50 Ways to Leave Hillary's Camp

Kerry, Richardson, Reich: stalwart Clintonites are jumping ship
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 20, 2008 2:50 PM CDT
Hillary Clinton helped raise money for the campaign of Sen. Claire McCaskill, but the Democrat from Missouri has given her endorsement to Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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(Newser) – As more longtime Clintonites succumb to Obamania and Hillary Clinton's superdelegate lead gradually diminishes, the former first couple is left to sift their friendships into past and present. But while the Clinton camp sees shifts toward Barack Obama as acts of betrayal, others consider them comeuppance for the Clintons' habit of collecting political allies and taking them for granted, reports the New York Times.

“There is a lot of Clinton fatigue in the party and in the country today, and many people are reacting to that,” said Tom Daschle, explaining why stalwart Clintonites like Robert Reich have shifted their support to Obama. Reich had been one of a growing group of supposed Hillary supporters who had resisted formally endorsing either candidate.