Thursday, December 21, 2006

Campaign 2008: Edwards Transitions From "Fresh Face To Crusader"

The Evans-Novak Political Report writes this week that while an inordinate amount of attention is being paid to Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, former Sen. John Edwards "should not be written off."

According to the report, Edwards "is the apparent front-runner in Iowa and is ahead of Clinton and Obama with key labor unions. He is a contender for support from Change to Win unions who left the AFL-CIO (Teamsters, SEIU, Laborers, Hotel and Restaurant Workers)."

Edwards may have a message that will resonate with a broad batch of primary voters -- built on the "Two Americas" theme he unveiled as a candidate in 2004. As the National Journal's "Hotline" wrote: Edwards is going from fresh face to crusader.

Who is Edwards crusading for? The same people he has sought to help since the 2004 election cycle, through his work as director of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

"You can also see it in the schedule -- announcing his candidacy in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, the new symbol of the forgotten America," writes blogger Dan Conley. "The subtext of the Edwards campaign will be that it's not enough to represent Americans who have been locked behind walls of power, you need to tear down those walls and deal head-on with issues of poverty, job creation and health care accessibility, the three prime impediments to expanding and strengthening the middle class."

It's a crusade worth fighting, on the heels of a Republican leadership that has so overwhelmingly looked out for the well-to-do, and time and time again left behind lower-income families.

Republicans have for six years spun about being "compassionate conservatives." It's meaningless words, not backed by actions. Edwards has a message that he plans to back up with action, and it could lead him to the White House.

4 Comments:

Anonymous wryter2000 said...

Good for him

He might want to re-think the word crusade, given that we have a lot of making up to do with Muslims, but the sentiment is great.

I hope he rubs Bush's nose in reality when he makes his statement from NOLA. I honestly believe most people think the city has been fixed by now.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous chimpymustgo said...

He's definitely on a mission, but "crusade" was the writer's choice of words.

He's putting his words into action. Go JRE!

9:10 PM  
Anonymous larissa said...

NBC just said that Edwards is beating McCain in their latest poll...

They're doing their "Decision 2008" segment and just stated that Edwards is 3 points above McCain in the latest poll they conducted.

Also talked about him making his announcement into the race from the Lower Ninth Ward soon.

Good for John Edwards!

9:11 PM  
Anonymous Double T said...

Edwards is a GREAT Presidential or Vice Presidential canidate.......
He is a voice for the REAL MAJORITY of Americans.

9:11 PM  

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