About a year ago, I had dinner with a friend who knew Barack Obama in law school. He thinks very highly of Obama, and is supporting him strongly in the campaign. So as an undecided Democrat, I asked him, “Okay. What is the centerpiece of the agenda for the first 100 days of the Obama Administration? What’s the thing in his gut that he really cares about and is going to fight for?” And my friend answered, “I don’t know.”
I suppose that’s why I’ve always leaned towards Edwards. I don’t agree with him on everything, but I know that he cares a lot about poverty and the uninsured. (These are not causes that figure to win you the Presidency, so you’d better believe in them if you’re going to run with them at the heart of your campaign.). The centerpiece of the Edwards Administration would be universal health coverage.
It’s not good enough to cite policy proposals. I want to know what the candidate really cares about. I think that’s why people are still wondering about Obama.
Now that Edwards seems fatally wounded, I’m still wondering whom I should vote for. So I’ll ask it again: what is at the center of the Obama Administration’s first 100 days?
Does anyone know? And how do they know it?
Update Mark responds