Saturday, October 08, 2005
How soon they forget.....
Here come the attacks... Edwards is heralding poverty as an issue, a hugely timely and forgotten issue that as Tom Oliphant of the
Potential candidate Edwards remains focused on poverty
By Natalie Gott, Associated Press Writer
John Edwards is still talking like someone running for president, and for him that means talking about poverty in
......some wonder if the former senator needs to move outside his comfort zone and start talking about other issues -- such as the war in
The question of whether (poverty) is sufficient is answered with the question ... 'When is the last time you saw John Edwards on the evening news?'" said Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. "I think the answer is, 'It's been awhile.'" ......
Phil Roeder, who runs a public relations firm in
......Michael Munger, chairman of the political science department at
"He doesn't know anything about foreign policy and this doesn't help," Munger said. "I think it's fairly possible that he just thinks it's the right thing to do."
Disclosure: I am supporting Edwards in the pres. primary and I plan to volunteer for his campaign in NH.
How wonderful it would be to have a person with his intelligence and talent in the White House.... ah, I wish!
Susi, what makes you hope that "Dems can do better?"
Frankly, Edwards is probably the only politician I've ever come across who embodies a vast amount of positives. He has the intellect, charisma, vision, courage, electability (he got the most independents and conservatives to vote for him despite being a very progressive candidate...), and the compassion that I believe we desperately need in this country's leaders! I see a lot of potential in John Edwards... 2008 is far away, however, I'm very impressed by him.
Plus poverty is only one issue, I remember listening to his town hall meetings during the primaries and he has a vision for everything from energy independence to tax reform to college/education reform to cutting down on predatory lenders to a host of other issues. And, it's about time we put some new ideas into effect to change the demoralized state of this nation. It's time for a new "new deal" and currently, I can only see Edwards giving that to us.
Edwards co-wrote the patients bill of rights and by most accounts, fought the hardest to get it passed through the Senate, which he did. (but it was stalled in the house).
He did a lot of little things that I could refer to... however, the truth remains that most freshman senators don't get to take on the big bills and champion them.
In fact, Edwards got to work on the Patients' bill of rights because of his brilliant closing statement in defense of Clinton in Monicagate, which was praised by people on both sides of the aisle.
Same goes with Obama and Hillary... people who haven't really proposed anything remarkable because they are freshman senator, even though Hillary has so much national clout.
Anyway, you have the right to be skeptical. However, I will say this... that if he was trying to say stuff just to get people's votes then he would have chosen an issue to work on that is more universally supported.. say something like energy independence, etc. Instead he has been consistently speaking about the growing socio-economic gap in this country, which I think is as progressive as you can get and shows that he truly believes in the cause.
Anyway, let's see what his and others' messages are in 08... I think we'll have to judge on what the candidates say and fight for during the campaign.
As for the patriot act, Edwards has consistently said that parts of the act are good however the parts that curtail on our civil rights need to be repealed.
And, oh yeah... how could I forget that Kennedy called Edwards our biggest asset on the judiciary committee. He was the one who grilled Ashcroft the most and impressed a lot of people with it; and Kennedy said that Edwards "single-handedly crushed pickerings".. remember charles pickerings? It would have been nice to see him at work with Miers and Roberts... alas!