Even after Hillary thumped Obama by a margin of greater than two-to-one in West Virginia, the last Democrat to drop out from the presidential race this year, John Edwards, has thrown his support to his party’s frontrunner. Â Even if all 29,196 of Edwards’ Mountain State votes went to Obama, the Illinois Senator still would have lost by a smaller margin, but still 2-to-1.
Citing yesterday’s vote, Clinton campaign chairmanÂ Terry McAuliffe said in a statement, “We respect John Edwards, but . . . this thing is far from over.”
McAuliffe may actually be right. Â At least this one time, his interests (electing a Clinton) coincide with those of the electorate, well, that is, his party’s electorate. Â The voters seem to be speaking in a voice at odds with the party’s leadership, at least in West Virginia and quite possibly Kentucky as well.
As more and more questions are being asked about the likely Democratic nominee and more and more party leaders rally round him, the party’s rank and file doesn’t seem to have gotten the message and shows considerable anxiety about their standard bearer in this fall’s contest.