I thought he gave a good speech- I especially liked the line "this son of a mill worker will be just fine"- something he has said in the debates about all of them if they lost- being just fine.
To me, he has seemed more genuine in the last week- at the last debate and in this speech, I really believed what he was saying was what he felt- he didn't come across fake like he has to me pre-Nevada. He was more relaxed and stopped going straight into the "stump" speech on every answer. He was more himself. Good luck to him, I'm sure either Hillary or Obama will have him in their administration in some capacity so we'll be seeing him again.
Pundits keep saying Edwards takes support away from her and hurts her more than Obama, but it would not be the first time they've been dead wrong, so I don't know. It certainly seems like he would have hurt her in the South if he had stayed in. We'll know soon enough.
I think it might also be that the deal he and Elizabeth made was to focus on his campaign even though she was terminally ill- he can no longer win and perhaps he wants to put the focus on Elizabeth now. Sticking around to try to play kingmaker (which some say is a longshot, anyway)- well that's really not a good enough reason to stay in when your wife is dying.
I am shocked. Although a big critic of his, there is no denying his first health care plan helped pave the way for Clinton to be so bold in hers- and he helped drive alot of the issues. He has been a big influence in the campaign.
I honestly don't know which one benefits more from him dropping out. Though I know he would not endorse Hillary, I am not sure why people think he would rush to endorse Obama- endorsing Obama is a complete betrayal of "Universal Healthcare" which was one of his main issues. And as he said many times, he and Hillary's healthcare plans are basically the same.
I am a bit relieved he won't be in the debate Thurs- he helped Hillary incredibly in the last debate but that was the first time he ever did that- almost all the others consisted of Obama and himself ganging up on her- and easily could have reverted back to that.