You Go Girl

You are probably wondering why Gov. Bill Richardson endorsed Sen. Barak Obama rather than Sen. Hillary Clinton.

After all Richardson served in a number of prominent positions in the Clintons’ first administration. (Please note that I refer to Bill and Hillary collectively because they have insisted on reminding us now for almost sixteen years that you get two for the price of one.) Richardson, a former congressman from New Mexico, first became known for successfully negotiating the release of Americans held prisoners by despotic regimes in North Korea and Iraq. As a result of chairing the House Hispanic Caucus he was included as part of the Democrats’ leadership team and worked closely with the Clintons on legislative matters. He served as the Clintons’ Energy Secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations. He was, in short, the ultimate Clinton insider.

There are several theories bouncing around about the reasons for Richardson’s endorsement of Obama but they all smack of petit politics and, if they were said of John Edwards instead, would be easy to believe. The first is that Richardson’s endorsement was a prelude to his selection as Obama’s running mate. I doubt it, while Obama may be the first person of color to receive his party’s presidential nomination, the Democrats know that there is enough racism out there in both parties to dampen enthusiasm for an “all minority” ticket.

The next theory is that Richardson has secured himself a prominent cabinet position, most likely Secretary of State, in an Obama administration. Frankly, that wouldn’t be a bad choice and I would think better of Obama if it was true although, again I doubt it. It’s simply too early in the process and there are too many others that have to weigh in on such appointments.

My theory, and the one that is not only plausible but also more probable speaks to the nature of the candidates. In the simplest of terms, Obama asked for Richardson’s support, while the Clintons demanded it.

Obama’s ascendancy in the Democrat primaries is as much a testimonial to his politics of inclusion as it is a rejection of the Clintons politics of personal destruction. The Clintons have routinely savaged everyone, including party regulars, who have gotten in their way. While former-Gov. Eliot Spitzer may have described himself as “a f””king steamroller“ he was a piker when compared to the Clintons. In a recent New York Times column, Maureen Dowd, who spent the last fifteen years fawning over the Clintons but somewhere was “jilted” for daring to disagree, wrote that three of the Democrats “super delegates”, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former President Jimmy Carter, and former Vice President Al Gore, are all waiting in the wings to “even the score” with the Clintons. Dowd cited a Carter friend as saying, “The Clintons will be there when they need you.”

And if there was even a little doubt about the Clintons expectations for a Richardson endorsement, one only needs to look at the comments of James Carville, the Clintons designated character assassin who said of the Obama endorsement, “Richardson’s endorsement came right around the anniversary of the day when Judas sold out (Jesus) for 30 pieces of silver.” In response, a much more dignified Richardson hit the nail precisely on the head, “That’s typical of many of the people around Senator Clinton. They think they have a sense of entitlement to the presidency.” Richardson was being charitable by castigating the staff rather than the Clintons but we all know that it is the Clintons themselves who set the tone. In the end, that is the Clintons’ legacy for having used and abused people for all of these years.

Fifteen years of mean spirited tactics and noblesse oblige attitudes by the Clintons and their senior staffers have led us to precisely the point made by Ms. Dowd — “the chickens may come home to roost.” And it may be getting a lot worse. The Clintons’ refusal to acknowledge Hillary’s loss and the constant attempts to manipulate the process in pursuit of personal ambition may well destroy the Democrat party for years to come.

And for that I urge, “Hillary, you go girl.”

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  • Rupert in Springfield

    “The Clintons”, although detestable, can hardly carry the total blame for this sense of entitlement they seem to have. Let’s face it, Clintons presidency was the dawning of the current era of the press becoming an integral part of the DNC. They excused virtually everything the Clintons did, covered for them at every opportunity, marveled at how well he lied to them and treated Hillary as the second coming. They could do no wrong. Although I have no love for them, its hard to blame them for letting all that going to their heads.

  • Alan

    Enough racism out there to dampen an all minroty ticket. I don’t think there ar that many racists in America, and most those do not vote.

    Barack has doen well in national polls of all voters. If Richardson would be a liability, it would be his new goatee makes him look evil!

  • dean

    Larry…with due respect, the explanation of Richardson’s endorsement is probably a lot simpler. Senator Obama is too far ahead on pledged delegates, votes counted and states won for Senator Clinton to catch up, given the her prospects in the few remaing contests. Governor Richardson may have just climbed on the most logical bandwagon at a time he thought would be good for himself.

    Racism is real, and is already being used by trying to make Senator Obama a “scary black guy” by running and re-running the Reverend Wright videos. Expect that to continue and be ramped up once he becomes the nominee. And expect that we won’t see comparable videos of the good Reverend Hagee ( a close McCain supporter) denouncing Catholics and advocating war with Iran so that we can hasten Armegeddon. He is white, as is McCain, so they are supposedly less scary and more responsible. Cest la vis.

    As for Senator Clinton….she is ambitious, feels she has the ability to lead, and feels she has paid more dues than Senator Obama. No crime in any of that. But he appears to be too far ahead and she needs to ultimately accept that fact of life sooner or later.

  • gg

    Hilary stills has a chance. This race is not over, and Obama has been slipping in the polls. The more that people know about Obama proves that they learn something that they like and a little something they do not like. Everyone already knows Hillary, so her negatives will not change, and her positives are strong. The same people who rule her out now, ruled her out in texas and Ohio.

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