Obama And Attack Politics
August 20, 2008
As people plead for Obama to "wake up" and hit McCain harder, here's something to keep in mind: After his period of semi-dormancy in the summer and fall of 2007 he never did lay into Hillary all that dramatically in the fall and early winter. He certainly did get tougher on her--in particular by hammering her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment. But as I remember it, it was actually John Edwards who played a crucial role in bringing down Hillary. Edwards was the one who truly started drilling into Clinton's ethics and honesty, and her connection to corrupt Washington-insider politics.
Rush Limbaugh: Relationship Counselor
August 13, 2008
Media Matters notes that, in his August 12 broadcast, Limbaugh floated the notion that maybe John Edwards got jiggy with Rielle because: We know -- we've been told that Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards. That's part of the puff pieces on them that we've seen. Ergo, if Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards, is it likely that she thinks she knows better than he does what his speeches ought to contain and what kind of things he ought to be doing strategy-wise in the campaign? If she is smarter than he is, could it have been her decision to keep going with the campaign?
August 12, 2008
I know this quote landed hours agao, but what in the hell was Howard Wolfson thinking when he started babbling to ABC.com about how John Edwards cost Hillary the nomination? If only Edwards had come clean about the love child, so the theory goes, Iowa voters would have abandoned the horny little shmuck and flocked to Hillary, who would have then steamrolled to victory. Maybe. Maybe not. And maybe Hillary's incredibly incompetently run campaign would have imploded at a later date. Who can say? As I have ranted about previously, "ifs" ain't worth much in politics.
Edwards Admits To Affair
August 08, 2008
According to ABC News, John Edwards has admitted to a long-rumored affair with Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker he met in 2006. Apparently the Edwards family also became aware of the affair that year. This is a tricky story to write about, and since no one has any idea about the Edwards' marriage, there is not too much to say (other than, per Marc Ambinder's item, we can expect a rather raucous welcome for Elizabeth when she speaks in Denver this month).
Edwards In Denver?
August 06, 2008
You don't have to accept the legitimacy of the National Enquirer's continuing drumbeat* against John Edwards to realize that the question of whether he gets (or wants) a prominent role at the Democratic convention is becoming pretty sticky. The higher his national profile the more excuses reporters have to ask nettlesome questions. * Linking still doesn't feel right, somehow, but you can see Drudge for more.
Edwards' New Priorities
July 31, 2008
John Edwards pulls the plug on a noble college scholarship program he established just before his '08 campaign, and which he touted constantly on the trail as a national model. The story doesn't make clear why he's given up on the program, so maybe we should await further details before concluding it was all about his campaign to begin with.... --Michael Crowley
July 08, 2008
Move over Nunn Watch, here comes Edwards Watch! Ed Kilgore offers his take on John Edwards's interview with NPR's "Talk of the Nation" today: Asked, predictably, about his willingness to serve as Barack Obama's running mate, Edwards clearly said he'd do it -- or anything else -- if Obama asked him. It was couched in the usual "don't expect it, haven't pursued it" disclaimers, but unless I'm missing something, this represents a change from Edwards' previous line that he'd "seriously consider" an offer if tendered.
Obama-hillary: A Dream Or A Nightmare?
May 24, 2008
I am not going to get into the game of saying whom Barack Obama should choose to be his vice-presidential nominee. I am chastened from having argued for John Kerry to pick John Edwards in 2004. And I am not going to say whom he shouldn't choose either. But I want to suggest that there are pitfalls to his endorsing the "dream ticket" of himself and Hillary Clinton, which prominent Clinton supporters like Diane Feinstein are promoting. There are two arguments for Obama choosing Clinton: one is plausible; the other is bogus.
Edwards: No Working-class Hero
May 15, 2008
Yesterday I blithely asserted that John Edwards' popularity among working class voters would give Obama an important new dose of credibility with that crowd. But CJR's Zachary Roth goes back over exit poll numbers to demonstrate that Edwards was never especially popular with them in the first place. Although the endorsement did have the desired effect of quickly changing the subject from West Virginia. --Michael Crowley
John Edwards In Retrospect
May 14, 2008
John Edwards is endorsing Obama this evening. Although he's been out of sight these past four months--save periodic cloak-and-dagger meetings with both candidates--in many ways, it's as if he never left. As Jonathan Cohn explained in January, Edwards succeeded to a remarkable degree at making the Democrats' agenda his own.