Give me one reason to stay here
An unintentionally excellent argument from Dick Morris about why JRE should stay in the race:
John Edwards... helps Hillary Clinton if he stays in the race and boosts Barack Obama if he pulls out.
The more I look at Obama, the more my comfort that he’ll govern to the left of Hillary just keeps fading and fading. I’m not dissing him because he isn't as angry and progressive as Edwards. I'm dissing him because he isn’t as angry and progressive as the Clintons.
Right now, he’s with Bush on the tax-cuts-will-save-the-economy bandwagon. He’s with Bush on the "Social Security is in crisis" bandwagon, which the public vehemently rejected even when Bush was at his height of influence. When push comes to shove (as it did when he got to the Senate and didn’t stick with his anti-war position), he seems to run at least as far to the right as Hillary, including some serious saber-rattling about the Middle East.
He seems convinced that every rightward tilt he makes will make him a bigger “healer” of the dreaded divide that the shrill hippies caused in the 1960s and those oh-so-liberal Clintonites caused in the 1990s. Hillary’s centrist talk and record aren’t a whole lot better, but she seems to be taking an increasingly progressive tack as the campaign goes on.
The opinion polls consistently show that most Americans – not just us Taxachusetts types – are deeply disappointed in Congress for not following a more progressive path, especially about Iraq.
Even with a war on, 9/11 (for which Bush was lionized for failing to prevent) still as a fresh topic, the world’s least charismatic candidate, and a media in the pocket of the right, Kerry still got almost half the votes and was just one state's disputed vote count short. Ditto with Gore, but he actually got more votes than Bush.
So, the notion that the Democratic brand starts at a substantial disadvantage just doesn’t hold water. Post Iraq-realization, post-Katrina, etc., etc., there is a golden opportunity to offer something different. Not “change” as a slogan, but a repudiation of the failed policies of the Reagan-Bush-Bush revolution.
I don’t sneeze at Obama’s relative "electability," but if that's the issue, how about going with the candidate who wins the "head-to-heads"?
But Obama is, day-by-day, revealing himself as almost certain to be more disappointing than Bill Clinton was to a true progressive.
So, Dick, if you want my guy to fold his tent, you'll need a better argument than that he helps Hillary edge past Barack.