Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) is reportedly switching allegiances:
Confusion erupted Thursday night amid reports that a prominent African American supporter of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton’s had changed his mind. Georgia Rep. John Lewis, who is also a Democratic superdelegate, was reported by the New York Times as having decided to switch his superdelegate vote from Clinton to Sen. Barack Obama after Lewis’s district, around Atlanta, went for the Illinois senator.
But the Clinton campaign reported having no word from Lewis on the subject, and a spokeswoman for Lewis, Brenda Jones, said the Times story and a similar one by the Associated Press, saying he was contemplating such a switch, were inaccurate. Both the Times and AP stories quoted Lewis directly after speaking with him; he was not available for comment later Thursday.
That’s bad news for Hillary and, I think, barring some incredible performance in the next primaries, that the Clinton campaign is effectively drawing to an end. Lewis’s switch, if in fact it’s true, is not surprising to me because I think it reflects a larger phenomena. In the beginning, Obama was just a charismatic young senator with a following that a lot of people probably didn’t think to take all that seriously. Now, people are seeing that there is quite a bit of substance behind that charisma that’s just not there in Clinton. As Obama continues to win and get more coverage, people are getting to know him better and are paying attention to him. And, of course, there’s the whole “not wanting to be on the losing side” thing.
As John noted earlier, Clinton is banking on the super delegates. They may not hang around long enough to be of much use.