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Bad Career Move

With the indictment of John Edwards, we see a classic example of "how the mighty have fallen" -- just under seven years ago, he was nominated for the classic "one heartbeat away from the presidency" role. Now he's struggling to avoid jail and losing his license to practice law.

But while others can talk about that. I'm looking at the bigger picture, as is my wont. John Edwards is merely one example of how Democrats tend to treat those who lose races. Let's just look at vice-presidents and vice-presidential nominees.

2008 gave us Joe Biden. He won the race, but he's already suffering his fate. He has to go through life knowing he's Joe Biden. If he ever develops enough self-awareness to understand just what a curse is is to be Joe Biden.

2004: John Edwards. From wildly successful trial lawyer and family man to divorced, disgraced adulterer and now indicted corrupt pol. And the only reason it's taken nearly seven years to unfold is the willing compliance of the mainstream media, who really deserve "unindicted co-conspirator" status in his case.

2000: Joe Lieberman. Without changing a single stance or principle, Lieberman found himself an outcast from the party whose standard he'd bore. For a single issue -- the Iran Iraq war -- this lifetime liberal is now a pariah.

1992/1996: Al Gore. He's largely dodged the curse. He's head of an almost cult-like movement that's made him millions and millions of dollars. But he's also been dumped by his wife and accused of attempting to pull a Dominique Strauss-Kahn on a hotel masseuse. And to many folks, he's the punchline of several jokes. It helped that his loss was so contentious, and gave many the excuse that he didn't really "lose" the election.

We have to go back to 1988 and the late Lloyd Bentsen for someone who actually prospered after accepting the nomination. After losing, he returned to the Senate, and later served in Bill Clinton's Cabinet. Geraldine Ferraro also did well after 1984, and Walter Mondale had some decent successes in international diplomacy in the late 80's into the 90's.

But that was before the Democrats took on the "bayonet the wounded" approach to those who dare not live up to the rank and file's faithful. To fail is akin to betrayal, and they have no use for losers and traitors.

It's not a healthy thing for a party. But it's only a symptom of the overall sickness of the far-left nuts who've taken over the Democratic party. And their particular afflictions make it far easier to relish their pathologies than to feel much sympathy.

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And just think we could hav... (Below threshold)

And just think we could have had this slime ball as our vice president. No pun intended.

rEF Joe LIeberman. Think y... (Below threshold)
retired military:

rEF Joe LIeberman. Think you meant the Iraq war.

Maybe, RM, but I'm pretty s... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Maybe, RM, but I'm pretty sure that if Lieberman had had his way, there WOULD be an "Iran War."

As for Edwards, if Providence could grant me a political wish, it would be that Edwards had been what he professed to be, a devoted family man, and thus had never been subject to a scandal. I liked his "Two Americas" schtick. I think he had a damn good point.

And we know exact which two... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

And we know exact which two Americas those are Bruce: the ones who have already been sued blind because the Democrats refuse to consider tort reform and those who have yet to acquire enough money to become the target of a predatory attorney (like Edwards).

Hate to tell you this Jay b... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Hate to tell you this Jay but it's generational. The rest of us carried the Boomers water as long as we could. Now there aren't enough of us left to do it any more. What's on the horizon now is some of that Robert Heinlein style "Bad Luck"

Without changin... (Below threshold)
Without changing a single stance or principle, Lieberman found himself an outcast from the party whose standard he'd bore.
I remember it a little differently, Jay.

From the moment he became Al Gore's running mate until SCOTUS finally stomped Gore's attempted coup in Florida, Lieberman talked like he had Gore's hand up his <bleep>.

The proglodytes either hadn't paid enough attention to Joe L. before then to recognize he was merely returning to himself after that adventure, or they have a Brezhnev Doctrine of sorts about political evolution: once you're on the plantation, you stay on the plantation or else.

And given Kos' involvement in the Ned Lamont circus, my money's on the latter. If Kos were ever in a position of power he could make the Gestapo look like an army of Mr. Rogerses.

thanks for the correction, ... (Below threshold)

thanks for the correction, rm. It's fixed.

glenn, I don't think it's generational. Sarah Palin, Jack Kemp, and Dan Quayle still had a LOT of support after losing their races. Yeah, they had their critics, especially Palin and Quayle, but they didn't markedly increase after their elections.

J.

"As for Edwards, if Provide... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"As for Edwards, if Providence could grant me a political wish, it would be that Edwards had been what he professed to be, a devoted family man, and thus had never been subject to a scandal. I liked his "Two Americas" schtick. I think he had a damn good point."


Unfortunately for you Fairy Tales do not come true. John-boy is what he is. A typical liberal hypocrite.

Democrats wrote the book on the subject.


Actually, UOG, I was thinki... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Actually, UOG, I was thinking of the one America consisting of those the rules are rigged FOR - the top one percent or so - and the other America the rules are rigged against - the rest of us.

As to "tort reform," I'm fer it, as long as you mean penalties for frivolous lawsuits and the like. But if you mean capping damages, I'm agin it. In many cases, the caps being discussed don't come close to compensation for the injuries involved. In the case that John Edwards gained fame for, a swimming pool drain sucked a little girls guts out and held her underwater until she suffered severe brain damage. The flaw in the drain had been repeatedly brought to the attention of the manufacturer, and could have been fixed at minimal cost per unit, but the manufacturer refused to address it.

Had damages been capped at $250K or even $500K, the little girl's care fund would have been exhausted in a very short time.

If the cost of neglect and malpractice isn't potentially that a company could be driven OUT of business, than the incentive is there for that company to just consider paying the occasional $250K part of the cost of DOING business.

Which is exactly the real reason for the push for "tort reform." They want to socialize risk while privatizing profit.

I liked his "Two America... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

I liked his "Two Americas" schtick. I think he had a damn good point.

Me too. Communists vs. lovers of freedom.

I was thinking of ... (Below threshold)
iwogisdead:
I was thinking of the one America consisting of those the rules are rigged FOR - the top one percent or so - and the other America the rules are rigged against - the rest of us.

An interesting way to put it, since Edwards is charged with violating campaign financing laws. Sorta like he thought the rules didn't apply to him, just everyone else.

As to Edwards' law career, he is most famous for channelling a dead child during closing argument in a medical malpractice suit. Juries are highly unqualified to render decisions in malpractice suits, since, among other things, they are so vulnerable to slick snake-oil salesmen, like Edwards. That's where reform should start--taking malpractice (and all personal injury suites, for that matter) out of the jury system.

Al Gore goes through life b... (Below threshold)
Rich Fader:

Al Gore goes through life being Al Gore. That's punishment enough.

Should have made myself a l... (Below threshold)
glenn:

Should have made myself a little clearer Jay. It's the general level of incompetence and shortsighted self interest that ruins the Boomers. Two of the three you named prove my point, and Jack Kemp had about as much chance of getting elected as I do. Quale and Palin come across as idiots without the media to help them along.
having said that I'm cheering Sarah along every time she throws the blocks to some pile of media hacks. They are dumber than she is. And they go out of their way to prove it all the time.

I feel for ya, Bruce. I wis... (Below threshold)

I feel for ya, Bruce. I wish Sarah Palin didn't have that annoying voice and cornpone speech patterns, but we're stuck with that.

On the other hand, she's no John Edwards -- and you're welcome to him.

Ain't reality a bitch?

J.

BruceI disagree a ... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Bruce

I disagree a bit on your last remark ref tort reform. I think a big push is to stop getting the frivolous lawsuits which drive up costs.

I wouldnt mind keeping the cost of damages without limit provided that they cover real damages whenever possible. in the case of the girl in the swimming pool I would say pay her health care for life, wages she would have made and then some to compensate for the life she can no longer lead.

I would say the best thing you can do to tort reform are twofold

1. reduce the amount of money going to lawyers especially in class action law suits. I would maybe set up a tier of payments based on the settlement so the lawyers dont get $10 million and the people in the lawsuit get $25 apiece. Lawyers should get paid billable hours. Period.


2. Frivolous law suits - Loser pays.

3. Law suits where someone is found blatantly negiligent (like the couple in the news this week who foreclosed on the bank). The at fault party should be made to pay billable hours on the lawsuit and the lawyer doesnt get 1/3rd of the settlement amount.

Oops, sorry. I wasn't ignor... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

Oops, sorry. I wasn't ignoring you Bruce, I was away for a while there.

Tort reform is required if we're to get some control over escalating health care costs. Some of the biggest drivers of those costs relate to (a) frivolous law suits, (b) doctors forced into practicing defensive medicine, (c) the cost of malpractice insurance, and (d) excessive jury awards. It's not just doctors that face those costs, some also inure to drug companies, medical supply companies and medical device manufacturers.

I very much like iwogisdead's suggestion (#11) regarding medical malpractice and personal injury cases.

I was away for a while, too... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I was away for a while, too.

Jay Tea, I said it was wishful thinking. But, yeah, reality is, indeed, often a bitch.

RM and UOG, those sound like reasonable ideas to me, or at least points meriting serious discussion. I'd have to think about iwog's proposal, though.

Jay Tea - [T]hat ... (Below threshold)
docjim505:

Jay Tea - [T]hat was before the Democrats took on the "bayonet the wounded" approach to those who dare not live up to the rank and file's faithful. To fail is akin to betrayal, and they have no use for losers and traitors.

I disagree: the dems don't "bayonet the wounded"; their wounded succumb to self-inflicted wounds. As I recall, Edwards was considered for AG and possibly more... until people found out what a true dirtbag he is. Had he behaved with a shred of decency toward his dying wife and his sugar baby and love child (like Jesse Jackson), he'd doubtless still be in the party's good graces. Lieberman was respected among the dems... until he self-destructed by daring to go against liberal orthodoxy on Iraq and the WOT. Weiner is busy killing himself by not only sending pics of his junk to a young woman, but lying so clumsily about it. I believe that Coldcash Jefferson would have survived and had the usual lifetime career in Congress had the criminal evidence against him not been so overwhelming (a result of his own stupidity).

In contrast, SanFran Nan led her caucus to one of the greatest electoral shellackings in our history, and she kept her job. Dingy Harry came within an ace of losing the Senate, and he kept his job, too. They were wounded who were not bayonetted.

What it boils down to is that the democrat party seems to attract more than its fair share of trash and scum, such as The Swimmer, Slick Willie, Bawney Fwank, Silky Pony, Rentcontrol Rangle, Algore, Tax Cheat Timmy, the Hildabeast, Captain Bullsh*t, etc., etc. MiniTru does everything that it can to cover up for these people, but the truth (usually) eventually comes out. Even then, it may not be lethal; look at the dems who have been busted and kept their jobs and / or prestige within the party. Slick Willie. Bawney. Studds. Rangle. Marion Barry. Alcee Hastings.

The dems did not bayonet these people; they CELEBRATE them. I don't say that there aren't scumbags in the GOP, but we tend to do a better job of policing and throwing out the bad apples.

Re #3's observation that "I... (Below threshold)
boqueronman:

Re #3's observation that "I liked his "Two Americas" schtick. I think he had a damn good point." Actually, then you must "like" Marx since he also classified the population into two distinct groups. Only he was more upfront about the policy implications of addressing the differences between the "capitalist-bourgeoisie" and the "proletariat." My God, you trolls can't be as stupid as you pretend.




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