So I just posted this over at DailyKos. Please go and rec it up!!! Lets get the word out about what is going on here.
“America is better than this!”
That was John Edwards refrain today at a rally for Heath Shuler that he attended in Asheville, NC (NC-11).
While Shuler was supposed to be the main player today (after all he is the one running for office right?), John Edwards stole the show. It was quickly obvious to this veteran from NH primary season that what we were hearing was a very early form of a stump speech from Edwards. But before I get there, let’s talk about what Shuler had to say first.
The essence of Shuler speech was changing the course. He spoke of bringing high paying jobs back into the district (we have been hard hit by the textile mills leaving the area for points south). This was spoken in conjunction with renewable energy and energy independence. One of Shuler lines that got the greatest response was: “We must change the course in Iraq because it’s not acceptable.” Keep in mind that this is from a Dem running in a “conservative” Southern district. I guess he got the memo that the war just wasn’t playing well. To be fair, he did not say what the course change would consist of, but it hardly seemed to matter to the crowd. The fact that both Shuler and Edwards have young children was brought up several times in the “Let’s do it for them” kind of way, particularly in relation to Healthcare. After a very brief introduction, Edwards came up and stole the show.