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Well, this makes an Edwards guy like me sad all over again.  Trippi explains his view on what could have been

I should have told him emphatically that he should stay in. My regret that I did not do so-that I let John Edwards down-grows with every day that the fight between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama continues.

Yep this fight that we saw coming before Super Tuesday

Senator Edwards . . . isn't one to pull a bunch of people into a room and take a vote. He asks you individually what you think, and you basically get one shot to make your argument. I got my chance. And for the first time in thirty years of political work, I didn't go with my gut.

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Trippi says

that I had this feeling that if he stayed in the race he would win 300 or so delegates by Super Tuesday and have maybe a one-in-five chance of forcing a brokered convention.

"That there was a path ahead that would be extremely painful, but could very well put him and his causes at the top of the Democratic agenda."

Trippi describes the "pain" in the campaign.  a Pain of not winning  a pain felt up and down the campaign staff and volunteers

He goes on

it's easier to see today that what seemed like a wistful hunch back in January would actually be the right course. In the midst of a hectic and draining campaign, it's tough to decide that question that most campaigns eventually face: Do we fight on or drop out?

My mistake was not seeing more clearly then what is so obvious to me now: He could have kept his agenda in the forefront by staying in the race and forcing Obama and Clinton to focus on those issues because he, John Edwards, would hold the key to the convention deadlock.

A convention that would have been able to stand up and say its not about Jeremiah Wright its about people dying in Iraq and hungry on our streets

Where supporters like me would stand as proud Democrats for John Edwards

Making issues of economic Justice matter

Yes I've picked one of the remaining two.  Ill take either.  But man do I miss John Edwards in this campaign.

Thank god Elizabeth is still out smacking down John McWar and making fools of the likes of  Noah O'Donnell

Originally posted to Redstateresident on Thu May 01, 2008 at 01:37 PM PDT.

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