It seems “millions in this country go to work every day and still live in poverty,” Edwards is quoted in The News & Observer. That and that alone is supposedly why he and UNC Law have teamed up to bring the citizens of North Carolina ? and the world! ? the brand-new, churned-out-in-a-matter-of-weeks Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity. The Charlotte Observer reports this morning that Edwards “didn’t take the job for political reasons.”

Just in case that sounds about as believable as your four-year-old saying she took the extra piece of candy for her toy pony, UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser makes it official. This is not about keeping Edwards’ political hopes alive at all.

UNC Chancellor James Moeser said having Edwards on campus will boost the school’s national profile. He said that Edwards’ political motivations have been off the table during negotiations to bring him to campus. “We’ve tried to keep this on an academic footing, and he will have his own political life off the campus,” Moeser said.


By the way, Drew, the nation’s most newly minted “law school professor with no political aspirations except off campus” is coming your way: “Tonight he’ll speak at a Democratic Party dinner in Manchester, N.H., site of the first primary of the 2008 campaign.”