I'm finally free to spill the beans! Melissa McEwan, more commonly known as Shakespeare's Sister, has joined the John Edwards presidential campaign as the Netroots Coordinator. Shakes and I e-mailed back and forth about her decision to join Edwards's team and I have offered her my congratulations privately already. But let me also do so publicly because this is stupendous for Edwards's team and, I'll admit, gets me to give him another look.
Shakes describes her decision to sign on board:
As for The Big Question: Why Edwards? A lot of reasons, none of which I've been too shy about sharing as my personal support for him has increased over the last months, although you can read more in my first Edwards blog post here. I will, however, mention the three little words that ultimately got me: "I was wrong." That's how John Edwards started his Nov. 13 op-ed in the Washington Post, referring to his Iraq war vote. "I was wrong," he said, and more than that: "I take responsibility for that mistake. It has been hard to say these words because those who didn't make a mistake--the men and women of our armed forces and their families--have performed heroically and paid a dear price. ... [A] key part of restoring America's moral leadership is acknowledging when we've made mistakes or been proven wrong--and showing that we have the creativity and guts to make it right." I don't need a president who never makes mistakes; those don't even exist. I need a president who's willing to admit them. Those have been in short order as of late, you may have noticed.
Quite some time ago, a staffer for another then-potential presidential candidate called me to pick my brain about what it would take to get my support. One of the things about which I was most adamant was that the candidate had to say, quite plainly, that s/he was wrong on Iraq. The staffer ran a couple of options by me: "What if s/he said this? What if s/he said that?" I said what I wanted to hear was "I was wrong."
John Edwards gave me what I wanted. And I believe he offers America what it needs.
Pretty persuasive... I wonder how many of the other candidates have offered that admission? (Dennis Kucinich, of course, wouldn't have to - he didn't vote for it.) I did catch the following video of Edwards at yesterday's DNC Winter Meeting. He sounds like a credible candidate, I'll admit. And the crowd loves him.
Bill Richardson is my personal favorite. There's a guy with the experience to be President. He's been a Congressman, a Governor, Secretary of Energy, Ambassador to the UN, was Clinton's Special Envoy and has been nominated four times for the Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating the release of hostages, American servicemen and political prisoners in North Korea, Iraq, and Cuba. Governor Richardson recently negotiated a 60-day cease fire in war-torn Darfur following direct talks with rebel leaders and the President of Sudan. I could respect the President again. What a thought...
Who do you have your eye on? What do you think of Richardson?