Obama Nets Another Superdelegate

In what’s become nearly a daily phenomenon Barack Obama has netted another superdelegate, this time Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor to President Clinton.  Given Howard Dean’s call on superdelegates to buck up and choose some will likely think that this had something to do with his decision.  Well, the New Yorker had a chance to speak with Mr. Reich and he’s saying that’s not so

“I saw the ads” — the negative man-on-street commercials that the Clinton campaign put up in Pennsylvania in the wake of Obama’s bitter/cling comments a week ago — “and I was appalled, frankly. I thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It’s the worst of all worlds. We have three terrible traditions that we’ve developed in American campaigns. One is outright meanness and negativity. The second is taking out of context something your opponent said, maybe inartfully, and blowing it up into something your opponent doesn’t possibly believe and doesn’t possibly represent. And third is a kind of tradition of distraction, of getting off the big subject with sideshows that have nothing to do with what matters. And these three aspects of the old politics I’ve seen growing in Hillary’s campaign. And I’ve come to the point, after seeing those ads, where I can’t in good conscience not say out loud what I believe about who should be president. Those ads are nothing but Republicanism. They’re lending legitimacy to a Republican message that’s wrong to begin with, and they harken back to the past twenty years of demagoguery on guns and religion. It’s old politics at its worst — and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It’s just so deeply cynical.”

So there you have it.  In a continuation of current trends Obama has picked up another superdelegate supporter.  I’m pretty sure that this isn’t the effect Clinton was hoping for.

One Response to “Obama Nets Another Superdelegate”

  1. KRK says:

    Reich is a great endorsement for Obama, but I’m pretty sure he’s not a superdelegate.

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