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A Match Made In Heaven

Well, John Edwards has finally expressed his second choice for president this time around (after himself, of course), and it's Barack Obama. This has led to speculation that Edwards might end up Obama's running mate, and I couldn't be happier if they do team up.

It will be the ultimate match-up of empty suits.

  • John Edwards served one full term as a Senator, then announced that he would not run again once it became obvious he wouldn't be re-elected. Obama's not even two-thirds through his first term.
  • Both men are millionaire lawyers. Edwards made his money suing doctors and hospitals; Obama through his books and speaking engagements.
  • Both men have very outspoken wives whose loony left credentials outweigh their husbands'.
  • Both are veterans of winning through lawyeristic chicanery: Edwards in courtrooms, Obama in his prior elections.
  • Both are multi-millionaires who boast of their plans to soak the rich and punish the successful.
  • Neither man has, as best I know, held a job in the private sector and done anything productive in their life.
  • Neither has any sort of management/leadership position in their career.

The one thing that might prove decisive in keeping Edwards off the ticket is that the man has the stink of loser about him. As I said above, he was well on his way to losing re-election to the Senate when John Kerry tossed him a lifeline. Then, as Kerry's veep candidate, he lost that election -- including his own home state, which still found a way to reject him after he withdrew from his re-election campaign before they could vote against him there.

About the only thing having Edwards on the ticket would achieve would be to give us the best-looking presidential ticket since... well, ever.

Sadly, in this day and age, that just might be enough to win. Lord knows they can't win on their accomplishments...


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Neither man has, as best I ... (Below threshold)
Brad:

Neither man has, as best I know, held a job in the private sector and done anything productive in their life.

**I'm no fan of Edwards or Obama, but wouldn't being a trial attorney in Edwards' case be holding a job in the private sector?

Accomplishments? We don... (Below threshold)

Accomplishments? We don't need no stinking accomplishments.

Not when they can run against Bush (even though he's not on the ticket, does anyone doubt his name and (lack of ) accomplishments aren't going to come up every 10 minutes?) and a generally clueless and inept GOP. How else could two lightweights such as Obama and Edwards have a better than 50-50 chance of winning?

I have been a legal secreta... (Below threshold)

I have been a legal secretary and paralegal for many years. Trust me when I tell you that being a trial attorney is not productive employment.

As to President Bush's so-called lack of accomplishments - Steve, I have to say you are terribly afflicted with BDS and willful blindness.
But I'm not your shrink and I'm not your priest and your psychological defects aren't my business.

In 2000 the looney left sai... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

In 2000 the looney left said GW would lose.
In 2004 the looney left was sure GW would lose.
In 2008 the looney left thinks GW will lose, but how can you lose when you don't run?

I WANT Edwards on the ticket with Obama. I would call it the "Stink" ticket. They ooze smarmy. They are smug. They preach to the uninformed only. ww

Steve, 2000 was an odd elec... (Below threshold)

Steve, 2000 was an odd election. Personally, I held my nose and voted for Bush -- but to be more honest, I voted against Gore. It just happened to register as a vote for Bush.

In the nearly eight years since then, I have never once regretted voting against Gore. Nor do I regret voting against Kerry. Bush was absolutely the "lesser of two evils" in both cases.

But back to the topic... Obama/Edwards? Man, the Dems aren't even TRYING this time...

J.

Jay Tea...I make the same (... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Jay Tea...I make the same (friendly) offer I made about who would win the presidential election. I will buy you dinner at your place of choice if Edwards is picked for the VP slot. I think he has as much chance of that as do you. And probably less interest than you.

The last time I made the offer one of your friends from here suggested a restaurant and a menu that might break even my bank. So I will humbly limit the offer to a dinner of 100 bucks. And don't give me the hooey about whether I 'll pay for it - I don't welch on bets. And you have a way to contact me to collect.

So: still stand by your ass... (Below threshold)
picknitter:

So: still stand by your assertion that Edwards has never held a job in the private sector?

Also, McCain is crazy and old and angry and his wife (whom he might have called the c-word--is Michelle Malkin on the case?) has more money than either of these guys, so... find better talking points, reboot, start over. But don't forget to reassert your independent libertarian streak, else you might be mistaken for DJ Drummond.

It's a great match!!! <br ... (Below threshold)
vicky:

It's a great match!!!
This country needs a change. People voted for Bush because they were afraid of change. Well you got it. War, recession, bad foreign relations, a national debt that we will be paying for generations, interstructure that is collasping. You just keep on voting for the same-old same-old but you better cross your fingers when you cross a bridge, lose your job or home and when you think you can retire.

vic

JFO, I dunno where you get ... (Below threshold)

JFO, I dunno where you get the idea that I am the least bit interested in making wagers with you -- or anyone. I think I've done that exactly once in my Wizbang career, and those were extremely extenuating circumstances.

I consider myself an ANALYST, not a PROGNOSTICATOR. Nearly all the time, when I am asked to calculate odds on something happening, I say "50/50" -- it either will or it won't. I don't bog myself down in minutiae and details and probabilities.

Besides, if I find myself with some sort of personal or financial stake in an outcome, that could color my own analysis of events, and I have absolutely no interest in doing that.

Also, I think people who like to go on record and make predictions are, for the most part, glory-hounding idiots more interested in enhancing their own status than contributing to the public discourse. They want bragging points, not to make a difference.

Here's how I looked at things to write this piece:

Fact: Edwards endorsed Obama.
Fact: Obama embraced Edwards.
Fact: Edwards has quite a few supporters.
(Opinion: Most of those supporters are dolts.)
Fact: Edwards has experience running for president.
Fact: Edwards' positions are compatible with Obama's.
(Opinion: Both equally wrong-headed and wrong.)
Fact: Edwards never "poisoned the well" with Obama.
Fact: Edwards' endorsement was perfectly timed to take the attention off Clinton's wins in the last primaries.

Conclusion: Edwards may be angling for the veep slot, and Obama just might be willing to give it to him.

From there, I just freely vented my opinion.

J.

Three Dem. Veep contenders ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Three Dem. Veep contenders who will give the RNC diarrhea faster than two packs of ex-lax in a pot of chili:

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (KS)
Gen. Anthony Zinni (USMC)
Sen. Jim Webb (VA, USMC)

All seem to be interested, too. Zinni likes giving speeches instead of fishing. The Edwards vp thing is Just Slightly and a Little Tiny Bit on the delusional side of the choo choo tracks.

Pickhead, I'm starting to i... (Below threshold)

Pickhead, I'm starting to identify with John McCain. You took HALF my statement and presented it as an entire argument.

Neither man has, as best I know, held a job in the private sector and done anything productive in their life.

If you wanna present the case that being a personal-injury lawyer who made millions off suing doctors out of practice and channeling the souls of dead babies for juries, be my guest. I could use the laughs.

J.

JFO, again, misses the poin... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JFO, again, misses the point of the post. Are all lefties unable to focus? ww

Victims do not deserve comp... (Below threshold)
picknitter:

Victims do not deserve compensation, and companies that fuck up shouldn't be bled for their mistakes. Got it!

"The Edwards vp thing is... (Below threshold)
sshiell:

"The Edwards vp thing is Just Slightly and a Little Tiny Bit on the delusional side of the choo choo tracks."

Which makes it the odds on favorite to occur - the Dems are so predictable.

JFO - "The last time I ... (Below threshold)
marc:

JFO - "The last time I made the offer one of your friends from here suggested a restaurant and a menu that might break even my bank. So I will humbly limit the offer to a dinner of 100 bucks. And don't give me the hooey about whether I 'll pay for it - I don't welch on bets."

You do, apparently, make imprecise conditions on the bet you did make.

And when called on that one you backpedaled faster than a circus clown on a unicycle.

Thanks for the laughs and for the chance to see it.

bryanD - "Three Dem. Ve... (Below threshold)
marc:

bryanD - "Three Dem. Veep contenders who will give the RNC diarrhea faster than two packs of ex-lax in a pot of chili:"

Two vp candidates that would have the dems g-strings (male and female varieties of dems) twisted as if they were part of a taffy pull contest... Michael Steel and J.C. Watts.

Wow! A double liberal dirtb... (Below threshold)
GM CASSEL AMH1(AW) USN RET:

Wow! A double liberal dirtbag ticket!!!!!!!
Who would have guessed;-)
Two of the most useless pieces of garbage to ever run for office.
Retired Petty Officer First Class

War, recession, ba... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:
War, recession, bad foreign relations, a national debt that we will be paying for generations, interstructure that is collasping.

I've been wondering who would vote for someone on the mere promise of change? Well, it's those who don't know much about how the things that they think are wrong got that way. The wars we're in weren't started by Bush 43. Some apparently want a President who'll surrender rather than fight? For those who forgot, the economy was officially in recession during the last quarter of Clinton's Presidency. The economy goes through cycles and anyone who thinks the next President is going to keep the economy booming for up to eight years is fooling themselves. We have had national debt for well over fifty years. Yes Bush 43 added to it, but so have all wartime Presidents going back 100 years or more. The infrastructure has been in bad shape since the days of Eisenhower, blaming Bush for that is silly.

Elect Obama and we'll get change that's real alright. We'll get taxes on the most productive individuals, you know, the ones who create jobs for middle class folks. Yeah, that's what America needs; taxes that drive these folks entirely offshore. The change you'll have is the coins you'll get after cashing your last paycheck.

Elect Obama and we'll see what it really means to lose civil liberties. Unless the Supreme Court prevents it, Obama wants a federal law to prevent states from issuing permits to carry. Talk about the heavy hand of government. Obama wants to override the lawful political process in 33 some states that issue permits to law abiding citizens. The Federal government declaring war on it's most law abiding citizens is certainly change that's real.

You think energy prices are high now, just wait until the liberals have a free hand in regulating energy production and taxing any company that makes money supplying the market's needs. When you can't find gas for your car and can't afford to heat or cool your home remember that Obama only promised change that's real, not change that's good.

Edwards is just now endorsi... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Edwards is just now endorsing Obama? I question the timing.
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Oh, and interstructure?

*snort*

Oyster - yeah, it's a damn ... (Below threshold)

Oyster - yeah, it's a damn shame that Bush has caused all our interstructure to collasp. And after Clinton got it all straightened up with his surpluses and all.

Clinton does not have a gre... (Below threshold)
patrick:

Clinton does not have a great record of infrastructure fixing, I'll give you that, but he timed out and left W. with a surplus he could have acted on the infrastrucure but he sent it to me. I sent it to Japan (I'm boycotting China) and lately he borrowed money and is sending it to me, I plan on sending it to Japan, see above, This president leaves the new person with two wars,(if I give you that he didn't start them you have to give me that he didn't finish them) debt and future debt to contiue to pay for the wars, a housing crisis because of lack of regulation of the mortgage industry, scandal, if there's not one why won't Cheney testify under oath, a sagging economy, and horrible foreign relations picture. I do give him kudos for his recent visit to Israel.

Fair enough Jay Tea. I sha... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Fair enough Jay Tea. I shall just sit back and enjoy the angst and watch the right wing with a straight face toss around today's meaningless talking point phrase, empty suit.

The next 8 years of right wing pain and angst will be most enjoyable.

How have you folks been doing with those safe Republican seats in the special elections? Perhaps you've been looking on the wrong rack for those "empty suits."

Is old bryanDumbass still a... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Is old bryanDumbass still around?

"About the only thing havin... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

"About the only thing having Edwards on the ticket would achieve would be to give us the best-looking presidential ticket since... well, ever."

No dice. For my money you'll never top the Pierce/King ticket as the prettiest presidential pairing.

But President Candyass and Vice President Sugar Britches would make the sweetest, most precious ticket ever! Is America ready to embrace four years of "Stop hurting my feelings!" and "Don't touch my hair!"?

Apparently America is rejec... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Apparently America is rejecting what the right loves so much in a president and his prince of darkness: " F*** the world, lets go shoot somebody."

JFO, the liberal racist, ac... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JFO, the liberal racist, actually thinks he can connect the dots. ww

Now now Willie remember it'... (Below threshold)
JFO:

Now now Willie remember it's you who advocated releasing the terrorists in Cuba on San Francisco. Was it to kill women and children or just gays? You do remember your comment from May 7 don't you?

Wild Willie is insane and e... (Below threshold)
Pope Ron Paul V:

Wild Willie is insane and encourages violence against people he doesn't like who mean him no harm. He is a very unserious person and needs to be medicated. Also he initials all of his posts as though leaving his name and hallmark variety of stoooopid isn't sufficient to identify the author of said posts.

Wild Willie, if it weren't for the internetz, you would be sitting on your front porch yelling at squirrels or polishing your lawn jockeys like every other redneck American that embodies the ugly stereotype you seem so happy to propagate. Embarrassing.

JFO, Re: comment 2... (Below threshold)
Conservachef:

JFO,

Re: comment 22, are you referring specifically to the special election for the MS Congressional seat?

Because I can tell you that the only reason the (D) candidate won that seat was by running as a conservative Dem. Can you really look at Mississippi and think that they would elect a liberal Democrat???

I don't mean to pick this one instance out or to single you out, but I've been mulling that over for a few days now. People have been giving the impression that that MS special election is a big win for the Dem's. (it is.) But if Childers gets to Washington and votes along the party lines, right along with the other (D)'s, he'll be out pretty quickly. He only has until November before the regular election takes place. What's he going to do- satisfy the party in Washington and cross his constituiency (sp?), or cross the party to satisfy his voters? Either way, I think he will have to dance a very tight line to avoid making someone angry.

"Wild Willie is insane ... (Below threshold)
marc:

"Wild Willie is insane and encourages violence against people he doesn't like who mean him no harm. He is a very unserious person and needs to be medicated. Also he initials all of his posts as though leaving his name and hallmark variety of stoooopid isn't sufficient to identify the author of said posts."

Now I don't give a hoot what anyone says... that there is some Hi-larious sh**.

So,tell me Mr. "Pope Ron Paul V" is that really your momma given name?

Or, are you so oblivious to what your fingers pump the keyboard with that you're not aware of being a poster child for the phrase, "a pot calling the kettle black."

Edwards Obama - the potenti... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

Edwards Obama - the potential Starsky and HuggyBear of a presidential team.
Together fighting for those liberal/socialist
ideals we all know and love!! For (spare)CHANGE you can't even imagine!

oh yes....Pope Ron Paul Ron Paul Ron Paul V- if it wasn't for the "internetz" you would probably be out in the real world getting slapped like a pinata.....

ConservachefI agre... (Below threshold)
jfo:

Conservachef

I agree with your analysis for the most part. He'll be with blue dogs. But what's important is the attempt to use Obama as a negatie by the Republicans which was a complete failure. Also there is a clear anti-Republican factor in the 3 elections.

JFO-The Republican B... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

JFO-
The Republican BRAND has a problem due to fat cat pork and scattered ethics crap. But lets not think the country has moved ideologically to the left. WE/USA are still center right. Until Republicans start walking the walk...voters will give the (D)'s a shot to run things for a while. If Obama doesn't start running to the center real fast, then he WILL have a negative impact on some conservative district undercards.

"I consider myself an ANALY... (Below threshold)
jp2:

"I consider myself an ANALYST, not a PROGNOSTICATOR. Nearly all the time, when I am asked to calculate odds on something happening, I say "50/50" -- it either will or it won't. I don't bog myself down in minutiae and details and probabilities."

Yeah, when are the insurgents going to stop?

So much for your well reaso... (Below threshold)
JFO:

So much for your well reasoned conclusion Jay. A resounding NO from Edwards.

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