I hate to be in the position of favoring yet another white guy for President of the United States, when both a white woman and an African-American man have legitimate shots at the job. But John Edwards has always been closer to me on the issues than Sens Clinton or Obama, and I honestly believe that he is the best person in the field, on either side, to extricate our country from the mess the current administration has made. And I think he could win--if he gets the nomination.
Apparently I'm not the only one who feels this way. This is from CNN's most recent polling report (emphasis mine):
"On the Democratic side, Edwards performs best against each of the leading Republicans. In addition to beating Huckabee by 25 percent and McCain by 8 percent, the North Carolina Democrat beats Romney by 22 percentage points (59 percent to 37 percent) and Giuliani by 9 percentage points (53 percent to 44 percent)."
CNN's polling director Keating Holland adds: "Edwards is the only Democrat who beats all four Republicans, and McCain is the only Republican who beats any of the three Democrats," Holland said. "Some might argue this shows that they are the most electable candidates in their respective parties. But Edwards is in third place among Democrats, and McCain is in fourth place on the GOP side. Maybe electability is not as important as it was in 2004."
Electability had better become important. Electing Obama or Clinton would make a huge statement about America as a country--that we are able to overcome past prejudices. But if nominating one of them creates the danger that one of the leading Republicans will win--ensuring that the country remains on basically the same downhill trajectory seven years of Bush have set us on--then it's just not worth it.
Iowa? New Hampshire? You listening?