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Okay, so over the last few days we had several–shall we say “high profile” endorsements of some of the presidential candidates announced.  And of those endorsements the one that I was most disappointed in was the decision by one of fav Congresswoman Maxine Waters to back Sen. Hillary Clinton for President.

"I have been through a lot in my political career, and I’m looking for concrete proposals … and people who are credible in being able to implement them. I think that, for me, Hillary is a policy wonk. And I am focused on public policy. And I’m thinking about action, and thinking about what people say, how they present themselves, and whether or not they sound really credible on hardcore, concrete ideas and proposals. And she just emerges as that one for me." (Hear Rep. Waters on NPR’s News and Notes)

Now just to recap my feelings on endorsements…

Endorsements mean nothing to me because I am informed enough to make up my own mind on who to support.  I mean when you really think about the whole endorsement game it’s one that’s based on your not being smart enough to make up your own mind and having to depend on someone you like or someone that you look like telling you what to do…well it is.  Don’t hate the player, hate the game.

I don’t know about you, but I get extremely worried when we can’t support our own.  And while I am not insinuating that Blacks should vote for Obama because he is Black (taking a deep pause for the cause)…he is a brotha who is a viable candidate for the Presidency with more of a chance at winning than any other Black whose run for President.

Even more disheartening is looking at the list of Congressional Black Caucus members supporting Clinton over Obama.

Hillary Clinton Supporters:

Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX)
Stephanie Tubbs Jones (OH)
Kendrick Meek (FL)
Corrine Brown (FL)
Alcee Hastings (FL)
Yvette Clarke (NY)
Charles Rangel (NY)
Gregory Meeks (NY)
Edolphus Towns (NY)
Emanuel Cleaver (MO)
Dianne Watson (CA)
Laura Richardson (CA)
Maxine Waters (CA)
David Scott (GA)
John Lewis (GA)
Donald Payne (NJ)
Donna Christian-Christensen (VI)

Barack Obama Supporters:

Bobby Scott (VA)
Danny Davis (IL)
Bobby Rush (IL)
Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL)
Barbara Lee (CA)
Artur Davis (AL)
Gwen Moore (WI)
William Lacy Clay (MO)
Elijah Cummings (MD)
Sanford Bishop (GA)
Hank Johnson (GA)
John Conyers (MI)
Keith Ellison (MN)
Bennie Thompson (MS)
Chaka Fattah (PA)
Al Green (TX)
Al Wynn (MD)

Not Committed:
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (MI – CBC Chairwoman)
Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC)
Jim Clyburn (SC)
William Jefferson (LA)

I am reminded of Shirley Chisholm, the first woman and the first African-American to seek the nomination of the Democratic Party for the nation’s highest office.  And even though she was a Black female, she did not get the full support of the prominent Blacks in politics at the time.  Yeah, I know sad.

I hope it’s not another case of theirs is better than ours.  At some point we have got to stop this fragmentation and come together and stand unified behind ourselves.  Obama is one of us.  He’s a brotha.  And to me it’s just sad that as intelligent and charismatic as he is, that he can’t get the full support of his own colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus.  Remember, he is a member, Clinton is not.

Go Obama!