I found Edwards' announcement speech interesting and find myself in agreement with the inestimable Atrios. It seems to me that Edwards was speaking more like the leader of a movement, than simply a campaign.
This is important to me, as movement building on the right is what has saddled us with the fringe Morlocks still running the executive branch and Supreme Court these days (not to mention many state and local governments). And it is what can bring this country back to its Golden Era of progressive public policy, which reigned supreme from the 1930s-1970s (with Vietnam and the filibusters of Civil Rights legislation during this time duly noted).
Progressives need to think long term, not just about this next election. Edwards seems to be on that track.
** Also like Atrios says in this piece--while many of you know I am intrigued by Edwards--when I defend a candidate against right-wing smears or say something nice about another one, it doesn't necessarily mean I have chosen to support any single candidate. (although there are a few I know I can't support in the Democratic primaries, but I'll let you guess who they are). If I choose to go with one horse, you'll be among the first to know