Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Running List of Obama Endorsements

[Originally posted 2/4/08; FINAL UPDATE 11/4/08  11:30 AM]

[Following Obama's clinching of the nomination, I will include only notable or unexpected endorsements.  IMPORTANT NOTE: The Newspaper endorsements are from the primary season.  I will add 'General Election' next to papers which endorse him over McCain, but I doubt that my marking will be complete.  If you don't see a mark next to a paper, don't assume they haven't endorsed him for the General Election.]
I have decided to leave my two previous endorsement posts alone (Barack Obama Endorsements [January 4-14] and Obama Endorsements January 14-28), and keep one running list of endorsements (people more or less in reverse chronological order; newspapers by state).  I don't claim this is complete, but I hope it gives a sense of the breadth of his support.  Endorsements before the beginning of the year are NOT listed [I've added some to the bottom of the list].  Feel free to email me if I've missed an important endorsement.  (I list endorsers that I think will have an impact—no judgment is made about their positive or negative value.) Recently added endorsements are in green. [3/31: Following the lead of the Superdelegate endorsement list Pelosi Club, I am adding a separate list of people who have not endorsed Obama, but are superdelegates who will vote for the winner of the pledged delegates, which is all but certain to be Senator Barack Obama.  See also The Cantwell Club about the Pelosi Club's most exclusive member (she has now endorsed Obama).]

Politicians and Academics:
  • Peter Monroe (Florida Republican & Former President of Resolution Trust Corporation Oversight Board; story)
    "Florida and the United States have the opportunity to vote for one of the 'best and brightest' as president -- without a doubt such person is Senator Barack Obama."
  • Ron Reagan (son of President Reagan; audio)
  • Nixon & Reagan Speechwriter Jeffrey Hart Obama is the Real Conservative
  • Former Reagan Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein (story)
    Duberstein says Palin isn't ready:
  • Prominent New Hampshire Republican Fred Bramante
  • Former Republican Sen. Larry Pressler (of SD; story)
  • Former Republican Sen. Charles McC. Mathias Jr. (of MD; endorsement)
  • Former Republican Gov. William Weld (of MA; story)
    "Senator Obama is a once-in-a-lifetime candidate who will transform our politics and restore America's standing in the world.  We need a president who will lead based on our common values and Senator Obama demonstrates an ability to unite and inspire."
  • Former  Republican Gov. Arne Carlson (of MN; story)
  • Former George W. Bush Press Secretary Scott McClellan (story with video clip)
  • Conservative Mayor of London Boris Johnson (story;wikipedia)
  • Republican Former WI State Rep. Barbara Lorman (story)
  • Conservative Republican Ken Adelman (story; story on story)
  • Google CEO Eric Schmidt (story)
  • Former Republican Secretary of State General Colin Powell

    Endorsement (or see annotated combined video from Daily Kos):



    Image mentioned in Powell's Endorsement:



    Press conference:



  • Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria (The Case for Obama)
  • Christopher Hitchens (A toughly worded endorsement)
  • Michael Smerconish (Conservative Radio Host; Story; Audio)
    "I’ve decided. My conclusion comes after reading the candidates’ memoirs and campaign platforms, attending both party conventions, interviewing both men multiple times, and watching all primary and general election debates.

    John McCain is an honorable man who has served his country well. But he will not get my vote. For the first time since registering as a Republican 28 years ago, I’m voting for a Democrat for president.

    I may have been an appointee in the George H.W. Bush administration, and master of ceremonies for George W. Bush in 2004, but last Saturday I stood amidst the crowd at an Obama event in North Philadelphia."
  • 76 Nobel Laureates  (An Open Letter to the American People)
    "This year's presidential election is among the most significant in our nation's history. The country urgently needs a visionary leader who can ensure the future of our traditional strengths in science and technology and who can harness those strengths to address many of our greatest problems: energy, disease, climate change, security, and economic competitiveness.

    We are convinced that Senator Barack Obama is such a leader, and we urge you to join us in supporting him."
  • Jim and Sarah Brady
  • Lilibet Hagel (wife of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel; video endorsement)
  • Catholic Scholar Nicholas P. Cafardi (story)
  • Christopher Buckley (son of William F. Buckley; blog post; in his own words
    "I have known John McCain personally since 1982. I wrote a well-received speech for him.
    ...
    I thought at the time, God, this guy should be president someday.
    ...
    This campaign has changed John McCain. It has made him inauthentic. A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises, such as balancing the federal budget “by the end of my first term.” Who, really, believes that? Then there was the self-dramatizing and feckless suspension of his campaign over the financial crisis. His ninth-inning attack ads are mean-spirited and pointless. And finally, not to belabor it, there was the Palin nomination. What on earth can he have been thinking?
    ...

    As for Senator Obama: He has exhibited throughout a “first-class temperament,” pace Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.’s famous comment about FDR.
    ...

    I’ve read Obama’s books, and they are first-rate. He is that rara avis, the politician who writes his own books. Imagine. He is also a lefty. I am not. I am a small-government conservative...

    Obama has in him...the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for."
  • Wick Allison (owner of D magazine, former board member of the National Review; endorsement: A Conservative for Obama)
  • Former Republican Gov. Linwood Holton (of VA; story)
  • Former NY Mayor Ed Koch (he supported Bush in 2004; Why I'm Voting for Obama-Biden)

    "If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a plucky, exciting candidate, but when her record is examined, she fails miserably with respect to her views on the domestic issues that are so important to the people of the U.S., and to me. Frankly, it would scare me if she were to succeed John McCain in the presidency."

  • Conservative Activist Larry Hunter (his Daily News opinion piece)
    "How could I support a candidate with a domestic policy platform that's antithetical to almost everything I believe in?

    The answer is simple: Unjustified war and unconstitutional abridgment of individual rights vs. ill-conceived tax and economic policies - this is the difference between venial and mortal sins."
  • Former Vice President Al Gore (TN)
  • Senator Hillary Clinton (NY; former first lady, presidential candidate; video of entire endorsement speech) video of news story on her endorsement:
  • [Obama Declares Victory]
  • Senator Maria Cantwell (WA; switched from Clinton, a promise discussed in this post)
  • Superdelegates of 6 June (DNC switchers, Reps, Senators, Governors, DPLs):   Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV)
    Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC)
    Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC)
    Sen. Jack Reed (RI)
    Gov. Steve Beshear (KY)
    Gov. Joe Manchin (WV)

    Rep. Tim Ryan (OH) (switch from Clinton)
    DNC Garry Shay (CA) (switch from Clinton)
    DNC Yolanda Caraway (DC) (switch from Clinton)
    Rep. Jason Altmire (PA)

     
  • Superdelegates of 5 June (DNC switchers, Reps, Senators, Governors, DPLs):
    [Note: I am not bolding Reps who switch any more.  The train has already left the station, so to speak.]

    Former House Speaker Tom Foley (WA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Jay Inslee (WA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Nikki Tsongas (MA)
    Gov. Ted Strickland (OH; switched from Clinton)
    DNC Billi Gosh (VT; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Diana DeGette (CO; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Zach Space (OH)
    Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL)
    Rep. Corrine Brown (FL)
    Rep. Kendrick B. Meek (FL)
    Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL)
    Rep. Jim Matheson (UT)

    All 23 members of the NY Congressional Delegation switched from Clinton:
    Anthony Weiner, Brian Higgins, Carolyn Maloney, Carolyn McCarthy, Charles Rangel, Edolphus Towns, Eliot Engel, Gary Ackerman, Gregory Meeks, Jerrold Nadler, John Hall, Jose Serrano, Joseph Crowley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Louise Slaughter, Maurice Hinchey, Michael Arcuri, Michael McNulty, Nita Lowey, Nydia Velazquez, Steve Israel, Timothy Bishop, Yvette D. Clarke

    Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH)
    Rep. Betty Sutton (OH; switched from Clinton)
  • Superdelegates of 4 June (DNC switchers, Reps, Senators, Governors, DPLs):

    Former VP Walter Mondale (MN; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    Rep. Chris Van Hollen (MD)
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
    Gov. Phil Bredesen (TN)
    Rep. Rahm Emanuel (IL) 
    Rep. Mike Doyle (PA) 
    Sen. Ken Salazar (CO)
    Sen. Tom Harkin (IA)
    Rep. Tom Udall (NM)
    Sen. Ben Cardin (MD)
    Sen. Herb Kohl (WI)
    Sen. Ron Wyden (OR)
    Rep. John Salazar (CO)
    Rep. Mark Udall (CO)
    Sen. Tom Carper (DE)
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA)
    Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    Rep. Michael Michaud (ME)
    Rep. Susan Davis (CA)
    DNC Claude "Buddy" Leach (LA; switched from Clinton to Obama)

  • Superdelegates of 3 June (DNC switchers, Reps, Senators, Governors, DPLs):

    Former President Jimmy Carter (GA; was in Pelosi club)
    DNC Ben Johnson (DC; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    DNC Kamil Hasan (CA; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    Rep. Maxine Waters (CA; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    DNC Rhett Ruggerio (DE; switched from Clinton to Obama)
    Rep. Dennis Moore (KS)
    Rep. Bob Brady (PA)
    Rep. William Jefferson (LA)
    Rep. John Sarbarnes (MD)
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)
    Christine Pelosi (CA; was in Pelosi Club)
    DNC Rachel Binah (CA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Sam Farr (CA)
    Rep. Bob Filner (CA)
    Rep. Jerry McNerney (CA)
    Gov. Bill Ritter (CO)
    DNC Michael Thurmond (GA; switched from Clinton)
    DNC Patsy Arceneaux (LA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Bart Stupak (MI)
    Rep. Rush Holt (NJ; one of three physicists in Congress)
    DNC Ian Murray (PA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Ron Sims (WA; switched from Clinton)
    Rep. Rick Stafford (MN; switched from Clinton)
    Sen. Max Baucus (MT)
    Sen. Jon Tester (MT)
    Governor Brian Schweitzer (MT)
  • Rep.  Alan Mollohan (of WV)
  • Rep. Dennis Cardoza (of CA;switched from Clinton to Obama)
  • Rep. Jim Costa (of CA)
  • Rep. Joe Courtney (of CT)
  • Investor Warren Buffet
  • Senator Robert Byrd (of WV; This is an amazing endorsement given his beginnings in the KKK)
    "Barack Obama is a noble-hearted patriot and humble Christian, and he has my full faith and support" 
  • Mayor Mufi Hannemann (of Honolulu HI)
  • Rep. Henry Waxman (of CA) 
    "I wanted to make sure that Senator Clinton had every opportunity to bring her campaign to the American people. It is now clear, however, that the Democratic Party is nearing a broad consensus on our nominee. And it is with great pride that I endorse Senator Barack Obama for President."
  • Rep. Howard Berman (of CA)
  • Rep. Jim McDermott (of WA)
  • Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards (of NC; full video)
  • William Donaldson (Former SEC Chair, appointed by George W. Bush)
  • Arthur Levitt (Former SEC Chair, appointed by Bill Clinton)
  • David Ruder (Former SEC Chair, appointed by Ronald Reagan)
  • College Democrat superdelegates Lauren Wolfe and Awais Khaleel 
  • Rep. Peter Visclosky (of IN)
  • Sen. Daniel Akaka (of HI)
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo (of KY; key endorsement)
    "I believe Senator Obama can unite the Democratic Party and build a coalition of Independents and Republicans to win in November"
  • Rep. Harry Mitchell (of AZ)
  • Rep. Mazie Hirono (of HI)
  • Rep. Donald Payne (of NJ; Switched from Clinton to Obama)
  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR)
  • Rep. Brad Miller (of NC)
  • Rep. Rick Larsen (of WA)
  • Former Rep. David Bonior (of MI; Former Campaign Manager for John Edwards)
  • Former Presidential Nominee George McGovern (of SD; Switched from Clinton to Obama)
    "Obama has won the nomination by any practical test... It's time to unite the Democratic Party."
  • Superdelegate Jennifer McClellan (of VA House; switched from Clinton to Obama)
  • Former Gov. Parris Glendening (of MD;add-on superdelegate)
  • Superdelegate Joe Andrew (of IN; switched from Clinton to Obama
    "A vote for Hillary Clinton is a vote to continue this process, and a vote to continue this process is a vote that assists (Republican) John McCain."
  • Rep. Bruce Braley (of IA) 
  • Rep. Baron Hill (of IN)
  • Rep. Lois Capps (of CA)
  • Rep. Ben Chandler (of KY; story)
    "Now is not the time to be timid. It's instead a time to be bold and support a candidate who can transform our future."
  • Senator Jeff Bingaman (of NM)
  • Gabriel Guerra-Mondragon (big Clinton donor; switch to Obama)
  • Rep. David Wu (of OR;story;Chair of the Technology and Innovation Subcommittee)
  • Governor Brad Henry (of OK; story)
  • Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel (of Evansville, IN; story)
  • Former Sen. Don Riegle (of MI)
  • Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich (in the Clinton admin.; three endorsements; his blog)
  • My avoidance of offering a formal endorsement until now has also been affected by the pull of old friendships and my reluctance as a teacher and commentator to be openly partisan. But my conscience won't let me be silent any longer...

    His plans for reforming Social Security and health care have a better chance of succeeding. His approaches to the housing crisis and the failures of our financial markets are sounder than hers. His ideas for improving our public schools and confronting the problems of poverty and inequality are more coherent and compelling. He has put forward the more enlightened foreign policy and the more thoughtful plan for controlling global warming...

    ...he offers the best possibility of restoring America's moral authority in the world.
  • Former Sen. Sam Nunn (of GA; was head of  Senate Armed Services Committee; three endorsements)
    I believe Senator Obama has a rare ability to restore America's credibility and moral authority and to get others to join us in tackling serious global problems.
  • Former Sen. David Boren (of OK; was head of  Senate Select Committee on Intelligence; three endorsements)
  • Rep. David Price (of NC; Obama can change the equation)
    "With Barack Obama as our nominee, I believe we can turn North Carolina blue this year"
  • Rep. Mel Watt (of NC)
  • Rep. Andre Carson (of Indiana)
  • Auditor General Jack Wagner (of PA; last of the statewide officials to decide: now 2-to-2)
  • Former Gov. Barbara Roberts (of Oregon)
  • Former Gov. John Kitzhaber (of Oregon; story for both)
  • Mayor Steve Luecke (of South Bend Indiana; story)
  • Former Republican Gov. & Sen. Lowell P. Weicker Jr (of CT; story)
  • Governor Dave Freudenthal (of Wyoming; story)
  • Former Sen. John Melcher (of Montana)
  • Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (of Indiana; cochair of the 9/11 Commission; story)
    “I read his national security and foreign policy speeches, and he comes across to me as pragmatic, visionary and tough. He impresses me as a person who wants to use all the tools of presidential power.”
  • Senator Amy Klobuchar (of Minnesota;unexpected endorsement)
  • Mayor John Engen (of Missoula, Montana; story; since some have asked: he is NOT a superdelegate)
  • Senator Bob Casey (of Pennsylvania; surprise endorsement; video)
    "I believe in my heart that there is one person whose uniquely qualified to lead us in that new direction and that is Barack Obama."
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (of IL, penultimate superdelegate in IL to decide)
  • Mayor Yvonne Johnson (of Greesnsboro, NC)
  • Doug Kmiec (Republican; Head of Office of Legal Council for Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush; Head the Romney for President Committee on the Courts and the Constitution; endorsement)
    "Today I endorse Barack Obama for president of the United States...It is not arrived at without careful thought and some difficulty...I believe him to be a person of integrity, intelligence and genuine good will. I take him at his word that he wants to move the nation beyond its religious and racial divides and to return United States to that company of nations committed to human rights... I do have confidence that the Senator will cast his net widely in search of men and women of diverse, open-minded views and of superior intellectual qualities to assist him in the wide range of responsibilities that he must superintend."
  • Gov. Bill Richardson (of New Mexico; former presidential candidate, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize 5 times; story)
    "I believe he is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime leader that can bring our nation together and restore America's moral leadership in the world. As a presidential candidate, I know full well Sen. Obama's unique moral ability to inspire the American people to confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad in a spirit of bipartisanship and reconciliation. There is no doubt in my mind that Barack Obama has the judgment and courage we need in a commander in chief when our nation's security is on the line."
  • Cass Sunstein (U. of Chicago Law Professor; great piece: The Obama I know)
  • Rep. Bill Foster (just elected to Dennis Hastert's vacated seat in IL (Hastert, a Republican, was the Speaker of the House); physicist and programmer!) 
  • Lt. Gov. Beverley Perdue (of NC; story)
  • Brigadier General Larry Gillespie (Army)  
  • Major General Scott Gration (USAF-Ret;Former Director of Strategy, Policy, and Assessments of the United States European Command)  
  • Admiral Don Guter (Navy)  
  • Brigadier General David "Dave" McGinnis (Former Chief of Staff of the National Guard Association of the U.S) 
  • General Merrill "Tony" McPeak (Former Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force) 
  • Admiral John B. Nathman (Former Commander of U.S. Fleet Forces Command)  
  • Major General Hugh Robinson (military aide to Lyndon Johnson) 
  • Brigadier General James Smith (USAF-Ret; Former Commander, Joint Warfighting Center) 
  • Admiral Robert "Willie" Williamson (USN-Ret Rear Admiral; Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy) 
  • Major General Ralph Wooten (Army)
  • Rep. Nick Rahall (of West Virginia; story)
  • Daniel Kurtzer (former US Ambassador to Israel for Pres. Bush, 2001-2005; quote)
  • Former Gov. Hugh Carey (of New York; story)
  • Current and Former Mayors of Brownsville, TX
  • Jim Hightower (progressive populist in TX; statement)
  • Sen. Jay Rockefeller (of WV; Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee; his strong endorsement)
  • Rep. Rob Wexler (of FL)
  • Rep. John Barrow (of Georgia)
  • Senator Byron Dorgan (of North Dakota; story)
  • Paul Strauss (shadow Sen. of DC)
  • Michael Brown (shadow Sen. of DC)
  • Former Gov. Mark White (of Texas)
  • Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (of South Dakota)
  • Sen. Chris Dodd (of CT; former presidential candidate; story)
  • Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley
  • Steve Novick (Merkley's opponent in the US Senate race; story)
  • Mayor Mark Mallory (of Cincinnati OH)
  • Mayor Michael Coleman (of Columbus OH)
  • Mayor Donald Culliver (of Mansfield OH)
  • Mayor Frank Jackson (of Cleveland OH)
  • Sen. Russ Feingold (of WI; story
  • Rep. Steve Kagen (of WI) 
  • Rep. Kathy Castor (of FL; story
  • Rep. Ron Kind (of WI; voting with his district)
  • Rep. Lloyd Doggett (of TX;story)
  • Mike Panetta (Shadow Rep. of DC)
  • Rep. Chet Edwards (of TX; story)
  • Treasurer Richard Cordray (of Ohio)
  • Former Mayor Ed Garza (of San Antonio Texas)
  • Mayor Will Wynn (of Austin TX)
  • Rep. Brian Baird (of WA) 
  • Rep. John Lewis (of Georgia; civil rights elder statesman; switched from Clinton -- maybe, now definitely)
  • Rep. David Scott (of Georgia; switched from supporting Clinton)
  • Former Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee (of Rhode Island; story)
  • Christine "Roz" Samuels (NJ superdelegate switched from Clinton to Obama) 
  • Governor Aníbal Acevedo Víla (of Puerto Rico, location of the winner-take-all last primary)
  • David Wilhelm (Bill Clinton's former campaign manager; superdelegate)
  • Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) 
  • Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (TX)
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer (of Oregon)
  • Rep. Jim Oberstar (of MN)
  • Rep. Steve Cohen (TN)
  • Rep. James P. Moran (of Virginia)
  • Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX) 
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (of CT)
  • Rep. John Yarmuth (KY)
  • Rep. David Obey (WI) 
  • Rep. Michael Capuano (MA)
  • Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch
  • Frank LaMere (Nebraska superdelegate; chair of DNC Native American Caucus)
  • Governor Christine Gregoire (of Washington State)
  • Doug Wilder (former Governor of Virginia; currently Mayor of Richmond; statement)
  • Governor Chet Culver (of Iowa)
  • Rep. Tim Waltz (of Minnesota)
  • Several Maryland Politicians
  • Several Louisiana Politicians
  • Marion Barry (controversial former DC mayor)
  • Lawrence Lessig (Internet freedom intellectual; really cool video; transcript)
  • Katha Pollitt (journalist and feminist; her reasoning)
  • Julie Nixon Eisenhower (daughter of Republican president Richard Nixon; story)
  • Maria Shriver (First Lady of California, niece of JFK)
  • Kate Michelman (former president of NARAL; former Edwards supporter; her reasoning)
  • Harold Varmus (Nobel Prize winner; head of the National Institutes of Health in the Clinton admin; story (be sure to read his last paragraph))
  • Susan Eisenhower (granddaughter of President Eisenhower, Washington Post Op Ed)
  • Paul Volcker (former Chairman of the Federal Reserve)
  • Alma Rangel (wife of powerful Clinton supporter Rep. Charles Rangel)
  • Rep. Chris Murphy (of Connecticut)
  • Rep. John Larson (of Connecticut)
  • Rep. Earl Pomeroy (of North Dakota)
  • Elizabeth B. Moynihan (window of fomer NY Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan)
  • Governor Kathleen Sebelius (of Kansas)
  • Rep Anna Eshoo (of California)
  • Rep. Raul Grijalva (of Arizona, had endorsed Edwards) 
  • Toni Morrison (author who famously called Bill Clinton "the first black president")
  • Senator Edward Kennedy (of Massachusetts, brother of JFK)
  • Caroline Kennedy (daughter of JFK, see A President Like My Father)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (of Vermont)
  • Former Senator Jean Carnahan (of Missouri)
  • Rep. Benny Thompson (of Mississippi)
  • Rep. Rick Boucher (of Virginia)
  • Senator John Kerry (of Massachusetts, former presidential candidate)
  • Senator Claire McCaskill (of Missouri, vowed to work hard for Obama)
  • Governor Janet Napolitano (of Arizona)
  • Former Senator Bill Bradley (of New Jersey, former presidential candidate)
  • Rep. George Miller (of California, close ally of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, liberal Democrat)
  • Governor Jim Doyle (of Wisconsin)
  • Senator Ben Nelson (of Nebraska, a conservative Democrat)
  • Senator Tim Johnson (of South Dakota, a moderate Democrat)
  • Mayor Shirley Franklin (of Atlanta)
  • Former Senator Tim Roemer (of Indiana; member of the 9/11 commission)
  • Rep. Zoe Lofren (of CA, endorsed in Jan 2008; will vote for him unless somehow Hillary takes the lead--i.e. she is a Pelosi Club Superdelegate)
  • Rep. G. K. Butterfield (of NC; supporter of Edwards, switched in January)
  • Rep. Adam Schiff (of California)
  • Rep. Patrick Murphy (of PA;story)
  • Former Senator Tom Daschle (of SD; former Senate Majority Leader; Pelosi Club Superdelegate)
  • Alice Walker (Pulitzer Prize winning author; video endorsement
  • Governor Tim Kaine (of Virginia; first official outside IL to endorse him)
[For a complete list of superdelegates, see this great site]


Pelosi Club Superdelegates (those who will vote for the winner of  the pledged delegates) some of whom are listed above:
  • Former President Jimmy Carter (story;my post;officially endorsed)
    “It would be undemocratic if the super-delegates blatantly went against the decision of Democratic voters across the nation.

    "And I think that many super-delegates who have not yet declared their preference have the same feeling that I do, including the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She’s said over and over that whoever gets the most [pledged] delegates by June 3rd ought to be the nominee.”
  • Denise Johnson (DNC in Texas; story)
  • Senator Maria Cantwell (of WA; endorsed Clinton, but will vote for winner of pledged delegates; story; officially endorsed)
    “If we have a candidate who has the most delegates and the most states,” the Democratic party should come together around that candidate, Cantwell said. The pledged delegate count will be the most important factor, she said, because that is the basis of the nominating process.
  • Former Governor Roy Romer (of Colorado; former co-chair of Bill Clinton's '96 campaign; story;officially endorsed)
  • Christine Pelosi (DNC member in CA; daughter of Nancy Pelosi; officially endorsed)
  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi (of CA; Speaker of the House of Representatives; will vote for  the candidate with the most pledged delegates; Pelosi: Party should heed the will of the voters)
    “If the votes of the super-delegates overturn what happened in the elections, it would be harmful to the Democratic Party,’’ she said.

    What if one candidate has won the popular vote and the other claims the most delegates?

    “It's a delegate race. In other words, one wins the Electoral College and one wins the popular vote -- guess who's president of the United States. The way the system works is that the delegates choose the nominee."
  • Betty Ritchie (DNC Texas; story;officially endorsed)

Celebrities, Actors, Musicians (very incomplete):
  • Billy Joel (first political endorsement ever
  • Tom Hanks (video endorsement)
  • Michael Moore (filmmaker; upset at Clinton tactics)
  • Bruce Springsteen (full quote)
    Senator Obama, in my view, is head and shoulders above the rest.
    He has the depth, the reflectiveness, and the resilience to be our next President. He speaks to the America I've envisioned in my music for the past 35 years, a generous nation with a citizenry willing to tackle nuanced and complex problems, a country that's interested in its collective destiny and in the potential of its gathered spirit. A place where "...nobody crowds you, and nobody goes it alone."

    At the moment, critics have tried to diminish Senator Obama through the exaggeration of certain of his comments and relationships. While these matters are worthy of some discussion, they have been ripped out of the context and fabric of the man's life and vision, so well described in his excellent book, Dreams from My Father, often in order to distract us from discussing the real issues: war and peace, the fight for economic and racial justice, reaffirming our Constitution, and the protection and enhancement of our environment.
  • Dan Rooney (owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers; story)
  • Russell Simmons (Def Jam; story)
  • Joan Baez (first time endorsing a candidate)
  • Kareem Abdul Jabbar
  • Charles Barkley
  • John Legend
  • Usher
  • Common (super-Tuesday video)
  • Dave Matthews
  • The Grateful Dead
  • Robert De Niro (actor, usually apolitical)
  • Garrison Keillor (host of A Prairie Home Companion)
  • will.i.am
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Oprah
  • Stevie Wonder
  • George Clooney
Organizations:

Newspapers (Primary and General Election--see also this list) (Republican leaning papers in red):
  • UK - The Economist for General Election: It's Time
    "America should take a chance and make Barack Obama the next leader of the free world.
    The Economist does not have a vote, but if it did, it would cast it for Mr Obama. We do so wholeheartedly.
    Merely by becoming president, he would dispel many of the myths built up about America: it would be far harder for the spreaders of hate in the Islamic world to denounce the Great Satan if it were led by a black man whose middle name is Hussein; and far harder for autocrats around the world to claim that American democracy is a sham.  America’s allies would rally to him."
  • UK - The Financial Times for General Election
  • UK - Nature [the weekly science journal] America's choice
  • US - College Newspapers for Obama 66-2 (story)
  • US - Esquire for General Election, their first ever
  • US - Rolling Stone (I just had to attach this link :) )
  • US - The Nation
  • AK - Anchorage Daily News (largest newspaper in Alaska) for General Election
    "Gov. Palin has shown the country why she has been so successful in her young political career...
    Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and juggle the demands of an economic meltdown, two deadly wars and a deteriorating climate crisis would stretch the governor beyond her range. Like picking Sen. McCain for president, putting her one 72-year-old heartbeat from the leadership of the free world is just too risky at this time."
  • AL - Birmingham News (primary only)
  • AL - Decatur Daily for General Election
  • AL - Florence Daily Times for General Election
  • AL - Montgomery Advertiser for General Election
  • AL - Tuscaloosa News (General Election)
  • AR - Benton County Daily Record for general election
  • AZ - The Arizona Republic (primary only)
  • AZ - Arizona Star for General Election (McCain's home state) Barack Obama for President
  • CA - Black Voice News
  • CA - Chico News & Review
  • CA- The Fresno Bee for General Election
  • CA - Hoy for General Election Obama para presidente
  • CA - Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
  • CA - La Opinión (General Election: Barack Obama para presidente)
  • CA - Long Beach Leader
  • CA - Long Beach Press Telegram for General Election
  • CA - Los Angeles Sentinel
  • CA - The Los Angeles Daily News for General Election
  • CA - The Los Angeles Times (General Election: first time endorsing a Democratic nominee ever, done without hesitation)
  • CA - Marin Pacific Sun
  • CA - Modesto Bee (General Election)
  • CA - Monterey County Herald for General Election
  • CA - North Bay Bohemian
  • CA - Oakland Tribune for General Election
  • CA - Palm Springs Desert Sun
  • CA - Pasadena Star-News/San Gabriel Valley Tribune/Whittier Daily News for General Election
  • CA - Precinct Reporter
  • CA - Riverside Press-Enterprise
  • CA - Sacramento Bee (General Election)
  • CA - San Bernadino Sun for General Election
  • CA - San Diego City Beat
  • CA - San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • CA - San Francisco Bay View
  • CA - San Francisco Chronicle (General Election)
  • CA - San Gabriel Valley Tribune for General Election
  • CA - San Jose Mercury News (General Election: "Seize the historic moment")
  • CA- San Mateo Country Times for General Election
  • CA - Santa Barbara Independent
  • CA - Santa Cruz Sentinel (General Election)
  • CA - Tri County Bulletin
  • CA - Tri-Valley Herald for General Election
  • CA - Stockton Record (General Election: first for a Democrat since FDR in 1936)
  • CO - Aspen Daily News for General Election
  • CO - Boulder Daily Camera for General Election
  • CO - Denver Post for General Election
  • CO - Durango Times for General Election
  • CO - El Semanario for General Election
  • CO - Gunnison Times General Election endorsement
  • CO - Rocky Mountain News
  • CT - The Day (re-endorsement for Rhode Island voters)
  • CT - Connecticut Post
  • CT - Hartford Courant for General Election (only second Democrat backed in 244 years)
  • CT - New Haven Register for General Election
  • CT - Norwich Bulletin (General Election)
  • DC - The Washington Post for General Election:
    "Mr. Obama's temperament is unlike anything we've seen on the national stage in many years. He is deliberate but not indecisive; eloquent but a master of substance and detail; preternaturally confident but eager to hear opposing points of view. He has inspired millions of voters of diverse ages and races, no small thing in our often divided and cynical country. We think he is the right man for a perilous moment."
  • DE - News Journal for General Election
  • KY - Louisville Courier-Journal (and Southern Indiana)
  • FL - Daytona Beach News-Journal for General Election
  • FL - Florida Today for General Election
  • FL - Gainesville Sun
  • FL - Miami Herald for General Election
  • FL - Naples Daily-News for General Election
  • FL - Orlando Sentinel for General Election
  • FL - Pensacola News-Journal for General Election
  • FL - Palm Beach Post (General Election)
  • FL - The Sun-Sentinel (General Election)
  • FL - Sarasota Herald-Tribune for General Election (Why Obama? His record, judgment, temperament)
  • FL - Tampa Tribune
  • FL - St. Petersburg Times (General Election)
  • GA - Atlanta Journal Constitution (General Election)
  • GA - Atlanta Daily World
  • GA - Columbus Ledger Enquirer for General Election
  • GA - Macon Telegraph for General Election
  • GA - Serma Times-Journal for General Election
  • HI - The Honolulu Advertiser
  • HI - Honolulu Star Bulletin for General Election
  • IA - Ames Iowa State Daily
  • IA - Des Moines El Latino
  • IA - Des Moines Register for General Election
  • IA - Iowa City Press Citizen
  • IA - Iowa City Daily Iowan
  • IA - Logan Herald-Observer
  • IA - Mason City Globe Gazette for General Election
  • IA - Ottumwa Courier
  • IA - Sioux City Journal
  • IA - The Storm Lake Times for General Election
  • ID - The Idaho Statesman for General Election
  • IL - Chicago Defender
  • IL - Chicago Sun-Times (General Election)
  • IL - Chicago Tribune (re-endorsement: Indiana, go with Obama) (General Election: first endorsement of a Democratic nominee ever)
    "Many Americans say they're uneasy about Obama. He's pretty new to them.

    We can provide some assurance. We have known Obama since he entered politics a dozen years ago. We have watched him, worked with him, argued with him as he rose from an effective state senator to an inspiring U.S. senator to the Democratic Party's nominee for president.

    We have tremendous confidence in his intellectual rigor, his moral compass and his ability to make sound, thoughtful, careful decisions. He is ready...
    It may have seemed audacious for Obama to start his campaign in Springfield, invoking Lincoln. We think, given the opportunity to hold this nation's most powerful office, he will prove it wasn't so audacious after all. We are proud to add Barack Obama's name to Lincoln's in the list of people the Tribune has endorsed for president of the United States."
  • IL - Daily Herald
  • IL - Belleville News Democrat
  • IL - The Pantagraph for General Election
  • IN - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette for General Election
  • IN - Gary Post-Tribune
  • IN - Lafayette Journal and Courier for General Election
  • IN - Merrillville Post-Tribune for General Election
  • IN - The Muncie Star (general election)
  • IN - Richmond Paladium-Item for General Election
  • KY - Ledger Independent for General Election
  • KY - Lexington Herald-Leader for General Election
  • KY - Louisville Courier- Journal for General Election
  • MA - Bay State Banner
  • MA - Boston Globe (General Election)
  • MA - Daily News Tribune
  • MA - The Springfield Republican
  • MD - Baltimore Sun (General Election)
  • ME - Bangor News for General Election
  • ME - Brunswick Times Record for General Election
  • ME - Portland Press Herald
  • MI - Battle Creek Enquirer for General Election
  • MI - Bay City Times for General Election
  • MI - Detroit Free Press for General Election
  • MI - Lansing State Journal for General Election
  • MI - Livingston Daily for General Election
  • MI - Michigan Chronicle for General Election
  • MI - The Muskeegan Chronicle for General Election
  • MI - Saginaw News for General Election
  • MN - St. Cloud Times for General Election
  • MN - Star Tribune for General Election
  • MO - Columbia Daily Tribune for General Election
  • MO - Joplin Globe for General Election
  • MO - Kansas City Call
  • MO - Kansas City Star for General Election
  • MO - The St. Louis American
  • MO - St. Louis Post-Dispatch (general election)
  • MS - Jackson Clarion Register for General Election
  • MT - Billings Gazette for General Election
  • MT - Independent Record for General Election
  • MT - Montana Standard for General Election
  • NC - Ashville Citizen-Times for General Election
  • NC - Charlotte Observer (General Election)
  • NC - Durham Herald Sun for General Election
  • NC - Greenville Daily Reflector for General Election
  • NC - News & Observer for General Election
  • NC - Rayleigh News and Observer for General Election
  • NC - Wilmington Star News for General Election
  • NH - Cabinet Press for General Election
  • NH - Concord Monitor for General Election
  • NH - Littleton Courier
  • NH - Nashua Telegraph (General Election)
  • NH - Portsmouth Herald (General Election)
  • NH - Valley News
  • NM - Albuquerque Tribune
  • NM - Farmington Daily Times for General Election We like John McCain, but who is Sarah Palin?  
    "The tip of the scale for us came with McCain's choice of a vice presidential candidate. Few of us are convinced that Sarah Palin is ready to be the president of the United States, and as with any vice president, she would be only one heartbeat away if McCain is elected. Further, we question McCain's judgment in making such a choice...All of our previous endorsements have supported the Republican ticket.  We, however, must break ranks and endorse Barack Obama for president."
  • NM - Las Cruces Sun-News for General Election
  • NM - Santa Fe New Mexican (General Election)
  • NJ - Asbury Park Press for General Election
  • NJ - Bergen Record for General Election
  • NJ - The Trenton Times (General Election)
  • NJ - The Star-Ledger (General Election)
  • NV - Elko Free Press
  • NV - El Tiempo for General Election
  • NV - Las Vegas Review Journal
  • NV - Las Vegas Sun for General Election
  • NV - Reno Gazette Journal (General Election)
  • NY - Buffulo News for General Election
  • NY - El Diario/La Prensa for General Election
  • NY - Newsday for General Election
  • NY - The New York Daily News for General Election
  • NY - The New Yorker for General Election
  • NY - New York Observer
  • NY - New York Post (primary only)
  • NY - The New York Times for General Election
    Barack Obama for President
    "It will be an enormous challenge just to get the nation back to where it was before Mr. Bush, to begin to mend its image in the world and to restore its self-confidence and its self-respect. Doing all of that, and leading America forward, will require strength of will, character and intellect, sober judgment and a cool, steady hand.

    Mr. Obama has those qualities in abundance...

    We believe he has the will and the ability to forge
    the broad political consensus that is essential to finding
    solutions to this nation's problems."
  • OH - Akron Beacon Journal for General Election
  • OH - The Athens Post (nuanced endorsement)
  • OH - Cleveland Plain Dealer (General Election)
  • OH - The Canton Repository (General Election endorsement)
  • OH - The Cincinnati Enquirer (audio interview) (for primary only)
  • OH - Dayton Daily News (General Election)
    "Meanwhile, the Republican Party is asking the American people to ignore their discontent with President George W. Bush and give the party another chance. But if a party can retain the presidency after failing in it — just by putting up somebody different — then accountability is undercut. Failure should exact a political price. If it doesn't, failure becomes harder to deter."
  • OH - Hamilton Journal-News for General Election
  • OH - Mansfield News Journal for General Election
  • OH - The Springfiled-Sun News for General Election
  • OH - The Times-Reporter for General Election
  • OH - The Toledo Blade (General Election)
  • OH - Youngstown Vindicator for General Election
  • OH - Zanesville Times Recorder for General Election
  • OR - East Oregonian for General Election
  • OR - Eugene Register-Guard (General Election)
  • OR - Mail Tribune for General Election
  • OR- Oregonian for General Election
  • OR - Portland Tribune
  • OR - Salem Statesman Journal for General Election
  • PA - Allentown Morning Call
  • PA - The Bucks County Courier Times
  • PA - Dubois Courier-Express for general election
  • PA - The Daily Item
  • PA - The Daily and Sunday Review
  • PA - Easton Press Times for General Election 
  • PA - Erie Times-News for General Election
  • PA - The Lehigh Valley Express-Times for General Election
  • PA - The New Castle News
  • PA - Philadelphia Inquirer (General Election)
  • PA - The Patriot-News (general election)
  • PA - The Philadelphia Daily News (General Election)
  • PA - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (General Election)
  • PA - Pocono Record for General Election
  • PA - Pottstown Mercury for General Election
  • PA - The Scranton Times-Tribune (General Election)
  • PA - The Washington Observer Reporter
  • PA - The Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice
  • PA - York Daily Record for General Election
  • RI - Providence Journal for General Election
  • SC - Charleston Post and Courier
  • SC - The State
  • SC - The Rock Hill Herald
  • SC - The Greenville News
  • TN - The Tennessean for General Election
  • TN - Tri-State Defender
  • TX - Dallas Morning News (primary only)
  • TX - The Austin American-Statesman (General Election)
  • TX - The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (primary only)
  • TX - The Eagle for General Election
  • TX - The El Paso Times
  • TX - Houston Chronicle (General Election)
  • TX - Fort Worth Star-Telegram (General Election)
  • TX - Longview News-Journal (General Election)
  • TX - The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (primary only)
  • TX - San Angelo Standard-Times
  • TX - San Antonio Express-News (primary only)
  • UT - The Salt Lake Tribune for General Election (A simple choice)
  • UT - San Angelo Standard Times for General Election
  • VA - Falls Church News Press for General Election
  • VA- Staunton News Leader for General Election
  • WA - The Columbian for General Election
  • WA - The Seattle Times (General Election)
  • WA - Seattle Post Intell. for General Election
  • WA - Yakama Herald-Republic for General Election
  • WI - Chippewa Herald for General Election
  • WI - Kenosha News for General Election
  • WI - Lacrosse Tribune for General Election
  • WI - Marshfield News Herald for General Election
  • WI - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (General Election)
  • WI - State Journal for General Election
  • WV - The Charleston Gazette (largest paper in WV) (General Election)
    "We hope they support the brilliant, inspiring, eloquent frontrunner in the race, Barack Obama.

    Sen. Obama is a rare figure in U.S. politics - a deep thinker who rises above partisan sniping and makes statecraft seem noble. He raises hope that, after the disastrous Bush years mercifully come to an end, Americans can again be proud of their national leader."
  • WY - Caspar Star-Tribune (Dick Cheney's hometown paper) for General Election Obama can lead us through troubled times

47 comments:

Sarah in Coral Springs, FL said...

Hi! Great list - thank you! You can add the South Florida newspaper The Sun-Sentinel. They endorsed Obama last Monday 1/28.

eyesopen said...

Thanks! Done.

jacksmith said...

Bottom Line:

Like all of you. I know that health care is the most critical, and important issue facing the American people. Now, and in the coming elections. And like the vast majority of the American people, I want HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law NOW! "Single payer, Tax Supported, Not For Profit, True Universal Health Care" free for all as a right. Like every other developed country in the world has. See: http://www.house.gov/conyers/news_hr676.htm

“HR 676:
For church goers: less money to insur. companies and more to the church- lots more.
Srs on Medicare: save way over $100/wk. Because no more medigap, long term care & dental insur. needed. No more drug bills.”

But if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our current politicians to get HR 676 passed into law before the elections. We will have to identify, and replace all the politicians standing in the way of passage of HR 676. And, I think the best first place to start is with the politicians that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bills for the kids. Passed by congress twice.

But what about the President. It was Bush after all that blocked the bipartisan SCHIP bill passed by congress to assure more health coverage for Americas kids. So which of the presidential hopefuls do I think will be most supportive of implementing the demand of the majority of the American people to have HR 676 (Medicare For All) passed into law immediately!

We have some very fine presidential candidates who would make good presidents. But none of the top Presidential candidates directly support HR 676, the only true Universal Health Care plan. So I am supporting Hillary Clinton. She is the only top candidate that has ever actually fought for universal health care before.

I have enormous admiration, and respect for Hillary Clinton. She fought a pitched battle against overwhelming odds back in 1993. To prevent this disastrous health care crisis that is now devastating the American people, and America. She fought so hard for the American people that she risk almost completely destroying her husbands presidency. I haven't forgotten her heroic effort. If any Presidential hopeful for universal health care deserves my support, it's her.

Also, if we the American people fail to bring enough pressure on our government to give us HR 676 which we all so desperately need NOW! Then we will need the most skilled politician we can get on our side to broker the best health care plan for the American people that we can get. Though it will be less than we need, and less than we deserve. The politician I think to best do this is Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are probably the most skilled politicians in American history.

The insurance industry, and medical industry that has been ripping you off, and killing you has given Hillary Clinton so much money because they fear her. They have also given Barack Obama so much money because they fear Hillary Clinton. They think they can manipulate Barack Obama against the best interest of the American people better than they can manipulate Hillary Clinton. There is no race issue with Hillary Clinton. The Clinton's are the poster family for how African Americans want white people to be towards African Americans.

As always, African Americans are suffering, and dieing in this health care crisis at a much higher rate than any other group in America. The last time there was any significant drop in the African American death rate was when Bill Clinton was president.

My fellow Americans, you are dieing needlessly at an astounding rate. In higher numbers than any other people in the developed world. Rich, and poor a like. Insured, and uninsured. Men, women, children, and babies. And we the American people must stop it. And fix it NOW! Keep Fighting!!! Never! give up hope. There are millions of lives at stake. Bless you all... You are doing great!

eyesopen said...

Uh, thanks for your spam. Seriously, the difference between the Clinton and Obama healthcare plans is small--the kind of change that gets made in House-Senate committees.

The important thing is to have a president who can create a governing majority to get the big things like healthcare done. I believe Barack is much more likely to succeed in that than Hillary. That's what Harold Varmus thinks too (see the list of endorsers).

J.K. Bowman said...

Very nice list. Thank you. I add Dave Matthews, Arcade Fire, and Grateful Dead.

eyesopen said...

I've cordoned off the celebs into their own section. I put a lot more weight on people who know politics or issues. Still, celebs do appeal to some, especially when they make great art, like will.i.am's "Yes We Can" song.

Anti-War-Protester said...

You support an organization which excluded Ron Paul from speaking. This in itself is against science at it's core.
Science is the search for truth. All science must include all circumstance. No ommission or fact or possible fact.
If by your own action you create an outcome then your science is flawed.
You know this!!!!!
So don't complain. You brought it on yourself. Let Dr. and I repeat DOCTOR Ron Paul speak. You may not agree with him, but science seeks truth and required all the facts to make a decision. Otherwise you live in belief and religion and not fact.
Look to your own for the problem and see your error of observation. You call yourself a scientist? hmmmmmmmmm
“..it does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority to set brush fires in people’s minds.”
— Samuel Adams
“With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed. Consequently he who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or pronounces decisions.” — Abraham Lincoln
“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell
“The state can’t give you free speech, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free…”
— Utah Phillips

quixotic quest

eyesopen said...

I'm guessing you're talking about MoveOn.org.

First, this is a list of people and organizations who have endorsed Barack Obama. No assumption is made that either Barack or I support a given endorser. For example, I doubt Barack is completely pleased that Marion Barry endorsed him.

As it happens, I agree with a lot of the work that MoveOn has done, though not all. I have no knowledge of their interactions with Dr. Ron Paul.

I am not sure what drives the massive online movement for Ron Paul, but my guess is it his opposition to the war. That is why I think that after Ron Paul drops out of the race, a large percentage of his more thoughtful supporters will vote for Obama over McCain.

Marta in KC said...

Hi, the SEIU has formally endorsed Obama on a national level (no longer pending). http://seiu.org/

alyceclover said...

Common, Usher, John Legend musicians

alyceclover said...

Charles Barkley, Kareem Abdul Jabbar (basketball) (might as well add Michelle's brother Craig Robinson, coach at Brown University, I think)

Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize winning author.

Toni Morrison, Nobel Prize winning author who never endorsed a candidate before and is credited with dubbing Bill the "first black president"

Joan Baez, folk singer and long term political activist who has never endorsed a candidate before

alyceclover said...

Had to add another comment to the comment about health insurance: Hillary's plan is mandatory with government penalty. She said in a debate she will garnish wages if people do not buy her insurance which will be run by a non-government agency.

Senator Obama's plan is no mandatory and allows people to keep their current insurance provider. This is not health care, but health insurance.

Senator Obama plan includes cutting costs on the typical families health insurance premium by around $2.000. a year. Big difference in the two.

eyesopen said...

OK, I've added the celebrities and musicians. I'm not sure how much good they do, except maybe with their fan base.

I am much more interested in endorsements from politicians and academics, especially those who give concrete reasons for supporting Barack, notably Lawrence Lessig. I added Alice Walker to that category--note that many pre-2008 endorsements are not listed here. I already had Toni Morrison listed.

As to health care: Honestly, I think this is a tempest in a teapot. The plans are quite similar, and really not the basis of choosing one candidate over the other. I actually agree with Hillary that one should start out with a plan for universal coverage, as opposed to universal access to coverage, but the reality is, if we get something close to either plan passed, it will be time for dancing in the streets. And I think Barack, because he might arrive with a large mandate, has a better chance of getting that to happen.

Tina said...

Here's another list with links.

http://acropolisreview.com/2008/02/endorsements-of-barack-obama.html

the ding an sich slip said...

If you can secure that projector for me this Sunday, i will totally vote Obama. -David

PoliticalPuck said...

Barack Obama will be to the Democrats in 2008 what John Kerry, Michael Dukakis and A. Stevenson were when they were at the top of the ticket.

I have voted Democrat in every election since 1980. Not this year.

I am white, make about $50K a year, and have a master's degree and I'm voting for John McCain if the Democrats continue to commit general election suicide by putting Obama at the top of the ticket.

Obama is too left, too weak on national security, in anti-military, has lousy judgement and keeps questionable friends and associates, has a wife who is still pissed off because she had to repay her student loans. He has no experience in running anything other than a U.S. Senate office (which he never did because he was out campaigning for President from the moment he was elected), and he has alienated white working class voters. He won't get the Jewish or Latin vote in the fall, either.

Obama has the odor of general election loser. McCain will get at least 290 electoral votes by my math. At least. By late October, Obama will be publicly begging for Hillary Clinton to save him by stumping for him.

Senator Clinton spoke the political truth when she said among white, working class voters that she has the better draw.

Pundits, media and politicians often speak in public about the black vote, the Latino vote, the Jewish vote, etc.

Senator Clinton is to be chastised and razed simply because she utters these awful two words: "white vote"?

Give me a break. Then get after Obama who spoke about someone being a "typical white person." That reeks of Reverend Wright racism.

eyesopen said...
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eyesopen said...

Puck: I'm assuming from what you say that you are a Hillary supporter (if not, then you are being disingenuous).

Obama will win the election in a landslide. Remember the head-to-head polls include Hillary supporters who say now that they will not vote for Obama. But SOME (and and I would think most) of them will come to their senses by November.

Obama will win all the usual blue states, including PA and OH, and will pull in IA. He has a good shot at CO and VA. There may be others.

She may be a better draw with some groups, but he is a better draw with others, like the young. And they are voting this time.

btw, most elected Dems are for Obama because he will have great coattails in red states (compared to Clinton).

As for policy, his platform is nearly identical to Hillary's, so if you liked her policies, you should like his.

When one talks about race, it is easy to offend. He has said he meant, "not an uncommon reaction for a white person," which is of course the truth.

If we are going to get past racial divisions, we will need to talk with each other, not at each other.

Before you vote, please read The Audacity of Hope.

If you can't spare the time for that, see Lawrence Lessig's video (linked to his endorsement in this post).

Finally, a vote for McCain is a vote for 2-4 Scalias being added to the Supreme Court. McCain in a vacuum might not be so bad, but he will continue to have to kowtow to the Republican base if he wants to retain political capital. A vote for McCain is thus, in many senses, a vote for a third Bush term.

Anonymous said...

Thanks. Now I know who NOT to vote for and/or support.

And I'll keep this for Obama's impeachment hearing when he sells us down the river to Iran, too.

I will never vote for an such inferior, inexperienced and morally unacceptable candidate as Barack Obama.

No candidate has ever spoken air balls so beautifully since William Jennings Bryan. And he never became President. either.

Anonymous said...

"eyesopen" may want to open their ears as well.

McCain was part of the Gang of 14, campaign finance reform, and so much good and intelligent legislation, that Bush vetoed most of it. This is McCain's comeuppance.

To think McCain has any notion of continuing Bush's war strategy or economic policies, is proof that you're not paying attention.

What national legislation has Obama put through?

No one can seem to answer that.

eyesopen said...

Obama's record is considered strong for the amount of time he's been in office. Of course McCain has been in office far longer. There are advantages to bringing a fresh perspective.

Some Obama legislative accomplishments:
He was a key player in the 2007 ethics reform law, which was described as "the most sweeping since Watergate".

He passed a bill, which became law, bringing services to homeless vets.

He has worked on nuclear nonproliferation.

He passed a bill, which became law, mandating an investigation of FEMA failures.

He passed a bill which became law funding avian flu research.

While a State Senator in Illinois,

Obama passed landmark ethics reform.

He was a chief co-sponsor of a bill overhauling the death penalty system in Illinois. It was crafted to make sense to all sides, and passed nearly unanimously.

Perhaps most importantly, he was opposed to the McCain-Bush Iraq war from the start -- a war that will cost trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives before it is done, has made the region less stable, and given power to Iran.

votetheday.com said...

Is it possible, that Obama's lead could evaporate on election day because of Bradley-Wilder effect? Or nowadays Americans are significantly less reluctant to vote for an African-American? Vote here - http://www.votetheday.com/america/secret-racism-will-subvert-obamas-advantage-333

Larry said...

I'm a little concered about the big swings n the polling.-I was feeling confident about an Obama victory a week ago but now things are getting a little weird.-I'm sensing a conspiracy in the works.I don't really believe that but it does occupy a little corner in my mind.

eyesopen said...

The polls have been pretty stable over the last few weeks with Obama ahead about 6-7% nationally, with about 290 EV safe or leaning towards Obama, and a bunch of toss up states which could add to that (270 needed to win). Over the last few days there has been a bit of tightening, but as I speak, my favorite site http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/
lists the McCain probability of winning at about 6%—so a McCain win would now be a once in a century upset. I suspect most of the tightening is coming from undecideds going for McCain. Even if every last one of the undecideds went to McCain, he would still lose since Obama polls at 50% or more in states adding up to 286 EV. Still, the door is open a crack. McCain could still win back decided voters (or the polls could have systematic errors).

If you are concerned, channel that nervous energy into calling swing states! That's what I do.

Harrsion said...

Hi,

Like your blog, often check it for your opinions on American issues.
Im Irish but live in England.

Glad Obama won.

Keep up the good work.

H

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