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Bill Richardson endorses Obama

This could be a huge momentum shift, considering Richardson’s relationship with the Clintons and his role in the Clinton White House.

Billy BoyThe Democratic nominee

Source: The Washington Post

Here’s a letter of his endorsement:

During the last year, I have shared with you my vision and hopes for this nation as we look to repair the damage of the last seven years. And you have shared your support, your ideas and your encouragement to my campaign. We have been through a lot together and that is why I wanted to tell you that, after careful and thoughtful deliberation, I have made a decision to endorse Barack Obama for President.

We are blessed to have two great American leaders and great Democrats running for President. My affection and admiration for Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will never waver. It is time, however, for Democrats to stop fighting amongst ourselves and to prepare for the tough fight we will face against John McCain in the fall. The 1990’s were a decade of peace and prosperity because of the competent and enlightened leadership of the Clinton administration, but it is now time for a new generation of leadership to lead America forward. Barack Obama will be a historic and a great President, who can bring us the change we so desperately need by bringing us together as a nation here at home and with our allies abroad.

Earlier this week, Senator Barack Obama gave an historic speech. that addressed the issue of race with the eloquence, sincerity, and optimism we have come to expect of him. He inspired us by reminding us of the awesome potential residing in our own responsibility. He asked us to rise above our racially divided past, and to seize the opportunity to carry forward the work of many patriots of all races, who struggled and died to bring us together.

As a Hispanic, I was particularly touched by his words. I have been troubled by the demonization of immigrants–specifically Hispanics– by too many in this country. Hate crimes against Hispanics are rising as a direct result and now, in tough economic times, people look for scapegoats and I fear that people will continue to exploit our racial differences–and place blame on others not like them . We all know the real culprit — the disastrous economic policies of the Bush Administration!

Senator Obama has started a discussion in this country long overdue and rejects the politics of pitting race against race. He understands clearly that only by bringing people together, only by bridging our differences can we all succeed together as Americans.

His words are those of a courageous, thoughtful and inspiring leader, who understands that a house divided against itself cannot stand. And, after nearly eight years of George W. Bush, we desperately need such a leader.

To reverse the disastrous policies of the last seven years, rebuild our economy, address the housing and mortgage crisis, bring our troops home from Iraq and restore America’s international standing, we need a President who can bring us together as a nation so we can confront our urgent challenges at home and abroad.

During the past year, I got to know Senator Obama as we campaigned against each other for the Presidency, and I felt a kinship with him because we both grew up between words, in a sense, living both abroad and here in America. In part because of these experiences, Barack and I share a deep sense of our nation’s special responsibilities in the world.

So, once again, thank you for all you have done for me and my campaign. I wanted to make sure you understood my reasons for my endorsement of Senator Obama. I know that you, no matter what your choice, will do so with the best interests of this nation, in your heart.

Sincerely,
Bill Richardson

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NBA wrap up: Denver Nuggets vs Philadelphia 76ers

The race for the 8th seed in the west is as interesting as the race for 1st. Tonight I had the opportunity to watch the Nuggets/Sixers as well as the Warriors/Clippers, and since only the first of these games was competitive, I’ll share my thoughts on it in full:

Simply based on talent, the Nuggets probably should have beaten the Sixers. Carmelo is the best player on the court and the other positions are pretty much a wash. The difference, and I can’t believe I’m writing this, is that the Sixers are playing like a team. Even though they were atrocious from the free throw line, they did a spectacular job of rebounding the ball and driving to the hoop. Andre Miller had a masterful game, Dalembert was deceptively effective, Willie Green was a constant nuisance, and Andre Iguodala shot well enough to keep Denver’s runs in check. Thaddeus Young and Jason Smith both played well and Smith even had a really nice stutter-step more to the basket early in the fourth. Young had some excellent plays around the hoop and was able to keep a few offensive possessions alive with well timed tap-outs and hustle plays. If he continues to mature in this direction, he can become a go-to defensive player who could frustrate the Carmelo Anthonys of the league to no end.

On the other hand, Denver constantly deferred to Iverson when the team needed a bucket, and Iverson suffers from such extreme tunnel vision that his frantic drive and dish moves were easily defended and proved to be an ineffective way to set up someone like ‘Melo. ‘Melo needs to have the ball in his hands to create his offensive game, but to recieve a frantic pass towards the end of the shot clock is to turn him into a spot shooter, which basically erases all of his best talents. If it were a team of JR Smiths, this habit would make a lot more sense, but in general, the Nuggets aren’t great spot up shooters – not many NBA teams are. JR Smith, as you can imagine, is as atrocious defensively as he is valuable offensively. His unnecessary fouls and completely immature personality resulted in him getting yanked in the fourth, meaning that he wasn’t available to take the shots that could have tied the game or put the Nuggets in the lead. Instead, Iverson took those shots and ended up missing the game-winning 3 on a horrible attempt.

The thing about the Nuggets is that each player on the team seems to do well, but they can still lose on any given night because there is no sense of cohesive or focused play. I understand the desire to stockpile talent, but there’s a way to do it that maximizes the team’s potential, and Carmelo needed a quality distributional point guard who can hit the open three far more than he needed Allen Iverson, who is sucking the life out of Carmelo and turning him into a stagnant and uninvolved player.

The Nuggets still have so much talent on their roster that they are a threat to make the playoffs and wreak havoc on any of the West’s best teams. But seeing George Karl stand frozen on the sidelines while watching his team’s dysfunctional offense waste multiple chances to beat the Sixers, I’m not surprised that they’re in the position they’re in – 9th place.

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