Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Edwards Factor

Nice timing for Obama, coming as it did a day after Hillary Clinton trounced him in West Virginia and good timing for Edwards as well. Even though he’s long since been out of he race, his name was one the ballot in West Virginian and he got 7% of the vote.

Perhaps his endorsement will help Obama somewhat as he tries to gain some traction with “Reagan Democrats” in Kentucky — doubtful, but it can’t hurt. It may even quell the prevalent narrative about Obama’s non-electability amongst white, blue collar voters. But the main significance is this: in his endorsement Edwards came on a day when Obama picked up five more Superdelegates, adding to the impression that the party is now finally starting to come together around the presumptive nominee.