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February 15th, 2008
05:04 PM ET

Black leaders rethinking Clinton support?

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Senator Barack Obama, Congressman John Lewis, Senator Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton march to the Edmund Pettus Bridge COMMEMORATING the 1965 'Bloody Sunday' Voting Rights march March 4, 2007 in Selma, Alabama. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There is more bad news for Hillary Clinton. Some African-American leaders are rethinking their support for her.

Congressman David Scott of Georgia says he's defecting from the Clinton camp and will instead support Barack Obama. Scott says he has to represent the wishes of his constituency. His district voted more than 80% in favor of Obama on Super Tuesday.

Also, the New York Times reports that civil rights veteran Congressman John Lewis, also of Georgia, is switching his superdelegate vote to Obama.

They quote Lewis as saying "In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit. Something is happening in America, and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap." Lewis' spokeswoman says the story is inaccurate, that the congressman has left the option of changing his superdelegate support on the table, but hasn't decided yet.

Barack Obama was asked about this today. He says, "I think increasingly the superdelegates that I talked to are uncomfortable with the notion that they will override decisions made by voters."

What this shows is there's a growing sense among some of the party's black leaders that they shouldn't stand in the way of Obama's historic run for the nomination... and that they shouldn't go against their constituents' wishes.

One black supporter of Clinton, Missouri, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, describes some of this. He says Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. of Illinois, an Obama supporter, recently asked him "If it comes down to the last day and you're the only superdelegate... do you want to go down in history as the one to prevent a black from winning the White House?"

Here’s my question to you: What does it mean if some African-American leaders are rethinking their support for Hillary Clinton?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Dean writes:
It means that many Americans, black or white, are re-thinking their support for Hillary Clinton. Just look at the last 10 primaries. Obama is winning people over, and electability is starting to become an issue. Obama can beat McCain in November, while polls show Hillary may not. Hillary as nominee does us no good if her high negatives cost us the general election in November.

Lawrence writes:
I'm a black, 42-year-old retired Naval Officer. I personally think it's wrong to switch a vote based on color or sex. However, I do think that at the end of the day, Obama will have the popular vote and all superdelegates need to side with a winner. If this primary is taken from the candidate with the country's democratic support, brace for true shock.

Rob writes:
We say racism is dead, yet 80% of blacks vote Obama while whites are split 50/50. It seems to me the roles of the past have changed and now this black delegate business only confirms the facts I have just stated. People are not looking at who is the most qualified, connected and experienced, but instead - just like the majority of this country fell for Bush’s promises - they now seem to be in a spell under Obama’s sweet talk.

Daniel from New York writes:
Of course they are rethinking their support. Many of them signed up because they thought they were on the train going to the final destination. Now that it looks like that train won't make it to the station, they realize the got on the train too early.

Justin from Florida writes:
I don't think it's racial, I think it's a sign that like everyone else they are tired of the same old. It's a new time, a new day, and time for a real change not just in the look, but in the way of thinking. Who else inspired a nation like this?

Darrel writes:
It means they see that Hillary is very insincere in her words and body language and Obama is charismatic and puts forth a lot of ideas. The real question is: who cares? No one is beating McCain unless his vice president pick is Bud Selig.


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. Brian M. From Fort Mill, S.C.

    It means that, for the first time, that common sense trumps loyalty. Normally you would have suspected that Obama would be the obvious choice for black voters and leaders, but instead they supported Clinton out of loyalty. Now that they have seen what happened in South Carolina, some of them have started rethinking their choices.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  2. Bev H.

    It's about time that they re-think their support! I'm a white female who votes as an independent, and I'm disgusted at how Hillary and Bill have played the race card up to this point. Obama could potentially be a phenomenal leader – IF the American public will not be duped into the Clinton's usual rhetoric (which is to say whatever their current/active audience wants to hear, and then not to follow through on any of their open-ended promises). If the Clintons become the choice of the DNC, McCain has my vote. It's an easy ethical and moral decision for me.

    Bev H.
    Ft. Worth, TX

    February 15, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  3. W B in Las Vegas

    I think that early on, given the history of Black candidates form past times, they thought that Obama really couldn't WIN in the long run and it was best to just back the Clintons who have, in the past, been supportive of black causes. BUT as obama has continued to WIN not only with Black voters but with young people of ALL races and educated Whites, they now realise that he not only has an excellent chance to win the Democratic nomination but the Presidency itself.

    IF you are a Black Politician, Religious or Community Leader, do you REALLY want to get in the way of THAT?

    February 15, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  4. David of Natchez Mississippi

    When it all started Hillary was the only hope of getting the Republicians out of the White House. Now we see that there is a choice between her and Obama. Obama is the least tainted of them all and whatever change he brings will be fresh and exciting. The only thing Hillary ever had going for her was that she wasn't a Republician.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  5. adnaw6

    they shouldnt have to rethink thier support. if God meant for Obama to win ,he will win no matter what tricks the clintons will pull, they are from the old school, we want fresh new ideas to go foward, the clintons are a blast from the past. no more of the clintons they show their true colors when someone is a threat to them, hillary never smiles and when she does its fake, who can smile for 30 minutes!!!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  6. Todd

    She thought she was untouchable so did everyone else. Now months later its not just black leaders who supported her whose rethinking their position its everybody.

    Todd
    Toronto

    February 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  7. Marian - Alberta Canada

    What does it mean, you ask......

    It means that the dawn is finally beginning to break in your country..! After watching Ms. Clintons attack tactics on the election campaign and those of her husband, one has to wonder what kind of a president would she make. She comes across as one who would do her own thing, regardless of the will of the people, and heaven knows, you don't want another clone of the half baked baboon you've been suffering with for the past 7 years.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  8. Ralph

    Jack, Black leaders are in a quandry. On one hand, why not support an African-American who promises so much change for the good, a man like JFK or Martin Luther King, Jr. On the other hand, many may be concerned if he has the ability to put forth what he has promised and to bring our country together.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  9. Jeff in E. Lyme, CT

    It's not just African-Americans Jack. More & more each day are choosing reality over lies.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  10. arthur a. Boston

    I don't think the Hillary ship has sunk yet, I still think that the blacks are still voting for a black candidate. let's wait and see what happens in Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania. If she wins there and they change to him than it is obvious why, If she loses there ,it won't look as if they jumped for him because he is black but rather because he is a winner. Still think he is a smooth talker in an empty suit, all wind, no substance, no experience. McCain will have him for breakfast. many of us Dems
    will change over to him. In today's world "no time for on the job training"

    February 15, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  11. Bill from Wake Forest U

    It means the movement behind Obama cannot be overlooked anymore, by anyone, not even long-time supporters of the Clintons. It's not '92 or '96, it's 2008 and they're waking up from the dreams of the past. The trend will continue.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Julie VanDusky

    This isn't anything more than any other Superdelegate changing their mind about who they support because their constiuents don't support the person they are backing. This has nothing to do with the Superdelegates' race, it has to do with self interest and re-election. It's just politics. The media REALLY have to stop looking to blame race for everything.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  13. Ann

    I think all it means is that these superdelegates are going to vote as the majority of their constituents voted. As Kerry and Kennedy of Mass. should do.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  14. stan

    jack a lot of people i know a lot of whites and blacks who are reconsidering their support for hillary! she is simply not the person we thought she was! we could use some unity, less warmongering, and good judgement moving forward!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Bob from Traverse city Michigan

    everybody loves a winner Jack if the polls switch back to Hillarys advantage so will these leaders support

    February 15, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  16. Sheila from NC

    I'm surprised it has taken them this long to rethink their position after Bill made it obvious what he really thinks. At least the voters did not take that long to rethink the situation.

    Just one more reason for all Super Delegates to pay attention to what the voters want. Those political elites have messed up enough things, time to listen to the voters.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  17. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Hopefully more than African-American leaders will start supporting Obama versus Clinton, but in regards to the question, they are finally voting their conscience instead of their pocket books. Maybe a part of me is still optomistic to think that some people will use common sense this year. A friend of mine always says that the only problem with common sense is that its not very common anymore.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  18. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, a year ago most people thought Hillary was a shoe in, for the presedency, until Obama arrived, on the scene. Now that he's become a viable black candidate everyone's taking another look, at him. I wouldn't be surprised, if Obama got 90%, of the black vote, in the general election. I also think democrats are very glad, to have another choice besides Hillery.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  19. Steve C

    It should be no surprise that African-American leaders should reconsider their support for Hillary. It is a surprise that til now Hillary has seemed to have support from Latinos and from working class Americans. Hillary, the corporate lawyer who sat On Wal-Mart's board of dorecors ennriching her self at the expense of exploited workers and jobs exported overseas, who was a failure at her claimed efforts to change Wal-Mart? Hillary, who wears jewelry at her campaign events that working stiffs could never afford to own themselves? Hillary, who can afford to loan her campaign $5 million when the average American is struggling to make ends meet? And her experience? She failed in trying to change Wal-Mart! She failed when placed in charge of efforts to create national health insurance when Bill was President! A corporate lawyer with a hedge fund manager as daughter presuming to speak for average Americans, at least Bill knew what it was like to struggle.
    What I want to know is where's the truth? I heard her give a speech claing it Martin Luther King's I have a dream speech that changer her from being a Goldwater Republican. Am I wrong? Didn't King give that speech in 1963? Didn't Goldwater run for President in 1964?

    February 15, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  20. B. Smart

    It means that Obama has the better message, and is the better candidate
    for EVERYONE. Its not that they don't like Hillary, because if they didn't
    they wouldn't have backed her in the first place. We're going to HAVE to
    get off this thing called race, because the Obama campaign is not
    going there. Obama is for ALL races. He's the better candidate. A uniter. A movement...........

    February 15, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  21. Alex Smith, N.C

    This goes to show you the depth of problems in America. The problem you have to ask yourself is: are they going towards Obama because he is the first Black candidate that has a real chance to make it, or do they really support him. Seems to me if they supported him they would have done it at the beginning. I guess I just like looking at the truth, you are supposed to support your candidate through thick and thin and make up your own mind not listen to everyone else. But I guess those philosphies are old school, Hillary prove them all wrong!

    February 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  22. Kevin- Webster, MA

    The same as white leaders rethinking support for Hillary Clinton. It isn't whose turn it is or that she deserves the Presidency. The people are seeing hope in Barack Obama, they are seeing electability in Barack Obama. They are seeing change with Barak Obama.They are seeing through Hillary Clinton.

    February 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  23. Tom, Avon, Maine, The heart of Democracy

    It means they've been paying attention to Bill Clinton. I suspect that Senator Clinton isn't as ruthless in pursuit of victory as her husband, but to paraphrase another great duo, "This is another fine mess you've gotten me into!"

    February 15, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  24. Laura

    If superdelegates should go with how their congressional districts or states voted then John Kerry, Edward Kennedy, Gov. Duvual Patrick along with many others would have to switch sides now wouldn't they.

    They are panicking that should Obama win the nomination that he may not look too favorably on those who backed Senator Clinton. Isn't that racial bias? Wasn't that what Hillary's campaign was accused of in South Carolina. If that's the case than white superdelegates and woman superdelagates should vote Hillary. Black superdelegates vote Obama.

    Doesn't that sound stupid! It is!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  25. One Eyed Bob Nichols

    I forgot to say I'm from the Great Northwest, as in Oregon
    It’s simple Jack, It means they’ve seen that Obama is not another Jessie Jackson or Al Sharpton. Barack is not the “Great BLACK candidate”, he’s a Great Candidate who happens to be Black. After seeing his broad base of support, these “Black Leaders” are happy to vote for a viable candidate with a strong message of hope without regard to his skin color. They’re seeing that he can actually win and they’re delighted to help him do it.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  26. James from Cape Coral,FL

    Jack,
    It shows you that the initial hype surrounding the Clinton campaign was just that, hype. And just maybe the only one of these candidates left in the race who can possibly change this countries direction is the one with the least time in Washington. On the other hand, it could just be that Bill offended quite a few people with his comments in South Carolina.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  27. Jedn Bordon

    Perhaps they are seeing that the Senator from Illinois comes with more substance than they originally thought. Perhaps some of Bill Clinton's negative tactics have worn thin with those who originally thought of him as the "First Black President". Frankly, there are things I like about both candidates, and also a few concerns about each. However, in the end, we need the candidate who is most unifying and electible up against John McCain.

    Jedn
    Iowa City, IA

    February 15, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  28. Jason

    African-American leaders are probably realizing what all Americans are starting to finally see, that the Clinton's have a history of making poor choices for hardworking Americans. NAFTA, which was the kiss of death for blue-collar workers. Her "failed" attempt at healthcare reform in the 90's. Her voting for bankruptcy reform that hurt the middle class. Plus, voting for a war that has killed thousands of Americans, killed millions of Iraqis, and cost hard working Americans Billions of their tax dollars. We all need a little more "hope" if these are the kind of solutions she brings.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  29. Julie Davis

    They will never admit this, but the black leadership did not think Obama was electable, so they supported Clinton. Now that it's obvious Obama can get votes, the leadership is regretting it's former position, and wants to change dancing partners in the middle of the waltz. When Hillary Clinton wins the nomination they will regret "rethinking" their support.

    Julie
    Yorktown, Va.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  30. D Wright

    A lot of people think it's about race again. If it was about race the black leaders would have endorsed Obama in the first place. It is just a powerful movement going on that no one, whether black or white want can resist. It's so new and so fresh that everyone would be sad if they are not a part of it.

    D wright

    February 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  31. Tom from Boston

    Simple. It means lights-out for the Clinton campaign. Look at the Maryland results. Democratic voters who turned out on Tuesday were younger and more likely to be African-American than in past years, an indication of how the campaign of Sen. Barack Obama reshaped Maryland's dominant party in the weeks leading up to this year's primary.

    And as far as the "superdelegates" are concerned, problems lurk there as well. In a fresh sign of trouble among African-American superdelegates, Rep. John Lewis, one of Clinton’s most prominent supporters, said Thursday he planned to vote for Obama. Another black congressman, Rep. David Scott of Georgia, defected earlier in the week, saying he would not go against the will of voters in his district, who overwhelmingly supported Obama.

    For the first time in history, African-Americans have a bona fide chance to help elect America's first true African-American president (and no, I don't count Bill Clinton). I think many will do just that!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  32. Terry North Carolina

    Jack
    This is the ultimate historic event having an African American running for president, when the chips are down Obama will have all the support he needs from the African Americans, these people will abandon Hillary in a heart beat to support Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  33. Phil

    It means that African American leaders are human just like white males, other genders, older and younger people, who somethimes rethink their position and make a decision thats current with how they now believe.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  34. Patie Millen

    Even if superdelegates switch over to Obama, I am sure that Hillary can still count on Bill Clinton's superdelegate vote. Really, how many people are aware that Bill Clinton is a superdelegate? The news keeps showing us the 21 year kid who is uncommitted. How about mentioning that Bill is a superdelegate? This system is a charade.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  35. ben

    What it means is that super delegates, not just black leaders have a tough decision. Do they radify the votes of the people they represent or not. In a representative government the elected officials are EMPLOYED to act a representative of their state or district. If they go against the obvious choice of their state or district they do so at their own risk.

    Ben
    Louisville, Ky

    February 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  36. Sacha

    Black or white, I believe it would be a good thing for voters to know
    who all the Superdelegates are in their states and for the Superdelegate count eventually to reflect the popular vote around the country, except perhaps in those cases where particular superdelegates who already have been comitted one way or another change their vote publicly prior to the convention. Also those who have publicly voices their endorsements or changed endorsements do so in such a way the public can see and feel opennes, their rationales, and no back room deals and politicking has gone on.

    More than ever, the public needs to be informed about and trust election outcomes and process.

    With regard to the regular delegates in Michigan and Florida, perhaps they should be divided fifty-fifty. It is unclear. Obama and the other candidates did not have a chance to campaign and whatever results Hillary would be claiming as she had the better name recognition at the time, should be cancelled on the grounds of fairness.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  37. bnthdntht

    We all can dream,but think of Jesse Helms in the 90s he always was behind in the polls but each time retained his senate seat. The democratic party in North Carolina was crunched.

    L.M.,Arizona

    February 15, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  38. Dexter

    Well speaking as a person of African descent, these latest Obama endorsements come as no surprise, especially in those districts where Black leaders (i.e. Maxine Waters, John Lewis) have endorsed Clinton but we, the voters, backed Obama. Black people have been speaking loudly during the primaries, so these latest endorsements by these so-called Black leaders are basically a matter of them jumping a "sinking ship" named "SS Hillary".

    February 15, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  39. Jim Galvin

    The universe is unfolding as it should.

    It is inevitable that the 'superdelegates' will jump off Hillary's sinking ship and onto Obama's steamship.

    But they need to be careful. If they slip and fall, the voting sharks will surely call.

    Indecision is crowding them... they must make up their minds.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  40. Robert Finn

    Jack,

    I gave this alot of thought and I think we should treat this
    subject like we treat the subject of 'Gays in the military'.

    Don't ask.......Don't tell!

    Bob
    Ocean Springs, Mississippi

    February 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  41. California Voter

    Jack, it means that either they shifting because Obama is Africian American, or they are shifting because that's the way their state voted. If it is because of the latter, then for sure Ted Kennedy and John Kerry need to shift their support to Hillary.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  42. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Jack, I believe that everyone is ready for a change, it is that simple.They get it with Obama,not Clinton.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  43. MICHAEL BURNETT L.I.N.Y.

    It means that the hill is in trouble, The fact that her own people are drop'in off like leave's on tree's in the fall. Superdelecates are now starting to do the same, and then there's the money issue's. the sad fact to all of this is the fact that hillary did not take Obama seriously until it was to late. Hillary said in her own words 'that the democratic race would be over on or by super tuesday'. I believe that the African American Leaders are now just starting to see what we the people of this country have been say'in and seeing for some time now! playing the race card by the Clint6ons did not help either, If Obama has the most pledged delecates, as well as the popular vote, the super delecates had better listen to the pepole of this country, and if not we will not forget when it's their turn to run for their own political seat!

    February 15, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  44. Eric Rogers

    It means that they have finally come to realize that the clintons are just hummoring them for ther support, and its time to support one of their own, one who really has a chance to win this time. They should get with the momentium of obama, or be exposed for the "uncle toms "the are.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  45. Joel from N.H.

    I think it means that no matter who's in the race, these super delegates are going to get behind a winner and untimately it doesnt matter as long as the democrats win back the white house.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  46. Linda

    It means that they have looked at the candidates, listened to them, looked at their accomplishments, watched the American people's reaction to the candidates, thought about how the next president will affect the USA and the world, examine their hearts, wisdom and minds....and decided that they should support the BEST person for the job. President Barak Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  47. Evan FL

    Two words: South Carolina

    February 15, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  48. Chuck

    It means they, too, are jumping on the "fad vote" of Obama. Not really taking a hard look at the ramifications and circumstances to be dealt with in the future in the event Obama gets to the White House, rather simply jumping on the Obama bandwagon. Too bad we have voters more interested in who their neighbors are voting for rather than making independent decisions. Obama? Beware of buyer's remorse.

    Chuck
    White Bear Lake, Minnesota

    February 15, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  49. Thomas from Dubuque, Iowa

    This means that these black leaders are now buying into the fact that Barack Obama is going the win the Democratic Nomination; clear-cut, plan and simple.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  50. janet

    Obama's like the "Pied Piper" – he comes into town, blows his horn and the uninformed people jump in line behind him. What has he done since he's been in government office? Absolutely nothing. People better wake up and elect someone who at least knows how to legislate and is has a lot of foreign policy knowledge. Obama does not have the background to become a statesman. His bio is very vague unspecific. He says he was born in Hawaii then "later" moved to Indonesia and "later" this and that. Political leaders who are pushing him to get elected owe it to the American people to provide more information about Obama. Having a law degree does not qualify one for President. I've come to the conclusion that the "old guard" in Congress don't want Hillary elected because she'll put them to work and they don't want that, expecially coming from a woman.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  51. Brian

    Jack, it means they are finally thinking like voters instead of party members. The candidates continually blast one another about vague promises with no specifics, and yet what are the specifics of Clinton on her garnered support of blacks. I mean specifics, not more rhetoric. Maybe these people are finally thinking, hey what more can she provide for the blacks, than an actual black president could or would. I mean come on Jack, what benefits do the blacks or latino voters get, that the white voter doesn't get no matter who they vote for? thanks, Brian

    February 15, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  52. BSC

    This is the correct way to offer your support. Support what your state voters say. Why would they want to go against their people. Who, voted them in office.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  53. Marie, Bartlett, IL

    People are not voting for Barack Obama simply because he is black – that demeans the voter. They are choosing him because he represents a new face, fresh ideas, and new ways to resolve old problems. Hillary is a competent politician, but her experience is actually less than Obama's who spent 8 years in the Illinois legislature as well as three years in the Senate. His a Constitutional law professor, who chose to champion causes for minorities, women and the poor.
    People choose him for his hope, his inspiration and the promise of change he brings; she brings competence, but she also brings a lot of baggage and the old guard.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  54. Bruce St Paul MN

    There are actually some positive things coming out of this long long long long campaign. First, it helps keep OJ and Britney off our radar for awhile. Plus, it allows people plenty of time to change their minds. They backed Sen. Clinton because she is a good candidate, which the Dems needed. She is still a good candidate, but maybe not the best candidate. Politicians and other leaders are good at finding a parade and getting in front of it.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  55. Ladean

    California Resident: It signifies the possibility that Senator Obama may have become a candidate of substance and not a Black / Male / Christian candidate. He may be the candidate that people can forgo ethnic and sexist and religous considerations and just see a viable candidate with strong supportable stance on issues important to vast majority of the voting populous.

    February 15, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  56. Ben from Maryland

    Jack, this reminds me of MLK Jr.

    If any of you remember, Johnson did a for the civil rights movement. However, he kept the Vietnam war going which was overflowed with blacks proportionally. MLK Jr. was the only African American to stand up to Johnson and demand that this be stopped.

    Someone can do many great things for me, but they don't own me or my vote.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  57. Richard Sternagel

    Jack, it means Hillary Clinton support is eroding! Barack Obama in his recent primary wins has cut into Clinton's base support of older women,Hispanics,and African-Americans! The handwriting is on the wall.Clinton is longer the assumed heir to George Bush. Go Obama!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  58. Will K. San Jose, CA

    It means they can count.

    23 States for Obama
    11 States for Clinton

    February 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  59. marcus mt.olive

    lets wait till after the texas prim.election to see if the wind shifts back

    February 15, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  60. Mike

    They just want to jump on the band wagon. If they looked at who has the better issues and plan, they would stay with Clinton.

    Obama, has done nothing but promise a lot, but has failed to tell us how he is going to do it.

    I think Obama has the chance to be a good president, but he has a probem with telling people he will do a lot of things for them, but he has failed to tell people how he will be doing it.

    Take his health care plan, do any of you think he will get medical insurance cost down and the people that say they can't afford it now are going to say they can afford it later?

    Get real people, if they can't afford or wont pay now they will not do it later. Money still needs to go for food/home/utiltes and then some fun if possible. He said these people will still go to hospital/doctor even if they didn't pay and then we can bill them or retro them into the insurance. they will not be able to pay that even. More FREE medical and not getting medical treatment

    February 15, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  61. Mike Smith, New Orleans, Louisiana

    I don't think many African Americans have lost respect for either Clinton. But it is probably very exciting to have a chance to vote for a minority candidate for President who actually has a chance of winning.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  62. Diane

    I think black leaders thought Senator Obama could not win and would cost them valueable personal equity built up over many years in politics and the civil reight movement. It's like they dreamed a dream so long they didn't recognize that it could actually come true. I don't think it is ALL about race. Race alone wouldn't make them switch (it didn't get them to endorse in the first place). It's watching an amazing, intelligent candidate emerge and realizing - with pride - he's one of your own. I am an African American women who did for Jessie Jackson even though I though he would not win. There was no better candidate on the horizon and I voted for the shear pride of the experience. This is different. I believe Obama is the right candidate for the times - the one who can unite this country, energize our young adults and restore the worlds trust and faith in America. The candidate just happens to look like me. Much like McCain looks like many who support and believe in him. Let's move past skin color please and turn this country around.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  63. Ryan Dubuque, IA

    It means that Barack Obama is continuing on his momentum train and the black leaders are taking notice. It also means that they (the black leaders) truly believe that Obama can win the Democratic Nomination.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  64. eduardo

    What does it mean if African-American leaders are rethinking their support for Hillary Clinton? What about :
    What whould it mean if white leaders are rethinking their support for Barak Obama. Lets say, for example in the state of Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy and John Kerry actually endorse Hillary and join her on the campaing trail.

    eduardo

    February 15, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  65. Jed from Chico, CA

    I think that question makes as much sense as the question 'Why are White leaders rethinking their support of Barack Obama?' should the tide turn next month and Hillary becomes the ineveitable nominee. We would never in a million years ask that question.

    Black leaders, white leaders, female leaders, male leaders - indeed any Democratic Party leader who supported Hillary as the pseudo-incumbent and inevitable nominee right out of the gate are must rethink their premature commitment. Barack Obama is riding on a wave of popularity after an impressive number of wins that will continue through next Tuesday and possibly on into March 4. There he may not get wins in TX and OH but he will narrow the margin of victory rendering the contests meaningless.

    Why are African American leaders moving to endorse Barack Obama? That's like asking why Mitt Romney endorsed John McCain - It's because he's being seen, more and more, as the inevitable nominee. Even if it's not technically out of reach for Hillary, he's the guy you gotta back NOW and get him started against McCain if you want to win in November.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  66. John from Atlanta

    I am a registered voter in the 5th district of Georgia. Ignoring race or gender, John Lewis endorsed Hillary because he said she was the most qualified and experienced person to lead this country. Now he is abandoning his character for what is popular. Obama has stated in his speeches that he will make mistakes. I hope it's not in Iraq. I hope it's not with the lives of the men and women who serve this country. I hope it's not with our economy and the Americans who are trying to salvage their jobs and homes! Experience counts! And that means Hillary Clinton. On behalf of the brave men and women who fight for this great country I will not be voting for John Lewis.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  67. Kerry in Fort Worth, Texas

    Duh! They changed their mind. They obviously must view Sen. Obama as a better candidate.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Jerry Farrell

    Come on Jack, Why do you come right out and say how what your intention is?... You're doing everything you can do, at every opportunity to discredit Hillary Clinton and shove Barak Obama down the American public's throat. Unbiased Media? Not a chance...

    February 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  69. Steven

    Why are they jumping on now? That is just like black leaders they are always go with the flow and leave the people that look up to out in the cold. I'm black and I don't care for the so called black leaders, but I'm supporting Barack and always had ever sense I knew of him!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  70. Greg from PA

    It means that black leaders are willing to listen to and learn from their constituencies. It's more than just a black thing. It's a Unity thing, an American thing. It means that now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of their country.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  71. Keith from Irving, Texas

    It means they're doing the right thing, Jack.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  72. Kingsley from South Carolina

    Jack , have a few laughs. The truth is strikingly obvious.Obama of course. Youthful Obama has acquired a trained appreciation of creative ways of seeing the world . Thats the future, and the future always wins.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  73. john in Columbus

    Jack:

    Simply put, it means that they finally see a viable candidate who will be able to successfully address their interests in ways that will not cause the majority of us whites to start screaming about the Race Card. I hate to put it that way, but that was a moderate part of the stigma with Jesse Jackson and a huge part of the problem with Al Sharpton who many whites consider one of the biggest racists in our country. As a white man, I trust in Senator Obama's ability to reach out and lift up our political aspirations in a way that will affect all races, genders, religions and income levels equally. Yes, Bill and Hillary made great strides to address the issues that the African-American population was concerned with, and while they initially supported Hillary Clinton because she was the presumed shoe-in, they have started to realize, like many in this country, that right now Senator Obama is looking more and more likely to win the Presidency.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  74. Kingsley from South Carolina

    Jack , have a few laughs. The truth is strikingly obvious.Obama of course. Youthful Obama has acquired a trained appreciation of creative ways of seeing the world . Thats the future, and the future will win.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Annie, Atlanta

    It looks more like these folks are going to vote along the lines of what Americans want, supposedly. If all the super delegates think this way, we won't have to worry about them picking the candidate Americans didn't.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  76. Gary H. Boyd in Arizona

    I do believe that they are and all thanks to the "flamethrower" rhetoric directed at Obama by the ex-president. Bill did more damage than some might realize. Folks are beginning to ask, "Just which Clinton is the candidate?"

    February 15, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  77. Christian

    Jack, it's simple. It means that Blacks are doing what they have accused of whites of doing for so long: basing their decision solely on the color of skin. If Congressman John Lewis does go through with shifting his support to Obama, Kerry and Kennedy should shift their support to Clinton because their state overwhelmingly voted for her. Obama is not ready to be president, but if he is elected to be president and fails miserably, no black person will be elected to be president for decades, if not more. Why? Because caucasians, unfortunately, will equate all black candidates with Obama's failed presidency. Vote based on the issues not on the color of one's skin.

    Chris
    Illinois

    February 15, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  78. JC from Lexington, SC

    As an African American who would voted for John Edwards here in SC I like to think people are waking up to the reality that Clinton's are not the saviors of the "Black Community". I voted for Bill Clinton twice and used to respect him. That was until he came to South Carolina and made the statements he did. The problem is that the way they, both the Clintons, have been acting because they aren't getting the "black" vote is sickening. The "But We been good to you people!" mentality has worn out its welcome in the African-American Community I think.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  79. Chuck

    They are clearly jumping on the "fad vote". It's a lot easier to not really think about the issues and make own decisions (regardless of race), simply vote the same as thy neighbor. This will backfire ... beware of buyer's remorse in the event Obama does find the White House.

    Chuck
    White Bear Lake, Minnesota

    February 15, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  80. Rich

    It means that some of these so called leaders are no longer afraid to take a stand for an exceptional candidate that happens to be a Black man.
    It's amazing that you never hear Caucasians being rebuked for liking a White candidate, so why is it a big issue that Black people happen to like Barack Obama and not Hillary Clinton? Are Black people going to be punished if they don't support her?

    February 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  81. Larry

    Jack,It means that people are finally waking up!For awahile there,people what Clinton brand really means,scandal,selling of pardons,and mysterious suicides!They want give someone tha has not been spoiled by the Washington establishment a chance! Larry,Springfield,Ohio

    February 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  82. Sandi Goldsmith

    Barack would win a generational election. We have people making the decisions for us who have been in place for up to 50 years with a 50-year old mind set. As a result of their decisions our country is in the mess it's in. We need to set terms for our government representatives and with the upcoming election vote out of office those who have made a lifetime career in government and rejuvenate these positions with a new vibrant generation of representatives with a 21st-century mindset.

    Sandi
    Corpus Christi TX

    February 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  83. Kirk, Ohio

    They only backed Hillary in the beginning because Obama didn't appear to have a chance. It's like they're at a horse race and the horse they picked has just come up lame, now they are all running to the booth to change their bet. It has nothing to do with their constituents. No one wants to bet a loser. It just goes to show that politicians have no back-bone no whatever their race. Can you say pandering? One thing is for sure: No matter who wins – we've come up lame and lost already.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  84. Donna in ID

    t means that like all politicians they can't be trusted. They will jump ship like the rats they are. They have no since of real loyalty.
    Obama is a fast, smooth talking preacher type making all kinds of promises with out the back ground to put them together. His ideas of forgien policy scare this old great grandma badly. He is doing a great job of brain washing. People are so mad about what has gone on the last 7 yrs they are running scared and grabbing for straws in hopes of finding some great saviour. I don't believe he is the one.
    Mark my words if he gets in we'll think that our forgien policy being bad now will look good and we will have a bigger war than anyone wants. He has no idea how to work with these dictators that don't give a hoot about some young, mouthy, upstart. And if you don't believe that these people are watching this election with a microscope and assessing the backbone of so many Americans you just better think again.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  85. Anthony

    Obama has the momemtum and creates excitement and is looking like he can win against Mccain. Everyone knows how polarizing Hillary will be. Republicans will turn in large numbers to support Mccain if Hillary is on the ticket. People realize that and want to switch to Obama.

    Boston,MA

    February 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  86. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    I hope all the Super Delegates are re thinking their position. This whole thing is silly and out of control. Super delegates should in good conscious follow their state primary and caucus results. They should not beable to do just as they please. If there is a tie.. then have a one day national vote to fix that. It is the American People that vote and they should be the ones to decide who becomes president. Not a bunch of super powered Delegates, they should be advisors, and party leaders, not the final word in those rare instances of tie's. Which by the way will not happen this year. Who ever receives the majority of the voter delegates should be president... no if or buts about it.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  87. TFF S.Carolina

    Jack,
    First off, let me just say, as a black woman, I don't speak for every black person but I can share my personal observation in my black community. When you have 85-95% of blacks in each state voting for Obama, it 's about race, pride, and first's. As most of you white folks would love to believe I can tell you that has nothing to do with what folks think they may have or not heard in regards to President Clintons past statements. John Lewis has every right to change his vote based on how his state voted. Does that mean that whites will pressure Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, and others to switch their superdelegate vote because Hillary won in their states and will they pose the same Jackson/Cleaver question scenario? This is going to be very interesting.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  88. Lloyd B.

    With Obama's support so high in their districts, they are realizing that they must represent their voters' interest and not be focused on the spoils of their political ambitions and inside connections.

    How many of them can be reelected if those 80% who voted for Obama recall that their representative was on the wrong side of the constituents? But then, maybe that would be a good start to cleaning up the federal, state and local governments.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  89. Chuck, Glenwood, IL

    Old line pols usually line up with the front runner because it buys influence for them. The pols who jumped on the Clinton bandwagon saw a sure winner and wanted to be able to say I saw her first.

    No one counted on an unknown senator from Ilinois who is not only making a credible run for the presidency but is leading a cross generational, multi ethnic movement to put the people back in control of the government.

    All pols want to be with the winner and they see one in Obama.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  90. Robert McEachnie

    Big deal. I am a white republican male re-thinking why I voted for George W Bush, Why I voted for Republicans who spent wildly without regards to country and people. And why I watch baseball and football, yet get steroids and breaking rule pre-madonna tape lying head coaches.

    Obama vs. Hillary okay let's re-think.

    We need to rethink much more in America.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  91. Ron

    Jack
    It means the same as it always has. Play the Race card.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  92. con in PA

    What about the white super delegates that have changed their minds? Or might change their minds?
    What if woman super delegates vote for Hillary? Should we then question about women voting for Hillary? What if women super delegates vote for Obama? Then what will the question be??
    "Neither Race nor gender is a consideration in how I will vote"...said the white female voter!

    February 15, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  93. mike studders

    why not? i do not think it is just black super delegates, it maybe the responsible super delegates. it's still about the war and the misspent billions and the corporate greed and an america we love and treasure.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  94. Pamela Byrd

    I really didn't think that Obama could win the nomination. But as I see him winning state to state, I see that it is a possibility. I have supported him all along.And I think this will cause more Blacks to vote for him.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  95. Whoa4Real

    Columbia, MO.

    I think that people are listening and doing a self-check. When you do a self-check you begin to ask yourself "What has Hillary Clinton done to deserve my support? Has she done anything extraordinary? Has she stood out? What is the probability that she will win?"

    Please don't believe that this is simply an issue of loyalty. It really is a question of morality, values, trust and track record. Personally, I do not trust Hillary Clinton. The fact that she remained married to Bill after the horrible public humilation of his affairs seems mysteriously convenient and suspect. It is her business and she has her reasons. The two of them don't seem close or in love. They seem to tolerate each other–it's a roose. It feels more like a politcial move as does everything that she does. She's fake to me. She's not genuine–even down to the emotional break downs and the tears. So staged–like an actor.

    She doesn't reach me and I do not trust her, her ideas or her politics. I often wonder if she really wants to be the president or if she's just doing this for the legacy.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  96. Sharon

    Are you asking this question to solicit predictions of defeat for Senator Clinton and praise for Senator Obama? Of course, it will look bad for Senator Clinton if superdelegates jump ship. But, if the media keep kicking Senator Clinton while placing Obama on a pedestal, they just might end up creating a situation for the Republicans to exploit in the general election. Not everyone has bought into the Obama movement, and some of the mania surrounding him may start wearing on the average voter.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  97. gene

    I don't think this is a story. If John Lewis changes his endorsement, it will only mean that race played a part in that decision. Georgia black democratics voted by 90% for Obama. Georgia is 37.9 black and the democratic party is almost black and they voted their pride, but in the general election, the majority vote will be republican and McCain will win. I know that you are anti Clinton and it shows in every comment that you make when discussing her or Obama. Does it not bother you or is it something about her being a women is to why you express so much hatred. Hate is a bad thing and you really need to rethink what you are doing.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  98. Rau

    Imagine having an inspirational President of the United States of America who gives real inspiration coming from the most powerful office from the most powerful country on Earth. The amount of peace and greatness that would bring is endless. It would undoubtedly bring an immediate end to terrorism and it would unite the world through true peace. Not only does Barack Obama has American supporters but he also has the backing of nearly the entire world! The very concept is bigger then all of us and we must all do everything possible to make this a reality.

    February 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  99. thagoodsport Sun City AZ

    It means black or white people can make mistakes. There are two choices if you read history and have common sense. Oboma gives speeches and is in Fantasy Land when it comes to changing the Government.....Hillary has been doing the things that prove her ability already....why would anyone take a chance on anyone else?

    February 15, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  100. independent

    It means that they are voting based on race, but didn't have the guts to do it before. Obama's campaign has had a very smooth ride. The republicans will do what Hillary has failed...Make him say something that makes sense and show the people how inexperienced and empty he truly is. Obamanites need to brace themselves for what the republicans will through their way. You all are going to find yourselves walking around asking. "what happened, we had hope?"

    Hope is a word that will not feed people, or fix the economy, or make healthcare affordable. People who keep talking about Obama and his message of hope are going to find themselves with a empty suit indebted to all the special interest groups and all the "loser" senators that have attached themselves to his hope train.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  101. Ted in Portland OR

    It means that many of them, not just African Americans, threw in the towel to status quo politics way too early. The 2X4 of reality found itys mark amd they are being "enlightened" by their constituents that they will be looking for work come November if they insist on maintaining cronyism.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  102. thagoodsport Sun City AZ

    It means anyone can make mistakes. There are two choices if you read history and have common sense. Oboma gives speeches and is in Fantasy Land when it comes to changing the Government.....Hillary has been doing the things that prove her ability already....why would anyone take a chance on anyone else?

    February 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  103. Joe & Marilyn

    Jack,if John McCain gets into the Presidents position,God help America. We hope People, in this country, realize this will be a total disaster. We also feel that a lot of people will want to move out of the country. We cannot put up with another Bush administration. We hope you three great reporters can get this message out to all people in America. God bless all of you three guys and thank you.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  104. Nick Mudd

    I'll tell you what it means Jack. It means they may finally see the Clintons for what they are: liars.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  105. Mary

    It simply means they have not overcome the race issue as white voters have

    February 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm |
  106. Mike

    Jack,

    It means they are SMART!

    Mike in Florida

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  107. Ross

    What does it mean? It means what most of us have known for a long time, Barack Obama is not the people's candidate, he is the black candidate.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  108. Bruce Marshall

    Drop Out and Unite the party

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  109. Hardy Haberman

    African-American leaders are realizing that Barack Obama is leading a movement that has captured the spirit of all Americans. They can either be part of the movement or watch it from the sidelines.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  110. Shermone

    I pray that it means they are listening to the voters they represent. Any other reason would be down right shallow.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  111. lc

    WHY DOES RACE MATTER?

    BOTH WHITE AND BLACK SUPERDELEGATES SHOULD

    RECONSIDER THEIR (premature) SUPPORT OF HILLARY

    CLINTON BASED UPON THE experience OF BILL!!

    Joy from North Carolina

    February 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  112. Randy in ohio

    All it meens is the election is BLACK AND WHITE and thats bad.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  113. Trish

    It can mean one of two things. The first is that they are coming to recognize Obama's genius and his ability to bring people together to support his policies. The second is that they are coming to recognize that Obama has already done the "impossible" and has transcended race. Either way, I am glad of this development.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  114. john s

    This shows how selfish politicians are, they should have consulted with their constituents before actually endorsing one candidate and are only changing their minds because they realize they may be in trouble not agreeing with their constituents.
    John, Joplin, mo

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  115. Judy B. Austin, TX

    It is what it is – politics! Nothing personal against Hillary. Many Super Del's are in a position that's elected, they're going to have to pay attention to their constituents and echo their desires. Otherwise, they'll soon be looking for a new job! The Super Del's that stay with Hillary are, no doubt, looking for political appointments if they hand her the Presidency.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  116. Cameron Nedland, from Oberlin

    It means that people are realizing that Obama can win, and that he should win. The Clintons represent the past, and Obama is the future.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  117. Cassandra (Richmond, VA)

    It means they're cowards and capitulating to pundit pressure. Everyone - superdelegates and the media (yes, you on CNN) alike - seems to have forgotten that this contest isn't over yet. It's a bit premature to hold Obama's coronation. Before superdelegates worry about "overturning popular choice", maybe they should wait to see what the popular choice actually is, when all the states have had their voices heard.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  118. Marsha McLean

    I thought this race wasn't supposed to be about Race. I suppose if Obama thinks it's okay for black super delegates to change their minds and vote for him, it must also be okay for Ted Kennedy and John Kerry to vote for Hillary, since she won Massachusettes.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  119. Rudy M

    It doesn't mean anything that our black leaders are rethinking their support for Sen. Clinton. Upon self reflection, I imagine many are going to rethink their support for Clinton, since Obama is the fruition of what Democrats have been hoping for.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  120. Scott Hogg

    That one's easy. It means they think Obama is about to become the Democratic Nominee for President!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  121. iboone

    Jack, that's not exactly a fair question. It implies that these black leaders may be changing to Obama because he is black, not because that is the way their constituents voted. If these men truly represent the people of their districts, they should vote the same.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  122. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    African American leaders realize the Clintons' 16 years of favors have been paid and the Clintons' also benefited. Free at last, free at last.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  123. Beth, Massachusetts

    Jack,
    It shows that racism is alive and well in America, only this time it's African-American racism against whites.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  124. Jason - CA

    Come on Jack, race has nothing to do with it. All of the super delegates that are lined up with Clinton better be either thinking about backing Obama, if they want a Democrat in the White House next year.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  125. Jayne

    After watching Obama over the past months, it has finally dawned on some of them that Bill Clinton wasn't really the "first black president." Obama, on the other hand, just might be.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  126. Lane

    Jack, it means quite simply that reality is setting in at all places. That reality being that Sen. Clinton's campaign might not be the political stronghold it was once believed to be. True this is amidst a recent rush of momentum for Obama, but the superdelegates are uncomfortable with the notion that they would override the will of the people. This is a government FOR the people BY the people, right?

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  127. Phoebe

    Gee, Jack. Maybe it means they think Obama is the better candidate. Call me crazy.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  128. Wayne Martin

    Jack,

    It means that race does play a big part in this race. How could it be any different – it cuts both ways.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  129. Geoff (Mahwah)

    'Checkmate for Barack Obama.'

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  130. George Katsiris (NYC)

    My response to all of the question about race is this: "Why are we completely ignoring the fact that Barack Obama is of mixed ethnicities?" The media only refers to him as African American and overlooks the fact that a big part of his appeal is his true personification of the "Melting Pot" that makes America so beautiful, particularly the ability of the individual to rise. There is only one race: Human.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  131. Noah

    The superdelegates are not switching to Obama bacause of race or gender, but because he is simply the candidate that voters want. Obama has won more states that Clinton, the superdelegates will not override what the people have said or else the democratic party will be torn apart. Also some of the superdelegates pledged to Clinton before anybody heard about Obama, so now they understand and realize how compotent and electable Obama is.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  132. Don

    In a complicated world sometimes it is hard to remember our basic rights....right down to changing a person's mind. We are in the U.S.A. and we can change our minds.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  133. Lynn

    Isn't the more appropriate question, " Why should all superdelegates consider supporting Obama?"

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  134. Gary Rochester

    It means that they WONT be supporting John Mccain...which would be another four years of the same old stuff.. and thats ALL that matters to me.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  135. Daniel C from NYC

    Of course they are rethinking their support. Many of them signed up because they thought they were on the train going to the final destination. Now that it looks like that train won't make it to the station, they realize the got on the train too early. I wonder how long the New York black superdelegates will stay on board.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  136. Jessica

    Obama is revealing truth that will achieve the most in our government

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  137. Joshua Numbers

    It means equality is a beautiful thing and now we need to face a 21st century that might not be the horrible place we grew up fearing it would be. We should face the possibility that human intelligence is winning over human fear and the historic opportunity of having an African American president cannot be ignored. Obama represents a better, modern America and this is the America we want the world to see. It's time for that.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  138. Bill Newmiller

    It means that they're like many other Hillary supporters who once thought that she was the only best choice, but who now see the potential in a charismatic leader who can actually make people feel good about choosing a hopeful path. And one who can actually win.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  139. laura

    I think that they are simply joining the rest of us. We thought Clinton would be our only viable option against the Republican war mongers. But now we have found something even better. An anti war monger who isn't too closely tied to big business.Vote Yeah for American,Vote Yeah for Obama!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  140. Sterling Smith

    I don't think this is an ordeal of race more so than it is just common sense and loyalty to constituents. The electorate has spoken and it wants Barack Obama. I believe that the Super Delegates are not only jumping the sinking ship known as Hillary Clinton, but they're finally realizing that if they vote contrary to the voice of their constituents and the general public, it will undermine the purpose of the primaries in the first place, also possibly guaranteeing the further distrust that the public already has towards its lackluster government.

    Sterling
    Fort Worth, TX

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  141. Steve - Iowa

    I would suggest tht it means that many others are as well. First and foremost a leader must inspire. Obama does that. People now believe he can deliver as well! Hillary just hasn't measured up to that after all of these months. The American people are wise beyond any superdelegate.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  142. feydakin

    It doesn't mean anything! All it says to me is that the PEOPLE already in power, realize that they bet on the wrong horse. Now that Obama has the inevitability factor on his side they are switching sides. Its all about getting ELECTED jack. Its not what is best for our people anymore; and that includes ALL the candidates on BOTH sides (with the exception of one man). If you have any brains at all you can figure out who that is............idiots...

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  143. Dave Ayers

    Are the Black Delegates chaining their tunes because ,as you stated 'He's a Black Canidate" or are they changing their minds because of his Policies or Experience? Seems to me the Black Leaders are now running the Risk of looking like Racist!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  144. Frank Ramirez

    It means that the Clinton's grip on african americans, or any other minority, isnt has firm as they thought. And their leaders know better than to go against the will of the people. Im a hispanic from Texas and will be voting for Obama, mostly because I believe Obama is the better candidate, but also because I dont remember one thing that the Clintons have done for my people.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  145. Austyn

    This is just another example of how the media is too fast to begin writing Hillary Clinton’s eulogy. Only one superdelegate has said that he might defect. It doesn’t mean anything. And what about female superdelegates who support Obama? Will they start defecting to Senator Clinton? Madeleine Albright once said, “There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”

    Austyn
    Irvine, California

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  146. kashan fields

    My personal opinion is that individuals are free to chose at whatever point in the election to favor the candidate that represents their personal desires in a president. If, by chance, it just so happens to be a black leader that has changed their support in a candidate it should not be a cause for conversation other than the fact that it has occurred. Personally, I feel that if it was a white leader that decided to change their focus to Hilary from Obama then it would not be a conversation that would call for commentary.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  147. Carl Mazer

    This spells trouble for Senator Clinton, and it's indicative of more potential ship-jumping to come.

    It's an interesting perfect Storm for Obama. If McCain had not had such a resurgence, many democrats would probably still be in the Clinton camp. Both candidates are terrific, but In the end, we are all most concerned with electability. And Obama certainly has got it.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  148. Joe, Binghamton, NY

    Whether you like what I say or not ... it means racism is still prevalent in America; except in a manner that is politically correct. Candidates should be judged based upon their opinions of the issues and what plans they have for our future. I believe Obama is a great candidate, but the percentage of black people who are voting for Obama seems to project something else, just as Romney winning in Utah.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  149. Mary

    It means the same thing as Clintons upcoming losses in Texas and Ohio. The end of the Clinton regime in Washington.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  150. Dona in Kansas

    It must mean they read Obama's Blueprint for Change. If America would read it the question of "cheap talk" would be over. He is very specific, brilliant and ready. I think they just see what the rest of us see–our next President–black, white, female, male. Who cares? He's ready and so are we.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  151. stephen

    Jack,
    I think that for many years Bill Clinton contributed to the Black community and you cannot deny the Clinton's work on civil rights issues. The dilema is that politicians need to consider that if their constituency is overwhelmingly voting for a candidate these men and women need to consider re-election possibilities if they feel political insiders stole the election from their candidate. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that democracy has more to do with the voice of the people and equal voice and public servants should echo the voice of the people.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  152. Donnie Charleston

    It means they are weighing the promise of personal benefits – cabinet posts and other goodies – against the integrity of the democratic process & whats good for the nation as a whole. Who would have ever thought we'd see the day!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  153. barry elkes

    Jack -We all know the influence Bill has on a lot of these leaders whether black or white-the bottom line is the country is sick of washington-on top of that Obama represents the 21st century Hillary the 20th and mccain the 19th -it's time for a new leader that is honest. I used to be a huge Bill supporter but not Hillary-besides flip flopping for the entire campaign-the tears were just pathetic...Obama will kill Mccain

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  154. James W. Blevins

    When Clinton was a shoe-in, it made sense to pledge support for her. But, since Obama became a serious contender, that earlier decision might need to be changed, especially if they get caught up in Obama mania.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  155. Steve

    All it means is that superdelegates are rethinking their early choices. This is precisely why superdelegates are free to change their minds until the convention. The notion that this is truly some tremendous change is created by media like CNN who has put too much emphasis on superdelegate 'preference.' Unfortunately no one knows how most superdelegates will vote, and chances are we won't know until the convention. Wouldn't it be nice if the news was about what happened instead of speculating on what might happen and then being shocked when that speculation turns out to be wrong?

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  156. barry

    haven't you been paying attention jack? it's not just the black superdelegates rethinking their support and jumping to obama - it"s every demographic in america. period.

    it's time for REAL change and REAL hope...we are taking our country back and heading in a new direction.

    to try and stop us is an exercise in futility. a new day has come. allow this inspired fifty year old to extend his hand to you and invite you to come with us.

    barry
    las vegas, nv
    yes... we must!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  157. Joshua Heiner

    First, I do not feel that presidential candidates should be measured by their race, sex, or religion, but rather by the values and ideals that they embody and the policies that they promote.

    Second, many of these endorsements were made before Barack Obama proved to be a viable candidate. I do not see adapting one's views to new circumstances as a weakness. As situations change, I respect those Politicians who have the fortitude to re-adjust their positions and admit their own limitations and humanity.
    Josh
    Ogden, Utah

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  158. Harlan Hiltner

    It appears to me that they are just seeing the trend unfolding and having the wisdom to go along with it. Initially they probably thought that Obama did not have a chance but it now appears that he does have a very good chance.

    Harlan
    Portland OR

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  159. Jason, Yorktown Heights NY

    I believe it shows a trend of superdelegates bowing to the wishes of their constituents – which is coincidentally something that Obama has been pushing for. Because the African-American constituency has been so overwhelmingly in support of Obama, it's not surprising that black leaders in the Democratic Party would seek to represent that in their vote.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  160. Barbara

    It means that for once the politicans realize the importance of not backing a dead horse.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  161. dave in Fontana WI

    It means exactly what it looks like–they now realize that Obama is going to win more of the popular vote and voter-determined delegates. And if the SuperDs overturn that–the Dem Party will fall apart faster than Obama has added new supporters to it.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  162. Kristine Kozlowski

    Jack, I love you! But, you need to smile more...otherwise, you are perfection. Now, onto the topic. Let's all give up on thisrace thing. If there are some members of government who were Clintonites and are now moving to Obama's corner, it just simply means that OBAMA re-energizes the people all over. I voted for him and I am a Republican. I just feel that he givesus not only hope, and change and direction...but, he can moev us all to be the best we can all be as Americans should feel. I am thrilled he is gaining support.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  163. Scott, Germany

    I dont think this comes down to race, but to the fact that we all have the oppurtunity to change our minds. Why would you not vote for the better candidate!!! If I was a superdelegate I would vote for Obama, he is motivated and inspirational with ideas of change. Get on the band wagon and get off the race wagon. Let move on and get Hilliary out!!!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  164. Carol Auld

    Well hopefully it means that they are looking at how many states and delegates Obama has won and realizing that the public is opposed to the ideal of superdelegates making the final call based on their own interests. The whole concept of "superdelegates" having a veto is a supremely undemocratic principle.

    However, what it more likely means, is that they are jockeying around for who they think will really get elected and thus hold power. People want to vote for a winner and elected officials are no different. When it comes to upholding the status quo this is of course problematic.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  165. jan henderson aka txtj

    hillary need to wear a suit of armor to protect from all the stabs in the back shes suffering ,.,.we will remember the traitors

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  166. christina

    this really means nothing. yes, obama is drawling more african-ameican peolpe.( what a suprise) this really doent matter. what matters is the primays comming up. we will see if these new endorsements help obama and i think they wont because obama is now headed into blue- coller states.(aka clinton country) if obama wins these states which i think we wont be if he does its over for clinton and these new endoresmants might do something to help him but only if he wins.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  167. julie

    Jack, please don't frame this as "black leaders supporting the black candidate because they are both black." The fact is that many people, black AND white, are shifting their support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama as they realize that Obama has a real chance to win. This week, superdelegate David Wilhelm, a white man who was Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign manager, endorsed Obama. This was not an endorsement based on race, and we shouldn't assume John Lewis endorsed based on race either.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  168. Jill

    It means Hillary's time has come and gone. She should have gone up against Kerry four years ago. Obama has proven himself with ACTIONS in the Illinois state government. He became a STAR in the U.S. Senate in an unprecedented small amount of time. This did not happen only by rhetoric. Go get 'em Obama. Your time is now. These African American leaders may be slow to get on the 'O' bandwagon, but let 'em on anyway.

    Jill
    Clive, IA

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  169. Kathleen

    If they switch their endorsement it would mean they are prejudicial in their thinking as well as the perfect example of a flip flopper going only where the wind takes them, but having no mind of their own. It means this campaign was always about race after all. Ultimately it would mean a fractured party and perhaps country. There goes the notion of Obama being a uniter. Sounds like a rerun of the Bush years.

    Kathleen
    Old Bridge, NJ

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  170. PAUL

    Being a constituent and supporter of John Lewis, I will be extremely disappointed If Rep. Lewis goes against the will of the people of this district now that we have spoken clearly in support of Barack Obama.

    Before we voted, it is understandable that he would choose the candidate that he believed in and probably has the most experience with. As a "representative" it is his responsibility to do just that.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  171. Alan-Buxton, Maine

    It means they are finally coming to their senses and realizing that Hillary is just a continuation of the policies that have already failed. She owes too many favors to too many politicians and corporations and is too much a part of the ongoing corrupt establishment to ever effect real change. Let us give a chance to someone who just might be able to reverse the terrible direction this country has been forced into.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  172. Roger from IN

    Well, Jack that's simple; it means people got competent and figured out they made their decisions too sudden and too rashly
    Obama promises change and so does his politics.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  173. BJ

    Jack,

    Aside from their one superdelegate vote, it means nothing to Clinton. I'm I the only one who's noticed that 90% of black people are voting for Obama? No big deal.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  174. Derek, Southern Oregon

    It means that some of them are deciding Obama is a better candidate.

    They'd rather choose someone who will build a consensus to unite us, in preference over someone who has a history of trying to divide people to get something done.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  175. John Connally

    Jack:

    You have to understand most politicians are not leaders, but followers. Or most of them lead from the back. Obama is the exception. He leads and the people follow.

    The momentum of the masses is with Obama. It has nothing to do with race. It has to do with political expedience.

    If the people are for Obama, the leaders must be for Obama, out of self preservattion.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  176. Angel

    It does not matter in the end whether they rethink or not; nor does it matter who endorses Obama or not. The only endorsement he needs is God's. And the feeling I had when I first met him of being in the presence of "greatness" (of the good kind) the man who would be the next president assures me that he has that endorsement!

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  177. James ( Independent )

    It means there smart enough to see that Hillary Clinton is un-electable in the general election.

    Jack , this has nothing to do with black,white , blue or green. What this is about is , the American people are done with a House divided , and a do nothing congress, and that's all the Clintons have to offer.

    You can't be part of the solution , when your part of the problem like the Clintons.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  178. Shawn Moriarty from La Honda CA

    Perhaps these politicians are beginning to really look at what is going on in their districts rather than positioning themselves for power and wealth in Washington. Maybe, they are doing what they were voted into office to do, and that is represent the people who put them there. How different our country would be if all politicians listened to the people who put them in office.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  179. Binyamin Cohen

    Jack,
    It means the usual political favor and loyality is over to these elite black or white super delegates. It's time the majority voice heard....

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  180. Simone

    As Race continues to be an issue in this campaign, lets not forget that people supporting Obama reflect America not just a race of people. Thousands of images of his campaign around the country display Americans of all races supporting Obama. Clinton's have a legacy and have build relationships from their legacy. Who would you call on first for support? Those who have supported you in the pasts. Black leaders supporting Obama is a sign of what good leaders do they follow! Communities have spoken and they know who they want in office.

    February 15, 2008 at 5:17 pm |