John Edwards is the only serious nominee for president who also ran in 2004. 4 more years removed from the Senate, this trial lawyer is trying to prove that he can win it on the second go round.
What Edwards Has Done Right: Well, honestly, it is hard for me to thinking of anything major he has done right. He was the early leader in Iowa, yet he could not hold that. He give a good stump, so that has to help him in general. The best thing he has done is not make a major mistake.
What Edwards Has Done Wrong: Well, there is no reason for people to support Edwards this time around. If someone wants a change candidate, they are going to go with Obama. Expirence, well a very small amount of Senate time and a lost VP run don’t really amount to much. He has baggage from Iraq war votes and he can’t raise any enough money. He had to take public financing, never a good sign. Stinks for him that the Dems boycotted Michigan, I feel like he may have been able to play there.
How Edwards could Win the Nomination: Well, he needs to win Iowa, pure and simple. He then needs to win South Carolina. This knocks Obama out and gives him a match up vs Hillary. If he can ride a change wave, he just may be able to do it.
Why Edwards won’t win: Well, his time has come and gone. He is a AAA candidate trying to beat two major league candidates. His chance was 2004, and it won’t happen again.
Wildcard: Edwards does have 1 big edge in Iowa. That is the fact that he has run before. With the setup of the caucus, he has the establishment a lot more in place and may really be able to get a good GOTV drive. To have any chance, he needs a clear Iowa win, stranger things have happened.