Any thoughts that John Edwards was angling for a spot on an Obama ticket are flying by the wayside tonight during the Democratic debate in South Carolina.
Edwards and Hillary Clinton are tag-teaming Barack Obama, who is the favorite in Saturday's primary.
Mrs. Clinton has hammered Obama on the more than 100 times he voted "present" instead of taking a stand on issues during his time in the Illinois State Legislature. After Obama failed to deal with that accusation in his response, Edwards reminded Obama that he had never explained his present votes and asked him to do so.
Obama did not help himself by giving a technical explanation about how the "present" votes meant that he had a problem with a certain aspect of a bill.
Mrs. Clinton and Edwards also teamed up on Obama during a question on health care with both noting that they favored universal health care while Obama's plan did not.
Mrs. Clinton has taken on Obama aggressively, sometimes to the point of being booed and hissed at by Obama supporters. Edwards has made his surgical strikes with a smile.