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Edwards endorses Obama
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, May 15, 2008

If ever you wondered how far to the left Barack Obama is actually running, this endorsement should settle that for you:
At a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Wednesday evening, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama, who was on the stage with him, to be the Democratic nominee for president.

Sounding a theme of a nation divided into parts by walls, Mr. Edwards said, “The reason I am here tonight is that Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I.”

Mr. Edwards then went on to say, “There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to tear down that wall and make one America, Barack Obama.”
And, frankly, there's a method to his endorsement:
Mr. Edwards has carefully played down his aspirations for an administration role. In an interview in January, he said he would not accept a vice-presidential spot or Cabinet position. “No, absolutely not,” he said, shaking his head emphatically when asked.

But privately, he told aides that he would consider the role of vice president, and favored the position of attorney general, which would appeal to his experience of decades spent in courtrooms as a trial lawyer in North Carolina; and his desire to follow in the footsteps of Robert F. Kennedy, one of his heroes.
And for that he most likely trades his delegates for more of a particular demographic:
The endorsement comes at a time when the appeal of Mr. Obama appears to be lagging among white, blue-collar voters, a group to which Mr. Edwards openly appealed.
And so, what passes for the "bandwagon effect" at this point, finds John Edwards endorsing Barack Obama - 2 of this nation's most liberal Senators with not enough experience between them to actually understand how to get to work in Washington, much less how to change it. Two glib and attractive guys who would indeed make a picture perfect pair who are otherwise neophytes in the areas where a president spends the vast majority of his time - foreign affairs and national security.

Personally, I'd love to see Edwards as Obama's VP.
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Senators with not enough experience between them to actually understand how to get to work in Washington, much less how to change it.
We can only Hope.

Written By: Grimshaw
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Another win for the Clintons, is how I would describe it.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
Yeah....because Edwards sure helped Kerry out a whole lot....

I mean sure this is the stake in Draculas heart for Hillary but for the general?

Written By: shark
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No real surprise here. But for the different melanin concentrations Edwards and Obama were separated at birth, politically speaking.
Written By: CR
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But for the different melanin concentrations Edwards and Obama were separated at birth, politically speaking.
They differ in that Edwards is an ambulance-chasing populist and Obama is a messianic populist.

Edwards is the first candidate that I ever heard of (going back to ’04) who jumped into the presidential race because he knew he couldn’t win a second term in the Senate from his home state.
Written By: Martin McPhillips
I suspect the endorsement was withheld due to Edwards giving it in return for a significant position in the Obama Administration.

Why buy the cow if you can get the milk for free

Now that it no longer matter in terms of winning the Primary and the endorsement has lost most of its value, Edwards is offering the endorsement to get on record as being onboard with Obama and appearing relavent.

So I take this late announcement to work against the likelihood Edwards will be VP.
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Makes me respect Hillary a little more. (Emphasis on "little.")
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