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The Edwards Edge

by David Yeagley · January 20, 2008 · 18 Comments ·

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.


John Edwards

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?

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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.

Posted by David Yeagley · January 20, 2008 · 3:14 pm CT · ·

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  • 1 concha // Jan 20, 2008 at 3:55 pm   

    You are right, Edwards is the only one talking about poor people, with Hillary only interested in the middle class, whoever they are (were).
    But for whatever reason, he doesn’t seem to connect, or come across as well. Is it the accent?
    I liked him a lot in the last debate, but is he tough enough in terms of muslim terror? I don’t know what his stance is regarding national security. It seems like he might be weak.
    Hillary/Edwards is a good ticket to me.
    p.s.I am really enjoying your coverage of the candidates, and I look forward to your objective and fair essay on Hillary.

  • 2 David Yeagley // Jan 20, 2008 at 4:00 pm   

    Hillary’s cute! Ha, ha!

    I intend to cover them all, Democrats included. I’m afraid by the time I get around to them, half of them will have dropped out!

    Edwards really should be Republican. Unless the Democrat Party intends to return to what it’s supposed to be, Edwards will never have a big place. If anyone could lead them back to their roots, it would be Edwards, I would think. Too bad they don’t seem to realize that, just yet.

  • 3 kuhnkat // Jan 20, 2008 at 4:29 pm   

    Lemme see. Edwards got rich pushing junk science on average people in Medical suits that virtually bankrupted the Medical system in his home state leaving the poor he is always championing needing the Dimmicrats to provide them with Healthcare by taking what little money they have left and a huge chunk of those who are rich!!

    Great work if you are a callous, hypocritical, narcissist!!

    And having is sick wife, dying of cancer, using the last of her strength to come out and defend him from his vicious evil accusers. GASP!! WHAT A MAN!!!

    Yeah, Edwards is the Leftist Caricature of a Republican!!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  • 4 David Yeagley // Jan 20, 2008 at 8:13 pm   

    KK, Edwards is just a country boy attorney that happened to be smarter than the corporate attorneys. You give him too much credit!

    Me, I’m just foolin’ around with him!

  • 5 "Greetings, my son!" // Jan 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm   

    Let’s look into John Edwards “the good ole boy’s” ideology, even closer.

    He’s rated 100 percent by the NARAL crowd. That means he is for partial-birth abortion, and not punishing a criminal that kills one of those unborn little ones while perpetrating a crime on the mother.

    He voted in favor of giving taxpayer money to schools so they could distribute “morning after” abortion pills to our kids.

    Had it not passed by a voice vote in the Senate, Edwards was ready to vote against protecting infants who are born alive in a (failed) abortion procedure.
    Edwards voted to authorize the war in Iraq in 2002 and then flip-flopped to deny $87 billion in additional funds for the troops once they authorized sending them to fight.

    John Edward’s National Taxpayer Union and Citizens Against Government Waste scores are dreadful, his percentages are in the teens. He voted against every Bush tax cut.

    “In 2003, John Edwards scored a paltry 13 percent in the ACU (American Conservative Union) Rating of Congress,” said Executive Director Richard Lessner. “That’s the identical score John Kerry recorded. A measly 13 percent hardly makes Edwards a moderate. Fellow Southern Democrat Zell Miller, for example, scored 75 percent.”

    In 2003 Edwards voted against repeal of the death tax, against repeal of the marriage tax penalty, against research into advanced nuclear weapons, and against medical malpractice reform.

    And last but not least; the John Edward’s Most Expensive Poverty Tour should be made a laughing stock after John Edwards billed his campaign for two $400 haircuts. GOP rival Mike Huckabee laid it on Edwards when he stated in a GOP debate —”We’ve had a Congress that’s spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop.”

    I think JE could be AC/DC! Watch how loose his wrists are.

  • 6 "Greetings, my son!" // Jan 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm   

    Let’s look into John Edwards “the good ole boy’s” ideology, even closer.

    He’s rated 100 percent by the NARAL crowd. That means he is for partial-birth abortion, and not punishing a criminal that kills one of those unborn little ones while perpetrating a crime on the mother.

    He voted in favor of giving taxpayer money to schools so they could distribute “morning after” abortion pills to our kids.

    Had it not passed by a voice vote in the Senate, Edwards was ready to vote against protecting infants who are born alive in a (failed) abortion procedure.
    Edwards voted to authorize the war in Iraq in 2002 and then flip-flopped to deny $87 billion in additional funds for the troops once they authorized sending them to fight.

    John Edward’s National Taxpayer Union and Citizens Against Government Waste scores are dreadful, his percentages are in the teens. He voted against every Bush tax cut.

    “In 2003, John Edwards scored a paltry 13 percent in the ACU (American Conservative Union) Rating of Congress,” said Executive Director Richard Lessner. “That’s the identical score John Kerry recorded. A measly 13 percent hardly makes Edwards a moderate. Fellow Southern Democrat Zell Miller, for example, scored 75 percent.”

    In 2003 Edwards voted against repeal of the death tax, against repeal of the marriage tax penalty, against research into advanced nuclear weapons, and against medical malpractice reform.

    And last but not least; the John Edward’s Most Expensive Poverty Tour should be made a laughing stock after John Edwards billed his campaign for two $400 haircuts. GOP rival Mike Huckabee laid it on Edwards when he stated in a GOP debate —”We’ve had a Congress that’s spent money like John Edwards at a beauty shop.”

    I think JE could be AC/DC! Watch how loose his wrists are.

  • 7 David Yeagley // Jan 21, 2008 at 8:09 am   

    Yeah, yeah. I know. I didn’t say he was a good man for the job. I just said compared to the other two candidates, he’s a lot better. In fact not comparable–but this is based on comparing person to person–not comparing their ideas. None of them should be allowed to run–precisely because of the mistaken ideas they have!

    I also corrected a mistake. I meant “John Kerry,” not Al Gore. Again, comparing them only shows that Edwards earned his success, alone. That’s just so much more impressive.

  • 8 whitetrash // Jan 21, 2008 at 9:56 am   

    Hmmm… so now it’s down to the home boy.

    Edwards is authentic. He did create his own success. The man made millions taking on corporate law firms and he got elected to the senate. That’s a better run than I have had in life, though his record as a senator for my state is less than inspiring.

    From a working man’s perspective, Edwards has some critical liabilities.

    1) Iraq. I thought the regime change strategy was the wrong road to take, and I still believe that, but we took it, we are in it, and we have to win it. Nothing would please me more than to discover that the “regime change” crowd was right all along, because in the end all that matters is victory. We can go back to arguing about the strategy later. Now that Lil Donny Rumsfeld has been sent back to the nursery, adult supervision has been applied to Iraq and it is working. It would be idiotic and dangerous to bail now.

    2) Corporate treason. I am sure Edwards understands how corporations operate in a court room, and after Kelo vs. New London, I am all about putting a U.S. issue combat boot on the neck of corporate conglomerates to remind them where their protection actually comes from. The problem with Edwards is he is not trained or experienced to understand where MONEY comes from. The object is not to kill corporations. We can do that without this crop of political leaders anytime we choose too. Now is not that time for that kind of action. What we need at this point in history is competent, loyal, and honest representation that understands the boardroom, not just the courtroom. We want honest legal minds getting their dispatch from honest business minds, not the other way around.

    The critical issue is good jobs for American workers. Edwards, on his own, simply doesn’t know how to address that problem. If he did, he would not have voted for those incredibly destructive agreements in the first place, and he would understand the role of illegal immigration in beating down the working and middle class.

  • 9 WLindsayWheeler // Jan 21, 2008 at 11:20 am   

    Fabulous post. Enjoyed it. And yes, Edwards is better than the Lizard Queen (Hillary) and Hussein (may his name be changed). The Democrat party is only the Communist party. Repubicans are no better since they are corporate socialists.

    Do you notice that the Constitution gets no mention? Everything the democrats propose is not the duty of the Federal government. They could care less about the Constitution. The Constitution begins and ends with the First Amendment—all else is trash.

  • 10 Michael Valverde // Jan 21, 2008 at 12:00 pm   

    Bad Eagle,
    I would not vote for Edwards because I feel the democratic party is destroying America. What is wrong with Edwards is what is wrong with all successful democrats. They work hard, make money, then decide that for people who weren’t willing to work hard, there should be a system to provide for them the same lifestyle as those who had work hard for theirs.

    Yes, John Edwards father worked in a Mill – an you know what – he made sure his soon went to college so he wouldn’t have too. He didn’t tell little John to get a mill job and vote for democrats – hoping eventually they will pass the “everyone gets the same” law!

    No, I am sure John’s father told him to be smart, get good grades, and make something out of yourself. That is what is suppose to be great about America – work hard and you will EARN your reward.

    Democrats do not think working hard, paying dues, saving and building experience should be necessary when so many who have already done so and should pay the way of those who won’t.

    That is what is destroying Americans – Democrats who think what they did to succeed should not be required of others.

  • 11 David Yeagley // Jan 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm   

    I’m out of town right now, and in a restaurant, I watch much of the Democrat debate between Hillary, Hussein (may his name be changed), and Edwards. One problem: no sound. They had the basketball game on.

    What happened? Anyone see it?

  • 12 David Yeagley // Jan 21, 2008 at 9:25 pm   

    I think Edwards’ wife is cutting his hair now. Looks really hick. He took the “Breck Girl” criticism too seriously.

    I know the Dems and their liberal media are really supporting McCain, intensely. Why? McCain is simply a deep liberal. It’s like they want to destroy what’s left of the conservative base of the Republican Party.

    It’s like their religion to destroy whatever is conservative. Now, is it a conservative religion to destory whats liberal? No, just to make sure conservative values are prominent and dominant. That’s different. Conservatives don’t “target” liberals. I don’t have that impression, anyway.

  • 13 concha // Jan 21, 2008 at 11:12 pm   

    Michael,
    the terrible truth is that the jobs are gone. John Edwards know that the deck is stacked against us. That means all of us. The economy is tanking, as we speak. I believe our economic demise is all planned.
    We currently have in place a system of corporate socialism, with the big companies receiving a form of ‘welfare’ which is taxpayer money. Billions of it. Meanwhile, our emergency wards are closing. It’s dreadful out there.
    If feeding the poor during the next Great Depression (this year) makes me a communist, then just call me Madame Mao.
    Ron Paul, bless his soul, brings up the federal reserve matter but what about our daily lives? I wish he was more well-rounded as a politician.

  • 14 "Greetings, my son!" // Jan 22, 2008 at 12:40 am   

    Let’s see, Doc; here’s what you missed.

    TT accused M&M of thinking Ronald Reagan was something other than the AntiChrist.

    M&M accused TT of being an evil Wal-mart advocate while all the jobs were being shipped overseas

    TT accused M&M of representing and benefiting from a convicted real estate, slum lord, felon (which he did).

    M&M intimated that the former impeached, and disbarred pseudo-husband of TT should keep his big bazoo shut and out of a Muslim brothers “bidness.”

    JE, who I think is AC/DC, accused TT and M&M of squabbling, and like the punk he is, couldn’t get a word in edge wise up against these two alpha-males. And man were his wrists all loosie-goosy.

    Wolf Blitzer was as useless as always; I think he was frightened that if provoked, Hillary would rap those thighs around him, and, or Hussein would stab him.

    Right, these people are capable of running a country with 50% of the worlds wealth.

  • 15 "Greetings, my son!" // Jan 22, 2008 at 12:40 am   

    Let’s see, Doc; here’s what you missed.

    TT accused M&M of thinking Ronald Reagan was something other than the AntiChrist.

    M&M accused TT of being an evil Wal-mart advocate while all the jobs were being shipped overseas

    TT accused M&M of representing and benefiting from a convicted real estate, slum lord, felon (which he did).

    M&M intimated that the former impeached, and disbarred pseudo-husband of TT should keep his big bazoo shut and out of a Muslim brothers “bidness.”

    JE, who I think is AC/DC, accused TT and M&M of squabbling, and like the punk he is, couldn’t get a word in edge wise up against these two alpha-males. And man were his wrists all loosie-goosy.

    Wolf Blitzer was as useless as always; I think he was frightened that if provoked, Hillary would rap those thighs around him, and, or Hussein would stab him.

    Right, these people are capable of running a country with 50% of the worlds wealth.

  • 16 whitetrash // Jan 22, 2008 at 8:54 am   

    All I can say at this point is that the Republicans are like the babe who just cheated on you with a loser. The Dems are the girl that no volume of liqueur can make more attractive. The election is a condition that makes these two ladies your only options.

  • 17 Michael Valverde // Jan 22, 2008 at 9:46 am   

    No – not all of our jobs are leaving… unskilled labor that doesn’t require much ability is leaving America. If you study, learn true technology and industrial skills, then not only are there abundant work for you in America, there is major shortage.

    Yes, the textile mill job is gone. No longer is anyone needed to assist grocery shoppers. Jobs that high schoolers can do are disappearing. The automotive plant job that requires little skill is leaving – you can thank unions for that one. No one should get $16 an hour to sweep floors! I don’t care how much money the company is making… sweeping floors is not worth $16 an hour and I for see a industrial Roomba will send that one out of the US too.

    I am so tired of people telling me jobs are leaving while companies like the one I work for are desperate to find people with good technology skills.

    Doctors, Nursing, software developers, engineers, electricians, plumbers, mechanics are all in shortage.

    Hospitals are trying to find nurses/doctors so bad they give $5000-$10000 signing bonuses. Also, they are trying to lower test standards to get more in. Hospitals are also offering to pay nurses to go back to school to get MD to up their count.

    Of course, those jobs require actually working 36-48 hours a week and staying on top of your work – unlike working at Wal-mart or Applebees – so no one wants to do that either.

    Don’t tell me America jobs are going oversees while there are 1000s of job postings for people in highly skilled areas. Americans are letting us down – not the other way. If I own a business and can’t find someone here to do the work – I have no choice but to look elsewhere. It is all about supply and demand.

    No, Americans are not willing to learn anymore. They rather watch American Idol and think they can make it rich singing instead of going to college and getting a degree/skill that actually pays something. They rather go to school and get degrees in Art, Music, Dance and then wonder why the job they qualify for only pays $20,000 a year.

    How many people sat outside for days to get the latest video game console at Christmas? – I’ve never heard of anyone doing so to get a chance at a job or admission to a college!

    It is time people to account for their own actions. It all goes back to personal responsibility and ones own desire to make it. If you rather get a degree in sociology than engineering, then accept the job at DSS will never come close to paying what Intel would pay you.

    The hard things always pay more – that’s life.

  • 18 David Yeagley // Jan 22, 2008 at 10:56 am   

    WT: beautiful!

    GMS: Great summary. I should have guessed. I did see CNN’s wrap-up after it was over. (Hotel has TV.)

    This is all terribly disconcerting. I’m going to explore the Democrat mind set. Stay with me!

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