From NBC's Susan Kroll
John Edwards is making no bones about the fact that he has no chance to win the New Hampshire primary. His chief strategist, Joe Trippi, has been on his share of presidential campaigns, including frontrunners (Walter Mondale), crusaders (Jerry Brown) and movements (Howard Dean). Trippi may not have yet elected a president. Here's Trippi's rationale for how Edwards sticks around:
He equates Obama to a speeding bullet. Don't get in the way but if the bullet slows down (and it may not) for whatever reason (it just does, a Dean moment, big screw up) then Edwards can be there waiting around at the "drain." You can't fall in the drain, but you can hang around and wait for the right moment.
For Trippi, he's done this before; When heading up Jerry Brown's effort in '92, he convinced his candidate to hang around as the untested Bill Clinton was waltzing through March primaries. Trippi was convinced that the party would get buyer's remorse and start voting against the nominee-to-be. Sure enough, that happened. Brown even won a couple of primaries, but that was Gov. Moonbeam. This is John Edwards, a one-time nominee for VP and a much more plausible alternative to Obama than Moonbeam was to Bubba.
Edwards can afford to wait around. Not as big of staff, they operate on a much smaller scale than Clinton. Also Hillary having been the front runner doesn't want to tarnish the image of the Clinton legacy and can't take the losses, so assumes Trippi. She also won't have the money coming in anymore. Besides the fact that so many of her donors are maxed out.
Edwards had more money come in the past two weeks than they have ever had. They have every intention in staying in until the convention, as they said Sunday.
Frankly, Edwards won't have another opportunity to be taken seriously as a presidential candidate again, so why not stick around?