David Boren is now supporting Obama. Story here.
Michelle Malkinhas an interesting theory on David Boren, former governor of Oklahoma, former US Senator, and current President of the University of Oklahoma, as a potential candidate for Obama’s choice of VP. From Malkin’s site:
I noticed yesterday that David Boren, former Democratic Senator from Oklahoma and current President of OU, had joined Sam Nunn in endorsing Obama. I thought that was odd, because Boren was known as a fairly conservative Democrat, one who probably had much more in common with Hillary than Obama but is well right of them both.
I mean, this is a guy with actual executive experience running a university (pretty well, from what I hear) and foreign policy experience on the Senate Intelligence Committee, a guy from a heartland state, a guy who’s everything Obama isn’t…why would he endorse Obama if he’s…so…different…
Right about there a little bell started going off.
This endorsement was a smart play by Boren, who would be a great ticket-balancer for Obama. Not only does he offset almost all of Obama’s weaknesses, he could make inroads into a few very red states.
Time will tell if that theory holds true. While I wouldn’t vote for Boren, he does hold some ideas that certainly would be considered “Right” of the current Leftist Democrats. (His history on tax cuts is one example)
The big question remains to me: If Boren is that conservative and principled, how in the world can he agree to run with Obama who is perhaps the biggest Leftist the Democrats have supported in a long time?
One key item here is that David Boren’s son, Dan Boren, who is in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, is an uncommitted superdelegate. Wonder if David Boren gets something from an “Obama administration” (that term gives me shivers) in return for Dan Boren’s superdelegate vote?
The basis for such a collaboration for David Boren certainly wouldn’t be based on conservatism or a prinicipled stance, but more likely on Boren’s political opportunism.
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