Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Obama

A press release from the Obama campaign announces he is 12 delegates away from clinching the Democratic nomination. The superdelegate that put him there is a dramatic reversal:

Today, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) endorsed Barack Obama for President. Waters switched her endorsement from Clinton to Obama citing his ability to unite the country and leadership on issues such as the housing crisis and war in Iraq.

Waters gave Clinton some serious anti-war cred in California and delivered one of my favorite talking points from a surrogate this year: "The people I represent have plenty of hope, they don't need more hope, they need help." I suspect Waters may be the latest in what may become a stream of superdelegate switches.

Tags: 2008 Presidential election, Democratic nomination (all tags)

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Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

Clinton will end the night further away from the magic number than she was last night.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-03 02:09PM | 0 recs
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It's a flood now truly.  Expect the dam to completely break about 7:15 tonight after both MT and SD are known, since he'll want the voters to put him over the top.

by skywaker9 2008-06-03 02:10PM | 0 recs
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Expect the dam to stay shut. They will all speak with Hillary's campaign privately rather than publicly embarrass her in that way or at least that is the classy thing for them to do.

Let her end the campaign on her own terms rather than be forced out-- or at least give it the opportunity to happen that way before you force her out.

by JDF 2008-06-03 03:20PM | 0 recs
Erm..

No one is going to force her out. If the supers want to endorse him, (as some wait until the end of the primaries to do so) why wont they?

The sooner we can start focusing on the GE, the better. It's already been too long.

by Massadonious 2008-06-03 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

This is not about Hillary Clinton. It's about the Democratic party picking a nominee.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-03 04:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

here ya go via TPM

http://tpmelectioncentral.talkingpointsm emo.com/2008/06/obama_nets_over_a_dozen_ superd.php

by nogo postal 2008-06-03 02:12PM | 0 recs
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Finally, my Rep goes the right way.  Thanks Maxine!

by enozinho 2008-06-03 02:16PM | 0 recs
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I'm not in her district anymore (am in Waxman's) but love Waters dearly.  She's a brave class act.

Loved her when she was working for Clinton, love her now as an Obama supporter.

Ms. Waters is a true blue Democrat.

by mijita 2008-06-03 02:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

   Maxine Waters is a great member of Congress but often her endorsements of others seem a bit strange.  In today's election she is endorsing Bernard Parks for L.A. County Supervisor over the more progressive Mark Ridley-Thomas. She can be like a bad machine politics person but then she kicks ass in Congress. Her leadership on federal issues issues is outstanding but locally I'm not always so sure...

by Zack from the SFV 2008-06-03 03:04PM | 0 recs
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Despite being less progressive is Bernard Parks better qualified for the position? (I don't know anything about the election, I am just asking.)

As important as progressive values are they are not the only barometer these people should use when endorsing.

by JDF 2008-06-03 03:23PM | 0 recs
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   Parks is a former LAPD police chief who now sits on the City Council. Ridley-Thomas has been an Assemblymember, L.A. Councilmember and is now a State Senator. He has more experience as an elected official and has the support of labor unions, while Parks has more business establishment support. Ridley-Thomas got more votes yesterday but under 50% so it goes to a runoff with just those two in November. There were several this time including a perennial with the great name of Martin Luther King Aubrey.

by Zack from the SFV 2008-06-04 12:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

And Hillary was the what?  the wrong way?

Let's not rub it in, please.

by Sieglinde 2008-06-03 03:02PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches

All we are SAYYY SAYING, is kick John McCain's ass!

by skywaker9 2008-06-03 02:19PM | 0 recs
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something in the air tonight...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXcZz5n5H I0

by nogo postal 2008-06-03 02:21PM | 0 recs
I LOVE Maxine Waters ...

Had lunch with her in Norwalk, CT, when she was stumping for Ned.  She ROCKS!

by DailyKingFish 2008-06-03 02:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton

I think Senator Obama is controlling the flow of superdelegate pledges so that the delegates that actually put him over the top will be the South Dakota / Montana pledged delegates.

by My Ob 2008-06-03 02:28PM | 0 recs
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by recusancy 2008-06-03 02:28PM | 0 recs
Maxine was my fav....

Maxine was my favorite Clinton surrogate, always very positive about Hillary, only gave a few friendly pokes to Obama?

She was the epitome of the true Democrat, a party person to the max!

But, mostly, she was just SO DAMN EXCITED to have a Democratic President on the horizon!

She is a great asset, and I hope the Obama camp keeps her on the tube....

Send her out against those scowling Republics, it's a mismatch every time!

by WashStateBlue 2008-06-03 02:44PM | 0 recs
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I'm disappointed but not surprised.
~sign~  The Democratic politicians are closing rank around the candidate who will lose in November.

A sad day in America, for sure.

by stefystef 2008-06-03 02:58PM | 0 recs
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Stop hating.

by parahammer 2008-06-03 03:00PM | 0 recs
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??? Democratic politicians are closing rank around McCain?

by antiHyde 2008-06-03 03:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches From Clinton to Ob

give yourself some time, I was depressed for weeks when Dr. Dean dropped out.

But, we ARE going to win this year, and we need the Clinton supporters.

And, if you have to be contrarian, at least DON'T Vote McCain...vote down-ticket and write in Senator Clinton.

We are all Democrats, except for the trolls...

by WashStateBlue 2008-06-03 03:07PM | 0 recs
McCain is a sitting duck.

Don't spoil this opportunity with defeatism.  If you are a Democrat, you can help to bring our nominee to victory.

by Mardarkin 2008-06-03 03:13PM | 0 recs
Not exactly gutsy at this juncture.

That is great that Maxine Waters brings anti-war cred to Obama because he is going to have to pivot on his position on Iraq.

The pivot will be this: Obama will adjust his position from immediate withdrawal on the justification that the war was lost to a withdrawal on the justification that war is won.  Instead of a hard timetable he will advocate withdrawing troops based on the conditions on the ground.

As Andrew Sullivan and the Washington Post have pointed out, Obama cannot continue to ignore the change in conditions in Iraq.  

The only question is how long after the primary before Obama pivots on Iraq?  

by dMarx 2008-06-03 03:14PM | 0 recs
Re: Not exactly gutsy at this juncture.

Won? Iran won. The Shia SCIRI party that runs the government as well as the Shia Sadr opposition are both in Tehran's pocket. What exactly is your definition of victory?

by hankg 2008-06-03 03:17PM | 0 recs
Re: Not exactly gutsy at this juncture.

My definition of victory? I don't have one. I am not personally advocating triumphalism in Iraq.  I am just trying to prognosticate Obama's next move.

I rely on my conclusion based on a couple of syllogisms. Feel free to attack my logic.

First Syllogism

1. The war had public approval when it started and well into the conflict.
2. The public turned against the war when it was clear that the situation was not improving and looked lost.

Therefore, the public changes its mind based on whether we appear to be winning or losing.

Second Syllogism

1. Increasingly positive developments from Iraq will cause the public attitude about the war to change once again.
2. The public will not elect Obama if he is going to forfeit a war that looks winnable.

Therefore, Obama is going to pivot in his position to withdrawal based on conditions on the ground.  

One caveat, Obama will give himself enough wiggle room so that he can go back to his previous position if the situation deteriorates.

by dMarx 2008-06-03 03:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches

Another word for switches in this context is betrays. I would just like to ask Maxine why?

by weltec2 2008-06-03 03:35PM | 0 recs
Rep. Maxine Waters Switches

Another word for Switches in this context is Betrays. I would just like to ask Maxine why?

by weltec2 2008-06-03 03:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Rep. Maxine Waters Switches

Are you new to politics, pray tell?

by politicsmatters 2008-06-03 04:26PM | 0 recs

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