Wednesday, January 30, 2008

John Edwards leaving the race

I woke up to the news that John Edwards is projected to drop out of the race today. While I can't say I'm shocked, I am definitely sad. Edwards kept his playing field focused on the issues and focused on the human beings who need his message most. He was the one candidate who specifically addressed poverty and his passion for alleviating poverty touched a nerve deep within me. Spending a decade working with the homeless and in shelters has allowed me to straddle the fence of the darker side of America, the one where many do not have enough to eat or a roof over their head. People, amazing, beautiful people who are forced to allow illnesses to go untended and can't feed their children. People who by virtue of poverty alone are systematically stripped of their basic human rights until they've lost everything, hope included.

And for a brief while we had our leader, a man who I was entirely convinced would address this worst kind of human suffering from one of the most important offices in the world.

John, thank you for bringing poverty and suffering center stage. I can't wait to see what you decide to do next.

This post is cross posted at MOMocrats.

28 comments:

liv said...

you know, i think his fight in the race will be missed, but his fight for advocacy of the people will go on.

Sober Briquette said...

poof. there goes my candidate. I still haven't gone in to change my voter registration since we moved, and I'm losing motivation big time.

jen said...

don't give up, De. we've got to get a liberal in the hotseat. we must never give up.

Julie Pippert said...

I am disappointed. Very.

But he started the conversation and I don't think he's gong to fade away. That model is very passe now, thanks to Al Gore.

So I like your wish. I'll be hopeful about that too.

Blog Antagonist said...

Well shit. Sometimes it's true that nice guys finish last. Too often to suit my taste. What a bummer.

Slow Panic said...

seems to me he's hoping for the V.P. spot. hope he gets it.

Magpie said...

Well said.

Karen said...

I'm going to miss him on Tuesday here in this Super Tuesday state. Hoping his hopes speak powerfully to people so we can make the changes he sees.

cce said...

I'd be surprised if he was asked to be VP...having already lost one race as such. I guess his boyish good looks served him up another defeat. Though he's older than I, I still get the sudden urge to tousle his hair and pinch his cheeks whenever I see him. Sadly, most people don't think he has the gravitas associated with the position.

flutter said...

It really is too bad he didn't run a more aggressive campaign.

jen said...

F, is it that, or was his message not sexy enough for the media to pick up on?

poverty and homelessness always take a back seat.

Mad Hatter said...

I'm sorry, Jen. So many of my bloggy friends will be disappointed by this.

Jennifer said...

I do think he ran an aggressive "enough" campaign but really was put on the back burner by the media from the get-go. Perhaps overshadowed by the significance of the first woman and black candidates? Or, perhaps, yes, poverty and homelessness do always take a back seat. (Shameful. Shame on us.)

But I foresee much "Al Gore" for him. By that I mean I think he has a message (similar to Gore's environmental message) that he can spread much more effectively NOT as president. Nobel Peace Prize, here he comes?

meno said...

I heard both of the other candidates say that they would carry forward with his mission to alleviate poverty.

I hope they meant it.

Redneck Mommy said...

I'm excited to see what he does in the future, now that he won't have the constraints of a presidency to hinder him...

The Expatriate Chef said...

VP, perhaps? Don't count him out. Might be a real adviser and have impact on the next presidency.

ewe are here said...

He was the candidate who didn't get sucked in to the name calling and record distorting of his opponents.

He'll be missed on the campaign trail.

Mrs. Chicky said...

All we can do now is hope he'll be our V.P. That would be something, I suppose.

carrie said...

I like to think that his time is yet to come.

May he spend these years caring for his wife and then, he'll be ready to rock!

But I am going to miss him too.

Defiantmuse said...

you know, it's funny, I'd only recently gotten into Edwards after being knocked over the head with him repeatedly by Steph...I'd always been a hardcore Kucinich supporter but I knew he never had a chance...

It's very frustrating to watch what's going on and feel a bit powerless to change anything....

regardless of whether or not we get someone we believe in IN THERE, it's the same machine that's corrupt. The entire government needs an overhaul. I guess slowly we can put people in who will bring about change but....sometimes I lose faith.

Jungle, here we come.

QT said...

yeah, I think we have not seen the last of him yet.

Defiantmuse said...

also, one thing that made me go, "huh" was: this is the first race where there are viable candidates bucking the "norm" (a woman and a black man) and I was supporting the white man. All of the issues aside (which I suppose you shouldn't really discount b/c, after all, that's what it's all about) I found it kind of interesting.

Kyla said...

I was leaning towards him. Damn.

mitzh said...

I also felt sad when I read about it. But, I think he will continue to do what he believe is right.

ms chica said...

Hopefully he will continue fighting the good fight and with any luck, he will find a higher calling. It's often the guys behind the scenes who make the real difference.

The Holmes said...

What I find particularly sad about his leaving the race (even though it seemed inevitable) is that it highlights the fact that poverty and trying to help those at the very bottom of the ladder has practically no political reward. It's just not "sexy" so it doesn't get the attention the way other issues do. And that's just sad.

Amy Y said...

I keep hoping Obama will win the primary and will choose Edwards as his Vice President...

If that doesn't happen, I'm sure he will find more good to do somewhere else...

Little Monkies said...

Ok, Jen, you are such a better human being than I am (as if we didn't all know that), but I had a hard time buying the Edwards "poverty" stuff because the man built himself a 20,000 sq ft home. It just didn't sit with me...it felt like he was talking a good game and living none of it. Maybe I'm just a huge pessimist at this point.

I feel like I can just taste the victory of either Obama or Clinton (frankly, I don't care which) but it scares the bejeezus out of me that we are going to get complacent and slackardly and LOSE again to some freak even worse than the almighty Shrub.

Heaven help us if we do.