Edwards Is The Only Democrat Who Can Beat McCain

22 01 2008

 That’s my opinion and I’m sticking to it– but, I’m not alone.  A little digging on line found a few reputable sources who share my opinion:

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders of the Huffington Post: “It should be clear to anybody with over a 50 IQ that my boy John Edwards, with his combination of red state electoral experience and toughness, is the only candidate who can beat John McCain.”

EzraKlein Archive of the American Prospect: “John Edwards can swing the populist sledgehammer better than anyone else in American politics.  And whatever else McCain may be armored against, it’s that old hammer that can shatter him.”

December CNN Poll: “Edwards is the only Democrat who beats all four Republicans, and McCain is the only Republican who beats any of the three Democrats. Some might argue this shows that they are the most electable candidates in their respective parties.”

And, according to John Edwards himself: “Well, he (McCain)is starting to look like the Republican nominee, and I think it’s important for us to have somebody to run against McCain who can beat him. And national polls show that I’m the one who beats John McCain in the general election. And second, I think even more important than that, this is a guy who’s made central to his political life campaign finance reform. It seems to me we ought to be putting somebody up against him who’s never taken money from special interest PACs or Washington lobbyists. Between the three of us, that’s me.”

Following the South Carolina Debate, I imagine that in some dark room, deep in the bowels of a stone temple to democracy Clinton and Obama are having “Come to Jesus” conversations with the Party powers. They’ll play nice for a while but, by the time the convention rolls around Clinton and Obama will be out and Edwards will be off for the fight of his life.

With Clinton being so divisive and Obama lacking experience, neither would be able to beat McCain. On the other hand, either could beat Romney or Huckabee. Paul is an unknown quotient although I believe he is more revolutionary than president.

So, here’s my prediction: McCain wins the Republican nomination, Edwards; the Democratic candidate and Edwards becomes our next President.

So that’s  my opinion and I’m sticking to it.

 

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Edwards: One Silver, One Bronze. Can he pull off a Gold?

9 01 2008

Edwards is having a rough time but during his speech last night John Edwards pointed out that only 1% of the American people have spoken and there are 48 more states who haven’t had their say.

Edwards did come in 2nd in Iowa and 3rd in New Hampshire. Maybe there is hope still.  He speaks to the middle class and the middle class seems to be listening but, he makes Wall Street quake! Could someone who scares Wall Street really fix the economy?

I don’t know why he isn’t doing better in the Primaries. Heck! I don’t know why Richardson isn’t doing better. I am comforted, however, that the pundits, pollsters and experts were all way off last night in New Hampshire in predicting a wide margin Obama win.

South Carolina will be very interesting to the survival of John Edwards. The Southwestern states will make or break Richardson. I don’t know about Ron Paul– he is getting attention but not breaking into the top of the Republican dog-pile– he’s certainly the most reasonable and realistic of the Republicans… is that a compliment?