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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-10-08 07:31 PM
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77. I love Edwards but...
I love Edwards, and he had been my first choice. But folks, reality is reality. Politics is as much about timing as anything else. The problem here is that he is up against two candidates that have tons of money between them and are simply sucking up chunks of the electorate that leaves Edwards with the "scraps." The other thing that is putting people off is that when he loses he does not offer any kind of graceful concession, only more of the stump speech. His money is drying up, and while his populist rhetoric has been great, it has been making him seem kind of "angry" and too "single-issue." (Don't get me wrong, I, again, love the tough populist talk which has been very much needed in the debate.) The problem and reality for Edwards is simply his timing, financing, and the divide in the electorate that just doesn't come down his way. If he can't win after Nevada and South Carolina, he is DONE, and it is doubtful he'll win either of those. In a primary situation, you either start winning or the bucks dry up and you start looking non-credible, out of reality, and foolish to keep trying to hang on and continuing to lose just to make some kind of point. Dodd, Biden, and Richardson are great Democrats who understand this and gracefully bowed out. Sadly, I'd love to have seen Edwards do it, but it just doesn't look like it can happen now, and Edwards shouldn't risk being a spoiler candidate. I have therefore gone to Obama, as we need a very new direction and Obama is the only one left with the resources and electoral potential to overcome Hillary's machine. (At the same time, if Hillary does win the nomination, I will be behind her 100% because we MUST take back the White House, and while Hillary is more vulnerable in the general election, she CAN win with the right running mate and the right campaign.)
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