Edwards has all of Hillary Clinton’s baggage with liberal primary voters without her money and IOUs with the party leadership. While in the Senate, Edwards co-sponsored and voted in favor of the Iraq War resolution back in 2002 (only now to come out against the war), voted for many of Bush’s proposals (including the No Child Left Behind Act and the Patriot Act), and ran a terrible campaign as Kerry’s VP nominee back in 2004 (with his home state of North Carolina barely breaking the 40% barrier for his ticket).
What also hurts Edwards is that he is a Johnny-come-lately on most all of the issues and values that he now claims to purport. He now contends to be opposed to staying in Iraq (even though he co-sponsored the resolution offering support for such a venture). Edwards response was that he was “duped” by President Bush’s accusations about Iraq’s possession of WMDs which, if true, means that the Senator is either lying to protect himself, or an incalculable fool for being so naïve. Either way, it is not a flattering admission. In addition, Edwards has tried through numerous speeches to make the nation’s poor the focus of his current Presidential campaign, particularly his support for universal health care. In the six years Edwards spent in the US Senate, in which he sponsored or cosponsored over two hundred bills (a remarkable volume of activity for a US Senator), not one dealt with allotting universal health care or eliminating poverty.
Worse, Edward’s campaign plagiarizes in form and appearance from previous ones. His altered appearance, from his plastic surgery and $400 haircut, and the issues he is using for campaign themes, are a blatant copy of Robert Kennedy’s 1968 Presidential campaign. The only problem is that John Edwards is no Robert Kennedy. To date, it is not even a good imitation.
What will be intriguing is to see where most of his voters go to once he announces that he is quitting. As of June 13, Edwards’ support at the national level is even amongst women and men (13%), while much smaller among independents (7%). The largest proportion of Obama’s voters (29%) is coming from independents and males (21%). Hillary’s biggest support comes from women (46%) and surprisingly enough independents (23%). This leads me to believe that the majority of Edwards’ voters, especially the female voters, would likely be inclined towards Hillary Clinton. Of course, all of this could change.