old white men like john edwards August 28, 2007Posted by KG in 2008 Elections, comedy, news, politics, race.
and why not? look at that – he didn’t even miss a spot. (from seiu’s “walk a day in my shoes 2008”)
“I think this Southern Baptist has a better chance of being elected pope than Hillary Clinton does of being elected president in a general election,” quipped David “Mudcat” Saunders, a Democratic strategist in Virginia who is advising Edwards and who helped get Mark R. Warner elected governor and James Webb elected to the Senate in the state.
“Rural America is pivotal. It’s where the battleground is going to be, and rural America is saying, ‘To hell with the Republicans,’ ” Saunders said. “But you’ve got to have the right candidate, one who can get through to the culture.”
Asked whether his race or sex could benefit Edwards, Saunders said: “No comment. And I’ve never said no comment.”
At times, the Edwards campaign has shown signs of frustration that his being a white man isn’t earning him points when the news media handicap the contest. His wife, Elizabeth, caused a stir last month when she observed that “we can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman” and that “those things get you a lot of press.”
So Edwards has sought the media’s attention in other ways — his campaign rhetoric is becoming increasingly blunt, at times seeming to emulate the “straight talk” model that provided a short-lived boost for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) eight years ago. During his weekend bus tour, Edwards freely slung insults at the Bush administration and at the excesses of the Clinton administration, using hyperbolic terms that delighted the crowds. In response to a question in Berlin on Saturday about fully funding the Department of Veterans Affairs, he said he would “not have a political hack running” it.
“A mess” was how Edwards described both the southern border of the United States and the No Child Left Behind education law.
Asked later that day in Concord about the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy covering gays in the military, he called it “an embarrassment.”
Herbert Sparks, 63, the independent and part of the all-white crowd that came to hear Edwards in Merrimack on Saturday night, said he worries that some of the senator’s strong talk is “just rhetoric.” But Sparks said that after voting for Republicans his entire life, he will consider Edwards. Asked about Clinton, he said, “Oh, my God, no. She’s a socialist.” Obama? “No, I wouldn’t,” he said. “I don’t think he has enough experience.”