Yesterday’s Rasmussen Report had an interesting story about a possible deal between Barack Obama and John Edwards:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Illinois Democrats close to Sen. Barack Obama are quietly passing the word that John Edwards will be named attorney general in an Obama administration.
Installation at the Justice Department of multimillionaire trial lawyer Edwards would please not only the union leaders supporting him for president but organized labor in general. The unions relish the prospect of an unequivocal labor partisan as the nation’s top legal officer.
In public debates, Obama and Edwards often seem to bond together in alliance against front-running Sen. Hillary Clinton. While running a poor third, Edwards could collect a substantial bag of delegates under the Democratic Party’s proportional representation. Edwards then could try to turn his delegates over to Obama in the still unlikely event of a deadlocked Democratic National Convention.
Or, he could withdraw at a strategically appropriate time and publicly endorse, perhaps even campaign for, Obama.
Right now, Edwards is helping Obama by staying in the race. In South Carolina, he’s drawing away white voters who might otherwise vote for Clinton and push her over the top in a state that Obama absolutely needs to win. Obama would probably also benefit from having Edwards on the ballot in the Super Tuesday states as well. After that, though, when it’s clear that this really is a two person race, Edwards will have a choice to make — does he stay in to prove a point, or does he throw his support to a candidate that he obviously has a lot in common with ?