Timing and Stage Directions Are Everything

Oh my… When I first read this over on Marc Ambinder I thought to myself, what on earth… Did the Obama camp really include “stage directions” in the copy of Bill Richardson’s endorsement speech that they sent out?

Apparently they did (emphasis mine):

The Obama campaign distributed Gov. Bill Richardson’s endorsement speech…note the stage direction:

I know Senator Obama well.I first got to know him when I chaired the last Democratic National Convention, where he gave that wonderful keynote address.

And then, last year, as we campaigned against each other for the Presidency, I came to fully appreciate his steadfast patriotism and remarkable talents.

I also felt a kinship with him because we both had one foreign-born parent and we both lived abroad as children.

In part because of these experiences, Barack and I share a deep sense of our nation’s special responsibilities in the world.

[Turn toward Obama and smile]

Barack Obama, you are an extraordinary leader who has shown courage, sound judgment and wisdom throughout your career.

You understand the security challenges of the 21st century, and you will be an outstanding Commander in Chief.

Hmmm…. Not much of an endorsement speech if you ask me. Maybe the Obama camp was concerned that Richardson might upstage Obama? Maybe Richardson couldn’t find much else to say about Obama? Regardless, you would think that Bill Richardson after all his years in politics wouldn’t need “stage directions.”

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