The day after the Republican primary in Florida produced John McCain as its winner, a new surprise was reported by the AP:
DENVER – Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.
All sappiness regarding Edwards aside the more interesting story tagged on to the side was Hillary Clinton’s “announcement” during an interview this morning with King5 News in Seattle.
Despite the fact that Edwards had not made a formal or informal announcement that he was dropping out of the presidential race, Hillary told the King5 News Team that Edwards had called her on the phone to tell her that he was dropping out.
Hillary gave a glowing referral to Edward’s campaign while giving her own stump speech as to why Edward’s supporters should support her.
We wondered what was behind the scenes with Hillary and Edwards little telephone talk
and whether Edwards knew Hillary would be announcing his departure from the race.
We also wondered if any deals had been made, if Edwards was given any promises of future positions within the Hillary cabinet, perhaps even the V-P slot.
We were surprised to hear of Edwards’ impending departure as Edwards had said he was going to stick to his campaign all the way, even if he failed to score in next week’s Super Tuesday, that he intended to ride his campaign bus to the doors of the Democrat’s convention held in Denver in late August.
We saw a different side to Edwards than the AP reporter, Nedra Pickler, did.
Yes, Edwards did have “high” ideals, on poverty, on the working class guys, on “corporations” that screwed the “little guy.”
Edwards talked a good talk but never walked the walk. The former Senator from North Carolina had spent more time campaigning for President than the time he served as Senator. Edwards first run in the 2004 Democrat presidential campaign landed him a spot as John Kerry’s VP running mate.
The Kerry-Edwards coupling failed to win despite a close race. Some say Edwards began to plan his “campaign” to win the 2008 Presidential campaign soon after the 2004 defeat.
Despite his “new” message of “working” for the underdog, the underclass, and all things “under,” Edwards message failed to garner the votes he needed in the primaries, coming in third behind the battling polbots, Hillary and Obama.
As a solid third place finisher, Edwards does have a voter base, which both Obama and Hillary would benefit from.
Hillary’s “announcement” that Edwards was quitting the race told us that the Edwards base will be hand delivered to her via Edwards during his “so long” speech, but for a “price.”
Could it be a VP slot or the Hillary cabinet, such as Attorney General. All we know it won’t be for chump change. Politicians never, ever do anything “for free.”
Time will tell what the Hillary-Edwards deal entails, whether the “price was right”. Unless this morning’s revelation from Hillary wasn’t pre-approved by Edwards.
Then, perhaps, it will be Obama’s turn to “spin the wheel.”