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The importance of the Kennedy Obama endorsement

After the disappointment of the New York Times editorial board's endorsement of Hillary Clinton, it was good to read Caroline Kennedy's endorsement of Barack Obama for president.

Even better was reading about Ted Kennedy's endorsement of Obama, expected tomorrow. Many are asserting that this will be huge for Obama. Mark Halperin lists the Six Reasons Why the Kennedy Endorsement is a Big Deal. My favorite:

It sends a message to other senators and superdelegates that it is OK to be for Obama — they don't have to be afraid of the Clintons.

Obama has already been endorsed by a number of Senators - including John Kerry (the other Senator from Massachusetts), Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Ben Nelson (D-NE). Unlike the endorsements by almost any other Democrat in the Senate, Ted Kennedy's endorsement could have a real impact. Still, I'd like to see them mount up for Obama. I hope there's a tidal wave after Kennedy's endorsement. Just to see who climbs on board.

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