Synergy and the Edwards Campaign


Synergy: The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects.

Since his loss in the Presidential Primaries, John Edwards seems to have been making all the right steps towards 2008. Surely, a win in 2004 would have been great for his chances, in 2012, but the loss that many saw as a death knell appears instead to be just one of the acting agents in his 2008 synergy.

Agent 1 - Losing the Presidential Primary. Heard much from John Kerry lately? No, because he's a loser. A direct loser. The loser of a Presidential election just doesn't get another shot too often, especially in this day and age and in this bitterly bipartisan culture that the immoral right has concocted. A lot of people, on the other hand, feel that Edwards was brought down by Kerry. So, as far as the Democratic electorate goes, he ended up with more national exposure without ending up with "Loser" branded on his forehead.

Agent 2 - Focusing on Kitchen Table Issues. Some folks would say this won't win you the Presidency, but I disagree. Not for the reasons you are thinking. I disagree because this strategy has lead John Edwards into a unique position come 2008. He is fighting RIGHT NOW for the little guy. He's the candidate of the people in Iowa, as you can see from this recent N&O piece.

"The winner of the Iowa caucus in 2004 had an overwhelming likelihood of being the nominee," Edwards said in an interview. "I think that likelihood remains the same. Iowa and New Hampshire dominate who the nominee is going to be."

There are residual good feelings here about Edwards. A Des Moines Register poll in June showed Edwards to be the leading choice of Democratic voters, with 30 percent. He was followed by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton with 26 percent, Kerry with 12 percent and Vilsack with 10 percent. Other candidates had less than 3 percent.

"People got to know him and love him in the last election," said Kevin Miskell, 47, vice president of the Iowa Farmers Union. "The state of Iowa took him in as part of the family. The polls show nothing has changed since the last election."

Without another office to bog him down, Edwards has been free to focus his efforts on confronting the issues most important to Americans. Kitchen table issues. Result, he has an early lead in Iowa, the first decision state, and he has a network of local activists already formed and excited..

"He draws big crowds -- no question about it," said Brent Wynja, vice chairman of the Story County Democratic Party. "He has a real loyal following. I'm a Kerry man myself. They [Edwards' backers] are stirred up and excited."

Result, he wins Iowa?

But, it doesn't stop there. Edwards has practically become the spokesmen for unions in this country. No other Dem has focused this much on unions, well, for as long as I can remember. His dad was a union man and he was a union man back in the summer job days at the textile mills. More imporantly, he has been out stumping for hotel employees in their union battles.

Edwards' stands on poverty and raising the minimum wage have helped him court labor, which largely backed Gephardt in the 2004 primaries.
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Edwards has forged close ties with the new power in organized labor, the 6-million-member federation of unions known as Change to Win, which broke away last year from the AFL-CIO. It includes such unions as the Teamsters, textile workers, government workers and casino employees.
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"John Edwards is an important ally for the American labor movement, and I am proud to call him a friend of the Teamsters," said Jim Hoffa, the Teamsters president, in introducing Edwards this summer at the union's convention.

Edwards seems to have gotten the Clinton camp's attention. After Edwards was the only potential presidential candidate invited to speak to Change to Win's convention in Las Vegas in March, former President Bill Clinton met privately with labor leaders. The New Republic magazine reported that the former president asked them to hold off on any endorsement decisions.

Change to Win held their convention in Las Vegas for all the obvious reasons - What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas - but also because Nevada politics is still largely run by the unions.

Result, he wins Nevada?

Which leads to...


Agent 3 - The New Caucus/Primary Schedule

1. Iowa Caucus
2. Nevada Caucus
3. New Hampshire Primary
4. South Carolina Primary

To recap:
1. Iowa - Edwards has ground game in place, most imporant aspect of Iowa?

2. Nevada - Edwards has blessings of unions, most important aspect of Nevada?

3. New Hampshire...eh.

4. South Carolina. I lived in SC last time and I can tell you, he is a hometown boy and he will win SC. No matter what. Seriously. They haven't had a hometown Presidential candidate like this since Jackson.

Result, he wins South Carolina?

My family still lives in PA and I can tell you that rural PA loves him. If no PA dem is running, I think he will also win in PA. Add to that NC (c'mon, he'll win here) and you have a bunch of delegates right there. That still leaves open CA and NY (Clinton will probably win NY, right?), but I think you can see where I am heading here.

Early wins lead to more money, more endorsements, more energy. There is synergy in the air, and I think it spells nothing but good things for John Edwards.

Comments

What if Gore runs?

Would you still back Edwards in a primary?

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I don't think ...

Gore will run, if he does, he'll lose against Edwards.

I have great respect for Al Gore, make no mistake, but he gets more done as an American citizen than he would be able to get done as President of the United States.

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Thomas

What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Overstating the Unions

I think that unions have a much overstated effect upon politics in this country. Especially in the south. Thats not to say their endorsement is useless, I would say its incredibly helpful. But it is not the be all end all.

Having said that, I think that if Edwards grabbed someone like Mark Warner for his VP nomination he could win easily. I really believe that Edwards plus a southern governor will be the winning ticket.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

I probably agree...

but I have read in several indy reports that Nevada (Vegas) is a throwback. The various service unions still hold a lot of power. Because Nevada has moved up to second on the primary list, I think Edwards' union-backing will be key.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

More Of What Edwards is Doing in/for NC

Edwards Backs Union Workers (0 / 0)
News From USW: John Edwards Supports Continental Tire Workers in North Carolina: Sends Letter to Company CEO and President
Tuesday August 15, 10:11 am ET

PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 15, 2006--News From USW: John Edwards, former U.S. Senator from North Carolina and vice presidential candidate, has written a letter to Alan Hippe, CEO and president of Continental Tire's North American subsidiary, to express his concern over the German company's alleged violations of U.S. labor laws and intent to gut health insurance for hundreds of retirees and their families at the Charlotte, North Carolina plant....

"We appreciate Senator Edwards intervening in this situation on behalf of North Carolina citizens and our members," said Ron Hoover, USW executive vice president. "Such actions are consistent with his efforts to support workers and their unions throughout the U.S."

Continental Tire unlawfully imposed new terms and conditions at the Charlotte plant on April 30, 2006 and announced that it would cease tire production on May 10, 2006. Approximately 1100 workers and 500 retirees are being impacted by the end of tire production and major cuts in health care insurance.

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Warner would be good...

Senator Barack Obama would be better, I think.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs committee, Obama has the strong current foreign affairs credentials to complement John Edwards very strong domestic agenda.

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Thomas

What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Obama would be an awful choice if...

what you are looking for is foreign affairs. He's a first term Senator, just like Edwards. I think picking a VP already is a little like counting your chickens before they hatch (but much more fun) and depends on what happens in the race. One way out in left field possibility is that Clinton drops out after seeing how unpopular she is and runs for VP.

Of course, he could pick Murtha!

Or, Powell could admit what a fool he was played for by the Republicans and change his allegiance.

Or, Rendell in PA to help pick up the state.

Or, Jack Kemp, they seem to be pretty tight friends and would be seen as a "non-partisan" fusion ticket.

Or, Wesley Clark. That would be great. Pull in Arkansas again, take it away from the reds.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

But

I dont know that its too early for that. O'malley (who is running for maryland gov) chose his Lt Gov nominee months ago, something like 3 or 4 months before the primary. If Edwards found someone willing to run for VP instead of Pres then it would allow them to have two fundraising networks and two big names to campaign.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

Clark! woot!

For foreign affairs experience, brains and military creds, I'd have to throw all my little eggies in the Wes Clark basket for VP.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I'll admit...

to taking Clark over Obama...

But I still say that Edwards/Obama is better than Kerry/Edwards and far better than Gore/Edwards (or anyone else).

Having Warner is a surefire way to lose the Northern swingvote...Who up there would vote for two Southern guys?

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Thomas

What have YOU done today to make the world a better place?

Ummmmm...

The same ones that voted overwhelmingly for Clinton/Gore TWICE???

1992
1996

I never understood

the argument that Arkansas is a southern state. But I get your point.

That being said...

It bothers me that the general perception is that a Northern Democrat can't become President anymore.

John Kerry only lost because he has the personality of sheetrock.

Ohio notwithstanding, he almost pulled it off, even though he's one of the most liberal Senators out there.

We're almost ready for a Great Lake state Pres.

Someone from Pa, OH, IL, IN - not truly middle earth, but not coastal either.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I disagree

I love Obama, but 2 one term senators running for Pres and VP? No thanks. I am strongly opposed to any ticket that does include a current or former governor in at least one spot.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

EDIT-- I'll back away from that statement. I would take a general in place of a governor. Thanks Robert

"Keep the Faith"

These comments about 1-term senators,

is that disparagement? I like 1-term senators better than any other kind of senator, myself. Any longer and you've got a record of compromises that, while essential to being a good senator, are hard for a presidential candidate to shake. Not only that, but in politics, your star either keeps rising or that's it. The people who have been elected president after long national political careers are notable but few. Give me a 1-termer any day.

Its mostly an anti-senator comment

I just think that governors make better candidates than senators. I dont think we have enough recent examples to say if one is actually better at running things than the other (especially when you compare clinton to bush, is being a governor good or bad) but there is a certain leadership quality that people latch onto.

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

No argument there

I'm definitely open to the argument that the skillset that makes a good senator and the skillset that makes a good executive are different and largely incompatible.

Too early

Only two sitting senators have been elected president in U.S. history: Warren G. Harding and John F. Kennedy. I'm assuming there are others who weren't 'sitting,' but on the face of it, having been a senator doesn't seem like a great launching pad for President.

I think the reason is because people understand that Senators don't actually do or lead anything. They are not CEOs. They haven't had anywhere for the buck to stop. Just ask Dull and Brrrrrr. What the hell have they actually done? Have they ever made a decision? Of course not, and everyone knows it.

This is why I lean toward guys like Clark and Warner. Despite whatever shortcomings they might have, they have carried the burden of responsibility and done it well. They have made hard calls, though in very different venues, and their performance under pressure is proven. I've talked with both of them in the past year and it's very hard for me to imagine either settling for second-billing as VP.

Anything is possible, and I'm not saying Edwards can't win the nomination. He's definitely running and he's going about it with smarts and grace.

Still too early for me to jump on any bandwagons. Plus I'm watching to see how these guys play the 06 races. Edwards doing a great job getting out and building relationships. Clark is as well. I don't see much of Warner.

All in all, I'm much more worried about the State Legislature right now. And Congress. Unless we keep control of those august bodies, it won't matter much who's president two and a half years from now.

Its 03 all over again

its not called synergy its called strategic planning.

Unless the GOP can once again riddle Edwards with the "he's got no experience" holes, and the other primary candidates run with that as well, Edwards has been working on this 08 campaign for a very long time.

And with his team, this is a execution of a strategy with brillance.

Be just, and fear not.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

well yeah

I mean the primary schedule was together by people who are north carolinians and/or sympathetic to him.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Feingold2008 vs. Edwards2008

I agree that Edwards is making some decent moves: net presence, stumping the country, UNC foundation on poverty (good academic credentials), starting to build up the party's portfolio (even politicking for candidates in NC), etc. but....

He's been AWOL on the local scene (his backyard is bristling with web talent which could help with his netroots). He's missed or was slow to respond to opportunities for principled stands (FISA crud, Iraq pullout, etc.). He's spent an awful lot of time working the last gen kind of outreach (really, is Iowa going to be relevant next round). And he hasn't, I don't think, made a grab for the fastest growing segment of the political landscape - independents.

I think 2008 folks want to hire a leader not a President. Edwards needs to continue to flesh out his substance and demonstrate that he's got leadership not selling leadership ("do, not just seem to do" to twist "esse quam videri" a bit ).

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

Time to Revise the Statement

JRE attended a fundraiser for Brad Miller in December
It's now public knowledge that Edwards will be doing an event with Schuler in his district on August 22nd.
And I'll bet you they'll be something for Kissell coming soon.
etc, etc.

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

John Edwards

Give him a little break. Elizabeth was very sick for a while, and he was devoted to her. Now that she is better, he is ready to roll.

Lovex7

I agree with Robert.

Edwards is focusing on "kitchen table" issues that our disaffected middle class and others care about. We know these are issues that can and should be solved...with logical approaches and leadership that exposes and denies the self-serving interests of our current cadre of campaign-fund-mongering political mercenaries.

BTW - as to FISA, Edwards said about Bush during a May interview on THIS WEEK:

He is wrong. He is wrong. It is the reason we have a separation of powers in this country. Congress had enacted a [FISA] law that told the President exactly what he was supposed to do and he just ignored it. He intentionally ignored it. If there was any question about this, the least they should have done is to go to Congress and try to get the law changed. Should we be monitoring al-Qaeda? Absolutely. It is necessary to keep this country safe but we can do it under the law and the President is not above the law

When Edwards announces, and the country is really ready to care about what he thinks about the whatever-is-then-current situation on Iraq and other international issues, I suspect he'll have plenty to say.

As to VP choices...of all the possible choices being tossed around, I'd be happiest with Wes Clark.

Stan Bozarth

Power is in the hands of those

who TAKE IT! So this is the bush policy? The great congressional leaders just bend over and allow it. Is it time for the Hague yet?

Edwards Poor Showing

Interesting first-hand experience of Edward's missing in action from a UNC Law alum

FISA is an abomination in itself. To suggest tweaking it rather than starting fresh is disappointing. And I wouldn't discount domestic surveillance as a "kitchen table" issue.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

link doesn't work.

FISA and domestic surveillance will become much more of an issue if and when we get to hold sworn hearings with subpoena power.

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-me

Fixed the link

I'll go post this comment over at greenespace, too, but I've heard this criticism of Edwards re the Poverty Center at UNC a lot. I may have even made it once or twice, but it just doesn't seem all that important to me. Edwards may be using UNC as a stepping stone/staging ground. UNC is certainly using Edwards for purposes of prestige. It's win-win. And any deception involved might be offensive if we had any reason to think that Edwards and UNC Law didn't care about Poverty.

Except that they both do. UNC Law still has a great public interest focus, and I couldn't name three national politicians who do more to direct attention to what our economy is doing to its lower strata.

How many days a month should Edwards spend at UNC? Did he promise something that he hasn't delivered? Has UNC? (If they have, please stop me now.)

What an silly rant you link to

" i.e. that we should have pulled out of there yesterday."

Geez, read the article, he called for 40k troops now and teh rest within 12-18 months. So, from the get go I knew this was an uninformed rant.

UNC knew what they were doing if this alum can't figure it out, I suggest he read the post below.

And if he doesn't understand that a serious anti-poverty program needs major public backing and that backing comes after politicians/statesmen put in countless hours trying to change public opinion, then I don't think he understands how politics works (and remember Edwards did give $300k to poor, rural NC kids to go to college, so he is doing the hard political work and the immediate work as well).
Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Works for me....

Here's the link:

http://greenespace.blogspot.com/2006/08/yes-i-am-going-to-iowa-in-my-mind.html

Activist are placing a lot of hope on "the hearings" yet... Price (my rep), who will win his seat, a member of the Homeland Sec. appropriations apparatchik, is being quite coy - won't specify what kind of malfeasance he'd go after with subpoena power. Now that could be "good strategy" for the party (some more of that play it safe strategy that lost Gore and Kerry their runs) but it isn't the best leadership. Unfortunately, he's in very good company.

Leadership means breaking the current paradigm (the DLC method) and being straight, and clear, with the electorate.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

From Lance's friend Moye

I'm not looking to start a cross-site flame war here:

I suspect the disconcerting answer [maybe not disconcerting to Edwards fans, but certainly to the UNC Law School and faculty, who he is arrogantly using as a stepping stone of sorts] is that the Poverty Center provided a way for Edwards to stay in a temporary "holding pattern" while he contemplated a bid for the White House. His commitment to the Center is negligible, if any. If the Poverty Center were a corporation, you could make a compelling argument that it is little more than a "shell corporation." If we pierced its veil, I can't imagine we would find much in the office-- other than residual traces of Edwards' inflated ego.

Events at the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity.

I've been to two of these, neither of which would I have attended had they not been led by the Senator. Both were packed.

Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24, 2006
Challenging the Two Americas: New Policies to Fight Poverty

Tuesday, February 14, 2006
A Discussion about Work and Access to Health Care in America

Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A Conversation on Poverty and Segregation

Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Strategies for improving the Wages and Working Conditions of Low-Wage Workers

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005
Summit on Poverty: New Frontiers in Poverty Research and Policy

Thursday, November 3, 2005
Press Panel Addresses Poverty in the Media

October 31, 2005
Senator John Edwards Discussion with Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Jack Kemp

September 7, 2005
Senator John Edwards Kicks Off Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity Speaker Series

That is a pretty full schedule for a speaker series. Could Edwards be doing more as a full-time director, sitting on site, sure. Is that why they hired him? No, of course not. They hired him to get the center off the ground, to bring in funds, to bring national attention to the UNC Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. And, it worked. Look at us. Do you think we would even be talking about it right now if not for the Senator? I think not.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Go post this at Greenespace

John's a good and reasonable guy, and I'm sure he wouldn't be blogging if he weren't up for a good discussion. Tha Lizzink.

Why?

I cannot think of one good reason. It would be different if the author had some reasoning supported by logic, but otherwise it is just yelling at a blowhard.

Lance.

My point in posting the above was in reference to Will's post. I included you in the title because you had earlier pitched his guest-posting over at Sally Greene's blog. I'm not attacking him personally at all, but I think he is off-base on his take. No, that isn't right, he is on-base with the facts, but naive with his take on what that means.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Those in glass houses, Lance

I did not attack John Moye at all; I attacked his post. Also, nothing I said rises close to the vitriol he spewed at Edwards:

the UNC Law School and faculty, who he is arrogantly using as a stepping stone of sorts
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His commitment to the Center is negligible, if any.
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it is little more than a "shell corporation." If we pierced its veil, I can't imagine we would find much in the office-- other than residual traces of Edwards' inflated ego.

You say things like that, you cannot complain when someone attacks your position. Not to mention, as Robert pointed out, that he is wrong about the activity being done by the center.

Way off base

That comment shows that Moye has no clue. Of course Edwards is not on campus everyday, but he should not be. He is there to stir interest in a particular issue and raise the profile of UNC Law. And he has done that. Also, I do not think that Moye has any special knowledge of any of this, he is just trying to spout off to make a post.

Looking Forward to 2008 with John Edwards in the drivers seat!

Hi all: just wanted to enter the conversation with a thought, I have seen John Edwards doing more across this country for currently running democrats then almost all of the others put together. I am sorry if he seems missing in action at the Poverty Center, but to me the big pictures is this entire country, all of it's people, and moving us forward to a Democratic win in 2008. I believe in John Edwards sincerity, if he could do it any different for UNC I am sure he would. I also know that he has a hard road ahead to win the Democratic nomination for 2008, it is a thick field with everyone from Feingold and the rest of the gang (including Bayh - whom in my opinion should be running on the republican ticket akin to Lieberman he might as well be kissing cousins to BUSH), back to subject. I also have faith that the John Edwards has a caring heart (a real one, not stuffed with peanut butter like you know who), which this country needs, someone with an understanding of the lower and middle income people, because they are the one's who are bleeding to death with the present administration.

Great Point

Y'all in NC gotta be willing to share this guy with the rest of America. I know that it could be frustrating to lose your own little secret to the rest of the country and I know it could be frustrating to share the local boy with us (because that does mean less time with you), but y'all should be proud that a good North Carolinian is now making a name for himself on the national stage.

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

On the Primary Schedule

I agree with Robert, just adding a bit more detail:

The Democratic National Committee's rules and bylaws committee on Saturday approved adding an early caucus for Nevada and an early primary for South Carolina in 2008. The schedule, if approved by the full DNC in August, would be:
Iowa: 14 January, Caucus
Nevada: 19 January, Caucus
New Hampshire: 22 January, Primary
South Carolina: 29 January, Primary
The window for other states would open 5 February.

Iowa
Edwards has his grassroots organization intact in Iowa (and they’re having great success with Chet Culver’s gubernatorial campaign), leads the polls there now (he’s kept or expanded his 32% support from 2004), is working the state (10 visits since 2005), and is well liked by the Des Moines Register. Vilsack's a non-factor in his home state, and may not even run if his polls don't go up. Kerry is dead man walking (he’s already lost 2/3 of his 2004 support). Warner will get some votes there, but not enough to reach the 15% threshold consistently. Feingold will probably do well in the state, but Edwards knows the track and is a great retail politician. Prediction: Edwards 40%, Hillary 25%, Feingold 20%, Warner 10%, Bayh 5%.

Nevada
So he wins Iowa and takes momentum into Nevada. Caucus is all turnout, and the Democratic party in Nevada is one organization: Culinary Union 226 of Las Vegas, Unite-Here's power base, the strongest local union in the country, 60,000 strong. And Unite-Here are already 100% behind Edwards (that’ll be true of the Change To Win unions at least). Union households make up 25% of the electorate in Nevada, and will be a much larger portion of the Democratic caucus vote. Edwards has developed deep ties with union leaders and workers over the past two years; he’s been very active in “Hotel Workers Rising” movement. Edwards is also making friends through his support of Nevada’s raising the minimum wage proposal.

New Hampshire
This might be the place where Feingold and Hillary do best, but NH did follow Iowa in 2004, and may jump on the Edwards-Iowa-Nevada bandwagon.

South Carolina
And then there's SC, the state Edwards already convincingly won in 2004! Edwards still has the local-boy-done-good vote (he was born in South Carolina), will compete with Clinton for African-American vote, and still will have the momentum

My Beloved Michigan
Promises to be an early primary state, probably a near-last ditch effort by either Hillary (or Warner if he picks up her fallen banner as the centrist-establishment candidate), but Edwards’ work with unions and his fair-trade stance will be huge.

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Democrats are the party of those who are working, those who have finished working, and those who want to work. -- Elizabeth Edwards

Where is that post about the dirty sheriff

who supports the vermin? Sorry, off subject, don't know how to find...

click track changes up above.

you should be able to find it.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

Thank you Robert, how did you find that?

I went into the "track changes" and read the titles, clicked on any of them that looked like it could have been the story, but couldn't find it. How did you find it?

Sheriff and Vermin

You probably have the info by now, but it is http://www.bluenc.com/node/3328 (Alamance Sheriff Endorses Robinson) and I don't know how to link it. One day somebody is going to teach me how. Thanks again.

Lovex7

$2 Million to Edward's Poverty Program

http://dwb.newsobserver.com/news/ncwire_news/story/2996293p-9421984c.html

$2M is pretty serious money from the developers of Chapel Hill's proposed Greenbridge project:

A Chapel Hill couple has pledged $2 million to the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina School of Law, the school said Wednesday.

The gift by Michael Cucchiara and Marty Hayes will endow operations and expenses of the center, which is directed by former vice presidential candidate and North Carolina senator John Edwards.

"This wonderful example of generosity and philanthropy will allow the center to continue exploring the many facets of poverty and keep these important issues in the public eye for the decades to come," Edwards, a 1977 UNC Chapel Hill law school graduate, said in a statement.

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

CitizenWill
there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right. MLK,Jr. to SCLC Leadership Class

This is what Edwards brings that others don't.

In reference to the person above who said it was a mistake to hire him.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

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