There are plenty of better places to discuss Kerry's choice of John Edwards as the vice-presidential running mate, but I just have to give some ups to a fellow North Carolinian who – god willing – will be one heart arrhythmia away from being the leader of this fine country.
Sure, he seems young, but the man is actually 50 years old – Clinton was 47 when he won in 1992, and running mate Al Gore was 44. Conservatives trying to play up his "lack of gravitas" will be poorly served by history, and indeed, the electorate.
Because, I think, Edwards embodies two things that are hard to pull off at the same time: he's obviously smart, and he's obviously likable. Clinton was the master at this, often dumbing himself down in order to get his message across, and Edwards - with his "gosh golly smile" - possesses one thing Kerry doesn't: the ability to make ornery blue-hairs on South Carolina's porches melt in his mouth.
Not to be overly sentimental, but I like the fact that Edwards can't promise any states for Kerry. It's a global move, simply to add energy and likeability to the ticket. Kerry/Gephardt would have been fine as a coffin making establishment, Kerry/Graham would have been a cynical grab for Florida – but Kerry/Edwards looks great on the shiny new jet, and makes Bush/Cheney look even more moronic, dark and cynical than they already are.
I'm almost afraid to have even a glimmer of hope in November, because if we lose this thing, it will be so crushing as to engender a hopeless mistrust of America's populace and probably a good 10-month depressive bender that Celexa, bless its heart, would be hard-pressed to quell.
So, for now, I'm still full of resentment and bereft of hope for this election. I promise you it's better this way.
Posted by irw at July 6, 2004 10:57 PM