So How Big is This?

Okay, I know, I’m a California native, I should know better, but you have to cut me some slack; I haven’t lived in California for ten years now.  With that in mind, I seriously want to know how significant it is that California’s first lady, Maria Shriver, has come out to endorse Obama?

There are, of course, the obvious implications.  Any moderate profile endorsement results in free and good press which is the equivalent to a good sized ad buy.  Plus, given Shriver’s husband, one has to think that there’s a potential for her endorsement to help with the crossover vote, and one would think that Maria’s endorsement might help Obama with women, a demographic that he has struggled with against Hillary Clinton.

But seriously, if we got any Californian’s reading here, I’m curious to know how popular the first lady is over there.  What do you think?  Does this help in a big way?  Or is this just like any other endorsement?  Does it hurt?

Let me know.

9 Responses to “So How Big is This?”

  1. Mark says:

    I have no idea how popular she is or isn’t, but I heard her endorsement speech on the radio on the way to work this morning. She has to be one of the worst public speakers ever. Which is impressive for someone who made their living for years as a newsperson.

  2. terry says:

    I’m going to disagree with Mark. I was watching it live yesterday on CSPAN. First, Oprah was amazing. I’m not a huge Oprah fan, but she was hitting all the right points to get women voters. Then Michelle Obama comes on and, to be honest, she sells Barack way better than Barack does. My Mom was watching with us and she was impressed.

    Then to have Maria Shriver be the surprise guest…and it was obvious it was very last minute. She had no makeup on, was not dressed up at all, and had no notes or prepared speech. She just grabbed the microphone and spoke.

    You really had to see the whole build up to that moment. It was amazing.

    And judging by the traffic to my blog and the comments, people (women at least) were moved.

    Anyways, just my 2 cents 🙂

  3. Thanks. I had heard it was a last minute deal–which, you get a lot of credit for spontenaeity(sp). Well, all things considered, this is all really ver good news. The momentum right now going in our direction is phenomenal. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting this. I NEVER would have thought Obama would be competitive in California, and now not only does it seem as though he might be able to win my one time home state. but he’s pulled even in New Jersey which is deep Hillary country.

    The whole point is this, and when I’m not so scattered mentally I plan on covering it more in depth. This momentum is incredible, and I’m not sure we’ve seen anything like it in a long time. It really has taken on the characteristics of a broad movement but it’s tied to a more pragmatic and routine political campaign. I think we’re in for some surprises tomorrow night, and even better, I think Obama is going to go into the post Super Tuesday tastes poised to win the nomination.

  4. Mark says:

    …I’m not saying this isn’t big news or that Shriver is a bad person or anything like that. But the audio that I heard was just, well, awkward and corny.

    That said, I’m sure the “reveal” was pretty dramatic (that’s not something that comes through on the radio), especially since both Michelle Obama and Oprah can be electrifying to their audiences. And Shriver’s actual speech has little or no relevance to the impact of the event, which is entirely centered on the news coverage it got.

  5. Easy… easy… I’m not discounting either of you. I haven’t watched it, and not everyone can be a master at working the crowd.

  6. I haven’t watched it yet, probably won’t get to it until tonight.

  7. Mark says:

    I’m not upset or anything – I just overstated my case a bit in my original comment, and Terry made some inferences from that which I didn’t intend. I was just trying to clarify my original remarks (which, again, I overstated pretty badly).

  8. Mrs.Linder-Phoenix says:

    Maria Schwartzwhatever should doesn’t know if she’s a republican, democrat or nazi. Oprah is all about Oprah who helped elect Aaahnold the groapernator, and Maria is all about her husband’s republican standing and the Kennedy fantacy. If you’re a real democrat you will not follow those two lunatics.

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