Edwards may drop outJohn Edwards has called a High Noon news conference at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to discuss the health of his wife Elizabeth. Those who follow Presidential Politics closely will remember that immediately after the 2004 Presidential campaign, the Edwards family disclosed that Mrs. Edwards was undergoing treatment for breast cancer-a cancer discovered in the final days of the campaign.
The Hotline speculates that it is quite possible that Edwards may either withdraw from the race today or that he may put his 2008 campaign on hold as a result of his wife's health. Firstly, all politics aside, we should all pray for Elizabeth Edwards' full and complete recovery.
I do not agree with John Edwards' politics, and we disagree on too many issues for me to ever support the man in a political sense, but if you are a Democrat, you should not be the least bit happy about the prospect of John Edwards withdrawing from this campaign. Among all of the Democratic candidates, he is by far the most moderate (not a moderate, but the most moderate). At a time when the Democrats' front-runners are a New York liberal and a Chicago liberal with a questionable background, Edwards had the opportunity to put a more likable and moderate face on the Democratic Party (real or not) for a general election campaign in a year when, from a Democratic perspective, such a campaign is sorely needed.
From my own personal perspective as a conservative, I trust none of the Democrats-but Edwards is the only Democratic candidate that I am convinced would not begin marching the country down a path directly into the bowels of Hell upon his election. He would do many, many things I do not approve of, but he is still from a small town in North Carolina, and he is the only one of the lot who I have thought might leave some small shred of the America that I love when his term were completed.
There is also the issue of Fred Thompson. I firmly believe that if Fred Thompson enters the Presidential race, he will win-regardless of who the Democratic nominee is. There is only one candidate who I believe could make it a race against Fred Thompson, and that is John Edwards. I do not believe that Edwards could beat Thompson, but I think he has a better chance at victory than any other candidate the Democrats might offer.
If Edwards announces that he is putting his campaign "on hold," but is not withdrawing formally yet, I do not believe he can later regain momentum-any letup in his effort to win the Democratic nomination will kill his campaign-better to withdraw and live to fight another day, if I am in his shoes.
If Edwards drops out of the race today, I believe the odds are greatly increased that on January 20, 2009, a Republican will be sworn in as President.
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