So, my news (thanks Google for allowing me to set my news page to automatically pick up news on Puerto Rico) keeps coming up with the news that Aníbal, governor of Puerto Rico, is endorsing Obama.
Great leaders like Senator Obama are defined by their visionary leadershipThis is making waves because apparently PR has 63 delegates, more than most states, and it's winner-take-all. This is made its way around a few blogs already.
- but also by their willingness to listen to, and learn from, the voices
of citizens. The four million Puerto Ricans on the Island, along with the
four million across the U.S. mainland, are seeking such a leader as
President. Senator Obama has answered our call, by hearing Puerto Ricans'
desire to advance our economic, social and political aspirations. I am
proud to endorse Barack Obama for President.
Honestly, I think this is nonsense. The idea that Puerto Rico can determine the primaries just seems ridiculous to me. Let's see... could it be that their primary is on June 1st, the very last primary? I am hoping that by then this will all be decided. Even if it is, who's to say that Puerto Rico won't vote for Hillary? While racism, according to our media, supposedly has kept Latinos on Hillary's side, this certainly can't be an excuse for Puerto Rico, with its sizable black and mixed population... but Puerto Ricans tend to be cautious with both liberal morals and uncertain change (my main example here being the inability to claim either statehood or independence and instead preferring a inhibitive but "safe" Commonwealth). I'm not sure how much Aníbal's endorsement will mean to Puerto Rico but I am not sure it will have as much weight as some project. He's a relatively unpopular governor involved in a few scandals in the moment.
The strangest part of all of this for me is that they can have a vote in the primaries, but can't vote in the general election. How bizarre would it be to have them choose a presidential candidate, only to be unable to support him/her in the real election? It's like having someone make a cake and then tell them they can't have a piece.
Anyways, point is, it's too early to make that judgment. I think I'll just sit back and allow everyone to scramble over themselves trying to predict what cannot be predicted.