The Impact of Our Nation's Choices


Wednesday, John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama. There is no shortage of articles digging into the endorsement, the potential attached strings (nothing substantiated), the potential split between John and Elizabeth's support (again nothing substantiated), and what it means for the Democratic party horserace in highly broad, speculative terms.


What none of the reports really address is the substance -- the gut and heart level issues -- that Edwards spoke about, which got an incredible reaction from the Michigan crowd.


Which, frankly, is altogether too familiar in political reportage given the dismissive and superficial tone of so much of the coverage of him when he was a candidate. I, however, refuse to just let it be -- because the speech was a barn burner, and listening to it was like taking a long, cool drink of water on a parched day...and it is one that we need to hear, loud and clear.



I've attached a YouTube of the speech in its entirety. If you missed it, do take the time to watch it in full. You'll thank me later.

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