John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama tonight in Grand Rapids, Michigan:
The media and blogosphere are abuzz as to the hows and whys of Edwards stepping up to endorse Obama when the race is down to the finish line with just a few primaries left, but the endorsement does come “at a time when the appeal of Mr. Obama appears to be lagging among white, blue-collar voters, a group to which Mr. Edwards openly appealed.”
Mr. Edwards’s endorsement also brings in tow 19 convention delegates he won in early party selections. He could certainly urge them to give their support to Mr. Obama, though they would not be obligated by party rules to do so.
And of course, the Obama camp timed the announcement of John Edwards endorsement “to coincide with the start of the major evening newscasts, which would have otherwise focused on Senator Hillary Clinton’s landslide victory in West Virginia, which raised new questions about Mr. Obama’s strength with white working class voters.”
Melissa on Shakesville says she’s “disappointed” that endorsed at all. I agree. Because now it seems rather suspect that Edwards has been “waiting, waiting, waiting – till after the poorest state in the nation voted to announce that Obama is his man on poverty.”
After all, as Jeralyn notes:
John Edwards has been on tv for two weeks saying there was no reason for him to endorse either candidate. What changed? In two words: West Virginia. In four words: West Virginina and Kentucky.