More political heavyweights get in line behind Barack.
First, from Reich’s blog…and folks, this is pretty much exactly why Obama is so appealing to me:
Although Hillary Clinton has offered solid and sensible policy proposals, Obama’s strike me as even more so. 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 also presents the best chance of creating a new politics in which citizens become active participants rather than cynical spectators. He has energized many who had given up on politics. He has engaged young people to an extent not seen in decades. He has spoken about the most difficult problems our society faces, such as race, without spinning or simplifying. He has rightly identified the armies of lawyers and lobbyists that have commandeered our democracy, and pointed the way toward taking it back.
Let’s also not forget that Reich was Bill Clinton’s Secretary of Labor for four years, so this endorsement of Obama is significant in more ways than one.
Then onto former Georgia senator Sam Nunn, who was part of the bi-partisan Bloomberg summit last year:
In a just released statement, Nunn said Obama â€œwill have the sound judgment to put together an outstanding governing team, bringing people together across old boundaries.â€
â€œMy own role in this campaign will be as an advisor – particularly in the field of national security and foreign policy,â€ Nunn said.
Though not a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention, Nunn carries a good deal of gravitas from which Obama could benefit. As one of their numbers, Nunn could also help reassure conservative Democrats still suspicious of Obamaâ€™s position on the left-right political spectrum.
That could matter in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Last year, Nunn was a leader in a bipartisan effort that assembled at the University of Oklahoma and decried decades of political clashes that had reduced serious debate to near-cartoonish arguments. Another organizer of the event, former Oklahoma senator David Boren, also endorsed Obama today.
Here’s the deal…I think we can all agree that these people are 1) not partisan operators and 2) extremely intelligent. So does anybody think they’re just falling for Obama’s supposed wily charms or do they genuinely think he’s a guy who can really bring some change to Washington? I think you could argue that Richardson was doing it for political reasons, but not these guys. They could have just sat on the sidelines and watched it all unfold, but they felt strongly enough to say, “This is the guy.”
I’m just saying…