No one was paying much attention to John Edwards in February 2006, when a historic contest for control of Congress was getting underway and the 2008 presidential race was still a sliver of light on the horizon. But Danny Glover was. He had to. For three days the Lethal Weapon star and the one-term Senator were glued to each other's sides like a pair of mismatched LAPD cops as they traveled across the country to lend support to hotel workers and their unions on the eve of a threatened strike.Howie P.S.: This WaPo story, "On poverty, Edwards faces old hurdles" questions whether Edwards can get his anti-poverty policies adopted. In the same newspaper, Chris Cillizza writes in his column "Edwards Runs Against the Senate":
The hyper-cautious Hillary Clinton learned the dangers of a frontal assault on business interests with the disastrous reception to her 1993 health-care plan. Barack Obama hails from the party's liberal-left wing, but prizes consensus. For President Edwards, though, the grievances of working Americans would land squarely at the door of corporate America.
By calling on Congress (and particularly the Senate) to take action on the war, Edwards is putting himself in a no-lose situation. Pass a bill outlining the changes in policy he has called for, and Edwards can say the Senate followed his lead. Vote for any bill that comes short of Edwards's proposal, and he can condemn his rivals for a lack of grit under fire.Obama is targeting Senate Republicans to get the 16 votes needed to overturn the presidential veto. I guess that's okay, though.
The strategy won't win him any friends in the Senate, but it just might win him votes in the Democratic primaries.