Edwards To Endorse Obama?

I was trolling through our blogroll, looking for some of the newer additions to feature this week when I happened upon a post that definitely deserved the spotlight of its very own.

Over at HyerStandard, we see some news that may clear up the issue of who John Edwards will endorse:

Earlier today during a phone call with reporters, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) made this statement, which seems to clear everything up, to say the least.

“I know them both well, and their good friends, the issue isn’t if he’s going to do it, it’s when.”

Conyers went on to express his desire for Edwards to make the endorsement before March 4th for two major reasons, Texas and Ohio. Which, if you are a Obama supporter, would be great news. Especially now that the polls are tightening up to a near dead lock, an Edward’s endorsement could get a good amount of the working class, blue collar vote which is incredibly prevalent in Ohio.

If true, this would be a backbreaker for the Clinton campaign which is already gasping for air.  Edwards, who left the race with around ten to fifteen percent of the vote, has it in his ability to change the minds of some of his still undecided supporters, and if he actively goes on the stump, as HS points out in his post, it is sure to make inroads among the blue collar working class voters Obama needs to chip away at Hillary’s support base.

I’m still a little skeptical, and won’t believe it until I see it, but it would be a big get for Obama if it happens.  As Conyers hints at, the question of when becomes significant also.

If Edwards endorses Obama before March 4th, it’s obviously going to be a big deal and help Obama win those states.  If, on the other hand, it is looking like Obama can win those states without Edwards’ help, it may be wiser for Edwards to wait until after.

I say this because, as many people are wondering, there is a big question mark as to whether Hillary can “lose with grace”.  A lot of apprehension has surrounded the idea that even after it becomes impossible for Clinton to win by reasonable measures, she’s still likely to try to rip the party apart in order to gain her nomination.

An Edwards endorsement directly after a potential win in Texas and Ohio could help send the message to the Clinton campaign that the Democratic party needs to rally behind the Democratic nominee.

As a result, if Conyers is right, and Edwards has every intention to back Obama, I think we won’t get an announcement at the very least until Wednesday morning.  It is more than possible that if Obama has a bad night at the next Democratic debate, Edwards may also try and gobble up the news cycle to draw attention away from it.  But then again, if Tuesday goes anything like last night did, he won’t have to.

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