Re: Edwards Endorsments

Barnes and Taylor endorsed John Edwards for President for one simple reason: They think he can win.

Barnes, ex-Lt. Gov. Mark Taylor of Albany and several other prominent Georgia Democrats talked up Edwards


  1. StevePerkins says:

    I’m a bit cynical about the endorsements Edwards has been picking up in Georgia. Personally, I wonder if it has more to do with the need of Georgia Democratic leaders to keep a careful distance between themselves and the national Democratic Party.

    Edwards is the perfect choice toward that end. He’s not likely to win the nomination, so you’re spared the difficulty of linking yourself TOO tightly with the eventual nominee. At the same time though, Edwards is polling respectably enough that it doesn’t look like you’re obviously distancing yourself from the national party.

    Objectively speaking, the closest fit for a conservative Democrat would be Hillary (or actually Bill Richardson, but he hasn’t been able to push his way onto the radar screen). Edwards is running to the left of everyone except Kucinich this time around. I don’t envy the position that southern Democratic leaders are in at the moment.

  2. You make a good point Steve. I’ve heard Charles Krauthammer say that among the crop of Democrats Prez candidates, Mrs. Clinton is the one conservatives should feel most comfortable with because “she won’t take us over the edge.”

    I’m not sure I could ever be comfortable with another Clinton Presidency.

  3. David says:

    Edwards isn’t anywhere near able to win the dem nomination. What we’ve seen is simply a nice gesture of regional solidarity and politics with Barnes and Taylor’s endorsement. Nothing more.

  4. GeorgiaProgressive says:

    First off, I don’t know how much I want to even listen to Mark Taylor and Roy Barnes…Taylor was the biggest loser to a ticket with the worst run campaign in a long time, and Barnes was voted out by the people who put him there despite having a war chest that was ridiculous. The people behind those efforts have been purged from the party despite their efforts to stick around and support horrible candidates and campaigns yet again that have no backbone, no clear take on the issues and no passion to do what it takes to win. The Republicans here do have that, and well, we can all see the results from our elected leadership.

    Also, since when do these “Georgia Democratic leaders” support the most liberal, out there candidates? How can Edwards attract anyone from the Republican party with what he’s been saying and doing throughout this election?? I’m a Democrat and I say that, and I would just give up if he did win the nomination. If these guys even stood for anything they’ve claimed over the years, their pick would not be Edwards, unless of course, somewhere along the way I missed that “Georgia Democrats” have become as liberal as they get on the issues…in which case, there’s another story to report. Once again, we’ve seen a complete abandonment of principles from our previous leaders and it’s for that reason and many others why Georgia needs a new generation of leaders, and as fast as we can get it!

  5. Decaturguy says:

    I agree, why would I listen to Taylor or Barnes about who they think can win? And to hear Taylor, particularly, endorse the most liberal of the major candidates, after the campaign he ran last year, is laughable.

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