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May 14, 2008

Obama-Edwards: Just A Convention(al) Photo

Barack EdwardsBeyond the smart timing -- a day after the washout in W. Virginia -- it's hard to believe the true blue O-team wasn't playing for this exact pose.

Besides stoking the fantasies of those working class Edwards fans (are you looking, Kentucky?), the campaign even got Drudge, if you can believe it, to deliver the money caption.

Note:  I'm in NYC this week attending the NYPhoto Festival as well as the VII agency seminar, so I might be a bit briefer over the next few days.

Ex-Rival Edwards Throws His Support to Obama (NYT)
Why Did John Edwards Endorse Obama Today? Thread V (Talk Left)

(image: Jeff Haynes/Reuters. Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 14, 2008. via YahooNews)


Look, I like John Edwards. And respect him. Though not as much as a lot of people do. But my guess is he could not bring 10 people with him in Kentucky or anywhere else. Including his home state of NC. What he gives O is the photo op, and the sense that, more and more, the tide is shifting to his side. The same sense O would get from any big story that makes the headlines.

Barack appears to be wearing the same tie two days running, along with the flag pin! Wow! But I do think the added exposure in the form of the huge audiences that Obama draws will benefit Edwards' anti-poverty program. For that reason alone, I was happy to see full coverage on C-Span 3 and listen to replays on POTUS 08.

I suppose the skewed lapels and ties hanging out are slightly more dignified than if they were standing there with protruding shirt-weenies.

He can win this thing is he picks up Webb or Wes Clark...

. . . or bill richardson . . . he's got tons of foreign policy experience behind obama's relative lack there of.

Edwards says not gonna happen:

But Edwards flatly said Friday, as he had before he endorsed a candidate, that he's not interested in making a second run for vice president.

"No," Edwards said in no uncertain terms on NBC's the Today show when asked about the possibility. "Won't happen.…It's just not something I am interested in."

As for another position in an Obama administration, specifically Attorney General, Edwards was decidedly more coy.

"I don't really want to get involved in that speculation," he said. "Right now we have to focus on getting Barack Obama elected to President of the United States, then we’ll worry about those things."

They sure were some nice photos though.

Nice PR shot, but the reality was something different. Yes, the planning and execution were brilliant, but a little tardy in the start. However, I watched it live and Edwards was only intermittently enthusiastic. And he gave a long (overly long?) nod to Hillary and her greatness.

Why did he hold out so long? I think he was really pulling for Hillary, hoping that she could carry off the nomination. The pundits are putting Elizabeth's absence down to her being supportive of Hillary. I think Edwards is a pol thru and thru and could see that the cookie was crumbling for Obama and he'd better get on the bandwagon before no one noticed his presence.

And I hated to say that, because Edwards was my first choice, way back when it would have mattered.

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