Obscure former Presidential Candidate endorses Obama
I am obliged to post the following notice; John Edwards - uh, you remember him don't you? - Has finally taken his finger down after seeing which way the political wind was blowing and has endorsed Barack Obama for President:
Sounding a theme of a nation divided into parts by walls, Mr. Edwards said, "The reason I am here tonight is that Democratic voters in America have made their choice and so have I."Mr. Edwards then went on to say, "There is one man who knows in his heart that it is time to tear down that wall and make one America, Barack Obama."Mr. Obama, who had introduced Mr. Edwards as "one of the great leaders we have in the Democratic Party, " responded by saying he was grateful to him for coming to Michigan and giving his endorsement.Mr. Obama also noted how Mr. Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, had emphasized health care as an issue that is of primary concern, then said it would be a major issue in his administration.The endorsement comes at a time when the appeal of Mr. Obama appears to be lagging among white, blue-collar voters, a group to which Mr. Edwards openly appealed.
Mr. Edwards support was confined to the "angry populist wing" of the Democratic party. There has rarely been a candidate for president who shamlessly sought to divide America along class lines. Openly talking of "us and them" when referring to the "rich" and the rest of us, Edwards camapign never caught fire largely because the candidate himself failed to convince voters he wss "one of them."
How could he convince them after buying a mutli million dollar house and getting $500 hair cuts? Edwards was exposed as a panderer, nothing more.
Will his endorsement help Obama? Only in the sense that his delegate total can now be added to Obama's which brings the Illinois senator that much closer to clinching the contest. Outside of this elctoral boost, it is hard to see anyone - even in the Democratic party - taking anything Edwards does seriously.