Friday, March 21, 2008

Bill Richardson: Yes he can
The Obama endorsement

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson has endorsed Barack Obama, according to Bil Browning of the Bilerico Project. Most interesting in the text of the endorsement letter, I think, is Richardson's reference to the groundbreaking speech about race delivered earlier this week by Obama, and how, as an hispanic, Richardson was moved by Obama's words.

Earlier this week, Senator Barack Obama gave an historic speech. that addressed the issue of race with the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him...

As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants--specifically Hispanics-- by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences--and place blame on others not like them.
Going into Pennsylvania -- widely seen as Clinton territory -- Obama will need all the votes he can get. If he can make a dent into Clinton's support among Latinos, that could matter. Whether or not Richardson's endorsement matters to East Coast Latinos, well, that's another question.

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