The announcement was somewhat bungled, and launched in the shadow of the death of a President, but John Edwards is in.
"This campaign is about changing America," the Web site read, listing five priorities that fit neatly with Edwards' message of economic equality: "Providing universal health care for all Americans," "Rebuilding America's middle class and eliminating poverty," and "Creating tax fairness by rewarding work, not just wealth."Well, that's only three, but I can't get to the site to see the others yet. Anyway, despite the risk of being overshadowed by Hillary and Obama, Edwards will be a player. Of course, being young, good-looking, and Southern doesn't hurt (though let's not overplay the Southern thing). But Edwards seems to have strengthened his message and gained confidence over the last three years. He's basing his campaign clearly and boldly on progressive values. I'm glad he's in the contest.