Sunday, February 17, 2008

Courting John Edwards


New Clinton Economic Message Has Echoes Of Edwards - [REUTERS, February 17, 2008
Clinton is courting working-class voters with a new message of economic populism similar to the theme of John Edwards, the former North Carolina senator who dropped out of the Democratic race in January.

Obama visits Edwards - [Mike Allen, Politico, Feb 17, 2008]
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) paid a secret visit to his former rival, John Edwards, in quest of his endorsement on Sunday, a Democratic official said.

Clinton Seen Leading the "Edwards Primary" - [Taegan Goddard, Political Wire, February 17,2008]
The Associated Press: "The couple has been impressed with Clinton, who has more effectively courted them since the 2004 vice presidential nominee dropped out, people who talk to the Edwardses say. Obama has been less attentive, they say, and some of those close to the Edwardses have been annoyed that Obama has continued to ridicule him for once saying his biggest weakness is that he has a powerful response to seeing pain in others."
Note: See my post of Feb 5th: Why is Obama Mocking John Edwards?


Carl Jeffers - The Road to Denver -- A Firewall for Hillary, A Firetrap for Obama - [Huffington Post Feb 16, 2008]
I believe it is likely that John Edwards may endorse Hillary Clinton for the nomination over Barack Obama. And if Edwards does so, I believe it would be for three reasons.

First, I think Edwards may conclude that Clinton is the tougher candidate to both fight in the fall campaign and to fight back against the insurance and oil companies once she were in the White House. Second, I think Edwards may conclude that Hillary's healthcare plan will come closer to accomplishing his goal of true universal health care that he feels so committed to and passionately about. [....]


Edwards Endorsement: Clinton or Obama? - [Huffington Post, Feb 17, 2008]
There are policy considerations at play: there is a sense within the Edwards camp that Clinton's policies could be better for working class Americans. But Obama's anti-lobbyist proposals are more aligned with Edwards' politics.

In response to a CNN report that Elizabeth Edwards may favor Obama over Clinton, sources close to the Edwards family flatly deny that she favors one candidate over the other.

Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central spoke to an Edwards aide who offered more details, including: "There's a greater than 50% chance he will endorse."

The Edwards aide cautioned against reading too much into the meetings, saying that he'd been talking to both of them before. "He's torn," the aide said "He has reservations about Hillary, which are pretty apparent."

On Obama, the aide says, Edwards worries "whether he's tough enough to be President of the United States. If you look at what Edwards ran on, which is not negotiating with the special interests, taking away their power, that's pretty different than the Obama model."

The Edwards aide added that Obama's lack of a health care plan with a "mandate" is a "tough hurdle for him to get over." He added, however, that Edwards is much more in line with Obama on other issues.

Obama Meets Edwards, Pledges Party Remake - [The Nation, Feb 18,2008]
By all accounts, the discussion inside the Edwards home revolves around whether Obama is ready for the presidency. Additionally, both John and Elizabeth Edwards are concerned that Obama's health care plan is weak -- especially in its failure to commit to universality. Clinton has played on those concerns during meetings with the Edwardses and phone conversations with them.
Also posted today at Anonymoses' blog. I left comment there.


Jolly Roger said...

It would be a pleasure to hear Barack do a little more 'splainin and a little less riding on his rock-star status. I recently got a comment about Obama being a "populist," something that is completely absent from his entire political career. There are people as irrational about Barack as there are about Chimpy. This isn't a good thing; only by holding ANY candidate's feet to the fire do we have any hope of influencing what they do once in office. As an appointed official, Chimpy is beholden to no one. We'd better make sure the next officeholder responds to us.

Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

I understand too well. I've not been swept up in the Obama wave, which is not at all a political-populist wave, but instead a wave borne of a sick mainstream media-enhanced cult of personality. My cheeks are not flushed at the mention of his name. I do not swoon when I see him rally the throngs of the true believers. I'm not ready to endorse his candidacy myself.

I'm particularly concerned upon having heard Politico's Roger Simon on CBS' Face the Nation yesterday figuratively wringing his hands over the possibility of violent reaction should Obama supporters not be sated in Denver. Choosing a particular candidate but for the fear of thuggery? Are we losing our minds?

Sometimes here lately I feel that we are in the midst of a collective mental illness that is pervading our street corners and office cubicles... trickling down from the ego-focued campaigns to the mainstream media to the worried and not-so-well-informed minds of the general public.

My brother..a moderate..and a very well-informed soul if I've ever known one... is so unimpressed by the media-issued-candidate choices this time around that he's planning on staying home on election day 2008 unless a third-party candidate emerges. As an active progressive, I am sad to hear this kind of talk.

There's no poulist left in this race after John's left it....I know it all too well.

I like Hillary's healthcare platform much better than Obama's.

Unless Obama sees the error of his healthcare plan, I'd have to say I hope Edwards (if he were to endorse anyone, and I wish he wouldn't just yet) would endorse Hillary for the healthcare-plan unity alone.