Polls show that Edwards is the most electable when put up against any of the probable Republican presidential nominees. Republicans apparently recognize that Edwards would be the strongest opponent. Some argue that Carl Rove is using reverse psychology when he attacks Hillary Clinton while at the same time indicating she is the strongest among the Democratic challengers. Campaign manager Joe Trippi says so:
"John Edwards is Karl Rove's worst nightmare—the candidate with the boldest ideas for changing America—the candidate who can take on the special interests in Washington, D.C. and win—and the candidate who consistently beats all of the Republican candidates in head-to-head match-ups in battleground states—and by the widest margins."Edwards hopes for a late surge in Iowa that will catapult him to a win there. The strategy for success for the Edwards campaign has always been based on winning in Iowa and gaining momentum that will carry him to subsequent primary victories and the nomination. Here's his new hope filled movie trailer style ad.