January 11, 2008
Obedwards for President

The excerpt below is from a piece at Smirking Chimp by Paul Rogat Loeb. His argument seems pretty sound to me. In fact I said something along vaguely similar lines last month, although more briefly and with an added integrationist twist.

As media commentators proclaim Hillary Clinton's rebirth from the ashes of defeat, they miss a critical story--Obama and Edwards won the New Hampshire primary. Add together Obama's 36 percent and Edwards's 17, and they beat Clinton's 39 percent by 14 points…

Those who make up the Obedwards constituencies recognize the problems with so many of Clinton's approaches and stands. That's part of what's driving them, along with a genuine passion for Obama and Edwards, and a sense, confirmed by the polls, that either of the two has a better shot at beating the leading Republicans than does Clinton.

If we look just at delegates, both Iowa and New Hampshire advanced the Obedwards combined cause. But because the coverage has focused so exclusively on the Obama/Clinton match-up, they've missed that a solid majority of Democrats in both New Hampshire and Iowa rejected a candidate who a short while back was proclaiming her nomination as nearly inevitable…


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 11, 2008 07:51 PM
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Obama/Edwards sounds fine to me.

Posted by: Michael on January 11, 2008 11:01 PM

But since when is their cause combined?

Posted by: Martha Bridegam on January 12, 2008 2:06 AM

We're at the point where the DLC must make its last best effort. Either it converts the Democrats to a permanent Republican-lite, and thus minority, status, or it loses out to the Democratic wing of the Democratic party, and the country moves in an FDR direction. Clearly I favor the latter, but I'm not holding my breath. My view of Obama is that he'll win because he appears to bring change without really bringing it. I hope I'm wrong.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on January 12, 2008 4:48 AM

Hillary Clinton thinks she has weathered all the attacks she can possibly be subjected to, that she has been tested and proven capable of withstanding anything the VRWC has to throw at her.

Posted by: Michael on January 13, 2008 4:50 PM
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