May 1st, 2008
01:23 PM ET

Another Clinton defector?

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/05/01/art.joe.andrew.ap.jpg caption="Joe Andrew is encouraging fellow Democrats to heal the rift in our party and unite behind Sen. Barack Obama."]

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.

W. writes:
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.

Robert writes:
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!!!!

Sue writes:
It means Mr. Andrews better polish up his resume, as he's shortly going to be job hunting when Hillary wins!

Filed under: Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (322 Responses)
  1. J. Oldbad


    May 1, 2008 at 1:27 pm |
  2. Kristin Galante

    It shows that Joe Andrew sees what Obama represents as the future of the Democratic Party. Wise man. We are through with the divisiveness of the Clintons. The wave of support for Obama, once he is the nominee will be historic and impressive.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:28 pm |
  3. scott

    Nothing at all. It is just another game pices in a game that is nothing more then a hoax. The poeple of the United States dont elected a candidate in the primary they only wast time by even voting when the Super Delegates tell us who to elect for President for what ever party we are for.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm |
  4. Julie, NY

    Because Jack, when Hillary does well, it hurts her and when Obama does bad it helps him. I have finally realized why the Democrats suck at picking successful presidential candidates- they make no sense.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:31 pm |
  5. garrick

    hi jack
    the train is starting to move and now she will be so negative she will damage the party and make the party lose in Nov.because if she cant win no one will win.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  6. Deanna

    It just shows us that those who have seen the inside of her campain, don't like what they see.
    The list of defectors has grown long.
    Funny how there are no Obama defectors!

    May 1, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  7. ChrisZ

    The lies from Senator Clinton's campaign trail are becoming too much for the super delegates. It has now come to light that President Clinton approved the sale of Magnequench to China, not the current administration, despite her continued outrage and stump speeches that claim it was G.W. Bush.

    The super delegates are doing exactly what Senator Clinton has asked them to do, select the best candidate for the Democratic Party in November.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  8. Julie, NY

    There is something about the Democratic party that keeps it from ever supporting an electorally viable candidate. It's as if when they find out one of their own is going to win an election, they automatically devour them and pick a weaker candidate. So when a new poll came out today that said Hillary would be stronger than Obama in crucial purple states in the fall, I was not surprised that someone from Hillary's camp would jump ship and move to Obama's camp.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  9. Shaq314

    I think that it is a little strange that several of the Clintons' friends are not supporting them. Instead, they are choosing Barack Obama. What is going on that we do not know about? I think that we the American people should really stop and think to ourselves, why are the people who are close to them supporting a different candidate?

    St. Louis, MO

    May 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  10. Louis

    I really don't want to twist the knife in Mr and Mrs Clinton

    May 1, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  11. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    The rats are leaving the ship!

    May 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  12. Ryan from Hollywood. Florida

    It means that times are a-changing, Jack. Even the higher-ups are tired of business as usual. They want to end the war, fix health care and make living in America easier on our wallets. And they want someone who will do it whether the republicans like it or not. We need to end this infighting in the Democratic party. We must emerge with a candidate. This is a good first step, but this trickle of superdelegates isnt helping our message.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  13. Patricia

    Hang on to your hats...warm winds are gonna blow for Obama.


    May 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  14. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    It shows that real and loyal Democrats are tired of Hillary's antics and dragging this out so long. I'll wager a bet that Mr. Andrew will be called another "Judas" and will get a mean call from Hillary or Bill. I admire his courage in coming out for Obama. Looks to me like a lot of superdelegates are defecting to Obama. I just hope the events of this week (mainly bad press coverage) will not prevent him from getting the nomination he and our country deserve. OBAMA 08

    May 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  15. Barbara From Hazleton, PA

    It means he's jumped ship.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  16. Gaz in Costa Mesa

    It means that when a candidate simply cannot pass the smell test, then even a former loyalist like Joe Andrew can only hold his nose for so long. Sooner or later he has to come up for a breath of fresh air.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Arthur Turks and Caicos Islands

    Jack, Hillary had gone too negative, many I see leaving her camp and join with Barrack, I have not seen as yet any leaving Bacrrack and going to Hillary. I think Hillary is only running to make History as the first female president, not really about helping America who is almost off her feet. I Don't think that is a real reason for being a president at lease Jack not at this time.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  18. Juanita from Indiana

    For Sen Clinton-anothr one bites the dust. For Sen Obama winter, spring summer or fall, all you have to do is call and I'll be there. You've got a friend.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:41 pm |
  19. Nancy from kentucky

    Jack, I fully agree with Joe Andrew's reasoning for announcing his decision now. He has the nerve to stand up and say that the negative remarks and infighting can only cause harm to the party. As far as him switching candidates, I guess he sees qualities in Sen. Obama that Sen. Clinton denies exist or simply refuses to believe.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  20. Gaz in Costa Mesa

    It means that when a candidate like Clinton simply cannot pass the smell test, then even a former loyalist like Joe Andrew can only hold his nose for so long. Sooner or later he has to come up for a breath of fresh air.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  21. Tracy/San Diego

    It means nothing. Andrew is simply a political opportunist. If Obama is elected (which is unlikely) the back room deals Obama cut with the likes of Andrew et. al. will come to light.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:42 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    Joe Who? I guess this offset the defection of Rev Wright fro Obama – or not.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm |
  23. Paula

    Andrews see's a winner in Obama. The GOP attack Obama with such venom because they know he is the strongest dem.
    If anyone thinks Obama has baggage his closet.. well Hillary has a double walk in closet full of it . Why isn't CNN looking in Paul vs Clinton trial???????????? Afraid to hurt Hillary's campaign?? Come on Jack equal time . You guys spent three days on Wright.
    Fair is fair.
    Rove and company are licking their chops to get to Hillary again.. Obama not so much.
    The Super delegates owe the party their disclosure of their support..let's move on!!

    May 1, 2008 at 1:44 pm |
  24. pat moore,harvard,illinois

    Maybe he has seen the light. I would not vote for Hillary if she was running for dog catcher,she is a liar and munipulitor. I don't want to spend the next four years having to look at o hear her and Bill. It might eveb give me an incentive to move to another country and I do have options. Am also tired of hearing McCalins war stories. It is over and lets get away from it all. He was not theonly one who was in a prisoner of war camp, three from my graduating class were and they did not rtalk about it constantly or think it made him that important. The important ones were the ones who died.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  25. Kevin, Ohio

    Jack, Hillary it is not getting it that every key democratic super delegate is abandoning her for Obama. She needs to wake and smell the coffee along with the rest of the country and accept the fact that she cannot win the primary.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  26. Steve Idaho

    I think most of these Superdelegates are starting to do the math, Hillary needed to win big in the rest of the remaining states and according to the latest polls, she's tied in Indiana and is about to get a big loss in North Carolina. if next Tuesday's election goes as is, you'll see a mass exodus toward Oboma after next Tuesday. It's over Jack

    May 1, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  27. Colleen Brooks, North Carolina

    Jack: I think it means more that The NC Governor endorsed Hillary Clinton days before the NC primary. Barack better get going-he is losing his momentum.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  28. Kevin, Ohio

    Jack, Hillary is not getting it that every key democratic super delegate is abandoning her for Obama. She needs to wake and smell the coffee along with the rest of the country and accept the fact that she cannot win the primary.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  29. MS from SC

    For most of these career politicians, it's just business. He is just choosing to go with the side that he thinks can somehow profit him most now and in the future.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  30. Chris

    I consider Joe Andrew to be both well informed and an individual who's truly concerned about the future of this country, not just his party winning an election. It seems clear that the more people get to know Obama and what he stands for the easier it is for them to endorse him regardless of where their loyalties may have been prior. This country desperately needs unity, fiscal responsibility, and a leader that will restore this country's global reputation that the current administration has had 8 years to destroy! If Clinton or McCain were to win in November does anyone truly believe that DC politics will change???


    May 1, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  31. Renee

    What it means is that this process is starting to scare me. These defectors from the Clinton campaign to the Obama campaign know the Clintons better than the public does. What do these defectors know that we don't?

    May 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  32. Dan

    When the former chairman of the DNC leaves your camp it has got to send the most strongest message to the other Super Ds that there is no doubt in his mind who is going to win and its time to end the primary and move on to the General elections.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  33. P. Martin, Pennsylvania

    It is meaningless....however, all the obama supporters who are up for re-election and election next year better be concerned about not voting the way their constituants voted. We have the most electable General Election Candidate in Hillary. We will not forget if you overturn our voices. Getting tired of the DNC's good ole boys club. What else is going to come with Obama with Rev. Wright, Bill Ayres, and Tony Reczko. Do we make Obama the candidate.....then lose the general election because our senators and congressmen went against our voices. Remember!!!!!!!! Our Voices.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  34. Adam Mercer Oshawa, Ontario


    All by itself this one defection probably doesn't mean a whole lot, but as a whole, the number of superdelegates who are either changing sides or formally declaring for Obama for the first time will add up. The tide seems to be flowing toward Obama, and those signals might make an impression on Democrats on their way to those primaries in Indiana and North Carolina. Some of those voters might smell something in the wind and decide that the superdelegates are right.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  35. RFC

    It means that the Democratic party is still not sure who can win the general election. I hope we can project a more positive outlook after the convention. No one follows someone who shows a lack of confidence nor should they.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  36. Jim Lawrence

    Please wake me up when Joe Andrew endorses Senator McCain! You have to admire Andrew's decisiveness and vision. I'm not sure what his "sway-nobody" endorsements are meant to accomplish. But I can't believe many people will pay attention to the "healing support" of such phonies.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  37. Pat, Ky.

    I'm hoping that , as a former DNC chairman, Andrew will successfully pull other superdelegates to Obama. This campaign is getting to the point of ridiculous and tiresome – it would be so great if the "supers" will get their act together and make Obama the nominee.We'll have to rely on them, because Hillary sure isn't going to cooperate.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  38. Connie


    It means those who know the Clinton's are waking up.I can not believe the polls today. People are buying what the Clinton's are feeding them just like Bush. I am from Indiana and was hoping that we could make up our minds without swallowing the lies.I guess the more Bill wags his finger the more people believe them. Has Indiana forgotten NAFTA and the vote on the war. Both of which have put us were we are, in the toilet. Now Wolfson is saying that Joe Andrews is not from Indiana. If Clinton wins Indiana I am moving to Canada. I for one am tired of the old Washington ways and both of the Clintons .
    OBAMA 08
    Connie , Logansport,IN

    Connie from Logansport,In

    May 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  39. Yve Fort Washington, MD

    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.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  40. Terry in Hanover Co., VA

    It means Hillary Haters are delighted; Obama supporters are thrilled; and, more importantly, it shows that no delegate's vote is cast in stone. Neither candidate should take for granted today's endorsements or support because tomorrow it could all change and change again during the convention.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  41. Anne of Medford, NJ

    It means regardless of her recent wins and negative ads all she has done is show that Obama is ready for the big time. The leaders of the DNC know it. Just hopefully some even bigger names will come out. I wonder if it will take Gore to make her finally see she's not going to win?

    May 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  42. RC Lendz

    Anybody that defects to a failing campaign is looking towards never having a career in politics again.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  43. Brian, Cincinnati

    When your close friends and allies, the ones who know you best, go and support the "other guy", it really shows that you aren't right for the job. How can you possibly argue that the will of the people should be over turned when even your friends and allies think that you aren't the best person for the job?

    May 1, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  44. Bob in Traverse City Mi.

    It means Joe Andrew sees his chances of landing a cheesy government job are better in the Obama camp. If this campaign has taught us anything it's that politicians are more concerned about their own self interests than they are their party or their country. There are few if any endorsments that will affect my vote from this point forward.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  45. Phil From Ashburn, VA

    It means that the Super Delegates are getting tired of Hillary's campaign. They see the problems inside. Lack of funding, debt, outrageous spending, lies, negative campaigns, anything to win attitude etc. So they are trying to make the first step to get everyone else to get behind their candidate to end this feud.

    May 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  46. Lorenzo, Atlanta, GA


    Surely it states that people are starting to see that there is nothing bad about Obama except truth and change from the old style of politics. Obama has shown that he is poised and intelligent individual that can keep his cool during rough attacks and when he strikes back, it will be swift, tactical, and warrant no other response.

    Obama doesn't tell you just what you want to hear, he tells you the truth and will stand alone behind what he says if he has to; not jumping on the bandwagon of the majority. We can't say the same for his opponents (demorcrat nor republican). ie. the fatal war in Iraq.

    Now that he and the reverend are officially divorced, we can get back to the issues. More people will actually sit down and LISTEN to what he says and not just regurgitate what Hillary is saying about him.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  47. David Thomson, Toronto

    Jack, with all your connections, you should organize 'exit interviews' of all the defectors. You could even do it anonymously. You know... ask all the usual probing questions. That would make fascinating reading, I'm sure!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  48. CJ in Atlanta, GA

    It means that there are still months (plural) before Super Delegates have to make up their mind and that we need to stop trying to analyze each and every decision until then! What good does it accomplish?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  49. Ceee, Kansas

    Before the primaries began Hillary was invincible, the inevitable nominee. Then she was the head of a campaign scrambling to figure out what to do since she didn't plan beyond Super Tuesday. In New Hampshire she was the wistful woman just trying to do her best. Six weeks ago she was a fighter incarnate. Never mind BOTH candidates have been battling now for over a year. She was the fighter. She said so. Then last month she became a gun toting, beer swilling, broad from PA. Now she's the girl next door in Indiana. Perhaps Joe Andrew endorsed one of the earlier versions of Hillary and doesn't like what she has become, and become, and become.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  50. Martha Lynne -- Los Angeles, CA

    It means there is more going on behind the scenes for Obama than is visible to the naked eye or the Wright-obsessed media.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  51. dave

    Finally, there is consolidation behind a common candidate. Pressure must be building or we can finally assess Hillary's true colors!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  52. Stefan

    It means the Dems are finally realizing that they are about to blow the easiest election cycle in decades. November was supposed to bring a return to the FDR days when the DNC ran the country...instead it is looking more like an inverse of the Populist and Democratic party alliance in 1896: the masses are splitting from the supposed DNC power players. Mr. Andrew and other politicians can see the writing on the wall and know their party is doomed if they don't heal the rapidly growing divide caused by this fiasco of a presidential nomination. No point assessing blame...just rectify the problem now, not in August in Denver.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  53. Wendy. San Rafael, CA

    It means that the sinking ship of Hillary's is being abandoned. It is interesting to note that none have left Obama for Hillary.

    It is about time someone pointed out the obvious; this prolonged campaign is now hurting the Democratic party

    This loss is significant and I believe will have coattails. Asking the super delegates to put party over politics is a an intelligent approach. Let's see if, unlike Hillary, they have the capability.

    San Rafael, CA

    May 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  54. Kathy, Willcox Arizona

    Maybe the Obama campaign crew offered him a better salary? From what I hear Hillary is running a bit short on cash.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  55. DAD in Hollis, NH

    It means he knows who is going to win. He, like several others, wants to be on a winning team. Will Hillary take the hint? I don't think so...

    May 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  56. Richard Heriot Bay, B.C. Canada

    Joe Andrew is most likely taking the advice of Howard Dean, current Director of the DNC to end this unconstructive Democratic Primary contest between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Obama's numbers being the determining factor Seanator Clinton is about to graciously oustered.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  57. John in San Diego

    Now that Rev. Wright has thrown himself under the Obama bus, thinking voters – and superdelegates – are climbing aboard as it heads toward his inevitable nomination in Denver.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  58. sue

    It means Mr. Andrews better polish up his resume, as he's shortly going to be job hunting when Hillary wins!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  59. Mark - Asheville, NC

    It means that he doesn't care about beating McCain, just another politician endorsing a fatally flawed candidate for the sake of political correctness. Who ever heard of this guy, anyway? Why don't you ask about what it means that poll numbers are quickly moving towards Hillary??

    May 1, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  60. Steve in Raritan, New Jersey

    I believe what it means mostly is that despite the almost hourly polls that seem to indicate that Obama is losing some of his backing, the superdelegates aren't buying it. Hillary keeps firing away and there is the perception that she is making some inroads, yet every morning when I look at the Superdelegate count, I see Obama slightly closer to her than the day before. So what's Hillary's next play? She's been saying for weeks that the Superdelegates are basically there to protect us from ourselves. Well, with that arguement not working, it's probably time for her to start talking about Michigan and Florida again. Let's face it, if she were the one ahead by 150 delegates and leading in the popular vote for the past two months like Obama has been, he would have gotten so much heat from the party leadership that this thing would have been over weeks ago. She's been given her chance and despite Rev Wright, Bitter-Gate and other Obama toe stubs, has not been able to make a dent in his lead. And now her ONLY real chance, convincing superdelegates he's not electable, is not working either. Time for this to end.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  61. Roger

    It means they dont have enough guts or common decensy to try and let everyone vote before jumping ship like the rats they are ,,,,,,,LOUISIANA MAN,,,,,,

    May 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  62. Kyra McLaughlin

    I think it means that being true to one's self is more important than relying on missed placed loyalty. There will be more super D's switching as the primary season winds down. The super D's know that Clinton has too muh baggage weighing her down and the heap is growing everyday; have you looked into Paul vs. Clinton in CA? Its over for Clinton; she knows it, her pride is standing in her way.

    Artesia, NM

    May 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  63. Ken Mattheis-Seattle

    It is easy to forget that the Clinton's started calling in political IOU'S and lining up superdelegates and other supporters before Hillary officially became a candidate, and when she was seen as the only viable candidate the party had to offer. There have been indications for a while now that some of these superdelegates and other supports regret they were so quick to back Hillary now that Obama has proven himself to be a better candidate. In addition, Hillary has again and again shown that she cares much more about getting the nomination than she does about the party itself. This has got to be a big concern among those Democrats who are actually faithful to the party and want it to succeed in the fall.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  64. Uncle Whitey

    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 intergrity to switch positions.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  65. Courtney, South Windsor, CT

    Mostly, I think it demonstrates a resistance on Andrew's part toward hypocrisy. Not her, but his own. Deep down, the man probably understood that working for Clinton but choosing to ultimately vote for Obama was as inconsistent as much of what Clinton has done and said lo these many years. As a result, he took the only logically sound route. Ever more people are turning away from the double-speak of the Clinton regime in an attempt to both satisfy their consciences and move toward the nation's choice for the Democratic presidential nominee.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  66. Annie, Atlanta

    It should mean that I could buy an OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT magnet for my car, but I live in the south. Who knew the "bible belt" could be such a scary place.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  67. Carolyn from CA

    Only Joe Andrews knows the real answer to that... however, we can make a guess...

    Has he begun to realize that...

    If Bush, the son, did not perform (ie. handle an Iraq war) the way his father did, we have any reason to believe Mrs. Clinton has the necessary qualities to run the country the way her husband did? After all, don't OPPOSITES attract?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  68. Don, OH


    The 'end' has been known to anyone who can 'add and subtract' for quite a while. When they write the history books, we'll want to know why Hillary persists into an abyss. And, by the way, if she had actually won, I'd be knocking on doors for her now for the general election.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  69. Oneil

    As the saying goes nothing stays in the dark forever I guess he has finally seen Hillary for what she is which is dishonest and a cheat.There is no way that she can win the nomination so she is doing to have a chance by any means necessary and if it means destroying the party then thats what she will do.One thing for sure Jack, more will follow soon.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  70. Patrick Bellon

    The defectors must know something we do not know.
    I find it telling when some A) owes them and B) has years of experience with the Clintons and then chooses Obama. Why aren't we talking about Magnequench and the loss of those jobs put in motion by bill clinton?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  71. Dave in Astoria

    I think the super-delegates are seeing a serious rift in the Democratic party and are thinking about what's best for the party. If they can stop the in-fighting and start the assault on the Republicans sooner rather than later, the chances of capturing the White House is much more do-able. By all the media's accounting, the race is over except for the final tallies so the best thing for the party is to stop the blood-letting and unite. Makes sense.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  72. James Kipler

    Hi Jack,

    My thought on Joe Andrew switching over to Obama revisits the same reason Bill Richardson switched. When asked, Richardson said it was a tough decision, but as the campaign wore on, Obama clearly became his choice. What it also means, is that Joe Andrew sees the writing on the wall from the electorate. They don't want Hillary in the White House. This is the beginning of the flood gates of super delegate switching. It's been long in coming.

    Jim Buffalo, New York

    May 1, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  73. Jake, South Bend, Indiana

    I read Joe Andrew's post online detailing his reason for switching. It was a pitiful read. I have no problem with him thinking Obama would be a better president – his choice. But I think in his post he revealed his motives. He tried to smear Hillary Clinton and take the high road simultaneously. I would also think more of him if he had actually called Hillary Clinton and told her that he was going to switch before making that announcement.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  74. Tom in Texas

    Joe Andrew was one of the first super delegates to endorse Senator Clinton. Like the rest of us that remember the 1990's he has Bill and Hillary Clinton fatigue. Also, maybe Mr. Andrew realizes that the Democrats have an opportunity to be the ruling party for at least one or two generations to come, but only if we can get away from divisive Clinton type of politics and try a new fresh approach to politics. Hip Hip Hooray for Joe Andrew!!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  75. Judie

    It means that the former chairman of the DNC has changed camps. He stated his reasons today. He wants something new, he was inspired and tired of the same old politics. He sees the promise of a change for the good of America in Obama. It means Obama has one more Super Delagate and Clinton has one less. There appears to be a bad moon rising for the Clinton machine.

    St. Augustine, Fl

    May 1, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  76. Marjorie

    He is the third or fourth Clinton insider who has defected. Also, according to the Politico 70 new donors have also swiched their
    allegiance. Hillary is not getting the message so they doing it for her by slowly pulling the plug.
    Lights out Hillary, it's time to joing the HOPE train.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  77. Gord from Boston

    It's not the rift in the Democratic Party that is going to need healing but Obama's image when Hillary pummells him throughout the remaining primaries. I guess some want her to resign now to spare the spectacle of Obama slouching towards the party nomination and then on to defeat against John McCain.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  78. Chris - Hemet, Ca.

    Hi Jack – I think it means that the super delegates realize the country needs real change and real solutions not "misspeaks", spin and phony gas price solutions. A win in North Carolina, a tight race in Indiana and wins in Oregon and Montana should pretty much clinch it for Sen. Obama. A win in N.C. & Indiana would end it sooner.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  79. Anna, SW Missouri

    What it means is that these people know that the Clinton camp has decided to destroy the Democratic Party if she isn't crowned. They know the skeletons that are hiding in the closets of the Clinton's will be in full view of the American people in short order, and when her unfavorability is already 54%, higher than any candidate in history, it will be disastorous for the Party.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  80. BigdaddyJ from Delaware

    Looks like the Clinton's have another Judas to contend with. He says the pandering Clinton free $28 of gas over the summer plan helped him see the light. How about that? Some brains in a politico? A politician who doesn't pander? Move over Mr. Obama, you have some company. The rest of the SUPERS will soon follow.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  81. Alex, MI

    How can anyone who can see beyond his/her nose stay in the station when the train had left. The reality is there is nothing Hillary can do to catch up with Obama and people (Including Superdelegates)generally like being on the side of success. Other wise ones will soon join the moving train and Hillary and her husband and daughter will soon realize that the game was over long time ago.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  82. Ronnie in South TX

    It means it is time to step up to the plate if you have your mind made up. No more dilly-dally. And if you blabbed you were going to support one candidate and have changed your mind, that's okay, too.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  83. Julie, NY

    It doesn't mean anything. This guy was DNC chair when Gore lost. I don't care what he thinks.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  84. Mark, VA

    Jack, The Super Delegates had a chance to put the election away for Obama a month ago, but they wait until he is spiraling out of control to decide to back Obama. All the while the Country is having a change of heart. Look at the polls. The American people have finally gotten a glimpse at their hero and they do not like what they see. As usual our political leaders are a day late and a dollar short. Obama receiving the nomination at this point shows that the Democratic Party is swallowing hard and preparing to try again in 2012.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  85. sarah, indiana

    why are you people so determined to end this primary season early? we in Indiana actually get a say in the matter for a change and all you can do is bleat that this needs to end now. Hello!! democracy in action here. let us have our say , even if though you know that the longer it goes on the less electable your precious obama will be, JUST LET US HAVE OUR SAY!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  86. Cassandra in Detroit

    I pray it means the end to Democratic gnashing of our own teeth.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  87. steve horne

    I am glad joe andrews is leaving clinton campain. I agree withm his interview today. It shows that Obama has the right ideas. I am tired of all the negativity on Obama. Rev. Wright should go away if the cables news people will let it. Obama is the true canidate.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  88. Brian from Fort Mill, S.C.

    It means that it won't be too much longer before Obama has enough pledged delegates and superdelegates to clinch the nomination.

    If that happens without Michigan and Florida, then it will still be too late for Hillary, because enough of the superdelegates will have endorsed Obama.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  89. Michelle Gendvil

    He obviously is in need of attention. "Look at me, I'm gonna tell everyone how they should vote." Politicians like him make me want to stay home if Obama wins.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  90. Nadine of Pennsylvania

    It means that some of us have realized the great character of this "once in a lifetime" candidate. He is our only chance for this nation and our neighbors to come together with hope,respect and thought-out policies that will actually work. We do not need another "My way or the highway" president. It doesn't work and thats what we get with Clinton or McCain. We don't need a fighter – we need a good negotiator and a thinker! He's It!! The highlite of my 70 yr middleclass white female life will be to see Barack Obama with his hand on the Bible taking the oath of office for President on January 20th.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  91. Gary Dahl

    Thankfully, it means that the Rev. Wright affair has had little negative impact. Go Obama!

    Jacksonville, OR

    May 1, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  92. Travis, Los Angeles CA

    Some of these superdelegates are trying to have it both ways and not offend either candidate because, fortunately or not, neither is going away.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  93. dieter

    It means that her transgressions and indiscretions are catching up with her. I wouldn't be surprised if the upcomoing Paul trial this August and the recent 'mispeaking' factored into his decision.


    May 1, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  94. janet in wv

    wonder what he was payed?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  95. Mini Mom, Pinckney, MI

    It means that the super delegates are seeing the light! Clinton can not win, unless she steal's the nomination. Which would cause all kinds of pooh pooh in the democratic party.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  96. Mark Lewakowski, Yuba City, CA

    It means folks are getting weary of negative Hillary and focusing on the more positive attributes that Senator Obama. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a quick end of her campaign. Has anyone noted that no person has yet defected to the Clinton campaign?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  97. joan ont.ca

    Joe Andrew has been with Hill since day one, he knows more than the average bear and does not like what he has seen. He is doing the right thing . He knows Barack will be the best president . Barack will be an open book, the closed door will be flung open unlike Hill with all her secret deals with long time buddies.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  98. Frank Ontario

    My guess would be for any of us to analyze ourselves if we were in any of the super delegates position. By this I mean it has to be difficult for Hillary's super delegate supporters to abandon her as they originally thought she would simply be coronated.

    How quick would any of us be to abandon our initial support for a friend and/or colleague even though we knew we were backing a dead horse?

    Now they know she is done like a dinner with no hope of getting the nomination. The trickle of defections will continue to flow ,albiet slowly, until after May 6th then it'll all be over!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  99. James in Cape Coral, FL

    It means Hillary is in for a long fight. If she thinks she can have a new supporter every week defect to the Obama campaign and still be handed the nomination by the super delegates she must be further down the rabbit hole than I thought. The real question is if the people closest to the Clinton's would rather back Obama what does that say towards what we think we know about Hillary Clinton?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  100. Ann, Charlotte, NC

    Does this mean we have to listen to another James Carville's Judas rants today? If so I'm going to turn the TV off.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  101. Erin

    Could it be that the Wright fiasco is causing the wagons to circle around the democrat–even if some of those wagons are from the Clinton camp?
    The silver lining to the madness may be the realization that there is far too much going in the republican arsenal and the democrats had better come together as one voice.

    p.s. Fix your spelling of Clinton in the heading of your article

    May 1, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  102. Wayne NH

    Jack ,It now opens the door for other to follow. Just as Obama needed time for people to get to know him , That same time has allowed us to see the real Hillary Clinton and the number of people who do not trust Hillary has gone up. This number includes super delegates.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  103. Liz from California

    It means that Andrews appreciates a candidate who doesn't have the courage or judgement to distance himself from a bitter, divisive associate until it threatens his political aspirations.
    It also means that for all of the talk of bipartisanship, the first time it appears to be happening, even in the smallest of ways (as in the gas tax) Obama Democrats are having none of it.
    Andrews didn't even have the common decency to let the Clinton's know he was doing this and chose to announce it to the press instead?? Now that's a class act!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  104. Tina (Ft Worth)

    He is seeing the true colors of Hillary Clinton. She will stop at nothing for taking the sails out of Obama's sails and this guy does not want to be around when Obama gets the parties nod cause it will not be a pretty picture in the Clinton campaign.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  105. obama supporter

    all aboard
    we are on a mission to take back our country
    he proubly moved so we can try and get our country back on track before the clinton,mcsaain camps destroy what is left of it.
    he is a smart man, but he will pay dear for defecting, ask james c if you don't believe it.
    good luck to our great u s of a we are going to need it. barack has his job cut out,not sure anyone can get us back on track in 8 years. took 16 years to get us here. if any one can barack can if we all unite and pitch in.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  106. Rob -BC,Canada

    Good,lets get more of these super delegates to move to Obama so we can get away from this Rev Wright , Clinton supporter driven, tabloid journalism that demeans the whole political process and shows little respect for the American voters intellect or their real needs and concerns.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  107. David Thomson, Toronto

    Jack, simply put: 'Actions speak louder than words'. If there ever was a case of familiarity breeding contempt, we've got it here in spades.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  108. rbrannan

    It means a lot of superdelegates' arms are being twisted to endorse Obama now to try to push Obama over the top before the will of the people prevails, the results of the remaining primaries are voted–since the polls have overwhelmingly turned in Clinton's favor. The Democratic party would rather lose the election than have Clinton as President–that's no secret. Joe Andrew's reason for his switch is ridiculous: the wimpy way Obama handled Wright, and because Clinton supports a gas tax holiday–a gas tax holiday that Obama voted for 3 times as the Illinois Senator! Give me a break! Rob in PA

    May 1, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  109. Steve, MI

    The only difference between Hillary’s prolonged drawn out campaign of a death of many deaths and Huckabee's effort on the Republican side is her last name. The Clinton Brand name has kept her campaign alive, but even that cannot overcome the mathematical reality. She cannot win more delegates, she cannot win more states, she cannot win more popular votes, and no matter how she spins it, she will not win more super delegates either. It's only a matter of when Obama is the nominee not if.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  110. Sara, Minnesota

    I read his full letter today on Politico.com, and I think everyone should. He knows what the Clintons will throw at them because he watched what happened to Bill Richardson. He said he is tired of watching Hillary use every play the Republicans would to get the nomination, and he should know, because he was there when the Republicans used them against the Clintons in the 90s. It was a very eloquent, intelligent letter. I suggest everyone read it before you go around calling him the next Judas. Go ahead and be a Republican if it will make you feel better because Obama is winning, but don't start complaining when we are in a depression. When you can't afford gas and food. Or when you can't afford health insurance. Or when more soldiers die in Iraq. God knows my friends in Iraq will appreciate your selfish vote. You are only thinking of yourselves, not this country. Good luck to you.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  111. Len of Colfax, Wisconsin

    Jack, Joe Andrew’s statement on CNN in endorsing Sen. Obama was right on target. If others listen to his statement and really think about the truth of his statement, there should be a large number of super-delegates beginning to come out in support of Sen. Obama.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  112. Mary Johnson

    It means nothing !! This guy has been promised something. You know it .... Oh well, just keep things in their proper perspective, Jack.
    We are no where near the end of this primary season... Just rest easy. like the rest of us.... Mary of Sarasota, FL

    May 1, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  113. Nasser

    It means the writing is on the wall for Hillary to exit stage left, however she won't. She is bent on destroying the party at all costs. This will only send her a signal to dig her heals in more. The Clintoneans and their followers won't stop till the proverbial steak is driven through the heart of their campaign.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  114. Rob -BC,Canada

    Hey,I am still wondering how your husband takes $800,000 from a Columbian Free Trade lobby and then you tell the voters you will never support a Columbian Free Trade deal.Bill must be one heck of a good guy if people just cant wait to give him huge sums of cash for nothing.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  115. Mike from Syracuse NY

    The so called 'undecided' superdelegates are each doing their cost benefit analyses to decide what best benefits them. They want the lowest risk and maximum payoff regarding who to support and when to declare. Do it too early, and you may guess wrong. Do it too late, and you get minimal personal benefit. Apparently Andrew has decided the time is just right with the Indiana primary next week. Of course, if he's wrong he'll be toast when Queen Hiilary ascends to the throne. By the way, anyone know why they are called 'super'? They've been pretty wimpy so far.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  116. Jayne - NH

    Joe Andrew is just one of many long time Clinton supporters endorsing Barack Obama. That speaks volumes to me. The people who actually know the Clintons up close and personal are seeing something the casual Hillary supporter is not. Let's hope Mr. Andrew is opening the flood gate so we can start the Obama campaign against John "100 Years" McBush in the very near future.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  117. Jim Conn

    Jack, Politicians only care about one thing themselves.. The ole tact of c.y.a. is used to insure their political future. Its not what you do its how you play the game. Once this next salvo is over on May 6 and its still not clear, watch the blood pressure of those who openly committed rise. I find its been fun watching the slug fest.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  118. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    It means that the party is about to implode.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  119. Joanne Burke, Niagara Falls. CANADA

    What it means is that high profile politicians and Super Delegates (such as Joe Andrew), who have been known to support the Clinton's since day one, are finally beginning to see the light. Hillary's distrustful, phoney ploys and theatrics are finally being recognized and these politicians will all end up leaving her side one by one.

    Barack Obama's heart is in the right place. He is offering to turn the United States around and bring it back to its long-lost stance of a proud world-wide power. Barack is a strong person who, if given the chance, will lead your country vis-a-vis change, honesty, class, charisma and pride.

    Ultimately, whoever you choose will affect our country and our economics, I am putting all of my trust in the U.S. voters in the hopes that they will choose the right man for all of NORTH AMERICA!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  120. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    It shows "You don't have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind blows".

    May 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  121. Karen, Lexington, Kentucky

    I think it means two things; one is that Barack Obama's refreshingly sane and honest view of our country's issues and their potential solutions, no matter how difficult, is finally hitting home and number two is that the Clinton's political pandering, negative campaigning and their well documented sleazy affiliations are no longer palatable to many in the Democratic party. That several of their former political associates have switched horses is a sign that Obama's message has battled its way to the surface through the deep layer of poitical crap that we have been forced to wade through recently. There really is hope.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  122. Sharon

    Because they are not as gullible as the the people who support her. They see her for the dishonest person she is. How peole can be so fooled by the 3 faces of Hillary? Why do they want another dishonest president after 8 yrs. of Bush? Hillary lies about Bosnia, the gas tax and NAFTA without batting an eye. She is so dishonest she agreed that Michigan and Fla. primaries would not count, yet she did not remove her name from the ballots because she knew she would not stick to this agreement. She has never admitted she was wrong or apologized for her vote on the Iraq war. I believe she will stand with Bush and McCain on keeping our troops there and will not end this war. Bill and Hillary have been so dishonest with each other for so long, dishonest has become so easy and normal for them they don't know how to be any other way. Why is the press and media giving her a pass on this. Remember her husband was impeached for lying. Wake up people we don't need 4 more years of secrets and lies.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  123. Daniel

    Joe Andrew has chosen to join the winning team. It is very simple math. If Obama wins NC by any margin, as he is expected to. Hillary can win all remaining primaries and super delegates with a 20% advantage, and guess what.... Obama will be sitting at 2025 pledged delegates and Hillary won’t. Facts are stubborn things.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  124. Chris


    Another Super Delegate jumps ship. Jack, your book title comes to mind for the Clinton campaign; "It's Getting Ugly Out There."

    Another reason why the GOP is giving Sen Clinton "The Silent Treatment.

    Cleveland, OH

    May 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  125. M. Brown

    It means absolutely nothing. He's not the only superdelegate to endorse Obama.
    They need to HURRY up and nominate Obama before they find out who this guy really is.
    It would be funny to see a manchurian candidate waltz right into that office.
    M. Brown, Dallas, Tx.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  126. Rachel

    It means that they have given up on Hillary regaining her ability to see reality; they probably thought that her ego would eventually allow her soul to reemerge, but since that doesn't appear to be happening, they have decided to allow her to destroy herself without taking the rest of us down with her.
    I personally hope she wakes up before she has no chance to redeem herself. I do not believe that Hillary is an evil person, but I do think she has been blinded by her own ambition, which is something that we are all vulnerable to, luckily Obama seems to have a wife that will keep his ego in check.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  127. Helen from Mifflin County, PA

    It means that former Clinton supporters are willing to take the risk of making Bill and Hillary angry to have a government that operates with integrity, not favors and fear. It also means that as the economy continues in this 'slow down' and soldiers die overseas, more people are looking for hope. Obama is the only one who continues to see the wonderful possibilities for our nation and invites all of us to join him in bringing about the reality of his vision.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  128. Debra Moore from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Like you said Jack, it means the beginning of the end. I thank God that Andrews as a superdelegate had the fortitude not only to make the switch from Clinton to Obama, but he's not stopping there, he has written a lengthy letter to other superdelegates to jump on the Obama bandwagon for the good of the Party. He is right a vote for Hillary will simply prolong the inevitable, naming Obama as the democratic nominee and in so doing gives McCain a free ride. He could have stopped there, but I admire this man because he further said, he also made a personal decision to switch after seeing how Obama handled the Wright controversy and his stand on the so called "Gas Holiday" that Clinton seems to have teamed up with McCain on. Bravo Mr. Andrews – Godspeed!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  129. AndyZ; Fairfax, VA

    It simply means that all of the political hacks that had issues with Bill Clinton, but did not have the guts to go up against him directly, are now taking out vengenance on Hillary. Any Democrat that can actually ally themselves with Obama at this time, considering all the questionable issues Obama has, are just grinding their ax and trying to get even with Bill.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  130. Mary in Alabama

    I think everyone including the super delegates are weary of the Clinton circus. If she morphs herself into a little girl from any other state for purposes of election, I will toss my cookies.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  131. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    He is just the latest of several people who were part of the first Clinton administration to jump ship. The fact that the very people who know Hillary the best are the ones leaving her campaign speaks volumes about the kind of president she would make. It tends to verify my theory that with Hillary it's all about her personal ambition and not about what's in the best interest of the country or the Democratic party. The people leaving her campaign are doing so out of concern for what's good for the American people, not what's good for Hillary and they should be saluted.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  132. bill

    It's a real sign that those closest to the Clinton's are jumping ship. It's time for the leadership to step up and end this fiasco.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  133. James & Alice

    In the begining we were for Sen.Clinton but after seeing her many mood swings and fear mongering tactics we also switched our vote to Obama because we are looking for hope and a change of politics for our grand children and great grandchildren. Hope and dreams are all there really is. it is good to see that others are begining to recognize the facts that Washington needs to change

    God bless this great county of ours, Our Nation was founded on hopes,dreams and a need for change and that is why this country exists to this day.

    ajt,jat, Gardner MA

    May 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  134. Rosalynd Florida

    It means honesty and integrity get noticed sometime. It is time to accept that Senator Obama is the democratic nominee. The government will be unified under Obama! Time to solve some problems.

    Obama 08!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  135. Cedric

    Probably it means nothing Jack. But if the Clinton attack dogs do come out, as he suggests that he fears will happen, then perhaps folks in NC and especially Indiana will clearly see for the first time what the Clinton campaign is all about: achieve power at any cost, even if it means destroying the party. Back to the Future – 1994 anyone?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  136. Tom from Boston, Mass.

    Jack, I wish it meant a lot. However, I don't think voters are paying any attention to the Super Delegates at all. And I believe Rev. Wright's comments have hurt Obama and the timing is very unfortunate. Still, despite the fact this his wins will be narrower, I still expect Obama to win and to capture the nomination. It is time for this nonsense to end, to get behind Obama, and most importantly change the direction of our troubled country!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  137. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    Maybe Hillary told him the $500,000, he raised for her wasn't good enough to get him a job in the White House. Isn't that the way it's done with the old timers?

    May 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  138. Dick B

    Let me see 1999-2001 – wasn't that when the Democratic Party got more votes and lost an election. If this was guy responsible for the Democratic Party's response to the recount in Florida, Hillary should put his defection center stage on her web site. Clearly this good for the Clinton campaign.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  139. P. Martin, Pennsylvania

    These turncoats.....including congressmen and senators who are going against the way their constituants voted....better watch out upon re-election time.....they won't have delegates and superdelegates to stop us from un-electing their sorry butts.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  140. Eugene in Northern California

    Jack, it meams that Joe Andrew can nolonger avoid the logic that Obama has won the nomination, with both the popular and delegate votes. Joe knows it's time, to bail out on Hillery, before the remainder, of her loyal crew goes next month.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  141. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    I think that this speaks volumes of not only Barack's appeal but also of the disaster known a the Clinton campaign. Barack has gone through the toughest month of his political career and still he is gaining support from super delegates and the public in general. Think of the number of high profile clinton supporters/allies that have jumped ship during the run of this campaign to support Barack? Too many to count. How many have left Barack's camp – ZERO!!!!

    May 1, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  142. Louis

    Jack it means that the fat lady has been singing since Obama won Iowa. For Clinton though it might not matter. Obama could blow Clinton out of the water in the remaining primaries, have all of the superdelegates, including ones that formerly supported her, and she still wouldn't quit. I think she would rather see Obama in defeat in November with the Democratic party burned to the ground than to leave the nomination contest with some dignity. If I'm right and that's the perception out there, Hillary could become the most hated member of the Democratic no matter what the outcome is in November.

    May 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  143. Chuck in Eugene Oregon


    I would like to say something eloquent and profound to have it used in your daily reading of remarks but I really just can't come up with one. The simple fact that they are leaving Sen Clinton's camp in fairly decent numbers is profound enough. Not one to date has left the Obama camp which I might add is also quite profound considering all the hoopla and problems that his camp has had to deal with. It is not the hand writting on the wall that is causing this; however it is the simple and plain fact that he is not taking the easy pandering road, he is telling the truth about the issues even if it hurts.
    That sir is what speaks volumes about his stand on what needs to be done to get this country back on tract. I would rather suffer through a few tough years, knowing it will get better in the long run then to dally around with pandering politics, knowing nothing will really change

    May 1, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  144. Rick Butler

    Barack is favored in the national poles and is winning over Super Delegates’ at a 2-1 ratio. I would say the man read the writing on the wall.

    I am sure without doubt that he's getting something for his defection. I am also sure she offered up something as well. He weighed the outcome and decided what was better.

    Say bye-bye Hillary

    May 1, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  145. Bob

    Jack, it means that he is not loyal and should not be trusted.

    Sonoma, CA

    May 1, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  146. Gary from Wisconsin

    It shows Andrews who had a short term as DNC chairman is just as "wishy-washy" as Obama and has a hard time taking a stand on anything and sticking too it. Talk is cheap and that is all Obama has to offer.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  147. Diji from Baltimore, Maryland

    It means the game is over for Hillary. The right thing for her to do now is stop negative attacks against Obama and begin the healing process.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  148. Darren S.

    She can't read the writing on the wall and will take this right to the convention ... if allowed to.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |

    it means that we may have a "JUNIOR" senator as president. God help us!

    May 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  150. Allen Lanai, Hawaii

    I don't think it matters much. Neither of these candidates will actually become President. At least I hope not. The US will become a nanny state, and I will be working my tail off to support liberal dead beats through excessive taxation!

    May 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  151. JoAnn in Iowa

    Joe Andrew knows the Clintons, so of course he switched to Obama. He just chose too early. He decided to get on the bandwagon of the winner!!

    May 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  152. David Natchez, Mississippi

    I don't think it means as much as all the voters like me that once backed Hillary.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  153. Joan, Pgh. PA

    This was the perfect andidote to the misery of Wright week. What a lift for the Obama camp, and all of his supporters! Earlier this week i was fantasizing that if I were a powerful superdelegate this would be the exact best time to come out and endorse him. The fact that Mr. Andrews was a former DNC chair and formerly committed to the Clintons makes the endorsement that much sweeter. I hope the other supers are just waiting for Barack to do well in Indiana, and crush in NC. It could be all over this time next week.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  154. steve k from scappoose or

    Looks like it's time to stick a fork in Hillary and get on with the traditional two-party mudslinging. Her true colors came out over the last couple of months making easier for some "Super delegates" such as Joe Andrew to defect. Others are probably still looking over their shoulders making sure the Clintons aren't watching so they too can get on with the inevitable.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  155. Dustee

    It means that Hillary's ship has sprung a leak and Joe Andrew is jumping off that titanic. Smart Man!

    May 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  156. Carol in Talihina, Oklahoma

    This means that it is not just "ordinary" voters who are ready for a change in the way we do politics. From Clinton's cynical vote on the war in Iraq in order to appear ready to be Commander in Chief, to this quick fix for rising gas taxes, it is now obvious to party insiders that we can't continue to elect the same old politicians and expect and affect real meaningful change in Washington that truly benefits the majority of Americans.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  157. Bob from Richmond VA

    It means he can add, Jack. Hillary can't get the nomination without doing irreparable damage to the Democratic Party. This is a former Democratic Party leader who knows what will happen if she succeeds. Who in their right mind would want to continue to support that type of campaign?

    May 1, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  158. Nuwan Sam

    Its a personal view and this is politics. People switch sides based on what they see. I would not add any more meaning to that. You can spin it anyway you want Jack. But I think we need to wait and see what happens in Indian and NC and perhaps beyond, depend on the results. There can be a lot of suprises. That is what make this process interesting.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    May 1, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  159. saby

    it is very simple Jack, obama is true to his words, unlike Hillary he cares about the future of the US. He is not saying things just to pass over the election. I am a first time voter but Obama gets my vote.

    queens, ny

    May 1, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  160. John, Iowa

    It probably means that Obama's handling of the Wright situation was satisfactory enough, and some super delegates may be responding to Howard Dean's request to make their decisions known.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  161. Edith Carol Price

    It means to me that I will be leaving the Democratic Party. I am so sick of the Democrates and the media and the lying that is done by many elected members of the party who have gone against the states and the voters wishes. They are the ones responsible for this mess. I'm going back to the Republican Party. At least i know where we are heading maybe Mccain will be like Eisenhower. He wasn't all bad.
    Edith Carol
    Springfield Or

    May 1, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  162. gCs Gonzales LA

    It's huge in my opinion, more Superdelegates should follow his lead and get this thing over with so that we can get down to the business of winning in November.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  163. Mike Nunn - Hot Springs, Ar.

    It means the party has decided to throw Hillary under the Bus. They shall travel on with the elite one at the wheel. Hope he can avoid the Quicksand that Bush has been stuck in for the past 8 years.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  164. Brad, Amarillo TX.

    Jack I hope in means we will soon be seeing the last of the Clinton campaign. The Gas tax thing is a great example of typical Washington bait and switch. I did my own math. I would save 38 dollars over the course of the summer. This, the Bosnian Lie, The Conflict of interest over a Columbian trade agreement, and the seemingly unlimited number of scandals involving money, sale of influence, victimization of women just is too much to over look. I know people are drawn to her "Fighting spirit" but the only person she seems to be fighting for is herself.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  165. Jim T - Alaska

    hillary cant and wont be the nominee, just look at the delegate math – popularity vote – total delegates – surging of super D's to obama. hillary lost it, and if she's thinking of the 2012 presidential race, people will look at whats goin on now in the 2008 race and they still wont vote for her

    May 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  166. Dexter Lewis

    Mr. Andrew did not specify Mrs. Clinton's negative ads, but those tell me that she wants to screw up Obama's chances now so she can run in 2012. Also, in those ads she is implying that Americans are so racist that they will not vote for Senator Obama, because of his African descent. I think she might be correct with people of her age and older, but that is a faulty opinion of people in their 40's and younger. I feel that we have grown up and she does not yet see it. Is this attitude on Mrs. Clinton's part her "bitter" comment
    D. lewis
    Jonesboro, GA

    May 1, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  167. zach

    It is well past time for The Clinton Circus to fold the tents and head back to Hope AR...

    Seattle WA

    May 1, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  168. classy

    He probably went on YouTube and saw the Peter Paul clip. He and most Americans realize that HRC and her husband will do anything to win. This includes lying, cheating, stealing, and causing harm to anyone who gets in their way. I think Andrew realized that it was time to turn the pages on American History and begin a fresh start.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  169. Shirley-Ohio

    It means Joe Andrews and all the other superdelegates knows a good thing when the see it. They were trying to give Hillary the benefit of doubt, but realizing that it is time to throw in the towel. They all see the good in Obama and the changes that will be made. I see that Obama will not lie to you to get elected as McCain and Clinton did about the gas tax. Now, the rest of the superdelegates should get in line and drop there ballets in the box and get this over with so that Obama can start campaging against McCain and get is rating back up.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  170. Candie

    Jack, really, "the beginning of the end." How many times has it been the "end" for Senator Clinton. I'm not even a supporter of hers and I'm tired of pundits and reporters telling us, the voters, when the end is near. Senator Obama cannot be caught in pledged delegates and popular vote. While this endorsement is nice, it means nothing. Both candidates have had numerous endorsements. Does it mean the party leadership is beginning to rally around Senator Obama, yes. Does it mean Senator Clinton will end her scorched earth campaign, no.

    Philadelphia, PA

    May 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  171. Cary - Illinois

    It means that her goons will need to come up with another catchy metaphor to explain why, with all the media's attention on Obama's pastor, the "all important" superdelegates continue to come down in Obama's favor, even some who originally sided for Hillary.

    Say what you will about polls but politicians are the ultimate litmus test, if they're changing sides you know somethings up. The Clintons are a sinking ship and everyone knows it, she'll have no friends by the time this is over and she's played all of the chips Bill had stockpiled during his terms.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  172. Brandon From North East, PA

    Jack It's Simple, Joe knows what the Democratics Party needs. It is clear that the Clinton campaign is about what she wants and her backers are worried about her negative message turning away indipendents. Mrs. Clinton would probably already lost if were not for The Pastor Wright; I think shes paying him....lol..

    May 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  173. Ralph at NYC

    Jack, just one more indicator of how so many are losing faith and trust in Hillary. So many believe that Obama will emerge the Democratic Presidential Candidate, and they want to line up behind a winner. Still, we are encountering so many unexpected surprises as to who Obama is, the pendulum could swing inthe other direction. We will know the final decisionof the people, the super-delegates, and of course the elected delegates when the primaries are completed and/or the winner for the Candidacy emerges according to the will of the Democrats and their supporters.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  174. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Barack Obama is no stranger to the superdelegates, they've worked with him, know him and clearly understand who he is and what he truly represents.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  175. Karl in San Francisco, CA

    It means too much dirty laundry has been hung out, already, by the Clinton campaign. If the Democratic party is going to pull itself together it better start now. What started out as the easiest job in the world, beating any Republican into the White House, has turned into a too close to even split. It should be, at least, a 60/40 ratio for Obama/McCain, but Clinton can't let it go. Her divisiveness has to stop soon or we can end up with McBush for four more years. James Carville better get his "Judas" stamp ready as it will be getting a lot of use shortly.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  176. Jean Waltjen-De Mattos

    Jack ,
    It doesn't make any difference Obama is not going to be president! Hillary will be the next President like it or not! Your under estimating her. Obama's pastor has more than hurt him and Obama can't recover no matter what he says..
    Tuolume, California

    May 1, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  177. Amanda Stevens: Eastern NC.

    This is getting ugly! It seems as though there is no end to the money train Obama has ridden into town on. Some people want this guy in our Whitehouse, at any cost, and I would love to know how much this Andrew's has been paid, and wouldn't we be shocked to know the people behind this, and why?! Not a pretty picture is it ?

    May 1, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  178. Greg ...Cabot AR

    Finally, some Democrats are realizing that it is more important to win the war than win the battle. This primary campaign went form a interesting competitive race to a rehetoric contest and then to a knock down-drag out slug fest. It seemed to be headed to dueling pistols at 20 paces.

    Obama will get the boost he deserves and can concentrate on November, after all, there was no way Clinton could get the nomination without the preception of stealing it.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  179. Amy

    For the Clinton supporters it may mean a Judas and that is unfortunate for them. But for people who are ready for the democratic party to prepare to defeat McCain in the fall, it means we have begun to finally get serious behind a real nominee.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  180. Tiara Leon

    Jack, I believe it means that people are seeing through the mud smeared glasses. The mud Jeremiah Wright and Hillary Clinton threw on Obama did not hurt him as deeply as most folks thought. His honesty and intelligence shines through. He tells us what we need to know. He challenges us to participate in changing our country for the better. The get votes by promising them anything way of Hillary Clinton is not working! If the people who know the Clinton's best are defecting,( Bill Richardson, Joe Andrew,) I think we need to pay attention.

    Tiara Leon,
    Los Angeles, California

    May 1, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  181. melanie NC

    Tells you something ,doesn't it, when someone who has been so close to the Clintons leaves their camp. He must be a person of high morals who is tired of the negativity and lies that the Clintons exude. He knows who is sincere in this effort on behalf of the American people and not for mere self serving reasons. I admire his courage and conviction.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  182. David Bakody

    Jack, it is just not who is jumping from the "Good Ship Hilliary" it means those who know the inside out working of the Democratic Party are moving with a man who knows how to keep his cool under fire and can has strong leadership qualities proving he thinks before he speaks and should his thoughts be misunderstood by the MSM he stops, listens and then explains himself without blaming others. That is why yet another super-delegate has made their move, and their are more on the way to be sure.

    Dartmouth NS

    May 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  183. Steve Jacksonville, Florida

    Jack, the Superdelegates are facing reality. Hillary has no chance in North Carolina and the best she can hope for in Indiana is a split in the delegate count. After next Tuesday, there will be more defections among the Superdelegates. It's time for the Democrats to circle the wagons and hand John McBush a landslide defeat.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  184. Terry, Manassas Virginia

    Jack, hopefully this is a sign that veteran democrats aren't so afraid of the Clinton machine as to allow their party to self-destruct. The Clintons' petty approach in this campaign leads one to suspect that if they can't sleep in the White House next year, no Democrat can. Although the Clintons may be hoping to run again in 2012, democrats like Andrew realize our country can't stand four more years of the fiscal irresponsibility, ineptitude and contempt for ordinary citizens that marks modern Republican leadership. By the way, I too would love a female President...which is why I'd be willing to wait two terms for Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius. She stood up to the insurance lobby in Kansas, and she shares Obama's outlook on unifying our country [hint, hint Senator Obama]. My understanding is she's real strong among 44-year-old white men who design Web sites for a living who moved from Kansas to Virginia.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  185. wendy

    He's a backstabber. He never supported Hillary Clinton his whole intent was to change his mind at the end. I'd vote him off the weakest link.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  186. Paul from Houma, Louisiana

    It means there is hope the Democratic party will not steal this nomination from Obama like Clinton wants them to. Obama was actually my second choice and is now my first choice, but I know for certain I will vote against the Clinton's if they win. We already allowed another family to have the whitehouse twice and look what it got us. I cannot be a part of that happening again.

    I feel a little better today 🙂

    May 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  187. sb

    I can't but wonder why it took a Rev. Wright to move a superdelegate. Truly their interest is not on the real issues. Obama need to be really smart and pay close attention to these superdelegates that are jumping over to his side from Hillary's. Because, if Rev. Wright comes back. They may switch over again. A true friend stick with you through the good and the not so good times. Obama 08

    May 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  188. skylar from austin

    Perhaps the party is wising up to Hillary Clinton. How can a canidate get behind the opposing parties canidates' suggestion and expect to get the nomination? Shes just doing her usually cowardice flip-flopping that she should be known for by now. Or maybe it means this democratic party is finally wising up and getting behind the people of this nation. Maybe!? Dont want to get too excited yet

    May 1, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  189. Alfie Palmdale, Cal.

    It means another cabinet job was offered and accepted, no matter what the guy claims. Hillarys cabinet must be full by now, or he would have stuck around. Those who are still "uncommited", are merely waiting for an offer from either one of them. I doubt Obama will get the nomination, so it looks like a bad career move for Joe Andrew. He probably has a better chance getting a job with McCain, as I doubt Obama or Hillary can win in November.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  190. Mel

    Good for him! And shame on all those fence-sitting superdelegates who are waiting to see how things shake out before making their decisions. The longer they wait the more they seem like the Clintons: selfish opportunists looking out for themselves. When is this country going to wake up and smell the con artists? When are our politicians going to stand for something we can be proud of? Bill and Hillary increasingly appear as dishonest and power hungry as the transparently corrupt Bush administration. Only the equally corrupt can support them now. Obama reeks of integrity by comparison with this crowd of Washington insiders.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  191. Ryan, Champaign IL

    It means that Hillary's whisper campaigns about momentum electability only work on the media.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  192. Michael, Canada

    Two key points to be made about Joe Andrew, a superdelegate switching over to Obama: (1) he knows the Clintons very well and while maintaining respect to them by not revealing any of the negative reasons for leaving Mrs Clinton, it is another indicator of the eroding confidence that knowledgable politicians have with her, and (2) he made his decision shortly after Obama emphatically denounced Rev. Wright over the recent "spectacle", sending a message to other superdelegates and democrats that he firmly believes that Obama can certainly handle tough issues.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  193. Vinnie Vino

    It dosen't mean anything, once and for all will all of the crazed Obama supporters let every vote in the country count before they annotate him the winner of this race. Let's all recollect back to the darkest era in American hisory the 2000 General Election when the Surpeme Court stopped the re-count in Floria and appointed the next President of the United States, let every voter have their say...

    C.I., New York

    May 1, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  194. juice-Canyon Lake

    He sees what most intelligent folks see "Hilliary Clinton is a devisive politician who will divide rather than unite the country.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  195. M, Martha's Vineyard

    Jack,. . . I'm not even going to say anything negative about Hillary at this
    point. It means that the HONEST AMERICAN PEOPLE and DELEGATE COUNT are going to choose the president. Not the media, Rev. Wright, spin, self-serving polls, untruth and inuendo. Thats why superdelegates are chosen, for their ability to rise to a higher standard and say what people who are scared to stand for truth won't say, that "the emperor has no clothes". Thank you Jack.

    Yes We Can.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  196. Paul Columbia, SC

    What's to think about? The Clinton's most natural enemy is the polygraph. She's toast.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  197. Nancy, Cunningham, TN

    It's not like Joe Andrew has made a real impact this election. I don't think he has helped Hillary to date and switching sides will do neglibile damage. Let him support Obama. He's supporting a loser. If the superdelegates put Barack in as the Democratic nominee, the Republicans will take the Presidency with EASE. My take on the Republicans is they have more about Obama that will make the Swift Boat Ads look like cartoons. Say goodbye to healthcare reform, say goodbye to fixing Social Security, say goodbye to green jobs and repairing our infrastructure. Say hello to 4 more years of the same.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  198. Rick Jeffrey

    One person defecting is not going to make any difference. What will ultimately sway the Super Delegates is winning. If Obama wins North Carolina and Indiana then he gets the nod and the floodgates will open up. However, If loses Indiana big and Hillary fights him to a draw or beats him in North Carolina he is in real trouble and the floodgates are going to open the other way. Rev. Wright has taken Obama off message while Hillary has continued to campaign like crazy. It is moving Hillary's way and Obama better be very, very worried.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  199. Glenn, CA

    It's about time people started to recognize the dirty politics Clinton is using in desperation. The icing on the cake was when Clinton teamed up with O'Riley to make an attack on Obama and his pastor contravaversy.

    Lets be honest. here; Hiliary's campaign is sinking fast. What I don't understand is her willingness and tenacity in taking Obama down with her. We will have to wait until November to see how much damage she has done to Obama's platform.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  200. Catherine

    It means that the Democratic party needs time to forgive and heal. It means that cheap tactics like endorsing the gas tax holiday, a horrible idea, does not win votes. It means that bitter party members will want to spend more time obsessing on the old politics, like the views of Rev. Wright, than move forward and discuss the issues that are important to the American people. But most of all, it means that people, even politicians who are superdelegates, are tired of Clinton's slash and burn, win at all cost mentality. Joe Andrews is courageous and doing what is right for the party, not what is right for himself.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  201. Bodo from Ann Arbor

    Bill Clinton pressured the superdelegates by telephone early in the campaign, and some fell in line with Hillary at that time. But now only the truly independent superdelegates are left, and they use their eyes.
    What they see is a visionary, cool guy who can stand up against a mud campaign, a guy who can inspire the voters in November, and a well-intentioned but disorganized elderly lady who flies off the handle and tries to blame other people for each of her mistakes. The choice is easy.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  202. Taj

    Don't write of Hillary. She is a come back kid. Let us wait for the verdict. Hillary might win, just like GW did.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  203. Allen, Northeast GA

    I could care less what the former or current chair of the DNC thinks or does. I'm looking forward to November when Americans vote out the RNC/GOP and their gang of thieves and get us a real government.
    Hartwell, GA

    May 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  204. Don (from Georgia)

    If you remember Jack, when Hillary announced for President she was the heir apparent. In polotics it means just as much to be "first in" as it does to just routinely support. So at the time Joe Andrew announced his endorsement it probably seemed the right thing do, but now that Hillary's ship has just about sunk he is jumping.....probably just politics at it usual.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  205. Susan from Twentynine Palms, CA

    I think it means the the super delegates know that the race is, or should be, over. There is no longer anything to be gained from prolonging the process except further embarrassments for both candidates, increasing negatives, and further polarization of the Democratic Party. Which are, of course, all gains for the Republican candidate.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  206. Bob in Brooklyn, New York


    Maybe the politicians of this country are finally beginning to understand what the American people want. We want change, real change. We do not want a repeat of the last 20 years of Bush-Clinton-Bush. we want someone who is going to listen to what the people want and initiate policies that reflect the change that is going to help us fiscally, economically and socially. Alas, four years of Hillary and McCain will not give us that. If either Hil or Mac win the White House we will be here four more years from now talk about the same topics and issues and that my friend would be a very sad state of affairs.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  207. Teresa

    I'll tell you what it means! Hillary is indeed losing ground. People are fed up with her behind the scenes mudslinging. Everyone takes the fall for how her campaign is being ran but her. Now, her closest supporters are seeing it and jumping ship. Good for them. If the super delegates know whats best they better follow suit and back Obama.

    May 1, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  208. lewis Shackelford

    Hi Jack we enjoy your comments.Joe Andrew knows something a lot of us suspect..i am an old white guy have not missed but one election in forty yrs.i have finaly found some one i can vote for .Obama knows the constituion so he is not going to try and change it.so iwant to give him a chance.Tell Wolf to get off his back on the old reverend story. Lewis St. James, MO.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  209. don from canada

    Way to go Joe !
    You now know what many have known before and that is that Hillary is incapable of winning and her demeaning, manipulative manner of operating her campaign is soon to end.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  210. Zim

    Hi Jack,
    It's amazing how Hillary can say that she wouldn't be in Wright's church if he were her pastor and she still lives with her husband till date. many women would have left a man who cheated on them in the manner that he did. She can stand by her husband and criticise Obama but then hold this view this view when it comes to marriage, "I don't think any married couple I know agrees on everything, and we disagree on this," she said last month when she was questioned about NAFTA. She can disagree with her husband and remain with him but Obama cannot disagree with his Pastor and remain there. Interesting! Hope this makes it on AIr cos people really need to question her intentions.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  211. Kathy

    I believe that it means Mr. Andrew knows that Senator Obama is the best choice for the Presidency and that change needs to be made without the Clinton legacy. Mr. Andrews probably knows that a fresh start for Washington, D.C. is needed in order for this country to move forward.

    Wyncote, PA

    May 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  212. john ........................................marlton, nj

    Who cares, his track record as head of DNC includes losing the White House and Congress to the Republicans.. I wouldn't want him jinxing my team !

    May 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  213. Kel from Auburn, AL

    It means that the tide is turning, but away from "Billary", not for her. She's made it clear that she doesn't care about the party and wants to win at whatever cost, even if it means running Obama into the ground.

    The superdelegates know Obama is in the lead. North Carolina has more delegates at stake, and he's going to win in NC because his constituency is so strong there. No matter what, HC is behind and she's going to be behind.

    The superdelegates are just starting to let us know what's really on their minds.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  214. Brian - Trinidad

    It just shows the weaknesses in the Democrats.They failed to handle the issues in this race and are falling back on simplistic logics,mainly who is more popular in the party.Voters want a more mature approach,with a fair balance between popularity and electability.And the Dems have handled this miserably,allowing the loudest voices to prevail over the sensible ones.And this endorsement is merely someone who nobody has ever heard of jumping on the crowded bandwagon.Concede to McCain now,don't allow November to be another embarrassment for the Dems.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  215. Christi, Carlsbad CA

    It means he is following his conscious and doing what is right for the good of the Democratic party and the United States as a whole. In this age of media hypocrisy, it is very admirable that Joe took a giant step forward from the media spin. I hope others follow suit.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  216. Les from Coral Springs, Florida


    Who cares about Andrews defection, I don't?! He's a fair weather fan. Hill has won my respect with her willingness not to give up. She really had O'Reily eating out of her hands in last night's interview..

    Coral Springs, Florida

    May 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  217. Shafi Alam

    Switching carries much more weight than just endorsement. The former leader of the democratic party, Joe Andrews supported Hillary from day one of her announcement of her running for president. He’s known closely both Bill and Hillary Clintons for so long time. He could see through Obama’s compassionate and presidential way of handling of Jeremiah Wright controversy. He saw the differences. Joe Andrews cares for the interest of the democratic party itself. He doesn’t want to wait to see the destruction and slipping away of chances of the party. That’s why he’s now supporting Barack Obama. It means really a lot.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  218. John in Floida

    It means that he has come to his senses.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  219. Jaye from Williamsburg, VA

    This guy is a nobody. Who cares? Obama will never be able to win the Presidential contest if he is the candidate. He is a very typical policitican....remember, we're all typical white people.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  220. dan

    What this means is that Andrews is rejecting the politics of the Clintons, plain and simple.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  221. John in Italy!

    it means James Carville is going to find an even more Judasier Judas!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  222. Tam-ct

    He speaks the TRUTH.....Doesn't it say something that those that were behind Clinton Day 1 and appointed by President Clinton are leaving? It speaks VOLUMES to me. I can not stand what the Clinton campaign is doing to the Democratic party and if something isn't done soon, the party could be hurt forever!!!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  223. Brett from Austin, Texas

    Four words: 15 seconds of fame.

    Brett from Austin, Texas

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  224. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    It means this country still has true Americans who will put the country first.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  225. Sheldon

    Springfield, MA.

    I think this along with the Bill Richardson endorsement sends a signal to the Clinton campaign that it is time to bow out gracefully. I don't know what else this could be. This is a big endorsement. Coupled with Carters near endorsement, it is all over.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  226. cleve in NYC

    It means that the dems are FINALLY realizing what a destructive & divissive force Hillary Clinton is. I only hope it's not too late to keep the white house out of the hands of a Bush republican for four more years. When will these Hillary supporters recognize her and her campaign for the virulent old school poison they are.

    For God's sake. Let's have some CHANGE!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  227. Pat K

    He knows Hillary will say and do anything to win. He also likes the way Obama has handled everything that comes his way. He's very presidential.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  228. Bob

    why do you want to know what we think, if you already tell people what to think and also wants us to belive what you believe, why don't you please stop tellimg me what to decide and let me take my own decision.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  229. Michael

    Jack I have one word "Judas."

    May 1, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  230. Doreen Augusta Maine

    I think it says that if you have/want honesty and principles, you will come out for Barack Obama for President.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  231. James, Union, NJ

    It means that Joe Andrew is a smart man!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  232. Mary

    Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
    Means nothing to me, never heard of him.
    there is no rife in the democratic party, we Clinton supporters will be staying home in Nov. if Obama is the candidate.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  233. Edwin C. Elam


    It means bad news for Hillary Clinton! It is time for her to bow out! Gracefully!

    Charlotte, NC

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  234. Charles in Florida

    Jack, It means a lot. Its refreshing to see someone with the conviction to see past that Reverend Wright character and come to Obama's aid at a real turning point in this election. Hopefully the inflow of remaining superdelegates will trickle in Obama's favor sparking some much needed momentum and his popularity in the various polls.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  235. Susan, State College, PA

    "AND, THEY'RE OFF!!!"

    A little Kentucky Derby for you Jack.

    The Super Delegates are in the gate and now they're coming out, just like the beautiful horses will Saturday.

    Looks like Hillary's horse is still in the barn.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  236. Aaron

    It is normal that people jump from a sinking ship to the floating ship.
    You stick to the sinking ship when you are stuck – stuck in a cabin or likes.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  237. Irene

    So, Mr. Andrews is now endorsing Obama. Well, I for one, don't even remember Mr. Andrews. One thing you forgot to mention, Jack, is that Hillary picked up 4 superdelegates in New York today. It's no big deal that Obama picked up Mr. Andrews. Who cares but you and Obama???

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  238. Priscilla

    when the former dnc chair moves his vote to obama, it means:

    he finally realized hillary is staying in the race to serve her own needs rather than the needs of the country. It almost seems as though she's rather see the Democrats lose than give up her own personal fight.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  239. snoopy

    I never heard of this Joe guy and as far as I'm concerned he is just another traitor like bill richardson....no one ever heard the word LOYALTY, In Washington, evidently.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  240. Magdalene Ruzza

    It means that yet another delegate has the courage to rebel against the preposterous thought of the Clintons returning to the White House. Constitutionally speaking, Bill served his two-term limit, and shouldn't be allowed ever to check into the White House again ....and neither should Hillary, given the fact that she touts her white house experience as co-president rather than official hostess/tea pourer.

    Magdalene Ruzza
    New York NY

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  241. Shawn from PA

    With backstabbers like that, who needs enemies?

    Hopefully, nobody will follow his lead, but will instead embrace Hillary and realize that she's a strong candidate, with many polls turning in her favor.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  242. RedStateDem

    Andrews presided over the DNC from 99-01. I expect he'll be as helpful to Obama as he was to Al Gore.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  243. Brady

    We know this thing is over. The remaining supers are just waiting for Barack to lock this thing up and then they will follow suit. Andrew is just ahead of the game. I wonder if Carville will call him a "judas" too.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  244. Nishesh from SC

    Honestly, a former DNC chairman who was appointed By Bill Clinton defecting to Obama is outregous. My support for Mrs. Clinton is only increased becuase of Andrew's endorsement. If Mrs.Clinton is the nominne, the media, you, and Andrews will be publicly humiliated, Mrs. Clinton has shown to do good in states where she needs help, and she needs help in Indiana and North Carolina

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  245. don from canada

    Hey Jack; Hillary Clinton loves to tell the story about how the Chinese government bought a good American company in Indiana, (Magnequench) & laid off all its workers and moved its critical defense technology work to China. Hillary says If she were president, she’d fight to protect jobs in Indiana. What Clinton never says is that the deal was approved by Bill Clinton's administration. Hillary once again thinks the Indiana voters have short memories. The plant was sold in 1995 and Billary actually approved the sale of the company.
    The Clinton campaign said she doesn't mention the role her husband played in the sale because it wasn’t relevant.
    Once again this is more proof of the manipulation and lies that the Clinton Campaign is prepared to say and do to win at all costs. Hillary in this for herself not the American people and the only way to stop her is for the voters in Indiana to vote for Obama.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  246. walter cincinnati

    jack, it means nothing. Barack obama is unelectable and indiana and n.carolina will show his campaign is over.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  247. Christina Roca

    I think that Andrews is incapable of making up his mind. This shows a weak decision either way and there is no love lost to Hillary.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  248. Betty Howell - Atlanta, GA

    Who is Joe Andrews?? Never heard of him... It will not hurt Hillary at all!!!!!

    Should Obama win the nomination, I will deflect the Demo Party and vote for John McCain!!!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  249. zul devji

    It is the beginning of the end for Hillary. Her campaign has tried everything including palying the race card. Senator Clinton, please move aside and let us begin the task of recapturing the White House, the Houe and the Senate. Only then will we be able to stop the drain on our treasury and the serious assault on standard of living.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  250. Rohini

    Andrew is correct. He has realized Obama's potential. Its childish to talk about 'betraying a friend' etc. We need a capable person at the helm and Obama will do the job. I want a good candidate, not someone's old best friend!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  251. alicia

    Could it be that there is so much negativitie on Sen Obama, that her party is seeing thing for what they really are? And they are seeing Sen Clinton for who, oops what! she really is.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  252. Darlene E liason

    The defection only means he is an OPPORTUNIST and HOWARD
    DEAN got to him to push for closure FAST before OBAMA looses too
    much more support.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  253. Wm in TN

    It means other "Super Delegates" will also be switching to Obama and all singing the tune "I SAW THE LIGHT, I SAW THE LIGHT"!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  254. Diane Stanesic

    I think that the recent defection is someone who wants a job in the Obama White House. To turn his back on Hillary is a disgrace, for that matter I don't know him and now don't care
    He is as they say a "slippery character" to let the handling of Rev. Wright changed his mind, give me a break. He now support the man who called Rev. Wright his mentor to then say he was never a mentor to me.........go back and read some of his old speaches and comments..............can't trust Obama

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  255. Celeste

    First, just like everyone else, until today I had never heard of this guy and second, sounds like he wanted his 15 minutes of 'fame' just like Bill Richardson did. Ok, they defected so what? It means nothing since neither of these guys mean nothing to us, the voters. They aren't running for anything other than their mouths to try to shut this race down which, by the way, is typically Obama camp strategy when they see he is about to loose another state of two!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  256. Althea

    Who is Mr. Andrew, and why should his voice be given air time anymore then the average citizen? Besides why would the democrats want a man who flips flops based on the gas tax.....please.

    I believe Democrats are actually excercising the process for the first time because McCain is not much of a choice unless of course Obamma wins the nomination.

    Althea of AZ

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  257. Ken Harris

    Joe Andrews' endorsement of Obama and his switch from Hillary Clinton demonstrates is the correct decision and a rejection of Republican tactics used by Clinton to "destroy" Obama and win at any cost. This is signficant and warrants widespread media coverage. It is not a "Judas" act as the Clinton spin machine attempted to do with Richardson. In fact, it is another insider who got fed up with the win at any cost by the Clintons and showed great integrity.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  258. kim

    It means ol' Joe either received a piece of that $ 700,000 Obama's been spreading among the Super Delegates OR .. Joe and Richardson will share a promised office at the White House..

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  259. Brandon

    It means that Joe Andrew has common sense, something the current administration and most politicians do not have. Meanwhile, in my state, NC, Mike Easley is going in reverse, helping fuel the Republican machine. Its time that the party unite so that we can save the country in November before it collapses.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  260. Audrey

    History is being made! I hope all the other superdelegates will follow Joe Andrew's lead! Barrack Obama is the right canidate for the job! Its time for a change now.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  261. Lewis Brewer

    Hey Jack,
    In regards to your current question. It shows that thereis no loyalty around anymore. Just people jumping on the band wagon, and brown nosing, in order to get a better job. I`m a Democrat and it will be a cold day in Hell!, before I vote for Obama.Besides, if he does get the Presidency, how long will he last.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  262. Mary from Ky.

    One can't help but wonder why former Clinton supporters and appointees are choosing Barack Obama over Hillary. I hope the voters begin questioning this and that other superdelegates have the courage to cut their ties with the Clintons and support the best candidate.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  263. Mary

    Jack, the easiest question to answer you have asked....it means that Andrews has bright. It also means that Andrews, unlike the Clintons, places what's best for the country over the Party elitists.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  264. Rick

    I think he picked Obama because Washington politics has to change.All the corruption going on has to stop.Thanks to you,Lou Dobbs,etc. And I think Barack Obama has opened alot of eyes to whats's going on in Washington and around the country.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  265. Donna (Princeton, New Jersey)

    It means that integrity is more important than loyalty.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  266. wayne

    This is another example of there is no loyalty in politics. The deomcratic party better change their system to one like the republicans next time around. I do not like having this bunch of bozos changing their tune when their original candidate is falling behind. How about if our soldiers changed sides mid-battle? Also, i'll take the extra 30 bucks as I do not make the million a year that Obama does. Windfall profit tax sounds fine to me.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  267. Rebecca

    As a lifelong avid Democrat, this continued push by the leaders of the party to shut this down is making me furious! What are they so scared of? That Clinton might be able to pull this off after all? Why else are they again making noises to stop this? In each state we are increasing organization, registrations and enthusiam, which will surely go towards even more impressive wins in November. I have seen nothing from Obama to make me think he has the true political courage to get tough things done. He won't want to rock the boat, while Hillary will damn the torpedos! I'm tired of wimps who lose! Then nothing gets done.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  268. Judy Beardsley

    Joe Andrew is my new hero. While too many uncommitted super delegates are waiting to see what might best help them personally, Andrew is taking a leadership position and thinking of what's best for the party and for the country. His reasoning is right on and his timing is useful. It's no wonder he was leader of the DNC for two years. He knows how to lead! Judy from Cape Cod

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  269. Lessie Thomas


    It means that Mr. Andrew can see that Senator Obama is young, energectic and brings something different to the table in Washington. Senator Obama is qualified to handle the issues that the Americans people want to see accomplished in Washington. He has earned the right through all of his training, campaigning, and maintaining positive relationships with everyone including Republicans. He has the Wisdom to unite Congress. With this the U. S. can resolve the issues that need to be resolved if we are to remain a strong country.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  270. Maureen Luke


    I wouldnt want some of these turncoats as my friends. The problem
    is too many voters just want to vote for candidates who speak in
    fake tongue say lots when defined really means nothing.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  271. Roy-ID

    If these guys keep trying to demand that the super delegates decide for Obama before all the votes are counted there will be a split in the party like you have never seen before. We will write in Hillary and we will win in the end!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  272. Helen

    Yes, I think its a good thing that Mr. Joe Andrews switched to support Obama and will have a great impact on other Superdelegates voting for him. Obama has shown he is the stronger leader by the way he handled the Rev. Wright situation and making a decision on tough issues like the Gas tax. Believe Obama would help improve relations with foreign countries where the Bush Administration has caused to deteriorate.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  273. Alex patino

    It means James Carville is sharpening his teeth right now!
    Valley Glen,Ca

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  274. Sherri

    My opinion of Joe Andrew is that his so called "defection" is irrelevant. He supported Senator Clinton in the beginning when it was believed by most she would secure a decisive win. Everybody wants to be included along with the winner. Now that Obama is considered to be ahead, Andrew's loyalty is shown to be paper thin. The Obama campaign shouldn't get too excited because if Hillary wins Indiana and other upcoming states, he'll probably go back to her. Wishy-washy!

    OKC, OK

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  275. Jason Blakeman

    I think it paves the road for other superdelegates to flock to Obama. If they don't, she will mud sling us into Denver. The democrats will be damaged beyond repair, McCain will be elected, and we will be talking the next election about how to get out of Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, hell maybe North Korea. China will have pulled the carpet out from under us and we will be searching for our 3rd world status like a deer in the headlights. Meanwhile I will have moved to Mexico where the Peso will be strong, and I will be no part of financing the world police.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  276. chryssa

    It's been the "beginning of the end" for Hillary since January.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  277. Jack B Stoneham, Ma

    I really don't care who backs who, i'll vote for the person that "I" think is best qualified to be President. I'm sick of all these people who decide to switch sides, do we know if any these people have been bought off with any promisesof a possible position.? If a super delegate has a vote that can actually override my vote, I don't think they should be able to serve in an incoming administration in any capacity.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  278. Randy Stribling

    It speaks volumes when an insider from both the Bill Clinton administration and the Hillary Clinton campaign defects to the Obama camp. When added to the near dozen other Clinton cabinet members, staff and insiders that have either endorsed Obama from the start or have changed allegiances, it makes one wonder what they know that we do not.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  279. Liz S.

    It means just what he said, that the continued competition is hurting the Democratic party. He wants to lead the party out of this negative situation. Maybe he realizes that the Democrats' candidate needs support from the Democratic leadership.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  280. JP - Wayne

    Despite the obfuscatory tactics of the Clinton and McCain campaigns, Joe Andrew kept his eye on the ball. It's not Rev. Wright, bittergate, a gas-tax holiday or 3 a.m. phone calls, it's moving passed the old-style lobbyist-infested politics to give this country a chance to change.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  281. mike

    It's about time we end this silly campaign of hillary's and maker her the VP. Only then will we heal the party.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  282. Cyn

    Unlike most of the media; obviously, Mr. Andrew has a conscious.
    Phila, Pa.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  283. Dipak, Canada

    It is irrelevant. Take a look at the most recent poll by Rasmussen. It has Sen. Clinton ahead by 5 points, and she is up even more in other polls such as the PPP (D) where she is commanding an 8 point lead. In addition, Sen. Obama is losing support nationally according to the latest CNN poll. It seems that the tide has turned and the people have spoken, both via the polls and when they vote. Democracy is taking its course and it is time for Sen. Obama to step down.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  284. Joyce Roberie

    I'm not impressed with Obama in taking 20 years to figure out that he didn't agree with the pastor. I think he is sorry -sorry that he got caught....... for being affiliated with a racist idiot like. As far as Jacked Up Joe Andrew goes, he looks like nothing more than a disgruntled employee to me. I look forward to the May 20th primary in KY. Go Hillary!!!

    Joyce in Owenton, KY

    May 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  285. Mary Mitchell

    Who cares? Who is this Guy, really. He has one vote
    like everyone else..... When this is all over, where will he be? Who cares!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  286. Chuck Scranton, Pa.

    Jack, this is huge. Clinton's closest supporters are jumping ship. Joe Andrews is in the inside of the Clinton camp and knows Hillary better than anyone. She will not win the nomination, and he knows it. Its time for the Indiana voters close the deal.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  287. Jerry


    Joe Andrews just heard if Hillary became President he was
    going to be made Ambassador to Bosnia and there is too
    much gunfire over there.

    Roselle, Illinois

    May 1, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  288. Kim

    Obama also got Michael Moore!!!!

    This just tells me what sort of people who are backing Obama. We don't need or want them.

    We just got Gov. Easley of NC


    May 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  289. Rich Skory


    I have a better chance to win the lottery then you reading my response but here it is anyway.

    My response is a question, Why are high profile democrats, many who were in the Clinton administration and know Hillary best abandoning her? People who have been extremely loyal to the Clintons over the years. People who at one time or another testified on her behalf. Something smells in Denmark.

    Why Americans including the media giving her a free pass on the smello meter.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  290. Thore from Chicago

    Can you say flipflopper. Just like Obama and Wright flipped on each other. And just like this nomination that flip in Senator Clinton's favor. Agree to disagree?

    May 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  291. Anita

    Koudos to Joe Andrew. This democratic primary is giving me a serious ulcer. I hope that the supers pay attention to him by coming forward for Obama and putting our misery to an end. Democrats Unite!!!!!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  292. Tim

    Can't blame Joe for abandoning ship. That ship started to crack apart a long time ago under the weight of its own lies, pandering tactics and attacks. Clinton's politically expedient manuevers are backfiring sending Superdelelgates over the edge to the safety of Obama land –a place that has taken the heaviest hits that the crazy CNN maniacs, McSame and team Clinton & Clinton could throw at it & is emerging from the onslaught as an insanely wornderfully beautiful island of integrity and wisdom. We'll send a lifeboat out for you Joe.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:38 pm |
  293. Joan Hennessey

    Why are super delgates trying to control things at this point? The politicians screwed up two states already, causing the peoples' choice to be taken from them. Watch out that Florida doesn't bite
    back and put another Bush-minded person in the White House/

    May 1, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  294. Mike

    We're tired of the same old politics of pandering, disingenuiousness, and self-centered candidates. We're tired of this nominating campaign. Andrews is right, its time to make a decision, unite the party, and concentrate on the general election. We've seen what 8 years of Republican pandering to the corporations has done: dirtier air & no improvements in auto efficiency. Obama may have had some slips due to lack of experience but my gut tells me he's different, he's genuine, and he wants to do what's best for the people of this country. Andrews appears to have come to the same conclusion when he realized he didn't see those qualities in Hillary.
    DeBary, FL

    May 1, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  295. MR. J

    One looser backing another. Not even smart enough to see which way the polls are trending. Have to wonder what it cost Mr Obama to get him to jump ship. Another rat jumping to a sinking ship.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  296. Marie, Charleston, SC

    I think it shows tremendous personal courage on Mr. Andrew's part. He is sure to face a severe backlash from the Clinton camp, but he has done what he feels is right. I hope his courage provides courage to other Supers to take a stand and declare their support for one of the candidates (I'm looking at you John Edwards).

    May 1, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  297. Cathy from Baltimore, MD

    It means that he is a wise man. He realizes that he needs to act now by sending a clear message to his fellow superdelegates. Maybe the media should take this as a signal to stop hounding Barack Obama. What a shamble it has made of this. When Obama didn't come forward, he was suspected of sharing Wright's views. When he did come forward, he wasn't firm enough. When he spoke up again after recognizing the divisiveness of Wright's words, he was accused of doing so for political reasons. He's damned if he doesn't and he's damned if he does. Obama is a true gentleman, and the person I want as my President.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  298. Kris Koliwad

    Jack, The country is tired of the Bushes and the Clintons. Two decades of these bozos is enough and together they have caused a century of damage. Time for a new generation and a new blood. Wake up Edwards and Gore, wake up. Joe Andrews: please give them a call. I thought John Edwards had the country's welfare in his heart and a cabinet position. He does not seem to care who wins. Joe apparently does.

    Kris, CA

    May 1, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  299. Diane, Minneapolis, Mn

    Hi Jack,
    I suppose if a person leaves the ranks of supporter for another one, he or she knows something that WE should know. How many have defected from Hillary and company so far? Must have lots of skeletons in her closet!!!! I say if you have morals and values, let your heart be your guide.....

    May 1, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  300. Barbara in Oregon

    I think that it is important in the fact that a Washington insider stood up for what this is doing to the party.Hillary cant change the rules of the race with a win at any cost to her party.I think it is about time some one withsome courage stood up and said what is apparent to the rest
    of the country.This pursuit of Hillary is about her and what is good for her when it should be about the party.Finally some one has shown some
    real courage.I dont understand How the people of Indiana cant see this?

    May 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  301. Ann

    It says the Clinton people are finally thinking for themselves instead of being persuaded by the Clintons. Enough of the Clintons already. Can you imagine four years – or eight – of what's going on now! I'll never turn on the tv again.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  302. S.T. in Ba;timore, Md

    If we can use those defections as a thermometer. I say, "It's a fire in the kitchen, and everyone is getting out.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  303. Robert - Portland, OR

    Big deal... Flip-flop, flip-flop. It's all about money and Obama should refuse this endorsement as it only puts him in further in bed with powerful lobbists. Isn't he the CEO of the Blue Fund?

    May 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  304. Ernest, PEABODY, MA

    It means that when it comes to matters of national importance, and things that concerns the common man, Obama is very intelligent and smart at making the right decision, unlike his counterparts who are playing dirty politics thinking Americans can be fooled.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  305. Dave, SC

    Hi Jack,
    It means that others have been watching how Barrack has handled his candidacy and have become comfortable with his decision making. Needless to say, the way the other two candidates who are spouting off about a gas tax holiday... that will happen in their political dreams where they see the world through Washinton's Eyes.


    May 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  306. Rihama

    Gallup Daily: Clinton 49%, Obama 45%

    May 1, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  307. New York Woman for Obama

    In New York, Obama won 41% and has ONE declared Superdel.

    Hillary won 59% and has FORTY declared Superdels and remember: both Bill and Hillary are Super Delegates in New York.

    Even with this LUDICROUS disparity, and understanding Sen. Clinton will return with favors or punishments for district heads which these delegates represents, Obama still LEADS among their peers.

    This speaks volumes about how gruesome politics has devolved and how hopeful our country's leading democrats are Obama will bring in, with the historical number of registered democrats, fresh, clean air to breath into this system.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  308. Jan Klatt from Asotin, Wa.

    It means about as much as Richardson dying his beard and mustache to try to look younger to hopefully get in on an Oboma cabinet.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  309. Lyra Talarico

    Hi Jack

    I think that the American people are blinded by the Clinton's name or for the women voters the fact that Hillary is a one of them. But Joe Andrews has seen it all from behind the scenes and he don't like what he see or hears from her. He knows better than we do being in the thick of things that Obama would be a better President and someone America can trust. I think that Hillary has blown it in the trust department. And now with her tax relief program it just another reason why you can't trust her. Because there is nothing she can do about the gas problem until she gets into office.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  310. Joan in Crete Greece

    It means that the media's obsession in bombarding us with the Rev Wright clips is not shared by everyone else. Joe Andrew is an example of the people who judge Obama on what he himself says and does, not on the egomaniacal rantings of his retired pastor. After Obama's most recent speech on the subject I thought the media would lay it to rest but instead they are criticising him for either not doing it soon enough or for throwing him under a bus and reversing back over him. I for one have had it with the subject, let's get back to fairly reporting the news instead of trying to create it.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  311. Jerry Silverstein

    Yesterday I didn't know who Joe Andrew was and today he's my idol.
    Finally a voice of reason cutting through the fog of Reverend Wright mania. After yesterday's stunt featuring Hillary in the back of a pickup truck followed by a procession of SUV's en route to posturing at the gas pumps (pumps that she didn't even know how to work along with the coffee machine), you would think that every voter would see through her working class charade.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  312. Jim Barton

    Jack, it means that this race is far from over. Jim B. Malta, NY.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  313. David Kennedy

    I believe it means that more people are realizing that "Billary" will say anything to be elected, and that Obama is the best chance for a change in the U.S

    D. Kennedy/Vancouver,Can ada

    May 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  314. Ron

    It seems to me Mr. Andrew is a logical thinker, who wants what is best for the Democratic Party and the Country. We all need to start thinking more rationally and pull together to face the immense challenges ahead.

    San Antonio, Tx

    May 1, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  315. Cathy in Milton, Vermont

    Obama will handle the country like he has his campaign. So will Hillary–she will lie, cheat and make us bankrupt.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  316. Barb-Cleveland

    It speaks volumes when those close to you defect. Mr. Andrews knows the dirt going on behind the scenes and knows that Hillary is not a "Changer" she is "Status Quo" and unstable. Yes-she's a fighter but she's selfish- She's fighting for "HER". The gas tax is an example of that.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  317. Helen

    When someone like Joe Andrews switches camps, it is a strong indicator of which way the wind is blowing. More importantly, a decision like this, from someone so close to the Clinton camp, takes courage, and I believe is done with much consideration of issues that prvoke integrity. It's not as though Obama has had the flood gates open to him, and considering everything that has gone on recently for the Obama camp, I say this move is truly one that reflects just how important Obama's message is to this country. Being of the 'Nurses for Obama' group, I say this is another step towards healing.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  318. gbarnum

    I think it was a good idea for Mr. Andrew to realize that Mr. Obama has a broader plan for the people. The media will not let Mr. Wright comments die so of course it going to remind people about but once the media focus on the important issues it would be a better race. If the media just focus on Mr. Obama faults and not Ms. Clinton tales about sniper fire, blowing up Iran, and etc. So lets be fair around the table and give equal coverage to all.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  319. Dean Kellerhouse


    I think you all are despirate to fill the sucking vacuum of the 24 hour news cycle. One delegate is a shift of .less than 5 hundreths of a percent - meaningless!

    May 1, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  320. pansy baldridge

    it means to me that when times were good stay where you can do the best foryourself forget loyalty.
    i rember the 90s you could get gro. med. gas ect for a decent price get a good job,it more than i can say for knaw.
    my husband and i have been life long dem;s so is our families we have discussed changing our politics.
    wish lou dobbs would run next time.
    i am from fl. where votes dont count i reckon,im disgusted.
    thanks pansy

    May 1, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  321. Leon


    I find it interesting that even though Obama's % went down in the poll, Hillary's % stayed the same at 45%. She gained nothing even though Obama lost. None of the pundits noticed or mentioned this fact.


    May 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  322. Barb - in Maine

    Finally someone clearly sees the handwriting on the wall. Hillary is a mean machine, conducting a mean, say anything do anything to win campaign. Barack, like Mike Huckabee, has tried to maintain a campaign based on issues, not gutter politics. Unifying is not in the Clinton play book. A Clinton in the White House doesn't represent change.

    May 1, 2008 at 4:58 pm |