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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

The Mystery of John Edwards

Ah, he started out with such promise. But it’s hard to miss the odor of lightly browned toast coming from his campaign these days. Garance Franke-Ruta and Jason Zengerle do a nice job dissecting this mysterious transformation in their online New Republic debate. Alexander Bolton contributes an article to Salon.com on “Sunset for the Golden Boy” addressing some of the same themes and William Saletan of Slate glumly admits Edwards doesn’t seem to have much of a chance but “[the Democrats] should at least run on his message”. Saletan makes a convincing case that some of Edwards’ themes would indeed serve a Democrat well in a general election contest against Bush.
But that Democrat ain’t gonna be Edwards. He should have stayed in the Senate. Darn it.