Edwards showed up -- only about 10 minutes after his scheduled time! He only spoke for about 10 minutes. He spoke mostly about Martin Luther King, Racial Equality, and Economic Justice, and that that was what he was running to change. And he spoke very well. He has more political charisma in person than anyone I've seen since Bill Clinton, and he seemed to be speaking from the heart.
Two very interesting things about this appearance: one, this was a very white crowd, not one, presumably, for whom equality and economic justice were primary concern, except in the abstract. But he had the room with him; in a way his appeal was to people's better nature, not their direct political concerns.
It's possible to get a little blase' about meeting candidates during Caucus season. Another day, another guy who wants to be president. But Edwards, is exactly the sort of guy I think Democrats are yearning for; someone who inspires confidence and admiration, someone with obvious intelligence and some compassion. Think Bobby Kennedy in '68 and you'd be close.
And don't underestimate the appeal of a guy who shows up on time and says his piece with out any embarassing opening acts.