I still think Kerry will be the nominee, but I do think the fact that Edwards A) Kicked Howard Dean’s but B) seems to have statistically tied Kerry C) did better among indepedents than Kerry D) did just as well as Kerry among veterans and E) had such a strong late surge shows:
A) The mantra that Kerry is the most electable — or a particularly electable — Democrat is hogwash
B) Howard Dean will go down as one of the most interesting footnotes in presidential history
C) The Vietnam vet angle is far less useful than the punditocracy claims. After all if Kerry can’t sweep vets who vote in Democratic primaries, what makes us think he can sweep politically conservative vets in a general election?