While cable television talks breathlessly about Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, on the ground it is former Senator John Edwards who has the clear organizational advantage over all Democrats.
Further evidence of this is found in a new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers. The poll, sponsored by Environmental Defense, shows Edwards with a commanding lead of 36 percent. Clinton and Obama trail him with 16 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Obviously, it was another bad poll for Tom Vilsack, who doesn’t appear to have a lot of support in his home state.
Edwards also got some mixed news out of New Hampshire this week. On the bad side, state Senator Lou D’Allesandro wants it known that he is not all the way with Edwards like he used to be. On the good side, another state Senator and big Edwards supporter, David Gottesman, is making calls about a run for the US Senate against John E. Sununu. Having a key supporter so high profile can only help.