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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
This could be the beginning of the end. The leader of the Democratic party under Bill Clinton is switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama five days before the Indiana and North Carolina primaries.
Joe Andrew is a superdelegate who was chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1999 to 2001. He's from Indianapolis and endorsed Hillary Clinton on the day she announced she was running for president.
Andrew is calling on Democrats to unite "behind Obama and heal the rift in our party." He says the primary process has devolved to the point that it's now hurting the Democratic Party.
He says Obama never asked him to switch his support. It was Obama's handling of the Jeremiah Wright controversy and his decision to oppose a summer gas tax holiday which Clinton and McCain are both in favor of that convinced him to switch.
Andrew's decision puts Barack Obama just 19 superdelegates behind Hillary Clinton now and could open the floodgates for more undecided superdelegates to make up their minds. He says the Democrats cannot wait any longer.
Here’s my question to you: What does it mean that the former chairman of the DNC, Joe Andrew, is leaving Hillary Clinton to support Barack Obama?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
John from San Diego writes:
Now that Rev. Wright has thrown himself under the Obama bus, voters and superdelegates are climbing aboard as it heads toward his inevitable nomination in Denver.
Jack, I think that this is an indicator that something is going on behind the scenes in the Clinton organization that is causing those with a sense of integrity to switch positions.
Yve from Ft. Washington, Maryland writes:
The "Judases,” that James Carville will likely identify them as, know the Clintons intimately or are tired of their lying, pandering, and negativity. Obama doesn't have any defectors. It speaks volumes to those wise enough to read between the lines.
In a practical sense, any time a supporter switches it has a net effect of a two-vote swing.
Clinton loses 1 and Obama gains 1. 1 equals 2. Now in a symbolic sense, it matters much more than the number two. This is a Clinton loyalist. When a loyalist leaves, you know there's more to it than meets the eye. If I had been named DNC Chair by the nominee’s husband I'd certainly look to keep my bread buttered by supporting his wife.
Kevin from Jonesboro, Georgia writes:
I think that this speaks volumes of not only Barack's appeal but also of the disaster known as the Clinton campaign. Barack has gone through the toughest month of his political career and still he is gaining support from superdelegates and the public in general. How many have left Barack's camp – ZERO!!!!
It means Mr. Andrews better polish up his resume, as he's shortly going to be job hunting when Hillary wins!