Former Democratic rival for the presidential primary for 2008, Bill Richardson, who happens to be the country’s sole Hispanic governor currently, has just come out endorsing Barack Obama. As a superdelegate himself as governor, Richardson’s endorsement is seen as a real blow to Hillary Clinton, in whose administration Richardson served numerous roles, including as Energy Secretary.
One consideration is that Richardson’s endorsement may lead the way for other high profile Hispanics to jump in behind the Illinois senator, which is one area in which Obama is seen as a weaker competitor (Hispanics remember Bill Clinton more fondly as a whole, they say). However, I’m not sure how many in the Hispanic community (like there’s just one, yeah-right-sure) see Richardson as Hispanic; I’ve heard just the opposite cited by many, in fact.
Second, one of my complaints about Hillary (and I’m still torn between her and Obama as my candidate of choice with John Edwards no longer in the race) is that so many of the old Clinton guard is there, like Madelaine Albright, former Secretary of State. I don’t need to replay January 1993-January 2001; I need to go forward. We’re not the same country we were in 1993 so we don’t need the same team.
Third, I don’t think Richardson’s endorsement by itself necessarily means a tremendous lot. He’s not a major player on many fronts and many don’t remember him at all. Just as his candidacy wasn’t much, his post-candidacy endorsement probably isn’t wildly bank-able.
Fourth, I’m so tired of hearing Hillary doesn’t stand a chance, that many want Obama as the Dem contender because he might lose more easily to McCain. First, this underestimates Hillary; second, it underestimates Obama; and finally, it underestimates us as voters.
In fact, the only thing I’m more weary of than “Hillary doesn’t stand a chance” and “If Obama wins the Dem nomination, then McCain will win in November” is the nastiness going on between the two Dem camps and their contenders. I expect this awful behavior from Repugs; I want something better from the rest of us.