John Edwards suspended his run for the Democratic presidential nomination today. Melissa has a lovely post reflecting on his campaign and its welcome focus on the millions of people who haven’t benefited from George W. Bush’s efforts to enrich his friends.
Edwards hasn’t announced an endorsement, but if he makes one I predict he’ll go with Obama. His campaign consultant Mudcat Saunders has already taken to the airwaves this morning to say he’ll do everything in his power to make sure Edwards doesn’t back Hillary Clinton. Saunders has shown himself to be a sexist dick at least once during the campaign, appearing on the Rachel Maddow show at the height of the hugely overblown “Hillary cried” kerfuffle and pulling out the old “If she can’t handle the stress of a campaign, how will she handle it when bombs start falling over there?” chestnut. (To her credit, Rachel, no Hillary supporter, called him on it immediately. I don’t have an audio link to his remarks, but here’s a link to the blog comments for the day of that show.) Today, he informed us all that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a violation of the 22nd Amendment. Good to know he doesn’t see women as entities separate from men.
Not that I think Edwards feels that way. I don’t. But unless Saunders is a total loose cannon, as well as an asshole, I think the Edwards camp has telegraphed its punch on this one. We’ll see.