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Edwards Campaign Stumbles in Fundraising

The Hill is reporting that campaign contributions to John Edwards are drying up:

Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is expecting a significant drop-off in campaign contributions for the second quarter that might look like a pittance compared to the dollar amounts Democratic rivals Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) and Barack Obama (Ill.) are expected to raise.

Though it would not be unheard of for a campaign to try and lowball its fundraising expectations, an e-mail to supporters from senior adviser Joe Trippi, of Gov. Howard Dean's 2004 campaign, tells Edwards's fans the campaign is two-thirds of the way to its goal of $9 million for the quarter.

That would give Edwards a $6 million rake with nine days to go. And even then, the campaign would realize $5 million less than it did in the first quarter.

In the Real Clear Politics average poll Edwards places a distant fourth behind Clinton, Obama and undeclared Gore:

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The Edwards campaign has been marred by gaffes like his boneheaded declaration that America isn't fighting a war on terror:

"It is now clear that George Bush's misnamed 'War on Terror' has backfired -- and is now part of the problem," Edwards told the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. "The War on Terror is a slogan designed only for politics, not a strategy to make America safe. It's a bumper sticker, not a plan."

Quibbling over the name we apply to the war against the Islamic extremists who want to burn our country to the ground is a foolish strategy that only provides grist to the right-wing commentators who maintain that the Democrats are not serious about fighting and winning the war on terror.

Yes, I called it the war on terror, even though that is a completely inaccurate label. "Terror" is a tactic; we are clearly not a war with a tactic; we are at war with Islamic extremists many of whom call themselves Al Qaeda. But it's too late to argue about the label this war has acquired. When people say "war on terror" everyone knows what you're talking about. Edwards looks like a pointy-headed intellectual for trying to create a pointless debate about the label we apply to this war.

So can you tell I'm not enthusiastic about the Edwards candidacy?


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Comments (4)

Paul Hamilton:

I'll never forget how Edwards just vanished after he was chosen for VP in 2004 and so it's very difficult for me to get any enthusiasm about him at all.

Personally, I'd rather see him get out of the race and help unite the anti-Hillary forces behind one candidate rather than letting her practically win by default.

Steve Crickmore:

Larkin, Kerry got 252 electoral college votes Bush got 279 electoral college votes in 2004, so Missouri's 11 electoral votes, if they had gone into the Democrat column would have left Kerry with 263 and Bush 268.... As for Edwards, its clear which America Edwards lives in, with his 400 dollar haircuts and clear cut mansion
I would like to have see Gore enter the race too, but I gather he is to close to Bill and Hillary. If Hillary wins I don't relish having to defend her reluctantly the way much of Wizbang classic rises to Dubya's defense. ...Fortunately, it is still early, and I think Obama has an excellent chance, and Bloomberg might be the wild card to spoil Hillary's chances, as well.

Steve Crickmore:

I forgot to add this bumper idea that might jumpstart Edward's campaign.

civil behavior:

There's only one great statesman in this race. Dennis Kucinich. Hear him speak and you would agree. It's why the media marginalizes him. He would revolutionize America and they can't afford to have him do that.

All the rest are bought and paid for including Edwards.


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