CINCINNATI (TDB) -- John Edwards is off and running for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and so is his campaign Web site. At a rally in Des Moines on December 28, Edwards said his Senate vote for the Iraq War was a mistake. He's been saying that for more than a year now, so no news there.
What was most interesting -- outside of the fact the former North Carolina senator is in the race -- was the music in the Des Moines hall. He's apparently using Midwesterner John Mellencamp's ode to traditional American values as a theme song, and reports by bloggers and others who covered the Iowa event said the song was played when the rally closed.
Mellencamp has long written songs lamenting how farmers and other working class people have been kicked in the guts by the corporate class, and he's something of a troubador with his roots deep in Indiana. Edwards' theme in this race will probably be the ''Two America's" dichotomy that he hammered on in 2004, and in Mellencamp's music there seems to be perfect pitch.