John Edwards' South Carolina Speech

Edwards is on now. He joins the Clintons in congratulating Barack Obama.

Now "the three of us move on" to February 5th.

He's in. Good for him. He's working really hard and he's got important things to say.

Poverty, health care, veterans, the middle class, the homeless, people who want to go to college, "your voice will be heard in this campaign." That is so much more reassuring to me than hope and change.

He ends with, if you haven't yet voted on Feb. 5, "your voice will be heard and we will be there with you."

Update: Text of Edwards speech is here.

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    About race and gender... (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Pat on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:30:47 PM EST
    I think Hillary has absolutely been attacked on a gender level. Barack Obama has been attacked on some amount of racial level, although I don't think it came from theClintons,  and it is nothing like is coming from Republicans.

    Here's the difference, and I say this as someone who in the past has been critical of both Clintons and will certainly support Obama if he is the candidate. The difference is that sexism is still a wink and a nod and racism is taboo. At least on the surface.

    For example, where was the press when Barack made a veiled reference to Hillary's White House experience as having tea parties? Or when Michelle asked how a person who couldn't run their own household could run a country? No press reaction.


    Because sexism is still okay. It sometimes gets  so visceral that women react, as when women protested Chris Matthews continuing attacks, but in general it is greeted with a shrug.

    It reminds me of over thirty years ago, when my daughter was six and told me the real reason she wouldn't wear a dress to school. Some boys were surrounding girls on the playground and pulling down their underpants.  I went to the school  and spoke with the female counselor, whose exact words were:

    "Well, I'll talk to the playground supervisor but you know, the male will always try to establish dominance over the female."

    I fear the gender is a far deeper problem that any of us understand.

    I agree (none / 0) (#13)
    by athyrio on Sun Jan 27, 2008 at 02:52:26 AM EST
    and think that gender bias is rampant and totally allowed in this nation....The women will file out of the woodwork for Hillary (even a few republicans) and in my opinion, the reason the older ones really support her more is that they have experienced this discrimination longer than others have....The ladies came out of the woodwork to help Hillary win NH...So don't underestimate the ladies thruout this nation...

    I just love him. Was Elizabeth there? (none / 0) (#1)
    by Teresa on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:40:56 PM EST
    I saw his daughter but not her but I wasn't watching the whole time. I'm worried about her.

    I missed Elizabeth too (5.00 / 1) (#6)
    by byteb on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:02:58 PM EST
    I share your worry...

    this campaign (none / 0) (#2)
    by athyrio on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:43:44 PM EST
    has been really hard on her I think and more and more ya dont really see her on the campaign trail...

    Edwards hypocrisy (none / 0) (#3)
    by lily15 on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:47:56 PM EST
    Why don't you examine Edwards' recent record as a senator?  It's not ancient history and yet no one brings it up.  Is his rhetoric enough for you to believe but his actual votes and flip flops on policy inconsequential?  This is the problem...the credulity factor.  Edwards did not have the balls to fight for these cornerstone principles he now is so passionate about when he actually was in Washington.
    Nor did he have this passion when he ran as VP.

    Women need to stand up for women and not allow all these misogynistic men on cable to trash her. This is the moment when other women should recognize what is important. Black women did...they voted race over gender...and it was a reasonable.  But what about other women voting their gender.  Isn't that reasonable too?  If we don't stand up for ourselves, who else will?  The Hillary trashing has begun anew.  Take a stand.  Fight back.

    maybe... (none / 0) (#4)
    by mindfulmission on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:49:44 PM EST
    ... people should vote on who they think is the best candidate instead of who is the same gender (or race) as her/his self.  

    more... (none / 0) (#5)
    by mindfulmission on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 08:51:10 PM EST
    ... Hillary isn't getting trashed because she is a woman.

    She is getting trashed because she is the front runner.  And because there is a lot of dislike of the Clinton family from certain camps.  

    Question for you - if you believe that people are attacking Hillary Clinton because she is a woman, do you think that the Clinton campaign and it's surrogates are attacking Obama because of his race?


    huh? (none / 0) (#11)
    by eric on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:56:48 PM EST
    This comment was about hipocrisy, how?  Take a stand, fight back?  How does this involves Ewards?

    Same story (none / 0) (#7)
    by horseloverfat on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:15:46 PM EST
    I get tired of rehearing that same story about the woman who couldn't pay her heat and rent both.

    Please John, vary your material.

    why? (none / 0) (#8)
    by Nasarius on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:26:18 PM EST
    Edwards' biggest problem, besides a lousy Senate record, is the sheer lack of media coverage. The majority of Dem voters probably haven't heard that anecdote once, let alone enough to be sick of it.

    Obama and Edwards both riff off (none / 0) (#10)
    by oculus on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:53:07 PM EST
    Bill Clinton's telling those up close and personal anecdotes.  But it seems stale now.

    Same last time (none / 0) (#12)
    by chemoelectric on Sat Jan 26, 2008 at 09:59:22 PM EST
    Edwards stayed in last time until Super Tuesday. Then he announced his withdrawal during my neighborhood caucus, after we had all cast our ballots, but before we counted them. Someone came up to tell us and the room, which had almost as many Edwards supporters as Kerry supporters, rang with a gigantic "D'oh!!!!!" :)