Just real quick: during the debate saturday night, when Edwards jumped to Obama’s defense and landed a definitive blow to Hillary’s “change” edifice…I had an auditory hallucination. I really thought I could hear the page turning on the Clinton era of Democratic politics. Sayeth Roger Simon:
But if Obama succeeds in putting together a coalition of black voters, Latino voters, young voters and the left wing of the party — the wing that has never forgiven Clinton for voting for the Iraq war — Clinton’s depth of knowledge may not count.
Blacks, Latinos, young people and the Left, huh? Jeez, you’d think this was the Democratic party or something.
People will say Edwards’ move was largely a strategic thing…sure. But just the fact that it makes strategic sense to rid this race of yesterday’s heroines is good enough for me. And as for Obama… he’s got the hot hand, no doubt, and obviously doesn’t have much to fear from an Edwards surge. Does anybody think it’s possible that Edwards’ “sticking it out until the convention” could get parlayed into another veep nomination, and a ticket that the people’ll dig, but the pundits will meaninglessly label both “post-partisan” (sic) and “populist”?