From the Post:
Although Edwards’s numbers have spiked a bit, public and private polling suggests another JFK will win Tuesday — John Forbes Kerry. A recent American Research Group poll showed Kerry holding a 37 percentage point lead over Edwards, which squares with some other surveys. Edwards has vowed to stay in, win or lose, while Dean will retreat to Vermont, where aides predict he will call it quits. A top Edwards adviser hedged a bit Sunday night, suggesting the senator might reevaluate his candidacy if he does not register a “respectable” second-place showing…
“Keeping our jobs right here in this country — where it belongs — that’s what this campaign is about,” Edwards says in the ad. It does not mention Kerry by name, so voters most likely won’t realize Edwards is trying to show how he differs from Kerry. When pressed by reporters on Sunday for differences on key issues, Edwards cited his plans for housing tax credits and clamping down on predatory lenders — not necessarily the hefty issues that can bring down a front-runner or lift up an underdog. Kerry promised to provide health coverage to 97 percent of Americans, lower education costs and retain tax cuts for everyone but those making more than $200,000 annually. Drawing an implicit distinction, Edwards said the country can not afford big tax cuts and big health care programs: “People need to know the truth about what we can afford and what we can’t afford.”
It would be good to see Edwards’ “Two Americas” rhetoric translate into a more daring, more progressive set of domestic proposals. It may also be one of his few remaining shots at making a comeback…
And then there’s this deeply unfortunate move by Kerry, which demands that other Democrats find something better to offer on the issue:
Kerry gave a long-winded explanation of his position on gay marriages, suggesting he might support a constitutional amendment banning them. “It depends on the terminology because it depends on what it does with respect to civil unions and partnership rights,” he said.
The terminology is out there and – guess what – what it does with respect to civil unions and partnership rights (“the legal incidents thereof“) is exactly what Kerry took a brave stand against in rejecting the Defense of Marriage Act. Shame now he isn’t mustering the courage of, say, the American Conservative Union.