Thursday, March 22, 2007

Politics, Democrat style

To my loving wife,

Fear not, my love. I won’t let your debilitating cancer diagnosis deter me in my quest for personal glory and power.

Your loving husband,
John Edwards

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Dear Barack,

I have a great idea. Why not attack Hilary before the primary? No need to hit her with a pipe, a simple internet video will do. I know some guys that will do it for cheap.

Signed,
Tonya Harding

10 Comments:

At 12:26 PM, Blogger BG said...

The progressive left loves Elizabeth Edwards, who has written on political blogs like DailyKos under pseudonyms for a number of years. Don't discount her ambition as part of the Edwards decision.

Also, I'd say it's 33% likely someone from the Obama campaign asked for this, and 67% likely that this agency wanted to make a name for itself among the Dems. I don't think the Obama campaign is complaining, but I think the chances are less likely they're involved as not. Directly. Not directly involved. Pleased as punch? Sure.

From the right: Gingrich says personal lives should be kept out of the campaign. Romney claims allegiance with the Christian Right as a "person of faith," and McCain pretends he doesn't know condoms help fight STDs.

If you dump a big bucket full of disingenuousness right on the peak of a mountain, it's going to trickle down both sides...

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger DuggleBogey said...

Certainly not out of bounds to take political pot shots at a guy the day he finds out his wife has incurable cancer.

I hope your post made you feel really good inside.

 
At 2:59 PM, Blogger BG said...

Actually, I think they knew she had cancer well prior to this, today they announced it has come back.

And in some countries, taking a piss on someone is a widely-accepted treatment for cancer.

 
At 3:32 PM, Blogger Alan said...

Politics, Republican Style

Claim your opponent has an illegitimate black baby, and then get his full support after you beat him in the primary and get elected President.

Say you support the troops while not giving them the equipment or funding they need. ("Love the war, hate the troops")

Fire attorneys because they're investigating your own party or not following up on "voter fraud" (ie, not trying to disenfranchise minority voters).

I think I'll stop there, because I can't think of anything else off the top of my head at the moment.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger ToddCommish said...

Odd that this brief little entry seems to have inflamed so many...

And apparently, Dugs thinks that Edwards just found out about his wife's cancer, and just happened to bring it up as part of his presidential announcement. He even talked about it on Letterman a couple of months ago. Kinda naive to think that this hasn't been orchestrated to coincide with his bid to generate maximum buzz...

BTW, Edwards is one guy the Republicans don't want to see in 2008. Bring on Obama/Clinton

 
At 5:10 AM, Blogger BG said...

And apparently, Dugs thinks that Edwards just found out about his wife's cancer, and just happened to bring it up as part of his presidential announcement.

Well, that's disingenuous at best... Ask yourself this: Is there any chance at all that the media wouldn't have put two-and-two together on their own on this one? John abruptly cancels scheduled campaign stops the day his in-remission wife sees a doctor? If this were your candidate-of-choice, wouldn't you want him to get out in front of the story in order to quell erroneous media speculation?

In other words, what's better: two weeks of "will he or won't he leave the race" from talking heads all over the political spectrum, or an immediate announcement which allows them to control the story?

Party affiliation aside, you've got a candidate unwilling to let the media construct their own narrative around this issue, and that's a good thing. Edwards didn't plant the cancer in his wife, and they weren't aware of it but pretending to find out at some politically advantageous moment. It's bullshit to assume there's some sort of insidious lefty MoveOn DailyKos self-serving liberal sympathy gathering mechanism at play here. The media was going to figure this out - quickly - and regardless as to how you feel about his decision, it's admirable he didn't bunker down for a week and try to find the most politically advantageous way to dodge the issue. He got out and talked about it right away. Period.

To insinuate that this was an orchestrated two-step (doctor's appointment and cancelled campaign stops planned well in advance) is disingenuous and insulting.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger ToddCommish said...

Insulting, yes. Intentionally so.

But not disingenuous. I even looked it up to see if I had the definition right. I'd say more excessively cynical.

My point is that if MY WIFE had already "beaten" cancer, and had a recurrence, I would forego everything to be by her side while she fought for her life. I wouldn't jet around the continent trying to drum up votes, nor would I subject her to the stress and scrutiny of a presidential campaign.

And I actually like John Edwards. He's far more palatable than the two Democratic frontrunners. But if anything, he's the one who seems disingenuous.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger BG said...

My point is that if MY WIFE had already "beaten" cancer, and had a recurrence, I would forego everything to be by her side while she fought for her life. I wouldn't jet around the continent trying to drum up votes, nor would I subject her to the stress and scrutiny of a presidential campaign.

This position isn't what I was calling disingenuous.

And apparently, Dugs thinks that Edwards just found out about his wife's cancer, and just happened to bring it up as part of his presidential announcement.

That one was. If you can find evidence to support the idea that the Edwards campaign sandbagged this announcement to find a greater moment of emotional impact, and that this didn't all arise out of a doctor's appointment three or four days ago, then I'd gladly eat my words.

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger ToddCommish said...

BG, fair enough. I was basing my disdain on an appearance on Letterman a few months ago. ThePilot.com [http://www.thepilot.com/stories/20061118/news/local/20061118edwards.html] has a bit about it, pretty much as I remembered it.

"Edwards told Letterman Friday that he was considering the run and that the health of his wife, Elizabeth, was a factor. Elizabeth Edwards is recovering from breast cancer and he said she is doing well."

So, he finds out that his wife's cancer has returned, and VOILA! He's still running. Not only that, but he's having a press conference, not to announce his support for his wife, but to reassure supporters that he won't allow something as mundane as cancer slow his bid.

They may or may not have sandbagged the announcement. They clearly assumed nobody heard him on Letterman.

 
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