John Edwards is giving a big foreign policy speech today at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. The speech will be closely watched by political pros, because it's expected to lay out a broad foreign policy vision that both breaks with Edwards' past centrism and draws a sharp contrast between his views and those of his rivals, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
The part of the speech that will probably be seen as most newsworthy is his rejection of the "war on terror" frame in looking at America's relationship with the world.
Edwards didn't impress me in the least during the campaign in '04. I thought he pretty much vanished completely after he got the VP nod. But now he seems to be saying a lot of good and truthful things. But he does have the Double H Problem -- his house and his haircuts. Of course they aren't really matters of substance, but they are the kind of thing that the Pubs can and will beat to death if he gets the nomination, so Edwards needs to do something to establish some credibility with the voters so that these empty attacks will not work against him.
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