Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The Nation Magazine Endorses: Barack Obama

According to Katrina Vanden Heuvel on Hardball with Chris Matthews

VANDEN HEUVEL: ... we have endorsed Obama. We have endorsed Obama.

posted January 31, 2008 (February 18, 2008 issue)
The Choice
Christopher Hayes

The Nation (Sort Of?) Endorses Obama
by John Koblin | January 31, 2008
The Nation very rarely does endorsements, but in their upcoming issue that hits newstands tomorrow, Barack Obama is on the cover and it amounts to, well, something very close to an endorsement.

"The magazine felt that the campaign was down to Obama versus Clinton and we felt that with the primary coming up that we would make the strongest stand for Barack Obama," said Ben Wyskida, the publicity director at the Nation. "It's not an endorsement in that it's a consensus of all the editors, or the editorial board. But in this case we felt there were enough poeple who felt strongly enough about him that we would make the biggest deal out of it that we could."

The semi-endorsement is featured in their cover story written by D.C. Bureau Chief Christopher Hayes and titled, rather forcefully, "The Choice." Interestingly, the last time The Nation endorsed a candidate? In 1988, when the magazine endorsed Jesse Jackson.

According to Mr. Wyskida, they aren't describing it as an endorsement because there was some disagreement within editorial ranks...

MoveOn Endorses Obama
by MissLaura
Fri Feb 01, 2008 at 11:54:16 AM PST

MoveOn isn't the only progressive endorsement Obama has picked up since Edwards left the race; in a rare move, The Nation magazine devoted its cover to a piece supporting Obama. Christopher Hayes' article gives significant attention to concerns about Obama, but ultimately argues for him based on his movement-building potential:

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