In point of fact, I’ve read a lot of stories suggesting that Edwards didn’t work his ass off at all - he not only didn’t get along with Kerry, but didn’t really believe in what Kerry was saying or asking him to say, so he said what he wanted to on the campaign trail and acted like it was practice for another run in 2008.
Oh, and Al Gore did the same thing four years ago. Surprise! Turns out VP picks are political and not shows of friendship. Who gives a crap?
Since the OP was so enraged he couldn’t bother to offer a link…
Yeah, really. Given the reality of how you pick your V-P, (someone to “balance” you), it’s quite likely that you not only don’t pick your best buddy, you pick someone you don’t even like that much. That’s politics, and that’s life.
The emphasis on loyalty over performance is one of the more deplorable facets of the modern conservative movement. Kerry doesn’t owe Edwards an endorsement; he owes it to his constituents to do what he thinks will be best for the country.
When you make decisions based on loyalty rather than merit, you end up with horse breeders running federal agencies. No thanks.
Edwards doesn’t have an uphill battle. He’s dead in the water. He put everything he had into Iowa and got a tied for second, and then in New Hampshire he picked up a distant, distant third against strong support for his two competitors. There’s simply no way that Edwards will get the nomination unless the Clinton and Obama campaign planes collide in midair.
Kerry at least had the grace to wait until his former running mate was shown to be non-viable before endorsing one of the others.