It’s strange, sort of, that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson would endorse Barack Obama right now. True, Richardson is a psychotically ambitious career-builder who likes to keep his name in the papers. And someone like Richardson only sees an endorsement as a bargaining chip for an appointed position, because he loves nothing more than bragging about his resume. Job, jobs, jobs, look at all the jobs I’ve had, blah blah, make me President because of my jobs, so then I can get more new jobs. So what job did kindly Obama throw his way, and can Richardson’s job experience help undecided voters trust Obama?
Here’s how Obama played the endorsement in a statement:
Whether it’s fighting to end the Iraq war or stop the genocide in Darfur or prevent nuclear weapons from falling into the hands of terrorists, Governor Richardson has been a powerful voice on issues of global security, peace and justice, earning five Nobel Peace Prize nominations.
Let’s crunch the numbers: Al Gore has actually won one of these Nobel Peace Prizes, invented Global Security (Global Warming, rather, but really both, as well as E-mail), and was the first white Vice President — more experienced than Bill Richardson. Yet Al Gore showed poor judgment when he allowed himself to lose to George W. Bush, who is the worst foreign policy failure in the last century.
The point is, no one cares about Bill Richardson, otherwise they would have voted for him. Barack Obama knows this and probably offered Richardson a traveling press secretary’s role with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which only exists in your imagination.