The former senator from North Carolina began his journey Monday to retrace the campaign trail of another Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, whose 1968 bid was defined by a “poverty tour” through the South.\
Mr. Edwards will end his own “poverty tour” at the same spot as Mr. Kennedy today, with a speech at the old courthouse in Prestonsburg, Ky.
John Edwards has finished his celebrated poverty tour, making obligatory stops in hurricane-ravaged neighborhoods in New Orleans, decrepit Delta towns in Mississippi and Arkansas, up through Appalachian backwaters to Cleveland and finally home to Washington. Now he ought to sit down for a good read with “The Forgotten Man,” a new book by the economist Amity Shlaes. She shows how he’s looking through the wrong end of his binoculars, emphasizing poverty and not the prosperity expanding the economy that lifts the poor. The public seems to understand what he doesn’t. He has to bring up his poverty program because no one else will.