Friday, March 21, 2008


Obama's Not-So-Bad Week

1) So, despite Hillary Clinton narrowly winning New Mexico back on Super Tuesday, Gov. Bill Richardson comes out for Barack Obama today. Make no mistake, this is a big "get" for the Illinois senator. For one, Richardson is a superdelegate, so he sends an obvious signal to others who might have been worried about the Wright mess that an establishment figure like Richardson is OK with how Obama has handled it. Secondly, he's a major Clinton administration figure turning his back on the "heir" to the previous administration, Third, he probably has more foreign policy credentials than any of the other also-rans in the presidential field. Finally, Richardson can now help Obama with the Latino vote that has so far eluded him.

This is a huge political win to end a week which began with Obama taking a major hit.

2) Doug Bandow does a brief round-up of some of those on the right (including, ahem, yours truly) who
were quite taken with Obama's speech. Of those Doug mentioned, Abigail Thernstrom -- who has written much on race and is a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights -- is the most significant.

3) Finally, just to prove no one is perfect, after the Imus fiasco last year, don't you think Obama would have learned the wisdom of NOT going on morning show talk radio -- especially if it's on a sports station? His use of the phrase
"typical white person" to describe his grandmother's reactions to being fearful of black men qualifies as a gaffe of the first order.

On the other hand, for those people with good memories, it forces an interesting conclusion: Who'd a thunk it --
Jesse Jackson is "a typical white person"!

UPDATE: Charles Murray explains his crush on Obama.

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