Clinton losing battle of endorsements?

Barack Obama won the South Carolina primary over the weekend, but even more significant, he’s wonCaroline
some major endorsements. Caroline Kennedy, Sen. Edward Kennedy and his son Patrick Kennedy have thrown their support behind him, with Caroline comparing Obama to her late father, John F. Kennedy.

I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me
that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have
found the man who could be that president — not just for me, but for a
new generation of Americans. [Link]

That’s a huge endorsement. And you can bet Obama is trying hard to also get the endorsements of the son of Martin Luther King Jr. and the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. Well, perhaps not the latter.

Getting the three Kennedy endorsements is a major coup for Obama, but all isn’t lost for Hillary Clinton. She still has a chance to get the endorsement of John F. Kennedy’s fourth cousin’s daughter’s mother-in-law’s gardener’s wife. (And when it happens, it’ll be BREAKING NEWS on CNN.)

Actually, Clinton has done better than that.

Trying to dilute the impact of the twin endorsements by the brother
and daughter of the late president, the Clinton campaign on Sunday
issued a statement of support from Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, a former lieutenant governor in Maryland and a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

“I respect Caroline and Teddy’s decision, but I have made a different
choice,” Ms. Townsend said in her statement, adding: “At this moment
when so much is at stake at home and overseas, I urge our fellow
Americans to support Hillary Clinton. That is why my brother Bobby, my sister Kerry, and I are supporting Hillary Clinton.”

Robert F. Kennedy’s children are behind Clinton, but what about his widow? We need to know where she stands and we need to know NOW.

What we do know is that in November 2005 she referred to Obama as “our next

“I think he feels it. He feels it just like Bobby
did,” Mrs. Kennedy said in an interview that day, comparing her late
husband’s quest for social justice to Mr. Obama’s. “He has the passion
in his heart. He’s not selling you. It’s just him.”

So there’s a split in the Kennedy clan, but it’s not unusual for members of a family to disagree, especially when it comes to politics. Just look at the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s family.

Mr. Jackson, the long-time civil rights activist, is supporting Mr.
Obama while his wife, Jacqueline Jackson, is supporting Mrs. Clinton.
Their son, Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., is supporting Mr. Obama. [Link]

I don’t know about you, but I want to know who’s getting the endorsement of all the other Jacksons: Michael, Jermaine, La Toya, Janet and others.

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  1. hmmm… i’d like get the endorsement of osama bin laden’s niece wafah dufour.

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