When John Edwards attended the California Democratic Party convention as a presidential candidate four years ago, he was heckled with shouts of “No war” as he struggled to defend his support of the Iraq invasion. That tense weekend in Sacramento crystallized how divided Democrats were over a war that overshadowed the presidential race of 2004."Obama wows California Democrats" (Stuff, NZ):
Barack Obama wowed California Democrats at their annual convention on the weekend, drawing a more passionate welcome than Hillary Clinton received hours earlier in this state that carries new clout in the presidential primaries.
"So far, vision trumps experience among Democrats" (Reuters):
As they consider filling the world's most powerful job in 2008, many Democrats appear to prefer presidential candidates with the most inspiring vision to those with the widest experience in elected office.
"Democrats woo voters with Bush attack" (AP):
Wooing influential California Democrats, presidential contender Barack Obama (news, bio, voting record) vowed to "turn the page on this Iraq disaster" while Hillary Rodham Clinton denounced President Bush's conduct of the war as "one of the darkest blots on leadership we've ever had."
"Edwards remains true to his roots" (Joel Connely's column today in the Seattle P-I):
He preaches a message of social justice and is the first marquee candidate since Lyndon Johnson to stress the plight of America's poor, yet John Edwards has lived and obviously enjoyed the American dream.
"I have a blessed life now, at least in material things," Edwards said in an interview. "It's not the place I come from. I remember vividly the place that I come from."