The highly coveted John Edwards endorsement was hand-delivered to Barack Obama on Wednesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Edwards broke rank with his wife, who is pro-Hillary and said he believes Obama shares his vision to cut poverty in half within ten years. Pundits are wondering whether this is a glimpse of the Democratic Dream Ticket or if the Dems orchestrated this endorsement to resuscitate Obama’s standing with blue collar “whites” who have categorically been flocking to Hillary Clinton, as evidenced with her landslide victory last night in West Virginia.
Edwards, who received a thunderous ovation when Obama introduced him to a crowd of several thousand, said, “brothers and sisters, we must come together as Democrats” to defeat McCain. “We are here tonight because the Democratic voters have made their choice, and so have I.”
Editor’s Note: Now, although I do agree that an Edwards endorsement is great for the Party, I don’t believe Democrats are directly addressing the issue at hand in West Virginia. Those rural blue collar whites aren’t interested in Edwards policies, they are vehemently non-supportive of the “black” candidate and grouping him with a “handsome” white young senator from North Carolina isn’t going to stem that distrust. A staggering 77% of voters said race played a factor at exit polls and the “Rev. Wright” issue doesn’t help. I find it funny that when whites invoke the “racial” divide into their argument they just haven’t “moved on” but when “blacks” mention it then they’re radical or separatists. Again, another clear example of the double standard which clearly exists.