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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Super Delegate & Super Heroes

If the race for President comes down to the Democrat Convention then super delegates will play a huge role in deciding if Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama will be the parties nominee. That being said the Clinton machine is in trouble with a huge loss of super delegates. NBC and Brian Williams report that Obama has gained 35 super delegates in the last couple of weeks where as Clinton has suffered a net loss of five super delegates.

One of the super heroes of the civil rights movement John Lewis is also a super delegate. One other fact is that he has been and is still a very close personal friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton. Formerly, he committed to supporting Hillary Clinton in the convention but changed his mind to vote for Obama.

In the latest campaign setback for Clinton just days before crucial Democratic primaries in Ohio and Texas, Lewis said that his constituents back Obama, an Illinois senator, and that it was his "duty ... to express the will of the people."

Clinton had hoped that Lewis, who was severely beaten during civil rights demonstrations in the 1960s, would help her win the support of black voters. If he wins the White House in November, Obama would be the first black U.S. president.

Previously, Lewis said he was supporting Clinton, a New York senator, for the Democratic presidential nomination.

"Something is happening in America," Lewis said in a statement explaining his shift. "The people are pressing for a new day in American politics and I think they see Sen. Barack Obama as a symbol of that change."

Obama, campaigning in Ohio, said in a statement: "John Lewis is an American hero and a giant of the Civil Rights Movement, and I am deeply honored to have his support."
Asked about the switch, Clinton said she respected Lewis and understood that he has been under tremendous pressure.
- Reuters

This was a tough personal call for John Lewis but it was the right one for the right reasons. John Lewis has fought for change his entire life and it could be said that he of all people can recognize the power of change in an Obama candidacy for President.

Hillary Clinton’s last chance for a knock your socks off debate in Ohio passed with nothing more than a he said, she said, minimalist attempt at true debate. The only outcome was the simple fact that Hillary looked like she was whining.

You’ve seen it here first in this political prediction. Hillary Clinton will follow the party line if she looses Texas and Ohio with a suspension of her campaign. Not because her chances to win the primary are over but for the simple fact that she too believes in change and her political party needs to win the White House this election for a far greater purpose than her own desire to be President. Her candidacy is strong but it isn’t strong enough to get the votes she needs to unseat Obama from the nomination of the Democrat Party.

Getting past this election cycle in Texas and Ohio, if Hillary Clinton suspends her campaign then Barack Obama would be a political moron not to pick Hillary Clinton as his Vice President choice in the general election. Beginning the campaign of two very brilliant minds and campaign staffs merged for one purpose and that would be CHANGE!

Politics makes very strange bedfellows and John Lewis made a tough decision that is admirable. Instead of following party politics and a friendship he surely cherishes, he chose the path most difficult to travel endorsing Obama and it was the wisest choice for someone that has believed in change for decades.


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Blogger B.J. said...

John Lewis, a personal hero, also said this choice is the greatest pain he’s ever felt, and he has felt the pain of being beaten. Black voters have had an equally difficult choice. I know. They are my neighbors and my friends here. Their choice was, as the song from “West Side Story” goes, “one of your own kind,” or a woman who is part of a couple who has worked all their lives for civil rights and liberties. In my opinion, John Lewis, in the end, cannot be seen as a civil rights leader who went against a black man.

Sadly, when women have fought for equal rights, their movement has been belittled and derided as a bunch of bra-burning “femististas.”

There are dire issues facing this country and the world, and the single most important outcome of this campaign cycle is putting a Democrat in the White House.

Let us pray we pick a winner.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Papamoka said...

I saw him on the news and you could actually see on his face how much it divided his spirit.

As for the womans movement today I speak from personal experience that my five baby girls will have a brighter future thanks to the brave "Feministas" that came before them and I thank them all for that.

Which brings me to the point that John Lewis although never burned a bra he sure as the sun shines made the path that much brighter for all African Americans today simply by doing what his gut told him what was always the right thing to do.

7:15 PM  

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