Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Brad Warthen, the editorial page editor of a South Carolina newspaper, tells three stories -- anecdotes, really -- about John Edwards that support his contention that Edwards is a phony. The third story is particularly telling.
MORE: Elizabeth Edwards: "We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars. Now it's nice to get on the news, but not the be all and end all."
Biting my tongue here.
Actually, it does say something about the progress we have made that the wife of a presidential aspirant would riff publicly about the political advantage in being black or female. I'm not certain it is yet an ultimate advantage in the general election, but I admit it makes me happy to think that a woman and a black man can lead the pack in at least one of our two great political parties. Edwards' problem -- that he labors under identity politics while sucking up to its most abusive practitioners -- is, of course, the down side of the means by which Obama and Clinton claim political advantage.
CWCID: Glenn Reynolds.
Note to Elizabeth: We never had a black or female president.
The issue for Mr. Edwards remains that he's a lightweight and the worst kind of lawyer, and he's just not that presidential. Toss in the ongoing cock and bull stories, the sickly sweet southern boy thing, his pretty hairdo, and his nauseating two Americas thing from his $6M spread, and well... there you have it.
Just sayin' ... he's not a contender.