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. SORRY BUT ALL OF THE WRITING ON THIS ENTIRE PAGE IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO READ. I WOULD APPRECIATE BLOCK LETTERS SO THAT I CAN SEE AND COMMENT ON YOUR MESSAGE.
    THE SCRIPT IS UGLY AND DISTRACTING SO WHY ARE YOU USING IT?

  2. SORRY BUT ALL OF THE WRITING ON THIS ENTIRE PAGE IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO READ. I WOULD APPRECIATE BLOCK LETTERS SO THAT I CAN SEE AND COMMENT ON YOUR MESSAGE.
    THE SCRIPT IS UGLY AND DISTRACTING SO WHY ARE YOU USING IT?

  3. Robert,

    Glad to hear that you are supporting Obama, and were willing to say so.

    I think we can combine discussions on technology and politics sometimes; for instance, have you seen the page on Obama’s site discussing his views on technology? It is definitely worth taking a look at – http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/

    I would love to see folks like you who support Barack, getting involved with setting policy and priorities for the internet and use of it in the future.

    Fired up – Ready to Go!

  4. Robert,

    Glad to hear that you are supporting Obama, and were willing to say so.

    I think we can combine discussions on technology and politics sometimes; for instance, have you seen the page on Obama’s site discussing his views on technology? It is definitely worth taking a look at – http://www.barackobama.com/issues/technology/

    I would love to see folks like you who support Barack, getting involved with setting policy and priorities for the internet and use of it in the future.

    Fired up – Ready to Go!

  5. Have to agree with you on this one Robert. I have said from the beginning that 30 years of two families running the country is a bad deal no matter how you slice it. If Ron Paul doesn’t get the Republican nod, Barrack gets my vote.

  6. Have to agree with you on this one Robert. I have said from the beginning that 30 years of two families running the country is a bad deal no matter how you slice it. If Ron Paul doesn’t get the Republican nod, Barrack gets my vote.

  7. Have you seen this?

    As Edwards is out of the race on the democratic side, the internet swell seems to be moving towards Obama.

    Here’s one of the more interesting election advertisements I have seen in a while. The main singer for Black Eyed Peas took a Barak Obama speech from New Hampshire and mixed it into a music video titled: “Yes We Can”

    http://www.yeswecansong.com

  8. Have you seen this?

    As Edwards is out of the race on the democratic side, the internet swell seems to be moving towards Obama.

    Here’s one of the more interesting election advertisements I have seen in a while. The main singer for Black Eyed Peas took a Barak Obama speech from New Hampshire and mixed it into a music video titled: “Yes We Can”

    http://www.yeswecansong.com

  9. “I’m tired of Bush and Clinton families running America and want a change.”

    I think I can summarize your choice in simpler terms: you’ve decided to vote for a Democrat no matter what, and you don’t want it to be Hillary. Fine. Just say so.

    If Jeb Bush were running and a viable candidate at this point your statement above would be a good way to disguise the fact that you eliminated a Republican vote from the start.

    Most people, rightly or wrongly, choose the party they are going to vote for well in advance of all the debates. It only irks me when people pretend that they are exceptions to this.

    Go to the CBO web site and look at projected Federal spending as a percentage of GDP (and note where the money goes, also note the optimistic assumptions about “other”, finally note that this is ONLY federal spending). Explain to me how any of the Dems are going to address this.

    Have the Reps done a good job of addressing it? No. But at least they acknowledge the problem and resist the temptation to add yet another exponentially growing entitlement to what may be the downfall of our way of life.

  10. “I’m tired of Bush and Clinton families running America and want a change.”

    I think I can summarize your choice in simpler terms: you’ve decided to vote for a Democrat no matter what, and you don’t want it to be Hillary. Fine. Just say so.

    If Jeb Bush were running and a viable candidate at this point your statement above would be a good way to disguise the fact that you eliminated a Republican vote from the start.

    Most people, rightly or wrongly, choose the party they are going to vote for well in advance of all the debates. It only irks me when people pretend that they are exceptions to this.

    Go to the CBO web site and look at projected Federal spending as a percentage of GDP (and note where the money goes, also note the optimistic assumptions about “other”, finally note that this is ONLY federal spending). Explain to me how any of the Dems are going to address this.

    Have the Reps done a good job of addressing it? No. But at least they acknowledge the problem and resist the temptation to add yet another exponentially growing entitlement to what may be the downfall of our way of life.

  11. .

    Yes Ian, it is sad news about John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and all the others who got very little coverage.

    Why is this happening? If McCain wins (which the media could help to happen just by spinning Hillary or Barack’s messages in the last days)the wars will be endless and we’ll all suffer with the world we’ve created as the corporations get bigger and hide behind walls protected by Blackwater or some other private mercenary, while the peasants pick around in the dumpsters.

    Did you hear that Ralph Nader is considering running? He was interviewed this morning by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.

    Robert

  12. .

    Yes Ian, it is sad news about John Edwards, Dennis Kucinich and all the others who got very little coverage.

    Why is this happening? If McCain wins (which the media could help to happen just by spinning Hillary or Barack’s messages in the last days)the wars will be endless and we’ll all suffer with the world we’ve created as the corporations get bigger and hide behind walls protected by Blackwater or some other private mercenary, while the peasants pick around in the dumpsters.

    Did you hear that Ralph Nader is considering running? He was interviewed this morning by Amy Goodman on Democracy Now.

    Robert

  13. I met John Edwards last year while interviewing his wife at the premiere of her book release. He was the first presidential candidate that I had ever met, shook hands with, and looked in the eye. I have never been into politics, but hearing him speak about his trip to Uganda, he struck me as a smart, passionate man. Someone whom I would be EXCITED to vote for.

    So this is very sad news. He would have been a great President.

  14. I met John Edwards last year while interviewing his wife at the premiere of her book release. He was the first presidential candidate that I had ever met, shook hands with, and looked in the eye. I have never been into politics, but hearing him speak about his trip to Uganda, he struck me as a smart, passionate man. Someone whom I would be EXCITED to vote for.

    So this is very sad news. He would have been a great President.

  15. Bah! I won’t vote for Hillary. Bill will always be a distraction, regardless of her qualifications.

    In this whole thing I am reminded of a comment made by Ronald Reagan. He said that he did not leave the democratic party, but rather the democratic party left him. Regardless of how you may feel about him, he is quite right. Read the inaugural address of the last great democratic president JFK. Ask yourself, where did that democratic party go?

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    “Let both sides unite to heed, in all corners of the earth, the command of Isaiah — to “undo the heavy burdens, and [to] let the oppressed go free.”

    “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    “Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

    Obviously, there is much more. But there is precious little in his speech that present day democrats would gladly embrace, even though JFK is often invoked.

    But where did that party go?

  16. Bah! I won’t vote for Hillary. Bill will always be a distraction, regardless of her qualifications.

    In this whole thing I am reminded of a comment made by Ronald Reagan. He said that he did not leave the democratic party, but rather the democratic party left him. Regardless of how you may feel about him, he is quite right. Read the inaugural address of the last great democratic president JFK. Ask yourself, where did that democratic party go?

    “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

    “Let both sides unite to heed, in all corners of the earth, the command of Isaiah — to “undo the heavy burdens, and [to] let the oppressed go free.”

    “And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

    “Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

    Obviously, there is much more. But there is precious little in his speech that present day democrats would gladly embrace, even though JFK is often invoked.

    But where did that party go?

  17. I met Edwards in ’06 and I was impressed with his grasp of some basic IT concepts, you know…for a politician and all. ;)
    At any rate, I’m a fairly conservative person who has usually ended up voting in the blue D column, and I really want to see Obama make it in the Super Tuesday primaries. If not there, then in the TX primaries thereafter. GoBama!

    Okay back to tech…

  18. I met Edwards in ’06 and I was impressed with his grasp of some basic IT concepts, you know…for a politician and all. ;)
    At any rate, I’m a fairly conservative person who has usually ended up voting in the blue D column, and I really want to see Obama make it in the Super Tuesday primaries. If not there, then in the TX primaries thereafter. GoBama!

    Okay back to tech…

  19. Robert,I too am a techie by day and passionate Edwards supporter in my down time. I met him back in 2002 and was active on his campaign the first go ’round and this one. I am so disappointed by the lack of any serious media attention to the one candidate with the most serious and thoughtful policies. The media landscape has been changing dramatically the past decade, and not in a good way. I had hoped the blogging community would have more influence this cycle.

  20. Robert,I too am a techie by day and passionate Edwards supporter in my down time. I met him back in 2002 and was active on his campaign the first go ’round and this one. I am so disappointed by the lack of any serious media attention to the one candidate with the most serious and thoughtful policies. The media landscape has been changing dramatically the past decade, and not in a good way. I had hoped the blogging community would have more influence this cycle.

  21. @6. Ron Paul probably has more supporters than Edwards and look where that is getting. What’s your point?

  22. Robert – Early on I supported Edwards but he lost sight of the fact that Obama has changed the election. Obama hit a nerve with his “not red states, not blue states, but a UNITED States of America” line. People are tired of the partisan bickering. We want someone who will bring us together, not divide us for their own political gain. That’s why I abandoned Hillary when she started playing gutterball with Bill in New Hampshire. Another benefit in voting for Obama: the GOP has been gunning for Hillary since 2006. They don’t have a strategy for dealing with Obama and they won’t have time to formulate a cogent one. We canNOT tolerate another four (or eight) years of Republican malfeasance.

  23. Robert – Early on I supported Edwards but he lost sight of the fact that Obama has changed the election. Obama hit a nerve with his “not red states, not blue states, but a UNITED States of America” line. People are tired of the partisan bickering. We want someone who will bring us together, not divide us for their own political gain. That’s why I abandoned Hillary when she started playing gutterball with Bill in New Hampshire. Another benefit in voting for Obama: the GOP has been gunning for Hillary since 2006. They don’t have a strategy for dealing with Obama and they won’t have time to formulate a cogent one. We canNOT tolerate another four (or eight) years of Republican malfeasance.

  24. 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.

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