A day too late, Obama trotted out the sad figure of John Edwards to cover up the humiliation Obama suffered in West Virginia.
Obama was humiliated in West Virginia. West Virginia rejected Obama, massively, despite all the attempts by Big Media to stuff Obama down their throats.
We never had much use for John Edwards. We never really bothered to write much about him. Only rarely during the campaign did we take note of his efforts.
It is possible that John Edwards might have had some influence if he had endorsed a candidate before the North Carolina primary. But John Edwards missed his chance by not endorsing before North Carolina. Big Media, not the voters, will be the only one impressed by today’s Edwards endorsement.
To us the John Edwards endorsement typifies what bothered us about John Edwards – he does what is easy. When the Iraq war was popular, John Edwards co-sponsored the Iraq authorization legislation. When big financial industry companies wanted a bankruptcy bill, John Edwards was there for them. The average joe and jane, the “little guy” had little clout in those talks.
When John Edwards was running for president however, John Edwards repudiated his entire past. John Edwards became the “I’m sorry” and the “I was wrong” candidate. On co-sponsoring the Iraq authorization legislation Edwards said “I was wrong.” On voting for the retrograde bankruptcy bill Edwards said “I was wrong.”
In months to come, prepare yourselves, John Edwards will say about his Obama endorsement: “I’m sorry. I was wrong”.
The endorsement by Edwards presents a major opportunity:
Clearly Obama trotted Edwards out today to change the conversation from the trouncing West Virginia handed him. More importantly, Superdelegates and the reality community realize that Obama has a big problem with white working class voters. So today Obama trotted out John Edwards to try to communicate with white working class voters. Obama wants to woo the white working class by proxy.
John Edwards as ambassador from Obama to the white working class will be as successful as ambassador Ted Kennedy when he was sent to woo the Latino community. John Edwards as ambassador from Obama to the white working class will be as successful as Ted Kennedy and John Kerry when they begged their own Massachusetts constitutents to vote for Obama.
Obama can trot out all the show horses he wants to get votes for him – but it won’t work. The problem is Obama. Obama is unelectable.
Which brings us to the major opportunity: John Edwards’ assignment will be to go to Kentucky on behalf of Obama to try to placate and fool white working class voters. A Hillary victory in Kentucky will demonstrate to Superdelegates, again, that white working class voters will not vote for Obama – no matter how many circus attractions Obama sends out on his behalf.
So now, in Kentucky, Obama and Edwards will have to prove once and for all that they are not reviled by white working class voters. If John Edwards cannot deliver Kentucky to Obama, Superdelegates will once again know that Obama will not get white working class votes – period. Obama is unelectable.
Hillary will make her case personally to Kentucky voters. Hillary will not need circus attractions and clowns from outside Kentucky. Hillary and those who know Kentucky best will make her case in Kentucky:
After a landslide victory in West Virginia, the Clinton Campaign today announced that former Kentucky Governors Wendell Ford, Paul Patton, John Brown, and Julian Carroll are endorsing Hillary for President. The endorsements demonstrate the widespread support Hillary continues to receive throughout the Bluegrass State.
“The Presidency is the hardest job in the world and the American people deserve a leader who can rise to the challenge,” said former Governor Wendell Ford. “In the thirty years I have known Hillary, she has consistently proven she can deliver results. Whether fighting to reform our nation’s health care system or offering a responsible solution to ending the War in Iraq, Hillary has proven time and again she has what it takes to get the job done.”
“The people of Kentucky need a President who has the strength, experience, and leadership to lead on day one,” said former Governor Julian Carroll. “My friendship with Hillary goes back more than 30 years and I know she’ll make a fine President. Hillary is the leader that Kentucky needs and I look forward to helping deliver victory for her on Tuesday.”
“I am proud to support Hillary today,” said former Governor John Y. Brown. “I had the opportunity to serve with President Clinton and I got to know Hillary as a person. With the complex problems that have been created over the last eight years, I would feel most comfortable with Hillary because she has the skills and experience to handle them.”
“I am honored to have the support of these distinguished Kentucky governors, and look forward to working with them to jumpstart the economy and rebuild the middle class,” Clinton said.
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Berkeley Vox has it right once again:
To Do List:
1) Make calls for Hillary, to Oregon and Kentucky voters: http://tools.hillaryclinton.com/calling/
2) Donate! If you’re maxed out or strapped for cash, ask 5 of your friends and family to donate to Hillary
3) Blog! Get the word out, here, on other sites, and in letters to the editor to big Oregon and Kentucky newspapers. Talk about the disenfranchisement of Florida and Michigan, and the unfair treatment of those states’ voters by Dean and the DNC. New Hampshire and South Carolina moved their primaries, but received preferential treatment and weren’t punished at all.