Campaign of Edwards, a Southerner, Sees an Advantage With White Men--BERLIN, N.H. -- When a woman in the crowd shouted a question about education testing here on Saturday, former senator John Edwards made a casual farming quip.Howie P.S.: My question for David "Mudcat" Saunders:
"You don't make a hog fatter by weighing it," he said, meaning that constantly testing children does not make them smarter.
The line was, Edwards acknowledged, borrowed from a friend. But it reflected a persistent subtext of the Edwards campaign: the argument that he is the sole Southern Democrat and cultural conservative in the Democratic presidential field, making him the only top-tier candidate in his party who can appeal easily to white men.
"I voted for Bush, but I kind of got disenchanted," Chess said. "I had thought maybe Barack, but I'm beginning to waver, and I like Edwards more. Definitely not Hillary."
Is the message of this story that Edwards is courting the "rural" and "older and white" voter with a "straight talk" approach? Or is there another subtext (unspoken) here? Please advise.