Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Filmmaker Michael Moore endorses Obama

Brilliant filmmaker Michael Moore endorsed Barack Obama for the U.S. Presidency on his blog yesterday (even though he doesn't get a vote being a Michigan Democrat).

I wonder how much of an influence this will have coming so late in the primary season. As Moore is viewed as a leftie nutjob/manipulative propagandist by most on the conservative right in America, it might hurt as much as help Mr. Obama.

Still, I think it's hugely significant considering that portions of Moore's recent documentary Sicko were political love letters to the former first lady, mostly for her failed efforts to bring universal health care to America in the 1990s. (Moore also pointed out in that doc how Clinton went on to accept huge donations from health insurance companies after that policy failure.)

Moore's definitely had a change of heart:

"...Over the past two months, the actions and words of Hillary Clinton have gone from being merely disappointing to downright disgusting. I guess the debate last week was the final straw. I've watched Senator Clinton and her husband play this game of appealing to the worst side of white people, but last Wednesday, when she hurled the name "Farrakhan" out of nowhere, well that's when the silly season came to an early end for me. She said the "F" word to scare white people, pure and simple. Of course, Obama has no connection to Farrakhan. But, according to Senator Clinton, Obama's pastor does -- AND the "church bulletin" once included a Los Angeles Times op-ed from some guy with Hamas! No, not the church bulletin!"

"...There are those who say Obama isn't ready, or he's voted wrong on this or that. But that's looking at the trees and not the forest. What we are witnessing is not just a candidate but a profound, massive public movement for change. My endorsement is more for Obama The Movement than it is for Obama the candidate. That is not to take anything away from this exceptional man. But what's going on is bigger than him at this point, and that's a good thing for the country. Because, when he wins in November, that Obama Movement is going to have to stay alert and active. Corporate America is not going to give up their hold on our government just because we say so. President Obama is going to need a nation of millions to stand behind him."


RuralSandi said...

Moore's a hypocrite. He said he couldn't in all conscience support a candidate that voted for the war in Iraq - uh. huh - he originally supported Edwards - who voted for the war in Iraq.

Barack Obama plays nice in public, but his mailings, etc. have been every bit, if not more negative, than Hillary's.

She failed at the health care issue years ago - so what, doesn't mean she can't try again.

Matt Guerin said...

Thanks, Sandi, for the comment. I don't think Moore says he's endorsing Obama simply because of the war. He also makes clear how Obama has shown some restraint in his (counter)attacks on Hillary - not personally mentioning how her husband invited the infamous Rev. Wright to the White House in 1998 for "spiritual counselling" just as the Lewinsky controversy was about to erupt.

I like Hillary. However, I don't have any confidence things would change one iota with her in the White House, in Iraq or in health care. They had 8 years to bring in universal health care and they didn't. We've seen this movie before. Let's try new leadership - for me, that's Obama.