John Edwards drops out of presidential race

Dan Balz, political reporter for the Washington Post, reports that John Edwards is going to drop out of the US presidential race today. It’s a sad ending to the race for me, since I’ve been an Edwards’ supporter since before he invited me to come along on his plane when he announced that he was running back in late December of 2006 (he spoke at Gnomedex that year). On that trip I met Dan Balz, too, who has been covering politics since the 1970s. Back then he said that the press had already picked Clinton and Obama to cover, since their stories were more interesting. Most of the political experts I met with back then thought that Clinton was going to take it all. That looks like it is still pretty likely. But I’m going to vote for Barack Obama in next Tuesday’s primary here in California. I met Hillary when she spoke at Microsoft and, while she’s very smart and will be a capable president, I just like Barack better. I’m tired of Bush and Clinton families running America and want a change. If that makes me a bad person, so be it. Now back to talking about technology…

75 thoughts on “John Edwards drops out of presidential race

  1. Robert,

    I appreciate your comments. I do understand that Republicans have “raised” taxes due to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    I have voted republican all these years because I’m a social conservative. Now that I’m getting older (40), I’m starting to see that things like healthcare, education for my kid are far more important than my presonal reasons for voting republican.

    What I meant by raising taxes is historic. The democrats, war aside, generally are tax raisers. They do so to pay for social programs. I’m now a lot more in favor of things like universal healthcare, education, etc.

    I think Obama would do the greatest good out of all current candidates. I pray he can defeat Clinton where it matters, California, New York, Texas. It looks like he will take the southern states, Florida aside.

    I’m looking forward to him winning and this country having a bit of a shakeup. We need it. We’ve been too complacent too long.

  2. Scoble, you should definitely say what you want on your own blog.

    I gotta agree with Christopher(#15) on this one though…

  3. Scoble, you should definitely say what you want on your own blog.

    I gotta agree with Christopher(#15) on this one though…

  4. Robert, kudos to you for speaking your mind on your own blog (and by the way, I’d say that regardless of what campaign you endorsed). After all, you were the one who was there at the beginning of Edwards’ campaign with your camera and it’s fitting for you to note its end and state your views.

    I’m glad you chose Barack Obama and I’m glad you said so.

  5. Robert, kudos to you for speaking your mind on your own blog (and by the way, I’d say that regardless of what campaign you endorsed). After all, you were the one who was there at the beginning of Edwards’ campaign with your camera and it’s fitting for you to note its end and state your views.

    I’m glad you chose Barack Obama and I’m glad you said so.

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  7. Hey Wreck! What do you mean Ron Paul’s a non-starter? He came in 2nd in Nevada, and maybe 1st in Louisiana. His message will resonate with people the more they get to know him. And, while I agree with you about Obama being intelligent and a uniter, he’s a gun-grabber and favors further socialization of the health care system.

  8. Hey Wreck! What do you mean Ron Paul’s a non-starter? He came in 2nd in Nevada, and maybe 1st in Louisiana. His message will resonate with people the more they get to know him. And, while I agree with you about Obama being intelligent and a uniter, he’s a gun-grabber and favors further socialization of the health care system.

  9. Bill: I understand that but this blog is about me and, yes, I have political views from time to time and reserve the right to piss off my readership by talking about them. If you don’t want that then you probably would rather read something like CNET or Google News, where they focus on one thing.

  10. Bill: I understand that but this blog is about me and, yes, I have political views from time to time and reserve the right to piss off my readership by talking about them. If you don’t want that then you probably would rather read something like CNET or Google News, where they focus on one thing.

  11. I know you’ve gotten beaten up in the past for espousing your political views in your blog, whatever your political choice does not make you a bad person at all.

    I think the key thing is that people look to your blog for information on technologists and technology and don’t want to have to deal with the political side of things, too. There’s already way too much of that sort of commentary.

    Your fans consider you to be somewhat of a safe haven from the normal political chatter.

  12. I know you’ve gotten beaten up in the past for espousing your political views in your blog, whatever your political choice does not make you a bad person at all.

    I think the key thing is that people look to your blog for information on technologists and technology and don’t want to have to deal with the political side of things, too. There’s already way too much of that sort of commentary.

    Your fans consider you to be somewhat of a safe haven from the normal political chatter.

  13. Good choice. I voted for Obama yesterday. Unfortunately Hillary won our meaningless primary which means no delegates.

    I think Obama would be the best person to unite the country and improve the rest of the world’s opinion of us. His speech at the 2004 Democratic convention is still one of the best political speeches of recent times.

  14. Good choice. I voted for Obama yesterday. Unfortunately Hillary won our meaningless primary which means no delegates.

    I think Obama would be the best person to unite the country and improve the rest of the world’s opinion of us. His speech at the 2004 Democratic convention is still one of the best political speeches of recent times.

  15. About “raising taxes”:

    Look over to Europe. We have higher taxes than the United States. Are our countries poorer? Europe’s economically very, very strong, but more important:

    The people are more wealthy! In Europe, nearly nobody has to live in trailer parks. Way less people live on the streets. The middle class is way bigger. The social divide is smaller. In Europe, most people can live off ONE job. We have way lower crime rates. And everybody has high quality health insurance.

    We haven’t got the very rich people like the US. But we also have much less very poor people. In Europe, a lot more people live a good life than in the US.

    You can’t do that without government spending, but believe me: It pays off. (Except for rich people, of course…)

  16. About “raising taxes”:

    Look over to Europe. We have higher taxes than the United States. Are our countries poorer? Europe’s economically very, very strong, but more important:

    The people are more wealthy! In Europe, nearly nobody has to live in trailer parks. Way less people live on the streets. The middle class is way bigger. The social divide is smaller. In Europe, most people can live off ONE job. We have way lower crime rates. And everybody has high quality health insurance.

    We haven’t got the very rich people like the US. But we also have much less very poor people. In Europe, a lot more people live a good life than in the US.

    You can’t do that without government spending, but believe me: It pays off. (Except for rich people, of course…)

  17. I hate politics on tech blogs.

    Global markets are not politically controlled, invisible hand and all. So to think the Rep’s have much influence over world-exchange markets is being economically naive, that’s sound-bite politics, and wrong at that. Many complex factors at play, blaming the Republican’s or Democracts is just brain-dead election-time fodder.

    Actually not ALL politicans want to raise taxes, many go Laffer Curve and actually want to lower them. None, in the Democractic Party for sure.

    Ignoring wars or conflicts, like ignoring mowing the lawn, costs billions too. Times when you have to step up and get rid of the weeds, before they overtake. Ignoring Iran’s nuclear development could cost, oh say, Cleveland. Head in Sand is not a leadership policy. Ignoring wounds, causes serious infections.

  18. I hate politics on tech blogs.

    Global markets are not politically controlled, invisible hand and all. So to think the Rep’s have much influence over world-exchange markets is being economically naive, that’s sound-bite politics, and wrong at that. Many complex factors at play, blaming the Republican’s or Democracts is just brain-dead election-time fodder.

    Actually not ALL politicans want to raise taxes, many go Laffer Curve and actually want to lower them. None, in the Democractic Party for sure.

    Ignoring wars or conflicts, like ignoring mowing the lawn, costs billions too. Times when you have to step up and get rid of the weeds, before they overtake. Ignoring Iran’s nuclear development could cost, oh say, Cleveland. Head in Sand is not a leadership policy. Ignoring wounds, causes serious infections.

  19. Wreck: Republicans raised our taxes many many times in the past eight years. How? Have you seen the dollar’s value overseas? It used to be worth 50% more. So Republicans raised our taxes 50% without even passing a single bill. Just print more money!

    ALL politicans want to raise our taxes. Some are just smarter about how they do it so that everyone thinks they don’t raise taxes. We’re all suckers. I used to be just like you. Then I saw what was really going on. Now I prefer the honest approach.

    There is no free lunch. When Republicans go and start wars that cost hundreds of billions you gotta pay some way.

  20. Wreck: Republicans raised our taxes many many times in the past eight years. How? Have you seen the dollar’s value overseas? It used to be worth 50% more. So Republicans raised our taxes 50% without even passing a single bill. Just print more money!

    ALL politicans want to raise our taxes. Some are just smarter about how they do it so that everyone thinks they don’t raise taxes. We’re all suckers. I used to be just like you. Then I saw what was really going on. Now I prefer the honest approach.

    There is no free lunch. When Republicans go and start wars that cost hundreds of billions you gotta pay some way.

  21. Despite being a republican in almost every sense, I cannot fool myself into thinking the republicans even have a good candidate this time around.

    I favored Ron Paul over everyone, but he’s a non-starter. I’ve since started looking at Obama. We don’t need any more Clintons in the White House. Out of all the democrats, Obama is the most real, the least tainted, and the most intelligent. He brings people together. As long as he doesn’t want to rasise my taxes, he’s cool with me.

  22. Despite being a republican in almost every sense, I cannot fool myself into thinking the republicans even have a good candidate this time around.

    I favored Ron Paul over everyone, but he’s a non-starter. I’ve since started looking at Obama. We don’t need any more Clintons in the White House. Out of all the democrats, Obama is the most real, the least tainted, and the most intelligent. He brings people together. As long as he doesn’t want to rasise my taxes, he’s cool with me.

  23. Thanks for totally once again ignoring the little guy and fellow Gnomedexer. Of course I won’t be as lame. Guess you only bother reading the known people.

  24. Thanks for totally once again ignoring the little guy and fellow Gnomedexer. Of course I won’t be as lame. Guess you only bother reading the known people.

  25. Christopher, while I’m not a huge Edwards fan, that was the whole idea of his campaign — he’s been part of both Americas, and wants to make his latter one more accessible to more people.

    Robert, I like Obama and Clinton too, but Obama is going to get my vote because of how I’ve seen him unite people and bridge party lines. I’ve had to pick my chin off the floor several times when different die-hard Republican friends tell me they’re voting for Obama. I really like the idea of the president as a uniter, and I think Obama can win in November.

  26. Christopher, while I’m not a huge Edwards fan, that was the whole idea of his campaign — he’s been part of both Americas, and wants to make his latter one more accessible to more people.

    Robert, I like Obama and Clinton too, but Obama is going to get my vote because of how I’ve seen him unite people and bridge party lines. I’ve had to pick my chin off the floor several times when different die-hard Republican friends tell me they’re voting for Obama. I really like the idea of the president as a uniter, and I think Obama can win in November.

  27. Umm, the Giuliani Exit is real actual news. King of World post-9/11, and now not even a primary win. John Edwards was doomed from the get-go, everyone knew that already, he was just there on account of his big bank account and big ego.

    Two America’s indeed, the play-dough fantasy-land Edwards lives in, and the America everyone else occupies.

  28. Hey Robert. Nice to see a little (non-tech related) political commentary once in a while – keeps things fresh… :-)

    Did you know by the way that down at the bottom right hand corner of your blog the About Robert section says: “Robert Scoble works at PodTech.net (title: Vice President of Media Development). ”
    Is this still so? I thought you changed jobs?

  29. Umm, the Giuliani Exit is real actual news. King of World post-9/11, and now not even a primary win. John Edwards was doomed from the get-go, everyone knew that already, he was just there on account of his big bank account and big ego.

    Two America’s indeed, the play-dough fantasy-land Edwards lives in, and the America everyone else occupies.

  30. Hey Robert. Nice to see a little (non-tech related) political commentary once in a while – keeps things fresh… :-)

    Did you know by the way that down at the bottom right hand corner of your blog the About Robert section says: “Robert Scoble works at PodTech.net (title: Vice President of Media Development). ”
    Is this still so? I thought you changed jobs?

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