john edwards announces

Our friend John Edwards plans to announce his intention to run for President tomorrow morning in New Orleans. (Hillary and Obama appear to have forced his hand.) I’m not optimistic about his chances, but it’ll be good to have him in the race.

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  1. dorothy
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    i dearly love obama and would like to see him as president, but i fear he hasn’t enough experience. my idea of a golden slate would be hillary for president and obama as vice president. after eight years, he could run as president with enough experience to pull it off. i have no hope of this occuring, though—politicians are too self centered to allow someone else to take center stage for any length of time. so sad.

  2. ol' e cross
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    True story. Ol’ E Cross was born in the same small N.C. town as John Edwards. Our families went to the same Baptist church and, as such, were quite familiar. I’ve recently learned that the ABC blocks I grew up playing with were hand-me-downs from John Edwards. (They’ve been in my mouth, so, it seems, I have tasted greatness.)

    All I’m saying is, once Edwards is elected and I show up in the Oval Office with his cherished childhood blocks, I’m confident that Ypsilanti can count on some massive pork-barrel spending on our behalf.

    Oh, and, if you wondered, all us Robbins’ boys are that handsome.

  3. mark
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Dorothy, I hear where you’re coming from, and I think you’re right about some of it. I agree, for instance, that Obama needs more experience. (Although, Jim Kunstler did make a good point when he said that he had about as much experience as Lincoln did when he became President.) I don’t share your love for Hillary though. As I’ve mentioned here before, I can appreciate why she felt it necessary to support the war in Iraq. Americans, right or wrong, won’t elect a woman to be President unless they see her as being a hawk. I get it. But, it doesn’t excuse what she has done. As a Senator, she swore to protect this country, and yet she allowed the Bush administration to systematically destroy it. She not only sat by, but she joined them. She did what I’m convinced she knew was wrong just because it was politically expedient, and that, in my opinion, is inexcusable. She will never get my vote.

  4. mark
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    As for Edwards, I like him. Something about the campaign just doesn’t feel right to me though. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s now talking about global warming. I know that’s a good thing, but it just seems kind of forced. I’d much prefer that he just announced that, as President, he’d put Gore in charge of a task force on the matter, and then let him run with it. I like Edwards best when he sticks to the subjects of poverty, fairness and our nation’s need to retake a position of moral leadership in the world.

  5. mark
    Posted December 28, 2006 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    And, Ol’ EC, if you can arrange to get one of those blocks here, let me know and I’ll set up some kind of big “block sucking” event.

  6. mike_1630
    Posted December 29, 2006 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I really like Edwards – this announcement makes me happy, honestly, I was a bit bummed when I saw the magazine cover with Hillary on it. Ugh.

  7. mark
    Posted December 30, 2006 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    John sent this note yesterday. I thought that you might find it of interest:

    Dear Mark,

    I’m on a plane from Iowa to New Hampshire.

    We’ve had a great day, starting in New Orleans early this morning. People are responding to our call to action – more than 120 new One Corps chapters were started today alone, and more than 41,000 people watched our online town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa tonight.

    The momentum and energy are extraordinary. But what’s most important about the momentum is that it’s directed at changing and transforming America – not in the future, but now.

    Now we need to keep this momentum going, and the only way to do that is with your help. Anything you can contribute will make a huge difference.

    So much is at stake …. ending the shame of 37 million Americans in poverty and strengthening the middle class, guaranteeing universal health care, ending America’s addiction to oil, and restoring America’s moral leadership in the world. Our ability to change America depends on you.

    Keep checking our website and blog for updates from our tour today and tomorrow — including our live town hall from New Hampshire at 12:30 PM ET — and if you haven’t already done so, please join One Corps today.

    And from both Elizabeth and me, have a safe and Happy New Year.

    Your friend,

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