Last week, the paper ran front-page stories about Edwards on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, and more were planned for the weekend (after this column's deadline). The reason is apparent. After five years of determined stalking of the Oval Office, the former senator will very likely see his political future decided in the next three to four weeks -- in the Iowa caucuses Jan. 3 and the New Hampshire primary Jan. 8.
So The N&O has geared up for a sprint to the finish line with the hometown hopeful in a spate of stories that will be almost as exhausting for the reporters as the candidate. Reporter Rob Christensen trailed Edwards across Iowa all last week, and Washington correspondent Barbara Barrett earlier spent two days with him in New Hampshire.
Looks like NandO plans to give up even the charade of objectivity. Maybe they should just change the name of the paper to "The John Edwards Newsletter" or "Ted Vaden's Homoerotic John Edwards Fanboy Rag." Maybe Vaden should run a story on how he likes to give the Silky Pony foot massages and back rubs on those long, quiet evenings at home.