Bill Richardson has held many positions and he is currently governor of New Mexico.
He ran for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 2008. He was firmly opposed to the Iraq War.
After he dropped out, he angered a number of people by endorsing Barack Obama. James Carville, for example, called him a "Judas."
Community wide, we have not blogged about this.
He dropped out. Once he did, how was he a story?
He was not.
Ava and C.I. know Governor Richardson. They made very clear that they would have nothing to say on the endorsement and they made very clear that if anyone else wanted to, they were welcome to do so. At one point, at Third, there were discussions about an article that would address it. That would have been written without Ava and C.I. It was planned but never written.
Do I wish that Governor Richardson had endorsed Hillary Clinton instead? Absolutely. Do I understand why Mr. Carville called him a "Judas"? Absolutely.
I think the party would have been better off if someone else had been nominated. I have huge anger towards John Edwards to this day over 2008. With Bill Richardson? I just choose to disagree with him on the issue of his endorsement.
At one point, when the story was being pushed at Third, Jim tried to force Ava and C.I. to work on it. Their response was (I did not take notes so this is a paraphrase): We know him, we like him, we disagree with him on an endorsement and for that we are going to take part in a piece slamming him?
No, they would not.
Now when Bill Richardson was running for the nomination, Ava and C.I. did not play favorites and criticized him as they would anyone else. He got more coverage at The Common Ills than some candidates running but that was because any candidate who was mentioning Iraq would be noted at The Common Ills. C.I. loathed Dennis Kucinich. Only Rebecca knew that. The rest of us did not. And to read The Common Ills, you might think C.I. loved Dennis Kucinich and was secretly supporting him. That is because she regularly covered him (because he spoke about Iraq regularly) and because when, he was unfairly attacked, she would defend him. That was just playing fair. That was not favoritism.
And thinking back on her defenses of Mr. Kucinich, such as during the entire U.F.O. flap, I really do get how frustrated she is when she sees others play favorites by ignoring a person, by ignoring an issue about a person they like, or by attacking someone unfairly (e.g for something they did not really say or do).
She does play fair. She did not like Dennis Kucinich and she loathed John Edwards. And we did not know. Rebecca did. (And Elaine did at least on the issue of Mr. Edwards -- due to an event early in Mr. Edwards efforts to get the presidential nomination in a past cycle.) But she played it fair. She loves Joe Biden. She has known Joe Biden since the 70s. And she played fair with him. If he needed calling out, she did so. If he did something worth noting, she covered it. When he dropped out, we were on the phone. She was asking me something that I forget now. I remember she was calling from New Hampshire. And I remember it was early in the morning and, while we were talking, Mr. Biden's withdrawal announcement was on the TV and I mentioned that and she said she seriously doubted she gave him the attention his campaign deserved at TCI. She was afraid that, because she knew and liked him, he suffered from that as she tried to be fair. I disagreed with her but I think that is a great example of how she does question herself regularly and self-check to be fair.
At Third, due to Ava and C.I., we were one of the few outlets in 2007 that was noting the historic nature of the Democratic Party's race, how you had a woman as a serious contender, a Latino as a serious contender, and a bi-racial man as one. And that was due to Ava and C.I. because they were the ones pointing out how the 'historic' talk in the MSM repeatedly left out Governor Richardson.
For me, memories of Bill Richardson running for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination will always be: 1) He was the first Latino to really have a chance at it. 2) He repeatedly spoke out against the Iraq War and was always to the left of Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama on that issue.
He was on The NewsHour (PBS) tonight, by the way and, if you click here, you have transcript, video, and, I think, audio.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: