And Edwards is fading…
The University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll, released at 8 a.m. Monday morning, shows Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama in a heated battle on the Democratic side. Clinton leads the poll with 28.9% while Obama garnered 26.6%. John Edwards trails with 20%, a 6-point drop from the last Hawkeye poll in August.
For Edwards, who has basically been living in Iowa (and who parlayed a second place finish there in 2004 into a spot on the Democratic ticket), the results have to be disconcerting. Unlike Obama and Clinton, he has few other strongholds, and a poor showing in Iowa could place his candidacy in serious jeopardy.
Personally, I think Edwards is done. He proved to be much less of a formidable VP candidate, and I just don’t think Dems are going to give him a second shot at the presidency. I think the best he can do is be Secretary of Health & Human Services. Seriously. That’s where I see him fitting in our current political landscape. Because he could go out on the road and really sell the health care issue passionately.
Of course, I was for Dean in 2004 so what do I know about Iowa? :-)