John Edwards was probably the best decision John Kerry could make for his vice-president. If Edwards can keep the subject on manufacturing a middle class and the Two Americas -- because that stuff resonates and hits Bush in the soft under-belly of his rich-guy tax-cut policies -- the Kerry campaign can win over those under 35K, high school educated voters that often vote for pro-life Republicans in Bible Belt states. And that ought to win the election.
This is about as unified a Democratic presidential campaign has been that I can remember, in terms of unifying the other presidential campaign. Kerry's campaign rhetoric is straight out of Howard Dean's campaign ("You are the heart and soul of our campaign. You've shattered records and expectations every step of the way. Every time someone said you couldn't do it, you proved them wrong. Because of your incredible grassroots energy and commitment, I wanted to make the first official announcement of my decision to you -- more than one million online supporters at johnkerry.com.") and with Edwards on the ticket and Clark endorsing Kerry early, that puts most of the big guys directly on the same page.
It's like the opposite of the Bill Clinton - Al Gore dynamic where Al Gore's studious, serious, hard-working demeanor helped to temper Clinton's folksy, charming, flesh-pressing style. Here, John Edwards' folksy, charming, flesh-pressing style helps to liven up John Kerry's studious, serious, hard-working demeanor.