The Iowa caucus is now a mere fifteen days away. It is incredible, where did the last year go? From the get-go, the media portrayed the race as Obama as the underdog and Hillary as the woman to beat. Hillary led the polls and still currently does nationwide. Yet, there is something going on that the media is just starting to get their feeble grasps around. John Edwards is starting to surge in Iowa. He's got the momentum and could possibly pull a Kerry 04' in two weeks' time. Not only that, but he also has the message that could pull the perennial thorn out of the Democrats side.
Perennial third-party presidential candidate Ralph Nader was asked by Hardball's Chris Matthews on Monday, "Is there anybody in this campaign you like the looks of that can win, so that you wouldn't have to run?"
"I do like Kucinich. But the frontrunners -- Edwards now has the most progressive message across a broad spectrum ... of any leading candidate I've seen in years," Nader replied. "The key phrase is when he says he doesn't want to replace a corporate Republican with a corporate Democrat. ... He raises the issue of the concentration of power and wealth in a few hands that are working against the interests of the vast majority of the American people."
Thats right, so far out of the three top candidates, only Edwards is talking about what really matters. Clinton and Obama are caught up in the horse race, partly due to the media frenzy but also of their own doing. They certainly can not make Nader go away, just like the consultant-driven candidacies of Gore and Kerry.
Although Nader isn't much to talk about these days and never really stood a chance to win anything, he has always stood up against corporate power and fought for ordinary citizens, it has been his life's work. If Edwards can appeal to him, then the rest of the country will catch on before you know it.