Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Clinton is a Chief

Missouri State Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is bringing some unwanted attention to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

CNN reports that Cleaver, Clinton's Missouri co-chairman, told Canadian public television that he expects Barack Obama to beat Clinton, adding, "I will be stunned if he's not the next president of the United States.

"Even though I don't expect the Kansas City Chiefs to beat the Indianapolis Colts, I cheer for the Kansas City Chiefs," he said.

Cleaver is a key supporter on the Clinton bandwagon; in addition to serving on her steering committee, as a congressman, he is also a superdelegate. Cleaver intimated that he may consider casting his superdelegate support for Obama in the wake of the Illinois senator's victory in Cleaver's congressional district in the state's primary on Feb. 5. Count Cleaver among those who want to see the Democratic race decided before the convention; a floor fight for the nomination, he said, would be a "tragedy of tragedies."

Hear the podcast of the CBC's show, The Sunday Edition, here. Also, read about Cleaver's superdelegate dilemma here (also includes a nice Cleaver bio) on BlackMissouri.com, an interesting web site "dedicated to telling the story of African Americans, Africans, Carribeans, and other melanated people in the State of Missouri" whose goal is "to show people that the heart of Missouri is Black." Posts are separated by category, including one called "Survival."

And -- I checked it out for you -- no, there is no WhiteMissouri.com, although there is an unincorporated area known as White City in Missouri.