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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Richardson: How I Picked Obama

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson talks about his turning point in making the decision to endorse Barack Obama and not the wife of his former employer for President. Richardson cites intense pressure from the Clinton campaign and his disgust at anti-Obama television ads the New York Senator aired.

Richardson was confident he had been loyal to President Clinton during his years of service as UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary. Richardson claims that supporters of the former First Lady told him he owed her his support. "That really ticked me off," Richardson said, "But I don't think that loyalty is transferable to his wife... You don't transfer loyalty to a dynasty."

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

What's wrong with that ad?

April 13, 2008 4:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richardson is just jealous that the Clintons didn't back HIS presidency, that he only got a few poll points before he dropped out, although he felt more qualified than Hillary on foreign affairs (it must gall him to hear her pat herself on the back about that), healthcare, anything.

Sounds like there's a little Latin Macho in there, too: he'll help a man but not that brassy broad.

Maybe Bill blew it, too, by sounding too aggressive -- should have stoked Richardson's wounded ego instead of making him feel obligated (which he WAS, frankly) if he wanted his support, but it doesn't mean that much at this point. It only mattered for like a week, so the Clintons shouldn't mention it again. Obama's anti- Semitism, classism regarding poor whites, who he sees as rednecks without a brain, Obama's pandering to illegals and blaming those who legitimately see them as a huge problem in some areas (like L A, where they're 1/2 the population, 2/3 the kids and births, and an ignorant, demanding bunch, unfit to do the jobs we need. Don't tell me we have to train them, there are plenty of educated Indians and others who come here ready to hit the ground running in areas we need workers, but they can't come in.)

Obama, the Rev. Wright thing, it's all coming together, his pandering, his phoniness and insincerity.

April 13, 2008 5:27 PM  

Blogger Edward Headington said:

The ad is fairly benign in and of itself. As one of the folks at Hardball mentioned, if former President Clinton is apologizing for his "forgetful" 60 year-old wife (the context being faux sniper fire in Bosnia), then perhaps she's not the best one to answer the early morning calls. Someone also jokingly wondered if a few of the 3 a.m. calls that came into the White House in the 90's were all work related.

Despite their many strengths, the Clintons can be very heavy-handed and their win-at-all-costs turns people off--including former appointees. That has a lot more to do with why Richardson came out for Obama than jealousy, machismo or anything else.

April 13, 2008 6:46 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I agree with poster number 2. He thought that Bill owed HIM his loyalty as a man who Bill appointed.

Then there is also the Latino macho thing a little bit.

And something deeper that we'll find out about later.

April 13, 2008 7:16 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh she's qualified to take the phone call.

Add that to the fact that they're definitely a political machine out to win. And they will. And you will all be so glad.

April 13, 2008 7:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Richardson has been nice so far to not mantion that he's already paid his debts to Bill.

Who do you think hired Monica and got her out of Washington to New York to work at the UN? The Good Fairy, maybe?

C'mon, that was Richardson paying off; he figures he's all even and if they prtess that Judas button again, he's liable to go nationwide with it, at just the wrong moment for Hill.

let sleeping dogs lie.

April 13, 2008 7:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

But who cares about Monica anymore? Only religious right extremists.

This isn't Bill's race. It's Hillary's.

April 14, 2008 1:49 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed, with your admission that you're a paid P R person for at least a couple of pro-illegal Mexican lobbying groups, whatever you say is taken with a very, heavy grain of salt.

I do think Richardson is showing a macho side that isn't good in a Pres., and if he thinks just getting Monica a job out of town is enough to pay Bill back for his entire visibility (without which he'd never had run for Pres and challenged Hillary), he doesn't have a very long memory.

April 14, 2008 3:06 PM  

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