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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Gossipy, Rumory, but Clinton fans buck up

ABC reports that John Edwards is "seriously considering supporting Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite the sharp criticism he leveled at her on the campaign trail, according to former aides and advisers."

There're some "people close" to Edwards saying he might sit it out, and others saying "he is eager to play a major role in the race."

I don't think it really affects the delegate count (they're under no obligation,) but it could be something of a momentum changer and that's what Clinton sorely needs right now.

Treat this as rumory at this point, but something to watch.

Later: What I would call feeding the speculation.
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton trashed an array of corporate interests in an economic speech in Ohio Thursday, vowing that as president she would go after oil, credit-card, insurance, pharmaceutical, investment, and loan firms.

I think it's in her campaign's interest to feed this Edwards rumor. It's probably a good avenue into the Ohio/Wisconsin labor vote.


  • and if she becomes POTUS will anyone hold her to her "trashing" threats...{insert crickets chirping here}...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:42 PM  

  • You mean the attacks on business? No, she'll probably go after one or two of them, but she runs into the same problem that they all would. In order to get a healthcare reform passed, for instance, she will have to cut deals, and one of those players is the drug industry and their "defenders" on the Hill

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 5:13 PM  

  • HRC herself is a "defender" of big Pharma and Ins. In a HRC administration, they will be at the negotiation table holding the chips while we people are stuck with the "big blinds"...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:04 PM  

  • Edwards was the only candidate talking about giving the big smack down to parasitic corporations. Hillary and Obama are pretty close in there corporate views, though Hillary may be more big business friendly.

    In the end, however, it's going to take a boat load more progressive Dems in Congress for ANYTHING to happen legislatively. And to that end, I see Obama having the better down-ticket pull.

    By Blogger -epm, at 7:00 PM  

  • Wow, that would be a big boost for her. And a big slap in the face to lots of people like myself who wanted badly to take Edwards' populism at face value. A populist, Clinton is not.

    By Anonymous abi, at 8:42 PM  

  • EPM, yes. That's why, at best, we'll end up with omething in the middle that makes no one happy.


    Abi, yes, but this could easily be a rumor spread to to help the momentum argument.

    Edwards would be taking a huge gamble that Clinton would win. and right now that looks to be a huge gamble,

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 9:48 PM  

  • On the face of it, Edwards's message seems closer to Obama's than Clinton's. So I'd be surprised if he endorsed her. If he does, it could mean that he

    a) doesn't think Obama can hang in against McCain


    b) has doubts about Obama's ability to govern if elected.

    Again, Hillary's the known quantity, Obama's the promise that might not be fulfilled.

    By Anonymous tg, at 3:21 AM  

  • If Edwards endorsed a right-wing, anti-middle class, anti-poor, Republican like Clinton, it would prove that all of his campaign rhetoric was empty. It would completely discredit him forever.

    By Blogger libhom, at 12:19 PM  

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