Thursday, May 10, 2007
Answer number one: He panders to the lunatic fringe.
Answer number two: He claims he went to work for a hedge fund in "order to learn about the relationships between financial markets and poverty."
Yeah. Hedge funds are full of people who think deeply about the relationship between their business and the distribution of wealth. You know, just like soup kitchens are full of people who understand that volatility is a tradeable asset.
What a maroon.
Edwards is done. He has to now cater to the lunatic fringe because its all he has. His "two Americas" meme has been completely discredited by his own absurd life. Between the disclosure of his $400 haircuts funded by his campaign, his massive compound, and now his exploration of poverty through hedge fund management, he has become our own Marie Antoinette. Talk about unforced errors!
I just hope he stays in the race long enough to engage in some real primary debates. That could be fun.
He really is a maroon, and thank you much for the Bugs Bunny reference!
I was just talking to a friend who is pretty familiar with Edward's "work" with poverty thing at UNC, and was told he never really engaged. It was all show.
He is a fraud of the worst stripe, and shockingly, people STILL support him, and think he'd make a great president. I could deal with the high dollar coifs, fancy lifestyle and 28000 foot casa if he'd just own up to the fact that he's a rich snob who chased ambulances. Admit that you want the WH because it's the top prize for a fraud and charlaton, but don't try to convince me it's because you're in synch with the po folk and want to help.
Man, a hedge fund sure is a strange place to learn about poverty! But, how else was he to learn about finanical markets? Call me crazy, but I can think of a million other ways to learn about financial markets other than "joining a hedge fund," for instance, a college course, as the AP pointed out.
Edwards does make for some great comedy. Like Charlottesvillain, I can't wait to see him in some real debates.
To help Edwards during his travels down the road to nowhere, here is a biographical primer on Huey Long (compliments of the U.S. federal government, of course):
Every man a king! We already had a war on poverty. We ended it by calling poor people "middle class."
Contrary to the assertions of some posters, Edwards is anything but stupid. Granted, any elementary examination of his statement that working for a hedge fund is a good way to learn about poverty, shows that it is an absurd and stupid statement. Saying something stupid is not the same thing as being stupid. If he is so stupid, then why is he so rich?
From his success as an ambulance chaser, Edwards became convinced of his ability to convince his audience that whatever he asserted was true, regardless of the logic or truth of his assertions. His recent statement shows that hubris has overtaken his intelligence.
Edwards has long reminded me of the rich, clueless, MBA student that Doonesbury showed writing an essay
roughly, from memory:
'in conclusion I believe I can most help mankind by ethically managing a hedge fund devoted to social justice'
If he is so stupid, then why is he so rich?
From his success as an ambulance chaser, Edwards became convinced of his ability to convince his audience that whatever he asserted was true, regardless of the logic or truth of his assertions.
That doesn't make him smart, it means he's a good actor. So's Tim Robbins, and he's rich, but I don't think he's all that bright.
Agreed, John Edwards is a good actor. The difference between John Edwards and Tim Robbins is that Tim Robbins recites a script written by someone else, while as a trial lawyer, John Edwards wrote and improvised his own script. If you write your own script and then perform it well, you ain’t stupid. Nor is someone who gets a Harvard MBA stupid, contrary to the opinion of his opponent and millions of others afflicted by BDS.
I watched another "smart" guy who was an engineer with me at IBM pour ATF into his radiator one day.
Another "smart" engineer at IBM burned his car to a crisp in the parking lot trying to start it when it was obviously leaking gas all over the place.
Smart people can be pretty stupid.
"One of the smartest guys in my wide circle of acquaintances attaches strings to tampons for a living." - DEC
All seriousness aside, I think there is a pretty funny joke in that, if I can just put my finger on it.
A one - term senator from North Carolina, who made a fortune as a Personal Injury lawyer (the lowest form of life in the legal profession), running for President of the United States? I think there's the joke, really. Criminy, who could take this guy seriously?
As ridiculous as Dennis Kucinich is, at least he was also the mayor of a big city for a while (Cleveland).
But I figured you'd love him because he hangs with the hedge fund crowd. hahaha And pandering to a lunatic fringe...ahem...have you read the comments on this blog or the blogs to which you link at all? I'd be rolling on the floor laughing my pecker off if it that comment wasn't a sad allegory on the right wing...