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    John Edwards: 21st Century Marie Antoinette

    [B]John Edwards: 21st Century Marie Antoinette[/B]

    This is my first complete column about John Edwards. I hope it’ll also be the last. The bottom line for us in North Carolina is quite clear. Edwards didn’t run for reelection to the Senate because if he had, he would have lost.

    That ought to tell folks elsewhere in the nation something useful. Why should anyone take him seriously for President, or even Vice President, when those who know him best – in his own state – don’t take him seriously as a mere Senator?

    Plus there are more immediate defects in the Edwards campaign this time around. He has violated the late-night Comedy Rule. Any candidate who has done enough ludicrous things that the late-night comedians get larger laughs about them than about the current President, is electronic road kill.

    Let’s review Edwards’ recent personal disasters. But first, let’s review the history of Marie Antoinette. She never said, “Let them eat cake.” She said, “Let them eat brioche,” which is actually practical and not really insulting. Yet the Queen had a reputation for being a wastrel with no sympathy for common folk.

    The primary reason she was beheaded was not so much anything that she said or did, but who she married. King Louis XVI earned his beheading; his wife largely inherited hers. Not that I am suggesting John Edwards has earned beheading. The last American to face that fate from a government was Tom Paine. As a member of the French Assembly, he earned a decree of execution from Robespierre for urging mercy for the King and Queen of France. But I digress.

    Let’s review what Edwards has done. He built the largest house in Orange County, North Carolina, with enough space for ten normal families in it’s 28,000 square feet. But that was before this year. The recent events get worse.

    We’ll go from the ridiculous to the sublime. A $400 haircut is ridiculous. And what was his excuse? He didn’t arrange it, and he didn’t know how much it would cost.

    Hey, when I walk into any establishment, I have a serious clue about the prices to be charged. A Mercedes dealership not only looks different from a Ford dealership. It even smells different. And there’s a lot less difference between those two cars, than between an honest-to-God haircut and the $400 “do” that Edwards got.

    The bigger items are these: Edwards took a half-million dollar part-time job for a New York hedge fund which engaged in subprime mortgages. In the meantime, he gives speeches decrying predatory lending practices. As for why he took that job, he said he wanted to “learn about poverty.”

    The jokes just write themselves.

    It’s hard to say what’s the worst mistake Edwards made. The latest one to be revealed is in the running for top of the line, or bottom of the line, depending on how you look at it. He gave a speech at U Cal. at Davis on “Poverty, the Great Moral Issue Facing America.” He got $55,000 for that speech. Students were charged $17 a ticket to hear his words of wisdom.

    [B]Lastly, Edwards created a “charity” to deal with “issues concerning poverty.” But, according to Business Week magazine, it spent 70% of its money on travel for Edwards and salaries for staffers who, in short order, joined Edwards’ new campaign. [/B]

    In short, Edwards has one of the most pronounced tin ears for political reality in modern America. And no one should take this self-promoting fool seriously, given his proven incapacity.

    I’ve read the polls. I know that Edwards might win in Iowa or New Hampshire, which are his targets for trying to keep his sad candidacy alive for another day. If that strategy works, I won’t see any reason to write about Edwards again. He should be dead and buried, politically, after the ad hoc national primary on 5 February. And if the ultimate Democratic nominee has the good sense to choose anyone other than Edwards for Veep, Edwards will cease to exist as a politician.

    What about the people who are foolish enough to vote for Edwards in his targeted states? Well, the simple truth is that some voters, some times, are dumber than road lizards. Think about it; aren’t those the kind of voters that a candidate like Edwards deserves? Let’s just hope there aren’t too many of them.

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    About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33 years. He lives in the 11th District of North Carolina.

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    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY][B]John Edwards: 21st Century Marie Antoinette[/B]

    This is my first complete column about John Edwards. I hope it’ll also be the last. The bottom line for us in North Carolina is quite clear. Edwards didn’t run for reelection to the Senate because if he had, he would have lost.

    That ought to tell folks elsewhere in the nation something useful. Why should anyone take him seriously for President, or even Vice President, when those who know him best – in his own state – don’t take him seriously as a mere Senator?

    Plus there are more immediate defects in the Edwards campaign this time around. He has violated the late-night Comedy Rule. Any candidate who has done enough ludicrous things that the late-night comedians get larger laughs about them than about the current President, is electronic road kill.

    Let’s review Edwards’ recent personal disasters. But first, let’s review the history of Marie Antoinette. She never said, “Let them eat cake.” She said, “Let them eat brioche,” which is actually practical and not really insulting. Yet the Queen had a reputation for being a wastrel with no sympathy for common folk.

    The primary reason she was beheaded was not so much anything that she said or did, but who she married. King Louis XVI earned his beheading; his wife largely inherited hers. Not that I am suggesting John Edwards has earned beheading. The last American to face that fate from a government was Tom Paine. As a member of the French Assembly, he earned a decree of execution from Robespierre for urging mercy for the King and Queen of France. But I digress.

    Let’s review what Edwards has done. He built the largest house in Orange County, North Carolina, with enough space for ten normal families in it’s 28,000 square feet. But that was before this year. The recent events get worse.

    We’ll go from the ridiculous to the sublime. A $400 haircut is ridiculous. And what was his excuse? He didn’t arrange it, and he didn’t know how much it would cost.

    Hey, when I walk into any establishment, I have a serious clue about the prices to be charged. A Mercedes dealership not only looks different from a Ford dealership. It even smells different. And there’s a lot less difference between those two cars, than between an honest-to-God haircut and the $400 “do” that Edwards got.

    The bigger items are these: Edwards took a half-million dollar part-time job for a New York hedge fund which engaged in subprime mortgages. In the meantime, he gives speeches decrying predatory lending practices. As for why he took that job, he said he wanted to “learn about poverty.”

    The jokes just write themselves.

    It’s hard to say what’s the worst mistake Edwards made. The latest one to be revealed is in the running for top of the line, or bottom of the line, depending on how you look at it. He gave a speech at U Cal. at Davis on “Poverty, the Great Moral Issue Facing America.” He got $55,000 for that speech. Students were charged $17 a ticket to hear his words of wisdom.

    [B]Lastly, Edwards created a “charity” to deal with “issues concerning poverty.” But, according to Business Week magazine, it spent 70% of its money on travel for Edwards and salaries for staffers who, in short order, joined Edwards’ new campaign. [/B]

    In short, Edwards has one of the most pronounced tin ears for political reality in modern America. And no one should take this self-promoting fool seriously, given his proven incapacity.

    I’ve read the polls. I know that Edwards might win in Iowa or New Hampshire, which are his targets for trying to keep his sad candidacy alive for another day. If that strategy works, I won’t see any reason to write about Edwards again. He should be dead and buried, politically, after the ad hoc national primary on 5 February. And if the ultimate Democratic nominee has the good sense to choose anyone other than Edwards for Veep, Edwards will cease to exist as a politician.

    What about the people who are foolish enough to vote for Edwards in his targeted states? Well, the simple truth is that some voters, some times, are dumber than road lizards. Think about it; aren’t those the kind of voters that a candidate like Edwards deserves? Let’s just hope there aren’t too many of them.

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    About the Author: John Armor practiced in the US Supreme Court for 33 years. He lives in the 11th District of North Carolina.

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    what a shock, another democratic candidate is bashed by Come Back To Earth. so much for that open-minded attitude you professed in the other thread. This is truly a shocking thread. I can't believe you bashed a democrat. What is next, a thread bashing Chad Pennington? Golly

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan]what a shock, another democratic candidate is bashed by Come Back To Earth. so much for that open-minded attitude you professed in the other thread. This is truly a shocking thread. I can't believe you bashed a democrat. What is next, a thread bashing Chad Pennington? Golly[/QUOTE]


    read again, this time slowly-

    I didn't bash breck boy....he bashed himself with his constant hypocrisy...

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    Is this what we have to look forward to for the next year or so? The GOP is back at again. Attack, attack and attack and don't let anyone focus on the horrendous choices they have as Presidential nominees.

    The only candidate that makes any sense is hated the most by his own party, classic.

    Desperate times indeed.

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    sure- pointing out edward's ludicrouds actions and words is attacking...riightt...

    as the article says- the jokes just right themselves- this dope learned a lot from jean kerri..

    desperate times indeed- when one of the rats top candidates could not carry his own state on the '04 ticket and would've lost re-election had he opted to go that route those are indeed tough times.... :yes:

    [QUOTE=cr726]Is this what we have to look forward to for the next year or so? The GOP is back at again. Attack, attack and attack and don't let anyone focus on the horrendous choices they have as Presidential nominees.

    The only candidate that makes any sense is hated the most by his own party, classic.

    Desperate times indeed.[/QUOTE]

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    Edwards isn't unique regarding your points. Let's look at Romney, I guess he didn't pay attention to Kerry's mistakes as well and would he carry his own state in an election?

    I must be missing all the articles on the GOP candidates.

    This article shows fear. Fear Edwards has a chance of winning.

    The 70 percent not going to his charity is not very good, but 30 percent is better than the majority of candidates can claim as well.

    [QUOTE=Come Back to NY]sure- pointing out edward's ludicrouds actions and words is attacking...riightt...

    as the article says- the jokes just right themselves- this dope learned a lot from jean kerri..

    desperate times indeed- when one of the rats top candidates could not carry his own state on the '04 ticket and would've lost re-election had he opted to go that route those are indeed tough times.... :yes:[/QUOTE]

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    fear??? of edwards winning what based on his track record???

    [QUOTE=cr726]Edwards isn't unique regarding your points. Let's look at Romney, I guess he didn't pay attention to Kerry's mistakes as well and would he carry his own state in an election?

    I must be missing all the articles on the GOP candidates.

    This article shows fear. Fear Edwards has a chance of winning.

    The 70 percent not going to his charity is not very good, but 30 percent is better than the majority of candidates can claim as well.[/QUOTE]

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    [QUOTE=intelligentjetsfan]what a shock, another democratic candidate is bashed by Come Back To Earth. so much for that open-minded attitude you professed in the other thread. This is truly a shocking thread. I can't believe you bashed a democrat. What is next, a thread bashing Chad Pennington? Golly[/QUOTE]
    Attacking the poster, but not the facts? Where have I heard that before?

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