That is the word from Democratic officials, who say that the 2004 hopeful and former North Carolina Senator will announce his bid sometime between Christmas and New Year's Eve. No surprise, given that Edwards all but told Jon Stewart that he was about to announce when he was on his show several weeks ago.

Edwards has been raising money for quiet some time through his One America Committee, a 527 committee with a recent $25,000 contribution coming from Edie Wasserman. During his 2004 primary campaign, he garnered support from such industry figures as Casey Wasserman and Skip Paul, along with producer Steve Bing. Actor Dennis Hopper held a fund raiser for him at his home.