July 6, 2004

carolingian empire


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
Posted by: kevin at July 7, 2004 5:42 AM

I know this had to be a tough choice for Kerry. I think he really has to be concerned about being up-staged by Edwards.
Coming from a North Carolinian, Edwards has garnered little good-will from his 6 years spent in the senate. Most people here believe that he was running for president the day he was elected to the senate and it would be hard to argue that point.
I think bush/cheney were most concerned about having to run against Edwards during the primary season. I thought it interesting that before Super Tuesday, Bush never would mention Edwards, only Kerry. I think he wanted to run against kerry b/c he knew that Kerry was the most vulnerable as he has a long record to run against. Edwards' school boy, good-looks and limited public service record made him something of an enigma that could have just romanced his way into the oval office.
I do not think Kerry will win NC, but the one thing he did win in opting for Kerry is a tirelessly effective fund raiser. IF Kerry were to win in November (which he has to I hope), it will be interesting to see how the race shapes up in 2008. Usually the party lines up behind the incumbent...would that happen this time?

Posted by: Piglet at July 7, 2004 6:57 AM

Kerry/Edwards just put about half a dozen Southern states into play, NONE of which Bush can afford to lose. Without the entire old confederacy, Bush is toast.

And yes, NC is in play. Did you know Kerry was just 7 points behind before aligning himself with Edwards? And 2 points behind in Virginia? Slowly but surely, the Atlantic South is going blue again. And you heard it here first. The book to read is, Ruy Tiexiera, "The Emerging Democratic Majority".

The new polls are coming out, too soon to reflect the VP pick, but showing the effects of F911. It's going to be a good year.

Posted by: jon at July 7, 2004 8:55 AM

For what it's worth, which probably ain't much, Kerry is winning AOL's national straw poll in a LANDSLIDE - carrying 39 of 50 states, including NC, VA, and KY. Now maybe AOL users/poll voters are overwhelmingly younger and Democratic-er, but still. Interestingly, Bush is leading in total votes, but is destroyed when applying the electoral college to the process. Kinda 2000 in reverse.


Posted by: Mom at July 7, 2004 12:51 PM

Jon, you say "maybe AOL users/poll voters are overwhelmingly younger and Democratic-er". You may be right, but I have a lot of old-fart friends, and at least one older family member, who are all both AOL and rigidly, stupidly, doggedly un-Deomcratic. I hope that poll is at least somewhat prophetic.

I have always thought Edwards was terrific (Maybe I'm just a sucker for a pretty face), and was sorry when he dropped out. But he may be a stronger support for a more seasoned Dem. candidate than he would have been as the head of the ticket. I'm finally beginning to feel that there is hope for getting monkey-boy out of the White House... but anything can happen between now and Novermber.

It's easily one of the most interesting elections I've ever been alive for, and one, I think, on which the future of America rests.

Hold the good thought.

Posted by: Laurie from Manly Dorm at July 7, 2004 4:01 PM

"We've got better idea-r-s and better hair!" Um. . . . no thanks.

Posted by: Ian at July 7, 2004 4:14 PM

Laurie, we love ya, but you sure pick presidents for strange reasons.

Posted by: Mandi Kashan at June 17, 2011 4:18 PM

I actually clearly have to think much more in that way and find out a few things i can do about this.

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