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iamjoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-19-08 06:54 PM
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87. But The Reason Is Not Valid
to say Edwards isn't doing better because people don't see him as sincere isn't completely on the mark because H. Clinton does well even though people don't see her as sincere.

So, if it is perceived sincerity, that's only part of the picture, otherwise Clinton would not be doing so well.

I think it's a lot of things. From the very beginning, the media wanted a two person race Clinton vs. Obama. It's a fascinating dynamic - a woman vs. an African American. One of the most well known people in Washington vs. the "young" idealistic newcomer. The only way it would have been better is if Obama was a governor.

Edwards doesn't fit into the mix. He's not new and fresh, but he's not a powerhouse either. There's nothing particularly of interest about him. So, he ups the intensity of the message.

On to the message. It's a little bitter, a little harsh. If some one is middle class, they may not connect with Edwards, and may resent being grouped in with poor people. Or, they may see his lifestyle, his voting record and think there's a disconnect. Maybe. Or maybe Edwards is merely human and feels the conflicts we all do in wanting to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but feeling for those who are not as well of as we are. But, because of his message, his lifestyle and voting record get additional scrutiny and cause him to be judged by a tougher standard.

He never really had a chance. I wish I were more optimistic about his chances. I wish I felt more confident that 01-20-09 really will be a grand day.
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