"I wish more people felt that way," I called after her. She was on her way to her own car, but paused then came back to talk with me.
"I don't know why more people don't!" she added. "You know, that Hillary machine isn't unstoppable. I think as time goes on more people are going to sit up and take notice of what John Edwards is saying."
"Please let it be so," I said, then we said our "good-byes."
As I continued on my way into the bank, I reflected back on our brief conversation. I think the lady in the parking lot hit on an excellent point: because people are so focused on Hillary and Barack, John Edwards flies under the radar. But slowly, with every debate, people are starting to take notice. I really feel it.
I have two friends that initially were decided on other candidates. We've never talked politics or shared our feelings, but recently, they both declared they were voting Edwards... and willing took the yard signs I foisted upon them!
What liberal democrat wouldn't love to vote for Kucinich? Who hasn't been dazzled by Barack Obama's charisma and conviction? And isn't the possibility of electing the first woman president enticing?
But in the end, at least for me, it's about the issues. Where I stand on them and where the person I want to be president stands on them. The more debates I watch, the more I am impressed by our candidate John Edwards.
The more debates I watch Obama seems to be running out of steam and Clinton seems to be showing her true "old school politician" colors. The only person that seems to be more and more energized as each day goes on is Edwards. I've said it before, but for me, the fact that Edwards gets out there every day and, despite being in third place, acts like a winner—acts like a president—is the embodiment of the American spirit.
Now that the campaigning is hot and heavy and the Iowa caucuses loom ahead of us, my hope is that people do weigh all the candidates carefully. Slowly but surely, one person at a time. That's the only way we can win this election.
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