It does not appear that Democrat presidential hopeful John Edwards has much of a chance in the race. What he does have, however, is the power to turn the party toward either Hillary or Hussein (may his name be changed). Some think this is true whether he drops out (helping Hussein–may his name be changed) or stays in (helping Hillary). If there is a so-called “anti-Clinton” vote in among the Democrats, it certainly is going to Hussein (may his name be changed) rather than Edwards. The presumption is that if Edwards drops out, his votes will go to Hillary. Hard to say. In fact, it may actually be premature to say that Edwards doesn’t have a chance.
We know he has certainly overcome his association with the crippled-thinking (non-thinking?) John Kerry. Edwards is truly an individual man, and a much more admirable man as an individual than as a running mate of anyone. Edwards is a strong man, actually. A “self-made” man, says his official campaign biography. A fighting Southerner, from Seneca, South Carolina. He was raised in Robbins, North Carolina, a small town in the Piedmont. No one can or should deny the character of the man. He is a fine man, no question about it. It is a class-prejudiced error to “accuse” him for becoming a very successful trial lawyer. True, nobody likes lawyers, really, but I don’t hear the same resentment towards others in politics who, as law school flunkies, were not successful lawyers and ended up in politics or media commentary of one kind or another. Edwards earn his own place.
As a matter of fact, if he wanted to pay $400 for a hair cut, it was his hard-earned right. (The campaign picked up the tab, did they? Good for them.) The point is, his personal life-style or indulges are the privilege of his own hard work and success. Rush Limbaugh, who loves to make sport of “the Breck Girl” while he himself sits and smokes fat, expensive cigars, should have a look in the mirror. Both men make their living by talking. What’s the difference? Rush lauds capitalism and big business, but scoffs at Edwards for hitting it big in the “law” business. I see no difference. A husband and father, which “the Breck Girl” is, represents a whole lot more of manhood than the cigar man, who a husband and father isn’t. Ah, well, Rush is in the entertainment business.
Yes, Edwards made it big by defending little people–like himself and his own family heritage, small people who are defenseless against indifferent, soul-less corporations. Edwards beat many corporate attorneys in his day. He took the same skill to Congress in 1998. He is the only true Democrat in the running. He comes from the sticks, from the South, and he’s smart as a whip. He focuses on small people. You simply have to admire the man.
Class stuggle? Well, as long as there are rich people and poor people, as long as there is soul-less coporate misanthropy and masses of low-income folk, there is such a thing as class struggle. Why deny this? It is not “Communism” to acknowledge that there are such differences. Communism simply “capitalizes” on this obvious reality. I don’t think Edwards is totalitarian, to you?
If the free market heals all ills, or all social ills, then it healed John Edwards. The “law business” it was. He did it. I don’t see how anyone can hold this against him, ideologically. Maybe it seems a bit incongruous that such man, who advocates the rights of the poor, should himself have become rich by so doing–through free market. At worst, his very worst enemies might call him hypocritical. But, ideologically speaking, isn’t the same true for all Democrats of the “successful” class?
John Edwards and father, Wallace
And then there’s a part about his wife’s battle with breast cancer. And the part about his first son’s death. And certainly the part about the poverty he grew up in, and his appreciation for his parents. Come now, this is a man’s man. Look at his life. Never mind the Democrat party.
Okay. He’s a Southerner. I love Southerners. I ain’t Democrat, and I ain’t votin’ for him. But, he puts Hillary and Hussein (may his name be changed) to great shame. Edwards is a true American. Southern white trash? –with a brain. Southern white trash with morals. With love of family. Christian love. White trash with a truck load of class. Not the kind of trash you want hauled off. I hope he stays in the race. The Democrat Party needs him, his image, his mahood.
And, the fact is, he looked good with those uppitty haircuts. He deserves them. Free country, ain’t it? But this was one case where his response to the people was sincere, unlike the Clintons. People were offended at his personal indulges, rare as they were. (What was it, twice? Two haircuts?) He didn’t do it again–even though he did look mighty fine. But he doesn’t let the home cut hold him back, either. I wonder how many other candidates could live with a back yard cut?
If I was Democrat, Edwards would sure have my vote. The character of the candidate tends to get lost in all the political rhetoric and game playing. Edwards is one who really has something to show underneath that. No body helped him be a success. No special privileges for him. No special considerations. Now, just why the South hasn’t voted for him just yet, I don’t know. People tend to want their vote to count, for sure. They don’t want to feel they’re throwing their vote away. They want to vote for a winner, regardless, otherwise they don’t feel they’re part of the contest. We all wind up doing the necessary vote, or the inevitable vote, the unavoidable vote. Southern white male, from poverty. The one true minority. Distant third place. Go figure.
According to Ann Coulter (If Democrats Had Any Brains, They’d Be Republicans, 2007), John Edwards should have been Republican by now. Ah, but, Republicans are all about big business, not the little guy, right? Isn’t that the stereotype? Well, Edwards sure outsmarted the corporate attourneys. Now let’s see how long before he outsmarts the Democats. I hope soon. People who are wanting Hillary to win, so she can be defeated in Novemeber, want Edwards to pull out. This is a test of whether Edwards values the Democrat Party, or his own values. I hope the latter. I hope he stays in. He is by far the best candidate of the Democrats. Does’em proud, he does.