Georgian congressmen John Lewis and David Scott have both endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee for president. According to this piece in The Nation, though, they have both decided to cast their superdelegate votes for Obama, as their districts overwhelmingly supported the senator from Illinois.
It so happens they are both African American.
It remains tough to read these tea leaves. On the one hand, it supports Ramesh Ponnuru’s point that it is unlikely the super-delegates will contravene the will of their constituents. On the other hand, it is understood that it is in Clinton’s best interests to play her own bigoted “southern strategy” and paint Obama as the “black” candidate. So perhaps they secretly welcome the desertion of a few of the tanner superdelegates.
The latter strategy was most gallingly displayed when Clinton supporter Fast Eddie Rendell of Pennsylvania recently opined that some white folks upstate just can’t vote for a black guy. This, of course, despite the fact Fast Eddie owes his Pennsylvania electoral margins to percentages in the Philadelphia suburbs that resemble Kruschev’s, rather than a dominating performance in the allegedly racist hinterlands. [ht on the link to Bob Guzzardi]