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As North Carolina Primary Looms, Eyes on Edwards

WILMINGTON, N.C. — What will the Edwardses do?

As the Democratic presidential candidates and their surrogates traipse through North Carolina in the final days before the state’s primary, some people here are wondering, why so quiet in Chapel Hill?

That is where John and Elizabeth Edwards retreated after he dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination on Jan. 30. Neither Mr. Edwards, a former North Carolina senator, nor Mrs. Edwards, a political activist herself, has endorsed a candidate, despite the growing intensity of the race between Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama and the fact that the contest has now landed in the Edwardses’ backyard.

I’ve always likes John Edwards … I think he’s got what it takes to be a good President, but others apparently disagree … I was and am a big fan of Al Gore as well.

Thus far, both former candidates have stayed out of the endorsement game this year, and for the life of me, I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Part of me wishes they’d come out and support Barack Obama. Part of me is really glad that they’ve thus far stayed above the fray, because coming out and supporting either candidate at this point is liable to taint their reputations in the party … I have big hopes that should Obama get elected that Edwards takes on a role like Attorney General (and perhaps eventually Supreme Court Justice?).

What to do, what to do?

Just don’t support Hillary.