Richards endorses Tester

First to ask, last to know. So yesterday, completely unaware that Richards was set to announce his withdrawal from the race and his endorsement of Tester, I pondered the significance of the few percentage points that prefer the third candidate’s politics. I heard the buzz last night only, but thought it best to wait for the news release.

I was scooped!

Pogie reported the rumor. Matt got to the announcement first. He’s got all the good quotes.

Let me add my two cents.

First, I liked what Paul Richards had to say. I don’t think his vision had a snowball’s chance in h*ll of gaining traction in this country, right now. Too much money is banked against his ideas. He couldn’t win the primary, let alone the general.

Second, I think the timing of this announcement benefits Tester greatly. I suggested that Richards drop out a few weeks ago, thinking his withdrawal and endorsement would set off momentum for Tester. Turns out Tester didn’t need it. But endorsing Tester now, five days before the election, keeps the buzz going for Jon. It puts him in the news. It peaks interest. And hopefully it puts Richards’ people in Tester’s camp.

Go over to Left in the West and let Matt get you excited about the race. He’s right. The impact of this race will be enormous. It might decide the difference between affordable health care and a middle class that slips into poverty. It might decide the difference between a police state with unwarranted personal searches and a government beholden to the electorate and the law. It might mean the difference between a ceaseless slog in the Middle East and thousands of lives lost to a useless and meaningless war, or peace.

H*ll, you may not agree with everything Tester stands for. But what’s certain is this: Tester is honest and competent. What he says, he means. Isn’t that enough?

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