September 27, 2004


Homestate Crowd Walks Out on Edwards (NewsMax, 9/27/04)

Half the audience who showed up last week to see John Edwards' first South Carolina appearance since he won his home state's primary in February walked out before he arrived - two hours late.

And in another sign of trouble in paradise, the state's Democratic Senate candidate - whose campaign the Edwards visit was supposed to boost - declined to be seen on the same stage with him.

Democrat U.S. Senate hopeful Inez Tenenbaum "has gone to great lengths to distance herself from the national party," reports the South Carolina newspaper, The State.

Edwards "is about as close as she’s going to allow herself to get to the national party," the paper added, noting, "Tenenbaum didn’t appear on the platform with him" at either the rally or a fund-raiser scheduled for later that day.

Aides said she would have skipped the event altogether if John Kerry had been the guest of honor.

They're sending John Edwards, who was quitting the Senate rather than be defeated for re-election, to campaign in a state where they don't have a prayer and the Senate candidate doesn't want them showing up, and he's two hours late to boot? These guys couldn't pour ketchup out of a windsurfing boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 27, 2004 10:51 PM

Even better news (for the GOP) would have been if this happened in North Carolina where the GOP is struggling to pick up the Senate seat Edwards is resigning from.

Posted by: AWW at September 27, 2004 11:08 PM


Struggling? Bowles is at or under under 45% after running statewide just two years ago. That one's over.

Posted by: oj at September 27, 2004 11:24 PM

I suspect Edwards is late for just about every appearance, no matter where it is.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 28, 2004 4:41 AM

Orrin, he has an adviser to do complex tasks like that.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at September 28, 2004 5:59 AM


He was 45 minutes late for a one hour appearance at my old job, but left right on time.

Posted by: oj at September 28, 2004 7:32 AM

Showing up 45 minutes late for scheduled appearances? Sounds like the Edwards people are trying to take another page out of the Clinton playbook.

Posted by: John at September 28, 2004 7:40 AM

OJ - last 2 polls have it 50-40 Bowles over Burr. There was a recent radio/TV poll that had Bowles only up 3 but that came out before one of the 50-40 polls did. I think Burr can win the race, especially with Bush coattails, but the polls don't reflect it.

Posted by: AWW at September 28, 2004 7:56 AM

Here in Nebraska, there is a pretty left-of-center gal running against the incumbent Lee Terry (R). In her television ads there is no mention of her political party affiliation. Here in Nebraska, they run like scalded dogs away from the D.

Posted by: pchuck at September 28, 2004 10:08 AM

Being late like that is inexcusably rude.

Nice seeing that their fellow Dems flee from Senators Kerry and Edwards. Probably afraid that whatever they have is catching.

Posted by: Mikey at September 28, 2004 12:24 PM