Maybe I’m spoiled having worked in SC Republican politics, but what stands out to me on this primary election day is the general lack of passion across the board. If you want to find evidence that a primary is going on, you have to go look for it.
No reports from Richmond or northern Virginia of sign-waving supporters at intersections, not many yard signs or bumperstickers. Even the media is being left in large part to surrogates. Mrs. Edwards was just on Washaington DC TV for her husband a hour or so ago.
All of which feeds the assumption that John Kerry is a lock and the national primary process is already over. Kerry leads in the latest VA polls by more than 20%. Edwards can talk about the value of coming in second all he wants, but second place is “first loser,” and a southern sweep today by John Kerry answers the critics who say he can’t win in the South.