Friday, February 15, 2008

Lewis: For Clinton before he was against her

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 2:24 PM


REP. JOHN LEWIS: "[The Democrat who seems most likely to win] can count on my unwavering support." (Photo by Joeff Davis)

Rep. John Lewis sorta kinda rescinded his endorsement of Sen. Hillary Clinton for president yesterday.The 11-term Atlanta congressman and hero of the Civil Rights Movement says he now plans to cast his superdelegate vote for Sen. Barack Obama at the Democratic Party Convention this summer. From the New York Times:

“In recent days, there is a sense of movement and a sense of spirit,” said Mr. Lewis, a Georgia Democrat who endorsed Mrs. Clinton last fall. “Something is happening in America, and people are prepared and ready to make that great leap.”

Translation: I endorsed Clinton last October because she was very popular. Now I'm voting for Obama because he's even more popular.

Clinton must be annoyed, but she doesn't have much right to complain. Lewis is just bending with the wind, which is exactly what Clinton did when she voted for the Iraq war before turning against it.

For what it's worth*, Lewis says he hasn't formally rescinded his endorsement of Clinton. He'll probably wait for Sen. Obama to come to Atlanta, camera crews in tow, to make that announcement.


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