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Murtha Endorses Hillary Clinton

Inconvenient Timing: Hillary Receives Big Endorsement

If an endorsement falls in Hillary Clinton's forest on the same day Barack Obama gives a huge speech about race, does it make a sound? If it does, it's muffled at best.

Yesterday Representative John Murtha (D — PA) endorsed Hillary Clinton, the first superdelegate to line up behind her since her victories in the last big primaries. The endorsement is key for a number of reasons:

  • Murtha is a decorated Vietnam veteran. He created a stir in 2005 by calling for an end to the war in Iraq, and in his endorsement stated that Clinton has "a similar position" on the conflict. This is significant backing given Obama's reliance on his 2002 speech against the war and his subsequent attacks on Clinton's war vote. Having Murtha's approval on her Iraq position and plan strengthens her cause.

But wait, that's not all! Please


  • As Clinton seeks to close the delegate gap by rallying the superdelegates, Murtha's support for Clinton paves the way for three other Pennsylvania superdelegates to echo the dean of their state delegation. Reps. Robert Brady, Michael Doyle, and Tim Holden are big Murtha supporters and have so far been undeclared in the presidential campaign. Big props in Pennsylvania also help bolster Clinton's Keystone Cause among voters.
  • Murtha's got cred. He's served in the House since 1974 and he's chairman of the US House of Representatives appropriations subcommittee that oversees defense spending.
  • It's huge. It's a big backing from a big fish with Iraq credibiltiy. Why, oh why then was it announced on the same day as Obama's speech? Did they think that it would be big enough to squash his race-based buzz? Given the shy attention given to Hillary's Iraq policy speech on Monday, and her apparent vague grasp of the content of Obama's speech, what in the world is going on at Hillary HQ? Surely her lack of enthusiasm about it was to strategically defray the buzz? Right?

    Is Murtha's endorsement a boon? Will more superdelegates follow suit?


CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
hello Murtha is a nut job, he is one of two senators who are for the DRAFT!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
Hillary is most definitely still in it. Does Obama have the lead right now? Yes. Is it insurmountable? No. Hillary only needs about 57.6% of the remaining delegates and superdelegates to clinch the nomination, so it could still get interesting.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Sorry to post so many times! I had to correct myself. ;) Murtha didn't want immediate withdrawl, he was for cutting funding to force withdrawl.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Didn't Murtha have a "pull out everyone now" stance on the war? I remember thinking that I agreed with him that the war was a very bad idea, but not so sure that immediate 100% pull out was a good idea.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
Her just released records show that she did promote NAFTA. I wonder if this will erupt, or if it will just fade?
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I certainly wouldn't count her out, but I think that it will be a tougher job than her campaign is projecting. I don't think that the superdelegates will over turn the will of the voters. Even if she wins Penn, she needs to get 70% in ALL the remaining contests to get the delegate lead. Even if they count Florida as is, she only got 50% of the vote. Mathematically, Obama would still come out on top. I do think that an upset is possible, but it would take something even bigger than Wright to make it happen.
htiduj htiduj 9 years
i think that its a very very close race, and that hillary still has a chance to take the nomination. we will have to see what happens in pennsylvania, and resolve the michigan/florida issue first. after that, if the race still remains as close as it is now, then i definitely think it will be up to the superdelegates to decide. i for one am very excited about the prospect of going into a democratic convention without a clearcut nominee. im not sure when the last time that happened was, whether it was before i was born or when i was too young to really know about elections and politics; so for me its pretty interesting and exciting to really get to see the convention process at work.
indielove indielove 9 years
I agree, stephley. Hillary might still be in game but I do not think that the superdelegates would make her win. That's just wishful thinking on her part and the Republicans.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 9 years
The thing is Obama has his base. They aren't going anywhere. Hillary has her base. They aren't going anywhere. What they are competing for are those that are still on the fence. And yes Cine I wouldn't count Hillary out yet.
stephley stephley 9 years
I won't vote for anyone who supported going to war - and I don't think Murtha's going to steer young voters Hillary's way.
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 9 years
Eh, I haven't been a Murtha fan since that stunt he pulled in 2005.
cine_lover cine_lover 9 years
I have said this before, I would not count Hilary out. She has enough power to get the backing of the super delegates. Imagine how pissed the Obama people are going to be if she wins because of super delegate backing.
shalee55 shalee55 9 years
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