Ms. Edwards suggests it may be time for "some to simply step aside." We aren't sure exactly what she means by that, or who she has in mind. But we would say it isn't necessary or desirable. We don't deny that barriers still exist in the minds of some in the electorate, but the prospects for women and minorities are by no means bleak — just look at California, where the two leading candidates for the U.S. Senate are the state's female, African-American attorney general and a Latina member of Congress. What we need is for greater numbers of people like Ms. Edwards to run for office, and if they fail, to run again.