fierce intelligence and the shocking ignorance, the struggles and successes, the love and, yes, the bitterness and bias that make up the black experience in America."

Supporters acknowledge that the Wright controversy could be difficult for Mr. Obama to overcome, but they say he made a good first step by introducing Americans to the black church experience.

Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk, an Obama supporter, predicted that some voters will abandon Mr. Obama because of the presidential contest's sudden racial tone.

"There's a segment of the voting populace with folks looking for an excuse to be against him," Mr. Kirk said. Many black Dallas pastors say Mr. Wright's comments have been misinterpreted by whites unfamiliar with the black experience in America.

"There is a huge disconnect that is rooted in ignorance," said the Rev. Frederick Haynes III, pastor of Friendship West Baptist Church in Oak Cliff. "Unfortunately, it took the media lynching of Jeremiah Wright for us to once again deal with the unresolved issue of race in this country."

Dr. Gordon, who said he counts the pastor he calls "Daddy J" as a spiritual mentor, rejects any suggestion that Mr. Wright is himself racist.

Traditional black preaching - particularly from men of Mr. Wright's generation - carries a style and cadence far different from that found in most white churches. It is frequently delivered in Old Testament prophetic style, in which sins are recounted, punishment promised, repentance called for - with emotion and entertainment value at a premium.

"Black preaching is provocative and steps on everybody's toes," said the Rev. Sheron Patterson, senior pastor at Highland Hills United Methodist Church in Dallas. "Black preaching is cathartic for the preacher and for the congregation."

Black audiences familiar with the style probably hear a more nuanced theology in some of Mr. Wright's quotes than what comes across from the videos filling the newscasts and Web sites.

Take the sound bite that is getting the most play, the 2003 sermon in which he repeatedly said: "God [condemn] America." It's part of a longer passage that condemns the U.S. government for a number of transgressions against blacks, including "treating our citizens as less than human."

And that, some other black pastors say, is a traditional use of the prophetic voice by a preacher named after the Old Testament prophet who condemned the nation of Israel in the name of God.

"Shall I not bring retribution on a nation such as this?" Jeremiah says, speaking for God. "They shall become as dung on the face of the earth. And death will be preferable to life for all that are left of this wicked folk."

But both the contemporary and biblical Jeremiahs are the truest of patriots, Mr. Gordon said.

"They preached it because they did love their country and wanted their country to be a spiritual leader in the world," Mr. Gordon said.

Posted by: gandalfthegrey | March 21, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

...now we find the always craven, often laughable svreader invoking prayers against Obama...to God.

Told you they were going to court the religious right. It is the natural next step for the Clintons - get back to your cracker roots. See Bill visit "Liberty University" any day now.

The way Bill Clinton rebuilt the D party was to rid it of its substantive difference from the R party. They call it "embracing the center".

So go ahead, stop threatening and just vote for McCain, in many ways he is so much more a part of America's center than the Clintons. Why did they pretend to be yankees? They look as out of place in New York as the shrub does at daddy's beach house on the coast of Maine.

Educated people worry that the Clintons' embrace of all that is reactionary and frightened in America's center these days. It amounts to nothing more than jostling the Republicans for a seat at their table.

Posted by: shrink2 | March 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see the full disclosure of Bill's "date" book.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen

Can't wait to see the full disclosure of Chimpy's "date" book.

Chimpy had a MALE HOOKER in the White House for two years. Chimpy is rumored to be bi.

Posted by: TomIII | March 21, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Wow, after reading this there is still so much hate in America. All of you frighten the hell out of me and I hope you are not tainting your children with such BS. Are you all still so caught up in race issue that you can not see the damage it is doing to the next generation. Stop being so evil and learn to look to your right and left and love.

Posted by: rth_proctor | March 21, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Write doesn't like racist white people.

That is not racism or bigotry.

I'm sick of you white whiners going boo hoo hoo when you have everything.

Get over it.

(And I am white)

Posted by: TomIII | March 21, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This week we got a heavily redacted view of Hillary's date book.

Can't wait to see the full disclosure of Bill's "date" book.

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | March 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

kreuz missile,

I hate to rain on your parade but if, as recent polls suggest, "typical white people" won't vote for Barack, he has virtually no chance of winning anything.

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 3:20 PM | Report abuse

What an ungrateful bastard this is. Held two posts in the Clinton Administration, knows she's the best person to lead and still endorses the inferior candidate SOB. What an opportunist. He is history. WE LATINO WON'T FORGET THIS ONE BILL.

Posted by: wmaster | March 21, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: badger3
quote:
There's a recent poll out.
1 out of 4 Hillary supporters say they will not vote for Obama if he is the nominee.
1 out 10 Obama supporters say theyw ill not vote for Hillary if she is the nominee.
:end quote

All that proves is that 1 in 4 Hillary supporters are DINOs. Probably a lot of these people are the same ones who gave us Reagan and both Bush Administrations. "Brats" you say? You just defined the meaning of the word as 1 in 4 Clinton supporters.

Posted by: Absolute_0-K | March 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

If Barack wins the nominatio, I'll vote for him. If Hillary wins the nomination, I'll vote for her. There's no way I'd ever vote for McBush.

Posted by: MatthewM1 | March 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson is one of the best governors that New Mexico has ever had. While the rest of the country is losing good manufacturing jobs there are lots of good green energy, high technological, and film jobs moving to New Mexico. What Bill Richardson said today and what Obama stands for is the what is best that New Mexico has to offer where people of different cultures, lifestyles and backgrounds can live in the same neighborhoods without the weird hate stuff that exists in the rest of the country. I shopped in a barrio in Albuquerque yesterday and most of the people there support Obama.

Posted by: nixonnow_72 | March 21, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

"If it takes him 20 years to figure out his pastor is a bigot ...how can we trust his judgement on anything."

How many years did Hillary stand by Bill?

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

There are racists of all colors.

Even Black ones.

That's what Rev Wright is.

Being Black doesn't give someone permission to be a bigot.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Stop calling Wright a racist.

It is not racism to hate racists.

Posted by: TomIII | March 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

My God!! There is so much racist angst directed towards Obama (and Richardson for supporting Obama), that it is really a testament to what Obama addressed in his speech regarding racial divides and acrimony. I'm very saddened by the things that are being said and the lies and untruths that are generated by some hateful posters. This country is in for a world of trouble if ALL of it's citizens don't start to be civilized towards one another. I may not like GWB, but I've never said the type of negative and stereotypical ranting that folks are now saying about Obama. It is just so shameful.

Posted by: jazzspot_55 | March 21, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Richarson it is about time you made the right choice!!! GOOD WORK!!! Edwards we are waiting...
OBAMA '08

As for all the mudslinging...people we want unity in the democratic party, and if you want to jump sides because your candidate did not win the nomination you are a SELFISH individual...

GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!

Posted by: tru2shani | March 21, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

jovit --

I've got lots of friends of all colors, religions, nationalities, and political viewpoints.

I get that lots of Blacks are angry.

Life isn't fair for anybody.

That's the cookie crumbles.

The best thing society can do is provide a level playing field for all.

I'm shocked and angry that race hatred is being preached in a house of worship, and that so many people defend the people who do it.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

And, because I know the standard Clinton line now is "wait for Pennsylvania, everyone gets a vote":

"One reason [for journalists buying into a cliffhangar race] is fear of embarrassment. In its zeal to avoid predictive reporting of the sort that embarrassed journalists in New Hampshire, the media -- including Politico -- have tended to avoid zeroing in on the tough math Clinton faces. Avoiding predictions based on polls even before voters cast their ballots is wise policy. But that's not the same as drawing sober and well-grounded conclusions about the current state of a race after millions of voters have registered their preferences.

The antidote to last winter's flawed predictions is not to promote a misleading narrative based on the desired but unlikely story line of one candidate."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9149.html

In other words, this isn't about declaring the presidential winner based on polls the day before the election, this is like declaring Reagan the winner in 1984 before the West Coast results came in- they weren't going to change he outcome.

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Richardson just got bought with a promise for VP to help Obama out of this media nightmare.
Anyone that can support someone with such poor judgement should not be looked at as VP.

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 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Darn, Kreuz_Missile,

You beat me to it.

Time to rally around the winner, for the good of the country!

Happy holiday!

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | March 21, 2008 3:11 PM | Report abuse

How much money has McCain donated to Robertson or Falwell or any of the others that Obama supporters are trying to build a case for moral equivalence?

We know Obama gave at least $20,000 in one year.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

svreader, et al, I hate raining on your parade (no, not really):

The Politico: Clinton has "virtually no chance at winning"

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9149.html

"One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.

Her own campaign acknowledges there is no way that she will finish ahead in pledged delegates. That means the only way she wins is if Democratic superdelegates are ready to risk a backlash of historic proportions from the party's most reliable constituency.

Unless Clinton is able to at least win the primary popular vote -- which also would take nothing less than an electoral miracle -- and use that achievement to pressure superdelegates, she has only one scenario for victory. An African-American opponent and his backers would be told that, even though he won the contest with voters, the prize is going to someone else.

People who think that scenario is even remotely likely are living on another planet.

As it happens, many people inside Clinton's campaign live right here on Earth. One important Clinton adviser estimated to Politico privately that she has no more than a 10 percent chance of winning her race against Barack Obama, an appraisal that was echoed by other operatives.

In other words: The notion of the Democratic contest being a dramatic cliffhanger is a game of make-believe."

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/9149.html

Posted by: kreuz_missile | March 21, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Governor Richardson has vast international negotiation experience and has been nominated for the nobel peace prize on four separate occasions. The Clinton campaign fought hard for this endorsement, but ultimately Governor Richardson made his choice for the integrity and change of the guard that Senator Obama brings to the table. It is disengenuous of Mrs. Clinton to claim she never wanted him after she and her husband and her daughter and every politician she could snare, called him every day for months to ask for his endorsement. He said last month that the Clintons tended toward cluster bomb techniques and Obama to surgical air strike. Obama made a short personal call to him once every week or two. Governor Richardson has said for some time that he has been very upset about the negative campaign methods that have been used and the harm they bring to the democratic party. It was most likely his loyalty to the Clintons that prevented him from taking action before Texas where he would have wielded great influence among the Hispanic voters. As it was, Mrs. Clinton won the popular vote in Texas by a very narrow margin but when the caucuses were counted, she lost the delegate count to Obama by a margin sufficient to negate the delegates she netted in Ohio. Governor Richardson's endorsement certainly adds significantly to Senator Obama's chances in the general election when the people of Hispanic origin will form a major voting block. Thank you for your support Governor.

Posted by: karela | March 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Hillary's strategist Mark Penn is a scumbag.

He did PR work for Blackwater, the murdering mercenaries. And he is a union-basher.

Not only that, but one of Penn's co-workers, in a subsidiary of his PR house, is the strategist for McInsane.

Hillary is not a real Democrat. She's DLC.

Anybody who votes for Hillary is a fool.

Posted by: TomIII | March 21, 2008 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yawn.... Bill Richardson, and all of his 10 supporters. Let's make this a huge deal somehow, polls show Clinton has the upper hand, the media can't let this happen!

Posted by: mattwhitcomb | March 21, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

joy2 --

I'm not.

I'm angry that this kind of thing was not only going on, but accepted.

I don't think all Blacks think this way.

I expected Wright to be roundly condemned by the mainstream Black community.

That hasn't happened.

Instead, most posts defend Wright.

That's shocking.

In my community, such a person would be a pariah.

Racism is wrong no matter who it froms from and who its directed towards.

Nobody should get a "free pass" for it.

Its wrong.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So all of you who wouldn't vote for Obama because of his pastor would vote for McCain. McCain who sought the endorsement of Pat Robertson. McCain who gave the commencement speech at Liberty University.

Falwell believed that puppets were gay. And they both had this to say after 9/11:

JERRY FALWELL: And I agree totally with you that the Lord has protected us so wonderfully these 225 years. And since 1812, this is the first time that we've been attacked on our soil and by far the worst results. And I fear, as Donald Rumsfeld, the Secretary of Defense, said yesterday, that this is only the beginning. And with biological warfare available to these monsters -- the Husseins, the Bin Ladens, the Arafats -- what we saw on Tuesday, as terrible as it is, could be miniscule if, in fact -- if, in fact -- God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve.

PAT ROBERTSON: Jerry, that's my feeling. I think we've just seen the antechamber to terror. We haven't even begun to see what they can do to the major population.

JERRY FALWELL: The ACLU's got to take a lot of blame for this.

PAT ROBERTSON: Well yes.

JERRY FALWELL: And, I know that I'll hear from them for this. But, throwing God out successfully with the help of the federal court system, throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools. The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not be mocked. And when we destroy 40 million little innocent babies, we make God mad. I really believe that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People For the American Way -- all of them who have tried to secularize America -- I point the finger in their face and say "you helped this happen."

PAT ROBERTSON: Well, I totally concur, and the problem is we have adopted that agenda at the highest levels of our government. And so we're responsible as a free society for what the top people do. And, the top people, of course, is the court system..

JERRY FALWELL: Pat, did you notice yesterday the ACLU and all the Christ-haters, People For the American Way, NOW, etc. were totally disregarded by the Democrats and the Republicans in both houses of Congress as they went out on the steps and called out on to God in prayer and sang "God Bless America" and said "let the ACLU be hanged". In other words, when the nation is on its knees, the only normal and natural and spiritual thing to do is what we ought to be doing all the time - calling upon God. ~~~

PAT ROBERTSON: > Amen

But you're okay with THEM?

Posted by: onlytheshadowknows | March 21, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

The greatest thing about this endorsement is that it negates the Obama camp's assertion that superdelegates should vote in accordance with their constituents. Clinton won New Mexico. Guess the superdelegates are now free to vote their conscience again. Go Hillary!

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

svreader:

That line of reasoning you're using sounds like "Some of my best friends are Jews." The fact is taht most white people are pretty much ignorant as to the level of despair and anger that exists in poor black communities in America. That is why many poor blacks believe the fiery rhetoric of Reverend Wright.

Indeed, we have a long way to go in America to fix the deep endemmic, structural economic problems that feed this way of thinking.

Economic despair feeds extreme thinking. Just ask the Germans who voted for Hitler in 1933. They were more than happy to throw the Jews under the bus because Hitler's ranting and raving about how the Jews were screwing Germany economically resonated with Germans who didn't need much of a nudge for their virulent brand of anti-semitism to metastisize.

Karl Marx was right. We are economic animals and when people feel economically deprived, they will think in an extreme fashion. Stop feeling so proud of yourself because you have a black friend. That's so condescending and patronizing.

Posted by: jovitman | March 21, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Joy2-Yeah, I guess I was adding a few too many years on there!

He was Vietnam, not WWII. Had him mistaken for Byrd's age group!

But wait! There is NOTHING "Greatest" about Byrd! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Yes, they have known for awhile now that Richardson would endorse Obama. Just kept it to the side until he needed one. Obama falsely claims to be a different kind of candidate and a change maker. He surrounds himself with and suckles from the teats of the White Haired Trolls of the old boys club of DC. Beholden? Oh yeah. Different? No way!

Posted by: Thinker | March 21, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

svreader
If you're willing to condemn the entire black race because of a 3-minute video of one black man, you were obviously not as tolerant as you thought you were. Think about it.

Posted by: joy2 | March 21, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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 of 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 2:58 PM | Report abuse

joy2-FYI-The Newspaper you are Posting at, carried at least 2 Stories dealing with Iranian Involvement with al-Qaida.

Iran has not only Shia, but also Sunnis, Christians, and Jews!

Iran OPENLY supports Sunni Hamas!

No, President McCain was not blathering any nonsense. He just did not want to go into Classified Details about Iranian Duplicity! Wrong time! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

One thing I don't think Obamabrats understand is that Hillary supporters support Hillary and what the democratic party use to be. We do not support the party of Howard Dean, Nancy Pelois, and their ilk. I'm sure the voters in Florida and Michigan feel the same way.

Posted by: badger3 | March 21, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

There's a recent poll out.
1 out of 4 Hillary supporters say they will not vote for Obama if he is the nominee.
1 out 10 Obama supporters say theyw ill not vote for Hillary if she is the nominee.

So all you little Obamabrats that insult us Hillary supporters...you'll be eating those insults in November.

Posted by: badger3 | March 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Good decision by Gov.Richardson to endorse the Obama camp. The Obama camp could certainly use some good news after a difficult week. it's a positive march towards the unity of the Democratic party.

It's amazing how much venom is out there on the blogs and on conservative talk radio. There's more underneath those comments and talk among the neo-cons,
the hate mongers, race abaters, obama pastor bashing heralded by none other than Sean hannity, than meets the eyes.

I listen to comments made by both sides and I'm amazed but not completely suprised by the folly coming from people that ought to know better.

Our salvation as a country is not in the hands of a politician. However, we would be well served as a nation with leadership that helps us to see through this prism that there's more that unites us than divides us as a country hence the attraction of the Obama candidacy.

The Clinton candidacy will be more of the same divisive and polarizing politics which the right is well aware of and think they would be well served should she became the nominee for the democratic party in the general election in November.

The MCcain candidacy, i believe would be tired politics not necesarily divisive but not going anywhere either. A MCcain candidacy would be maintaining the status quo. the same as we now have, which isnt necesarily exciting to the conservative on the right but better than a Clinton or Obama presidency.

People out there, think !!!,Use your brain and think as opposed to letting people think for you.

Obama is no messiah, has shortcomings like any other politician and any human being for that matter, but what he brings to his campaign is an acquired understanding for change, not just for change sake, but Change for the challenges ahead that needs a different mindset and a different approach to issues that confronts us all as a nation. Obama seems to know that when we boldly confront the biggest uneasy obstacle and demand for changing our thinking we would be infact changing our lifes.

Need I say to you that Change is not Easy. but, this is where we are presently as a country. we need to resolve within ourselves individually and collectively that we can do better than a failing economy, a failing school system, a five year no end in sight war, a failing health care system, a failing goverment which I agree its not the answer to everything wrong but certainly a big piece of the puzzle in reaching the right solution.

People, we all can do better in challenging ourselves, our thinking, demanding more from ourselves, getting away divisiveness and partisan politics, lifting up ourselves and our nation, knowing that there's more that unites us.

Posted by: projectscope2002 | March 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

catchsandy,

Check this out, from Rassmussen

On Friday, Obama's favorable ratings remain little changed from recent days--48% favorable, 50% unfavorable. Before the Pastor Problem became big news, Obama was viewed favorably by 52%. One month ago, he was viewed favorably by 56%. The number with a Very Unfavorable opinion of Obama has increased from 26% a week ago to 33% today.

And Hillary can't win because her unfavobility ratings are so high?

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

I hope America isn't as easily fooled by "just words"

If Obama gets elected, we'll have to deal with the reality of his true beliefs which leak out when he makes comments like "typical white person"

I pray to God that America never forgets what Rev Wright said, what Obama did, and the fact that so many of Obama's supporters have rallied to his defense.

Obama is like Bush in so many ways its frightening.

They both value loyalty over principle and above right vs wrong.

God help us all if Barry Obama gets the whitehouse.

He's going to have a great time.

The rest of America won't.

We need to make it much easier to remove a President from office.

Without a way to do so, we are effectively electing a king, not a President.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

The bottom line is that it is next to impossible for Senator Clinton to win the nomination. She will come up short in pledged delegates, the popular vote and states won.

For Senator Clinton to win the nomination she would have to convince the unpledged superdelegates that Senator Obama is a Benedict Arnold. That will sit very well with black and young voters and indeed if that scenario nightmare played itself out, you can then hand the Presidency to Senator McCain.

The only reason the fantasy of Senator Clinton wresting the nomination from Senator Obama gets any traction in the press is their fascination with the Clinton's past political dexterity to pull off improbable political feats, so they want to perpetuate this fantasy but like they say about buying stocks, past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

Posted by: jovitman | March 21, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

rat-the
Greatest Generation?
I thought McCain was your nominee. FYI he's old, but not old enough to be part of the Greatest Generation. Although, I wonder if your man has a touch of dimentia, considering his confusion about the Shiite and Sunni in Iraq.

Posted by: joy2 | March 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

carol.sd,

Good insight. I hadn't thought of that. Yep, I bet Bayh is Hillary's VP pick. And a darn good one at that!

Obama probably offered the VP spot to Bill along with a Big Mac. It was an offer he couldn't refuse.

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Todays gallup poll shows that hillary's seven point lead y'day has evaporated overnight, and obama-clinton are now tied. Its amazing how much power obama's words have. Can you think of any of todays politicans turnaround their fortunes with just an inspiring speech

Posted by: catchsandy | March 21, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Based upon incompetence, would appear that Gov Bill Richardson and Senator Barack Obama are two peas in a pod. Sorry Barack, but sadly Gov Richardson and you look somewhat alike in the picture accompanying the article. Two mangy looking parasites who're unemployable outside of government. Now if only former VP Al Gore would join Barack's group, it would be complete. Two fat incompetences and one skinny incompetent.

Posted by: individual | March 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse


Gov. Bill Richardson...

Obama supporters thank you!

Posted by: nm_ariel | March 21, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The fact that Obama supporters defend Wright is almost as disturbing as Wrights original statements and the fact that Obama chose Wright as his "spiritual advisor"

The are setting race relations back 50 years.

During my entire life, I've gone out of my way to make Black friends and hire Black employees.

I've marched for civil rights and I've contributed to the NAACP, the United Negro College fund, and other similar organizations.

Now, I feel like I was an idiot to do so.

The #1 thing lacking in the Black commuity is any sense of appreciation for whites that try to help Blacks.

We're dammed if we do and dammed if we don't.

They hate us no matter what we do.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Richardson said he is endorsing Obama because it is historical
++
So basically what Ferraro said is right.

Posted by: badger3 | March 21, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Richardson just now figured out that Hillary is giving the "nod" to Evan Bayh for VP and not him. That's why his "loyalty" to the Clintons has suddenly tanked...no pay off. If this were not true why did he wait until now to support Obama and not in the New Mexico or Texas primaries? Obama bought his loyalty with visions of grandeur. He was a nothing-burger when the Clintons found him and he will be a nothing-burger again when Hillary wins the nomination.

Posted by: carol.sd | March 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Richardson, Endorsing Obama, Looks To Prop up the DNC's Wunderkind Against All Odds, and Polls, and White Grandmothers, and Average White Persons, and Floridians and Michiganders. Pathetic!

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

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 2:39 PM | Report abuse

This is a great time for Bill Richardson to endorse Obama. Hopefully this will prompt more endorsements soon. Bill Richardson would make a fantastic VP or secretary of state.
It saddens me to see the number of bigoted comments in some of the above posts. We have so many real problems in this country that we need to deal with. Obama is the best candidate to do that.

Posted by: SueB2 | March 21, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, the sell-out Richardson isn't credible to his own peoples - let along given OBAMA any credibility!

McCain-Webb '08 UNITY

Posted by: a_DC_denizen | March 21, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND WAR ...

THE HUFFINGTON POST IS REPORTING ...

McCain Spiritual Guide Accused Gov't Of Enabling 'Black Genocide'

By Sam Stein

This past week, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright has come under heavy fire in part over comments that suggested the U.S. government had introduced AIDS into black communities.

But it turns out he's not the only religious confidant to a presidential candidate who thinks the state has targeted black populations with death and disease.

Reverend Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio -- whom Sen. John McCain hails as a spiritual adviser -- has suggested on several occasions that the U.S. government was complicit in facilitating black genocide.

In speeches that have gone largely unnoticed, Parsley (who is white) compares Planned Parenthood, the reproductive care and family planning group, to the Klu Klux Klan and Nazis, and describes the American government as enablers of murder for supporting the organization. ...

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | March 21, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

DISPATCHES FROM THE GROUND WAR ...

THE HUFFINGTON POST IS REPORTING ...

McCain Spiritual Guide Accused Gov't Of Enabling 'Black Genocide'

By Sam Stein

This past week, Sen. Barack Obama's former pastor Jeremiah Wright has come under heavy fire in part over comments that suggested the U.S. government had introduced AIDS into black communities.

But it turns out he's not the only religious confidant to a presidential candidate who thinks the state has targeted black populations with death and disease.

Reverend Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church of Columbus, Ohio -- whom Sen. John McCain hails as a spiritual adviser -- has suggested on several occasions that the U.S. government was complicit in facilitating black genocide.

In speeches that have gone largely unnoticed, Parsley (who is white) compares Planned Parenthood, the reproductive care and family planning group, to the Klu Klux Klan and Nazis, and describes the American government as enablers of murder for supporting the organization. ...

Posted by: Martinedwinandersen | March 21, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

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 2:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm deeply dissapointed with Richardson for backing Obama after knowing about Obama's belonging to a racist church and having chosen a racist as his "spiritual advisor"

It makes me lose all respect for the man.

Democrats are in danger of self-destructing.

If Obama gets the nomination, especially of the votes of Florida and Michigan are prevented from being counted, McCain will win by a landslide and many mainstream Democrats will bolt from the Democratic Party.

Posted by: svreader | March 21, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

ajtiger92:

I wouldn't vote for Hillary DIANE Clinton in a million years.

Everyone else:

There's (yet another) new Obama Endorsement thread up . . .

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a Harvard Lawyer expert using words to deflect and seduce, channeling MLK, JFK, and Lincoln as needed. He understands the core tenants of Black Liberation Theology and HAS CHOSEN to practice it for over 21 YEARS as his personal faith (as has his wife) and adopt it for his children. After Harvard, Obama became a Black Organizer and activist.

The Larger story centers on the faith' and what the core tenets of that faith are, not merely one of many messengers - Reverend Wright.

The "black liberation" theologians James Cone and Dwight Hopkins pioneered the religion that Obama's church espouses, and which Rev. Wright both adheres to and preaches.

Some of the main points of this Cult Theology':

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. Their 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. In the black liberation theology taught by Wright, Cone and Hopkins, Jesus Christ is not for all men, but only for the oppressed:

In the New Testament, Jesus is not for all, but for the oppressed, the poor and unwanted of society, and against oppressors. Either God is for black people in their fight for liberation and against the white oppressors, or he is not [Cone].

1. See William R Jones, "Divine Racism: The Unacknowledged Threshold Issue for Black Theology", in African-American Religious Thought: An Anthology, ed Cornel West and Eddie Glaube (Westminster John Knox Press).

There are some serious issues to be addressed about WHY Obama chose to join this Black Power cult, and its main message of hatred. He's in it now, and has been immersed in this core doctrine for over 20 years. Black Panthers are part of Obama Campaign.
"Typical half-latino" endorses "Typical half-black"?

Posted by: rmcnicoll | March 21, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Richardson's endorsement is a big deal...he's an important super-delegate.

Penn is creepy.

Many of us are weary of Bush and Clinton. Obama just looks better and better.

Most people will recognize that Obama can only be responsible for his words.

Has Hillary taken responsibility for NAFTA? Has she taken responsibility for her vote to invade Iraq? Two big "no's".

I have a neighbor who uses racial slurs fairly frequently and has at times been so furious with government that he has said things that he later wondered might land him in jail. He's my neighbor though...not a bad man... am I responsible for his comments because we help each other in our gardening?

Posted by: pdurand | March 21, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Bill Richardson's New Mexico endorsement for Obama...Hmmmmmm. Is this why it took New Mexico three weeks to declare Clinton the winner? He was probably trying to cheat Clinton out of her votes!

Posted by: ccjenkins | March 21, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

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. Obama and his campaign's tactics are TYPICALLY very dirty, TYPICAL of a morally CORRUPT Politician whose message of One America is bankrupt.

2. Second, with this b.s. passport breach news. I'm sure they knew of this long ago, but, Obama's campaing 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!

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!"

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If Richardson really wanted to make a difference in this primary, he would have endorsed Obama prior to the vote in New Mexico where Hillary won Hispanic vote 2-1 or prior to California or Texas. Just like other endorsements it will not change the mind of voters. It just changes the subject for a few minutes. Obama will still lose the majority of Hispanic, Asian, and the white vote.

Posted by: Skinsfan1978 | March 21, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

it's sad and bad for Richardson, you want to be Vice president but you are choosing a looser i

Posted by: zien106 | March 21, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

As a New Mexican who donated both to Richardson and Clinton, I am disappointed. Big Bill should have stayed with Clinton, New Mexico's choice.

While I will VOTE for whichever Democrat wins the nomination, unless there is a woman on the ticket either as the presidential candidate or the vice-presidential candidate, I will not work for, or donate to, the ticket. Women waited longer than black men for the right to vote, and I am not impressed by Obama (and less impressed by BB than I used to be).

Posted by: dotellen | March 21, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

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. Obama and his campaign's tactics are TYPICALLY very dirty, TYPICAL of a morally CORRUPT Politician whose message of One America is bankrupt.

2. Second, with this b.s. passport breach news. I'm sure they knew of this long ago, but, Obama's campaing 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!

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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. Obama and his campaign's tactics are TYPICALLY very dirty, TYPICAL of a morally CORRUPT Politician whose message of One America is bankrupt.

2. Second, with this b.s. passport breach news. I'm sure they knew of this long ago, but, Obama's campaing 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???

2. 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!

Posted by: cheersdk | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

Nader who?

Posted by: LABC | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it interesting and disappointing to see pro-Hillary supporters such as JakeD resort to personally trashing Gov. Richardson because he endorsed Obama. JakeD...saying that Gov. Richardson is too fat to be V.P. is uncalled for. Hopefully you don't represent most of the Hillary-supporters because if so, we might as well hold a coronation for McCain on July 1st!

Obama in 08!

Posted by: ajtiger92 | March 21, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

As a New Mexican who donated both to Richardson and Clinton, I am disappointed. Big Bill should have stayed with Clinton, New Mexico's choice.

While I will VOTE for whichever Democrat wins, unless there is a woman on the ticket either as the presidential candidate or the vice-presidential candidate, I will not work for, or donate to, the ticket. Women waited longer than black men for the right to vote, and I am not impressed by Obama (and less impressed by BB than I used to be).

Posted by: dotellen | March 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Great endorsement. Hillary should tuck her tail between her legs and go home now because "typical white people" everywhere can't wait to support Barrack now that Richardson has told them it's OK.

Posted by: brigittepj | March 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The only endorsement Senator Clinton really needs is from the voters.

Posted by: brewstercounty | March 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Eeyyy Gringos, weee wont your Country!

The Invasion is almost complete. :-(

Last American out, Grab the Flag! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about Richardson, this bearded pro-latino and pro-illegals loser, latinos don't like Obama anyway, and right now sounds like the entire country does not want Obama and his racist and anti-American mindset. NO-bama, thanks

Posted by: edla67 | March 21, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

hey hey cant we all get along

Posted by: teresabogans | March 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

hey hey cant we all get along

Posted by: teresabogans | March 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

dunnhaupt:

There is, unfortunately, an argument to be made that William JEFFERSON Clinton can serve as Vice-President (keep in mind that the 22nd Amendment only prohibits people from being "elected" three times as President).

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Maybe they should Team Up.

I can hear the Campaign slogan now!

Bill O for President! Go Go- Bill O! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

He should be ashamed.

Posted by: jato1 | March 21, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

davidmwe:

Every time you post, I visit http://www.JohnMcCain.com ; )

What is really funny is that YOU really believe that "Hillary has fought hard to get close to equal or even ahead in Google searches" as if that's the single most important thing on her mind 24/7.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

I am waiting for Bill Clinton to endorse Obama next. By law he can't be Vice President, but Obama had already stated earlier that Bill could possibly serve in an Obama cabinet.

Posted by: dunnhaupt | March 21, 2008 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Ahh rat-the. Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean that everyone is NOT against you.

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2008 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Mr. and Mrs. America predicated upon my observations of the past half century most things have ameliorated and improved! We have today improved our choices for physical copulation as males in deciding as to when to initiate satyriasis so such an endemic anticipated experience may be achieved and enjoyed with dignity and politesse! Females have wrested control of their own bodies to monitor and control their own estrus vunerability!
But we are wandering aimlessly at the comprehension of ourselves and our tribal communications! Edgar Lee Masters said in Spoon River Anthology id. "Man is no different than a barnyard animal running about the yard ;save man sees the axe from the start" [sic possim]!

American journalist like to believe that they have improved the art and science of journalism but in reality in my opinion they have paved the way for its ultimate destruction! Recent events and political occurences have pullulated into our individual communications and have permutated our natual supplied abilities , to tribally coalese and congregate for opportunities to apply tribal behavior to our 6 million year old tribal adaptive D.N.A. of an adaptive radiation of "Theory of Mind" that separated the Homo sapiens from other ape genotypes! Political Correctness in America is an abomination of human animal dignity!Its main purpose seems to be to act as the ultimate tribal social tool to assauage and sooth denial enabling continued tribal deception and obscurity!

First came an obscure scramble of feminists goals that at first glance seemed incongruous and eschewed [too many definitions and meanings of gender causeing perplexity and confusion]! Then a neophilia language of tribal words with new meanings totally alien and harmful to our endemic physical needs but neatly disguiseing our real animal feelings! [This unique paridgm was the new behavior tool of "Political Correctness" that is the behavior law of the day! More powerful then the U.S. Constitution-stronger then a locomotive and leaps tall buildings at a single bound The bankruptcy of this neophilia system is that is has failed with an additional permutation with the absence of a functional language vocabulary to dissect and understand such complex issues as race sex religion or previous servitude!This endeavor demands hands off and unleashed exchanges of words, free of restrictions of the modern day "wowsers" who have replaced the twentieth century followers of "Comstockery" who were so critical of the natural act of copulation that their crowd managed to go extinct![ wowsers are folks that believe America is a penitentiary and they are the wardens in charge]

You liberal progressive ladies invented this tripe now take the blame and be ready for some additional colossal misinterpretations of language adhering to political correctness! These are tribal issues and ladies they cannot be denied because they are endemic and intrinsic to the Homo sapiens species! We must utilize any words to comprehend and understand each other! Stop blocking the medicine because its ugly! Reality is ugly! A spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down! Try it ladies!

Who is bold enough to step forward and admit the error? Oh I forgot ladies journalist do not error! their too political correct!

Posted by: hlmencken | March 21, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I anxiously await what Ferraro will say about Richardson. I see the Clinton camp basically said "We never really wanted his endorsement anyway."

Posted by: steveboyington | March 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

When most people hear this news, unless they live in New Mexico, they are going to say, "Bill, who?"

Obama's problem with winning the white vote is staring him right in his face.

It is we whites who don't trust him.

With Wright & his "Hate America" wife Michelle whispering in his ear, we believe Obama will not only sell this country down the drain, surrender in Iraq, & meet with Iran's Ahmadinejad, but domestically he will pour the federal budget into welfare programs which will be run by the Rev. Wright. Obama is a hypocrite.

God BLESS America!

Posted by: dyend | March 21, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Great courage and future-thinking, Governor Richardson. Hillary needs to step aside. Even if she wins 55% or more of each primary remaining, Obama will have the lead in delegates and the popular vote. For the interests of the Democratic Party and the Country, Hillary needs to step aside NOW!! It's Obama's moment.

Posted by: cookhud | March 21, 2008 2:03 PM | Report abuse

GO NADER!!!

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Yet still, the Internet speaks;

Obama vs Clinton vs McCain - a Web Comparison

http://newsusa.myfeedportal.com/viewarticle.php?articleid=76

Posted by: davidmwe | March 21, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I am a Republican and I am becoming tired of Limbaugh's toxic rhetoric. He does not represent me nor many of my true Republican friends. Both Hillary and Barack would be honorable and formidable foes this Fall. If they teamed up together it would be very tough to beat them.
Maybe if McCain chose Lieberman as a running mate?
Rush L
imbaugh should not be on the air. He is the most despectable person I ever heard. Who is he to comment on others. He should take care of his drug problems instead. That man is a very bad example. Please get rid of him. He is anti-american.
Olga Gardiner Rush, maybe that's why you flunked out of college. The dream ticket is unlikely, but would win hands down. Largely due to the fact that the moron you put in office has destroyed the credibility of Republican party.
limbaugh you are the lowest of new reporters no network should even mention your name.....you have not had one constructive thing to say about anything since you started your talk show.

people must be hard up if they cant find someone who is constructive in their remarks
Limbaugh and the right wing broadcasters are showing themesleves for what they really are: pathetic human beings.

Race did play a major role in Ohio. 1 in 5 voters thought that race was important, The majority that saw race as a factor voted for Clinton.

The Clintons continue to bring race into the campaign: a staffer and "picturgate", the recent ad about Obama's subcomittee work made him look darker and more threatening, her response to the Muslim question. It goes on and on. They are trying to be subtle. But they have been brining race into the campaign since she lost in Iowa.

The Clintons will do and say anything to win. I thought they really believed their words about racial equality. I guess it fits everyone but them when they want to win an election.
I listen to Rush sometimes. But only for entertainment purposes. I never pay any attention to his bull. And most people I know who listen to him do so for the same reason. It's amusing. The guy is a right wing wacko if there ever was one, a train wreck waiting to happen. And I can't wait to see him crash. It's like watching the diluded wanna be singers on American Idol. Painful to the ears, but funny to watch all the same.
This, coming from a man who was addicted to pain killers and made racial comments while commentating on the NFL. Although I can't believe anyone would listen to this crazy man, you have to admit there were alot of Republicans that voted for Hillary this past Tuesday, simply because he said to do it.
Wake up people! This is our country we are talking about!!! Vote for the best candidate that will represent it. Obama 08
Rush saying something racist and unAmerican? Happens every five minutes, why are you wasting our time? He's a drug-addled moron who's never had a real job; I'd actually listen to Snoop Dogg before Rush. He's a relic of the old Twentieth who has little relevance today, much like his namesake rock band. Take off, hoser!
Rush Limbaugh is becoming the Al Sharpton of the conservative party. Who died and made his opinion the end all. He is one man and frankly I'm tired of hearing his opinion.
Limbaugh is a tool for the neocon-spricy. Most of what he says is just spin that "makes sense" but it's that last 5-10% of what he says really is a tool to get us to think the way that the neocons want us to.

I'm a recovering dittohead.

I used to listen to Rush all the time. But since I've stopped, I'm happy to say that I've recovered 12% percent of my normal brain function in a little over a month because I've started thinking for myself.
Do I detect fear emitting from that racist, sexist, intolerant, Oxycontin-induced stupor called Rush Limbaugh? He is a crime against humanity, let alone un-American. Please, does CNN have to give this guy more air time than he already has. Turn off the air. No, turn off the life support.
Rush Limbaugh is a disgrace to the values of this nation. I wonder why any wise person would even listen to that sort of talk that lacks any moral judgement.

I am all for a woman president and a black white president. That would say this country has gone beyond the mental boundaries we have created in the past. That is good process. I am from Sri Lanka which elected first woman head of state in the world in 1970. I think this country is ready for that change now. The Rush Limbaugh's time of male dominace is over. The support around these two candidates is a good indication of that.

why doesn't Rush pick a fellow know-it-all hate monger like Ann Coulter and they can run for the office. I'm sure they'll get very far. Probably right up to the gate.
Old Rushie -- trying the reverse psychology. Maybe the "Jeff Conway of Talk Radio" is a little afraid of the dream ticket so he's denigrating it. Let's be clear. If all the people who voted for HRC and OHB voted for the Democratic ticket, the GOP would be store for a good, old-fashioned butt-kicking.

So Rushie, take a chill pill-no, not another oxycotin-and wait to how the Dream Ticket destroys McCain in November.
It has been said before, Rush Limbaugh is the Jeff Conaway of right-wing radio and who the heck cares about what he says? Honestly, hasn't he already proven that his brain is the size of speck of sand? He's an idiot, and I, along with most of the American people, don't care to listen to idiots.
Rush is in love with Hillary. He's hiding it like he hid his drug habit. What was his comment about Hillary always being on top. The guy is out of his mind making comments like that.
Rush Limbaugh is one lost man. He doesnt want to admit that his party and the George Bush neo-cons are going to lose the White House. The Republicans are the ones that dont have a dream, prayer, or a fighting chance in this election, because of what they have brought to America, chaos and division. Its time for Limbaugh and the ultra-conservatives to go. Im a conservative Democrat, I'm conservative as hell, and I still think Limbaugh is an idiot. I like and listen to Michael Savage anyway.....
Rush must still be suffering from his drug-induced hearing loss, or he'd realize how ignorant he sounds....
As for Clinton's remark that she should be on top of the ticket due to the voters in Ohio, I would like to remind her that 24 other states chose Obama to be on top!
Who is listen to Rush? May be Ann Coulter.

He knows that even republicans don't care any more of what he says. He was so ashamed and frustated when his buddy Mitt kicked out of the race and now he tries to make amendements with McCain. At the same time he is trying very hard to make himself relevant.
Why is someone still letting this came spew his hate on national airtime?!?!?!

And it amazes my that Americans are so appalled at the bad rep that we have overseas...its because of bigotted idiots like Rush!

Rush Limbaugh is plain and simple a piece of republican trash... to actually consider his comments reputable would only lower someone to his already abominable standard.
Rush Limbaugh is a racist and a chauvanist for saying that an African-American and a woman cannot be a wonderful ticket for America. This is the same person who called Obama a "Half-Rican" referring to him being biracial. If that is not a racist comment, I don't know what is. It sounds like Limbaugh is very scared of what the November election will bring. The conservatives need to sit down and shut up. This country is in a huge mess, and we have the Republican right wing to thank for that. Change is coming, Limbaugh, and there is nothing you can do about it.
Rush Limbaugh always calls himself "The Great American Truth Detector". Rather ironic, since he's never told the truth about the time he was fired from his radio job in Pittsburgh in the Early '70s (when he used the name "Jeff Christie").

In a nutshell, the station fired him after he was arrested in the company of a male prostitute in an area notorious as a gay pick-up site......
Think Rush is an Idiot ? Number # 1 talk show host ever Millions tune in every day and how do you think Hilliary won texas. You leftys get so Butt hurt by the truth. Its hilliarious how you act full of doom and gloom and hate for your own country sad sad sad. Remeber its america"s fault for everything.
Rush is a paranoid pill popping radio personality. He has some serious issues that he manipulates himself into defending. His ignorance is often perceived as clown like entertainment.

I will laugh so hard at Rush if either Obama or Clinton or both end up in the White House. That is TRULY Rush's Nightmare scenario
Its official Rush is a die hard sexist bigot racist. To suggest these comments shows what he himself feels deep inside. That a blackman or white women could never lead this country. To suggest this puts ideas subconsciously in the human mind that maybe this toolbox is right. CNN if you want to remain credible quit giving nut cases like Coulter and Rush your time. It is almost as ridiculous as ESPN reporting on Professional wrestlers. They are irrelevant and nobody with half a brain takes their comments seriously.

I also like how he suggested for republicans to vote for Hillary to drag on the Democratic nomination. What a sick and twisted way to manipulate and take advantage of freedoms that many countrys don't have
Rush is one of the most hatred-filled man I have ever listened to. The mans mother is ashamed of him, he flunked college and he gets to be on the air and comment on matters that are beyond his intellectual capacity. Yet, in America, and ONLY in America, do you find 13 Mill. people listening to him daily and then CNN, being one of the largest and the most respected networks, bother to waste their time reporting him.

Rush Limbaugh would be better served working for Joseph Goebbels than for the Republican party. This kind of backwards racist posturing is typical of the kind of system that will dissappear once Barack Obama or even Hillary Clinton is elected. I understand why Rush Limbaugh is so eager to rush us off into more wars considering he never had to fight in one. He got to stay home and chill while other men died. Why doesnt this spineless coward just retire from showbusiness, maybe he could build a time machine and go back to Berlin, 1936 where he belongs. They would hire him on the spot.

Posted by: mha31353 | March 21, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Nice tie, Gov. Richardson. You've got 'em all out American flagged. I think it even beats the set from which Obama delivered his race speech.

Posted by: edbyronadams | March 21, 2008 1:54 PM | Report abuse

JakeD- What cracks me up, is the WaPo actually acting like either of these two is even going to survive the DNC "BROKEN" Convention! :-D

LOL! Big Gay Al Gore and Webb would run away with the Nomination at this point if they just said they would!

Cripes, I have to wonder how Ralph Nader is doing at this Point! ;~)

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

You tell us how it's going to be Vice President Richardson!

Posted by: FinnusBeard | March 21, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Hey there, rat-the! Do you recall whether Murtha's endorsement of Hillary DIANE Clinton get this many threads?

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'll go with a Member of the Greatest Generation, and a Shrewd Businessman/ Venture Capitalist.

With McCain taking Mitt Romney as Veep, he will be injecting "Capitalist", BACK into the GOP Stance, just in time to Stop the "World Labor Party" Socialist Injection by the Greens that has been thrown into the Dimocrat Socialist Party's Stance!

Posted by: rat-the | March 21, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, for Richardson, he's too fat to be elected Vice-President in the T.V. age.

Posted by: JakeD | March 21, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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