John Edwards, Third Wheel

These two lines seem to sum up the current two-way

Enemy at the Gates

-style sniping duel:

Hillary tells Obama: “You never take responsibility for any vote.”

Obama counters: “It’s important that people aren’t willing to say anything just to get elected.”

No wonder Edwards is feeling left out. When he finally gets a chance to speak, he sets his sights on Obama, taking the senator to task for voting “present” more than 100 times as an Illinois state senator. Obama says it’s not fair to focus on a relative handful of his 4000 votes. Edwards responds, “It’s the same thing you’ve done to us. What’s fair is fair.”

Edwards has spent the last two weeks known as Obama’s unspoken ally against Hillary. Chances are he’s sick of the lapdog reputation.