Monday, May 22, 2006

John Edwards in 2008

I really hope the Democratic Party has the guts to choose John Edwards as the 2008 presidential nominee. I supported his campaign in the 2004 run up until John Kerry defeated him in the primary. It was heartbreaking to watch him be wasted in the role of Vice Presidential candidate. I went to the swing state of Michigan to volunteer for their campaign, but it was obvious early on who was the real asset in their political ticket.

I am a big fan of Bill, but Hillary Clinton will not win in 2008. She unites the Republican Party; in the same way Bush unifies the Democrats now. John McCain will certainly run. If the Republicans are stupid enough to give the ball to Frist, McCain may even run as an Independent. We need a strong candidate in 2008. I think John would make an excellent choice for many reasons:

1) He has a great deal of charisma. He is likable, animated and articulate. In this department, many people have compared him to John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton.

2) He is intelligent and fierce when he needs to be. He was a trial lawyer for many years and is an excellent debater. I wish I could provide a clip from his debate with Cheney in 04, but none seem to exist on Google or YouTube.

3) He is truly moral. He believes in protecting the weak and poor citizens of this country, and not just the very rich. (A group he belongs to)

4) He has stood by his wife, who he loves deeply. On November 3, 2004, the day that he and John Kerry conceded defeat in the 2004 US Presidential Election, his wife Elizabeth was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Here are two video clips to give you an idea of what this guy is made of, and what he consistently stands for. There is no doubt in my mind that I will volunteer again for his campaign in the 2008 race.


Blogger Dreamlover said...

Who would you like as his running mate?

6:43 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I would really like to see a Gore/Edwards ticket, but I think Gore is reluctant to run in 2008. However, I think this month's Newsweek has Al Gore profiled as a possible choice.

If Al Gore will not run, I really think Edwards is the best choice for the Democratic Party. John Kerry is too out of touch and boring.

10:33 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

When I first say your title, I read it as John Edward (the Crossing Over medium) and it cracked me up. Wouldnt that be a hilarious election??? Just think how he could persuade voters with messages from their departed loved ones! On a more serious note, I think your Edwards is probably the strongest shot we have for the Democratic party, and I applaud you for wanting to volunteer. However, if McCain runs, even being the bleeding heart liberal I am, I'd have to consider casting my vote for him.

11:47 PM  
Blogger grumpygirl said...

mccain? you'd vote for john mccain who's anti choice, flip-flops his feelings about pat robertson, etc? no thanks.

12:48 AM  
Blogger grumpygirl said...

plus, this quote from mcccain (came out this morning) frightens me:

"I've got to say that maybe the students at the New School could learn a lesson in courtesy from the students at Liberty University," he said.

(in reference to the way he was received at falwell's university vs. the new school students who tried, in vain, to stop him from speaking.

and when i posted last night i forgot to mention that he hates gays. i'd vote for a dog over him. (yes, peter, your dream dog)

9:43 AM  
Blogger geeksters said...

My only problem with Edwars is that his smile is a little too creepy-Tom-Cruise-y for me.

From those clips you posted, he seems fantastic.

11:33 AM  
Blogger anne altman said...

big bird in 2008

1:39 PM  
Blogger LaineyWorld said...

I should clarify. I said I would consider it, as in, I would have to think about it, depending upon who the other candidate was. Even though I would love to see Democrats back in majority power, I couldnt vote for someone I didnt believe in just because they were running on the Democratic ticket. Sometimes, given the choices of candidates, it comes down to the lesser of two evils. McCain could end up being just that, in which case I would have to think about it.

1:40 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

I would vote for Big Bird if Cookie Monster was the Vice Presidential candidate.

... or Ernie.

2:35 PM  
Blogger anne altman said...


Bert n' Ernie 2008

Bert will win the conservatives over with his love for paper clips and oatmeal, and Ernie will win everyone else over with his adorable laugh!

5:44 PM  
Blogger Beltway Girl said...

That is ironic. Dems run on the platform they are for the 'little guy' unlike Republicans that are for 'big business. So tell me why you would endorse a man like Edwards that became rich off suing corporations - using the little guy to make bank and get fat - while his class action lawsuits were proven to provide little to NO compensation for the 'little guy'. So much for the Democrats or Republicans being for the people. It seems no matter who ends up in D.C. they check their character and integrity at the door. That is just not a Republican or Dem thing, that is sadly human nature.

I do believe we need a much better runner for POTUS than Edwards-too weak-too dishonest-too John Kerry.


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1:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Matthes said...

He made 30% (Standard Fee) of his multi-million dollar settlements. The other 70% went to his clients. One of them was the family of the little girl that was disemboweled by a defective pool drain cover. This drain cover could have been produced correctly for a few extra dollars. He took the case for the girl and her family (Little guy) against a large company and won against the odds.

The rest of his career was spent protecting individuals (Little guys) against large corporations with massive legal teams. I would call that an honest living in comparison to Ken Lay for or the CEO of Altria. (Both business associates of the Bush family)

He is rich. He is very rich. Here is the difference: He thinks the current tax scale is bullshit. This is a scale that benefits him greatly. That is an altruistic stance and I respect that.

I agree with you that politics tends to compromise almost everyone. No compromise ... no money. No money ... no chance to win. The measure of a man is how little he lets the system change what's inside. If Edwards does not win the nomination it will most likely be due to a lack of money raised. This is a problem he is already facing.

I, for one, hope he is at least on the ticket.

3:06 PM  

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