Elizabeth Edwards Takes on Clinton updated

Good cop, bad cop, Edwards style.

“Their nominee won’t energize them, Bush won’t, but Hillary as the nominee
will. It’s hard for John to talk about, but it’s the reality,” she added.

Edwards: Clinton ‘hatred’ will energize GOP

It’s getting rough out there. Increasingly, Mrs. Edwards is saying things you hear in the comment sections across the blogosphere. No doubt she’s hearing it elsewhere.

Let’s also remember where this negativity towards Clinton began and how it’s been stoked. Right-wing radio made sure Hillary Clinton’s image was cemented in the 1990s, with Dick Morris and other GOP minions adding more on top of what’s already been established. Rove couldn’t wait to bring up the “negatives” of Clinton. But there is more to Rove’s madness than just the message.

But there is a lot more to this story. The latest Pew poll lays it out:

Overall, more than eight-in-ten Democratic and Democratic-leaning registered voters familiar with each candidate rate them favorably (86% for Clinton, 83% for Obama and 82% for Edwards). But Edwards trails the other two in the share who express a very favorable view. A third of Democratic voters (34%) view Clinton very favorably, and 29% say the same about Obama, compared with just 20% for Edwards.

Among African-Americans, the gap is much larger. Fully half of black Democrats rate Clinton (52%) and Obama (50%) very favorably – the highest ratings for these candidates from any segment of the party base. But just 18% of black Democrats feel as favorably toward John Edwards. In fact, 27% of black Democrats who rate Edwards give him an unfavorable rating, compared with just 16% of white Democrats. … ..

Black Enthusiasm for Clinton and Obama Leaves Little Room for Edwards

And even though Edwards has a lead right now, Iowa is not a lock and the Edwardses know it. According to TIME, even though Clinton’s “likeability” numbers are low in Iowa, she beats Obama and Edwards on leadership and fighting terrorism by a mile. The question is whether the 2008 primaries will get down to “Who do you want to have a beer with?” Thoughts?

UPDATE: Carpenters Union endorses Edwards. This is good news for Edwards, coming after Dodd’s endorsement earlier in the week, as well as Clinton’s.