By David Nather
Who says Barack Obama doesn’t want the superdelegates to overturn the will of the voters?
Just a few minutes ago, his campaign announced that Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia has endorsed Obama. The chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee – and the longest-serving member of the Senate – called Obama “a shining young statesman, who possesses the personal temperament and courage necessary to extricate our country from this costly misadventure in Iraq, and to lead our nation at this challenging time in history.”
Byrd’s endorsement is in keeping with most of the rest of West Virginia’s congressional delegation (the Democrats, anyway).
The state’s other senator, John D. Rockefeller IV, endorsed Obama in February, and one of the state’s two Democratic House members, Rep. Nick J. Rahall II, threw his support to Obama in March.
It’s almost as if West Virginia was an Obama-leaning state. But it was Hillary Rodham Clinton, of course, who won the primary last week. Her margin there: 2-1.
The one West Virginian who hasn’t weighed in yet: Rep. Alan B. Mollohan. Talk about peer pressure.