"They should have listened to John (Edwards) when he said to fight back," she said. "We didn't get to make decisions in that campaign. I think there were a lot of things we could have done."
And, it seems, supporters see her as the general of the attack-response effort. Our Liz Halloran reports that over the weekend in Iowa, Edwards was stopped and thanked for taking on conservative bomb-thrower Ann Coulter for disparaging personal remarks she has made about Edwards and other Democrats.
Last month, Edwards famously called in to MSNBC's Hardball With Chris Matthews when Coulter was a guest and asked the pundit to stop personal attacks and refrain from using the "language of hate." Coulter has characterized the call as a fundraising ploy. But Edwards said that call-in made her a "hero" in the senior center where her parents live.
"I'm glad to have done it," she told a high school teacher who thanked her, "and I hope it has a long-term effect."
By Paul Bedard