>Time: Why Edwards Never Caught On

>John Edwards is nothing if not dogged. It’s a quality that made him rich, and won him a seat in the U.S. Senate, and it’s what kept him on the campaign trail on the quest for the Democratic nomination for President for the better part of the last five years. But even Edwards’ boundless optimism and energy has his limits, and today he admitted what all the pundits and politicos have been saying for the past month: the Democratic contest is a two-person race, and Edwards is not one of them. Four days after coming in a disappointing third in his native state of South Carolina, Edwards told a crowd in New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, where he launched his campaign more than a year ago, that he will “step aside so that history can blaze its path.”

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What do you make of Sen. Edwards’ exit? Did you think he had a real chance in the beginning? Should he endorse a candidate? Why do you think he “never caught on?”