Bayh is Out; Edwards is In

According to Democrats, John Edwards is going to announce his bid for the Presidency in New Orleans between Christmas and New Year’s Day:

Edwards’ novel choice of sites shows how he wants to distinguish his candidacy: emphasizing policies he believes can unite a country divided by economic inequality, a situation no more evident than in the city’s Lower Ninth Ward, still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Bayh’s exit stunned rivals and supporters. The former Indiana governor abandoned his bid just two weeks after forming a committee to raise money and gauge support for his candidacy.

“The odds were always going to be very long for a relatively unknown candidate like myself, a little bit like David and Goliath,” Bayh said in the statement. He added that beyond the question of “whether there were too many Goliaths or whether I’m just not the right David,” his chances were slim.

Bayh did not say who he considered to be the Goliaths. Yet it is Obama and Clinton who are attracting most of the attention among the 10 or more Democrats considering a bid.

Edwards, however, is in a strong position as the leading candidate in the first nominating state, Iowa. He has taken the lead in Iowa polling even with favorite son Gov. Tom Vilsack in the mix.

I don’t understand what people see in John Edwards. He’s attractive and rich, but that’s it. In his debate with Vice President Cheney he came off looking like an amateur. And his “Two Americas” theme during the Democratic primary was just another way of playing upon class warfare, a tactic right out of the very old Democratic play book.

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