In Grand Rapids, Michigan, today, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama as his choice for the Democratic nomination. His words were powerful. Those same words were met by cheers and shows of encouragement that rival the excitement of any famous rock band’s groupies. This does not bode well for Hillary Clinton.
If John Edwards had spoken like this at any of the debates when he was vying for support in his own candidacy he would have gotten the nod himself. He had the crowd in the palm of his hand. What this means to Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is that they are in even more of a fight then, they were a week ago. It is probably an uphill climb.
There have been reports that the Clinton campaign was given a heads up about Edward’s decision to back Obama. It will be known as a dark day to them…one they may not be able to overcome.
The thing is…it seems to me, that over the last few years; the parties that are involved in politics, have forgotten the plight of the average John and Joanne Doe. The working class man & women are struggling in ways that threaten to fracture the so called middle class, to such a degree that there will no longer be a definative middle class. People are hurting financially. The medical insurance plight of America is creating a whole new kind of poverty…those who have insurance; but, not enough to survive caustrophic illness. Those without insurance get very little medical care at all.
These issues are what is fueling a need for change. Whether Obama is the one to do it…who knows. The republicans are watching the duel between Obama and Clinton closely, mark my words. This contest of power is going to challenge the Republicans in a way they have never been challenged before…running against the first African-American or, against the first Woman to run for President of the United States. John McCain is going to be up against some pretty persuasive people.