Since New Hampshire, there’s been a flood of endorsements for … Barack Obama.

Since his surprising loss to HRC in New Hampshire, Barack Obama has picked up endorsements from:


Nevada Culinary Workers

Nevada SEIU

Janet Napolitano

John Kerry

Gary Hart

Ned Lamont

George Miller

Tim Johnson

Ben Nelson

And the rumor is that he’s poised to pick up Kathleen Sebelius as well.

(To date, Obama has escaped the dreaded Al Sharpton endorsement, but his luck may not hold out forever.)

Did HRC pick up any endorsements this week, other than Henry Cisneros? Of course, she had lots of them beforehand, including more than a third of the Congressional Black Caucus; no one needed Iowa to demonstrate that she was a serious candidate. Maybe there wasn’t anything left for her to pick up. But it looks as if lots of players were just waiting to see if the Obama thing was real before jumping on the bandwagon.

Napolitano, Johnson, and Nelson are all especially noteworthy because all of them have to run for re-election in Red states (though Arizona is moving toward Purple). Their opinion about which of the two candidates is going to be a bigger help (or at least a smaller drag) in the downballot races is worth pondering.

Even conceding &#8212 which I doubt &#8212 that the Clintons have managed to convert Bill’s many blunders into “experience” and that Obama, as a rookie, would make more rookie mistakes as President, it still wouldn’t be obvious that HRC would have more capacity to get things done. Having a few more Democrats in the Senate and a substantially bigger majority in the House could easily more than compensate for that skill difference when it comes to being able to actually get new policies passed into law.

Update Add Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, another Purple-state officeholder, to the bandwagon.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: