another edwards post

For those of you still looking for a reason to get on the John Edwards bandwagon with me, the “Washington Post” has a really good profile piece about his early life that might help to convince you. I know he takes a lot of shit from the Republicans for his reliance on the “I’m just the son of a millworker” patter, but his family history and their struggle to stay on the edge of middle class, I think, is incredibly important.

It’s also worth noting that, according to a new CNN poll, Edwards is by far the best candidate the Democrats have got to go head-to-head against the Republicans. Here’s a clip:

…On the Democratic side, Edwards performs best against each of the leading Republicans. In addition to beating Huckabee by 25 percent and McCain by 8 percent, the North Carolina Democrat beats Romney by 22 percentage points (59 percent to 37 percent) and Giuliani by 9 percentage points (53 percent to 44 percent)…

“Edwards is the only Democrat who beats all four Republicans, and McCain is the only Republican who beats any of the three Democrats,” Holland said. “Some might argue this shows that they are the most electable candidates in their respective parties…

My plan had been to wait until he won Iowa before getting involved in the Michigan for Edwards campaign, but I don’t see any reason to wait. I’m going to find my local recruiting station this week.

[Thanks to Kerri for the links.]

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  1. Steph
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    He’s the right person for America right now. We don’t need another trust-fundarian. We need someone who can bring hope instead of fear.

  2. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    The best thing for Michigan Democrats to do at this point is go to the primary on January 15th and vote “uncommitted.” This helps our state send uncommitted delegates to the national convention in Denver, who can then make their decisions there of who to support. That person could be Edwards, Obama, Richardson, or even Gore if he pulls a RFK ’68 and jumps into the race late.

  3. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 11:29 am | Permalink

    Voting “uncommitted” in the Michigan primary will also increase the likelihood of the National Democratic Party re-enstating the voting privilages of our state’s delegation at the convention. For that reason, it IS without question the best move for Michigan at this point. So all those wonderful folks who said they were so concerned about our state’s say in the selection process should be 100% behind it, right? Ask Debbie Dingell, Senator Levin, Governor Granholm.

  4. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    P.S. sorry about my horrific spelling errors (“re-instating” & “privileges”) I’m in a hurry trying not to get caught blogging by campaign staff here.

  5. Posted December 11, 2007 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Email me if you want to start writing for the blog.

  6. Mark H.
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    what about voting for Ron Paul in the GOP primary?

  7. Robert
    Posted December 11, 2007 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    It really doesn’t matter what happens in the GOP primaries and caucuses. Republican voters don’t select their nominee. Rove chooses the candidate. He did in 2000 with his push polls in South Carolina, effectively shutting down McCain.

    The Rove/Bush Administration operates precisely like an organized crime family. Giuliani is the “made man” and will be the candidate Rove lets through. The only way he wouldn’t choose Giuliani is if Edwards manages to fight his way to prominence on the Democratic side, or Gore jumps in and gets the nomination. Against either of those candidates, Rove will play his southern card and place Thompson at the forefront. The Republican candidate is just a campaign strategy choice, because Rove and friends will continue to be the real decision makers no matter which phony they pretend is in charge. Look at the joke they put up for the last 7 years. Really, that should have been plenty of time for all of us to have caught on by now.

  8. Robert
    Posted December 30, 2007 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    A new McClatchy-MSNBC poll shows “Edwards surges” into first place: Edwards 24%, Clinton 23%, Obama 22%. The poll, taken Dec. 26-28, shows John gaining 3 percentage points since the last one on Dec. 3-6, while Clinton lost 4 points and Obama lost 3.

    It was reported today that in New Hampshire, Edwards leads among independents with 38%, Obama has 23% and just 17% for Clinton. News so good it’s almost hard to believe.

  9. Robert
    Posted July 14, 2008 at 8:23 pm | Permalink

    So I was completely wrong about Giuliani being the “made man” Rove would install as the Republican candidate. OK, but maybe they’ll now stick McCain with Rudy as his running mate. I guess it’s also possible that the con-jobs who’ve been running up huge debt and sucking the taxpayers dry realize the whole house of cards they pretended was economic policy is about to come crashing down, so they don’t give a crap who it is that steps in and takes the fall for them. So maybe McCain is the Ken Lay in this scenario. Rove is probably just setting up cocktail party and dinner reservations for the foreseeable future at all of Dubai’s hottest hot spots.

  10. mark
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    They owed it to McCain for what they did to him in in the 2000 primary. They floated the black love child story, and they were all over the place talking about how McCain was mentally unstable. But, McCain, knowing he was beat, didn’t lash out. No, he embraced Bush. And that’s how he earned the nomination. As evil as he is, I do think that Rove has a code he lives by. He gave McCain his word, and he’s keeping it. As for the VP choice, I think we’re talking about someone young and charismatic – not Rudy.

  11. Robert
    Posted July 15, 2008 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, young and charismatic. It probably IS about time for the Anti-Christ to make his debut on the national stage. Is it that late already? I have been so distracted by the show, I forgot to watch the time.

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