Posted by Brad @ 11:26 pm on April 23rd 2008

A House Divided in Edwardian North Carolina?

Some interesting news on the Edwards beat; mixed messages of a sort.

It’s increasingly being reported that Edwards is choosing to opt out of the endorsement thing, and instead act as a “unifying figure” for the Democratic party when the time comes that such will be needed (which is, actually, not a bad call on his part at all, I don’t think).

However, 50 of Edwards’ most prominent backers all came into the Obama fold today. This is mostly not a sign reflective of Edwards’ thinking itself, and is, I would guess, largely coincidental. It’s mostly the fact that a large number of established North Carolina Democrats are all coming onboard to give Obama a boost in NC, and of course many NC Democrat movers-and-shakers were involved with Edwards to some extent. But, they could just as easily have gone to Hillary, so there is at least some correlation (if not causation).

But, there have been rumblings today that Elizabeth Edwards might be favoring Hillary. Howard Fineman apparently said that she might make a number of appearances with Hillary in North Carolina. Whether that’s just speculation on Fineman’s part is unclear, and I haven’t been able to find anything else to substantiate it. However, this month Elizabeth has already come out and said she thinks Hillary’s health care plan is better than Barack’s.

Could add an interesting wrinkle to the North Carolina race and the whole Edwards Unification Theory, if true.


  1. I wonder if Edwards is committed to a neutral stance but both he and his wife really do think that Clinton’s plan is better on one of Edwards’ big issues so they’ve agreed to send Elizabeth Edwards out to help stump.

    In other news, USA Today (which I read in hotels, for obvious reasons) has a poll that puts Obama 5 points ahead in Indiana. With his natural and earnt advantages in North Carolina, that leaves Clinton with something of a mountain to climb.

    Comment by Adam — 4/24/2008 @ 8:14 am

  2. I’m not sure that an Edwards endoresement would make a differnece in votes so much as make a statement about momentum. Teddy Kennedy and Bill Richardson are more significant political players and they didn’t seem to change the game so much as show which way the wind was blowing (I’ll stop with the trite phrases now).

    Edwards won’t endorse anyone at all. Not because he doesn’t have an opinion or is trying to stay neutral, but because he likes the attention that not saying anything gets him. Elizabeth has been pretty vocal in her support for Clinton’s health care plan for the past couple of months. I got the impression that she had all but made the public statement in terms of a Hillary endorsement.

    Comment by Liz — 4/24/2008 @ 9:30 am

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